Junior School



Junior School

Years 4 – 6 District Swimming Squad
This Monday was a wonderful day for our Years 4 – 6 Swimming Squad at the local North Balwyn District Swimming Championships at Boroondara Sports Complex. The following students were selected to represent Ormiston and did an incredible job on the day. The students were:

Year 4

Isabella Madden
Angelique Quah
Anika Selvaratnam
Anneke Sinnappu
Christina Weickhardt

Year 5

Elysia Wang
Mia Chapman
Ayla Chetty
Samantha Chu
Claudia Rigopoulos

Year 6

Matilda Chan
Ava Lillehagen
Emily Price
Sofia Sanfilippo
Suri Chen
Isabella Wood

Throughout the day, many students performed personal best efforts in different events and as a result, we achieved third place overall against 15 other schools. We were easily the best performed school. This was our best-ever finish at district level. Put simply, we had half of a team in comparison to other Government and independent schools. On the day we had four students qualify in first place and three students qualify in second place in individual events. Additionally, the last three relay races resulted in three wins for our school. The relays were in Under 11 Freestyle, Under 12/13 Freestyle and Under 12/13 Medley. Congratulations to the following students who qualified for Division:

Year 5

Elysia Wang – Freestyle relay
Ayla Chetty – Freestyle relay
Suri Chen – Backstroke and freestyle relay
Mia Chapman – Butterfly and freestyle relay

Year 6

Matilda Chan – Backstroke, butterfly and freestyle relay
Sofia Sanfilippo – Breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle relay, medley relay
Isabella Wood – Freestyle, freestyle relay, medley relay
Ava Lillehagen – Medley relay
Emily Price – Freestyle, backstroke, freestyle relay, medley relay

As a school community, we wish these nine students all the best for the Division Championships next Tuesday 6 March. We encourage all our students to continue to do their personal best.

Student Wellbeing
Welcome to Term 1! I am excited about this opportunity to share our thoughts with you on our program B.R.A.V.E. This program is about Building Resilience And Valuing Everyone.

As you know, CGGS is a place where we want each child to flourish and to do this she needs to be known and feel cared about.

Over the years we have had many programs, such as camps, RAVE, Fivedation and Student Council, that have been designed to develop the whole person. We seek to continue this tradition through our B.R.A.V.E. program, as well as through other programs.

In my time as Deputy Head of Junior School we have sought to develop the whole person by incorporating a focus on the Growth Mindset so that students foster a love of learning. The Growth Mindset also afforded your child with an opportunity to develop her resilience by developing positive self-talk.

Instead of saying “I can’t do this,” we encourage our students to try thinking “What can I do to improve?”

Last year, we developed a community focus on the ability to take notice of the good things in life. To identify activities, and their associated emotions, that benefit us and those around us.

This year our B.R.A.V.E. program will foster students’ ability to connect with others, as well as to be active. Games and experiential play will be a touchstone of our B.R.A.V.E. program as students see new opportunities to collaborate, communicate, think critically and persist in different experiences.

To develop the whole person, we value rigor, curiosity and courage in learning, as well as providing students with the confidence to back themselves when faced with problems or new situations. As they say though, it takes a community to raise a child. At CGGS, we value the relationship and teamwork with parents and your child.

In summary, at CGGS we know that education begins with relationships. I look forward to sharing our Ormiston stories with you throughout the year as we mark student growth that reflect the development of the whole person.

Please, feel free to ask me any questions about our BRAVE program throughout the year.
~ Craig Goodwin, Year 6 Class Teacher/Deputy Head of Junior School (Student Wellbeing)


Early Learning Cultural Awareness
In Early Learning we believe it is not enough for the children to have an awareness of culture differences and similarities – we want the children to be culturally competent. This means, we want them to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures.

Cultural competence encompasses:

  • – being aware of one’s own world view
  • – developing positive attitudes towards cultural differences
  • – gaining knowledge of different cultural practices and world views
  • – developing skills for communication and interaction across cultures

Belonging Being Becoming pg. 16

In Early Learning, we want each child and family to feel valued and be recognised and respected for who they are; and to actively share aspects of their culture. In EL we provide rich and diverse resources to reflect children’s social worlds and provide opportunities for the children and families to share experiences and events that are important to them. These experiences also explore diversity and provide opportunities to develop an understanding about the connections between children and families; and the similarities and differences between members of our EL and wider community.

The EL children have already participated in a number of experiences that have explored aspects of cultural competence.

During Chinese New Year the children reflected on their family celebrations and shared these with their friends through dialogue, drawings and photographs. They also read stories and discussed different aspects of this celebration, for example, red envelopes, food choices and lion dancing. The children also went to the Senior School and participated in and watched the Jow Ga Kuen dragon and lion dancing.

At Camberwell Girls, we feel privileged to have a connection and relationship with Murrundindi, the Ngurungaeta of the Wurundjeri. Recently, Murrundindi spent time in each classroom and shared aspects of his culture through story, symbols, songs and music. Murrundindi shared a story and this provided the children with an opportunity to see how stories can be told through symbols and how symbols convey a message. The children then had an opportunity to create their own books with symbols that represented animals, people, weather and aspects of the natural environment. These experiences provided the children with an opportunity to gain further knowledge and understandings about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and in particular, the Wurundjeri Peoples – the First Peoples in the area in which Camberwell Girls is located.

Cultural competence is also about the everyday experiences and cultural practices of each family in our EL community. Some families have emailed or brought in photographs and short descriptions of celebrations or things they do at home or in their local community that are significant and important to their child and their family. Teachers have received photographs of family celebrations such as birthdays, family gatherings that show those people who are significant in their child’s life, events that families participate in during the weekend and festivals such as Ayyami-Ha and Chinese New Year. We encourage families to share aspects of their culture with our EL community as this provides an opportunity to share and discuss experiences that are significant in each child’s life and develops each child’s cultural competence.
~ Angela Follacchio, Early Learning Team Leader


Early Learning 4 – Year 6     Happy Chinese New Year (xīn nián kuài lè)!
To celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog in 2018, the Junior School held a range of fun activities and created beautiful decorations to bring the school community together. Red lanterns could be seen around the school reception and library, students drew their pet dogs portraits in Art class and participated in various cultural activities in Chinese class. On the 19th of February, Junior School students were invited to the Senior School to watch a traditional lion dance, which was a very fun and memorable cultural experience for all students. The traditional dance was accompanied by the music of beating drums, clashing cymbals, and resounding gongs. It was a fun and exciting experience for all!
~ Scarlett Zhang Junior School Chinese Class Teacher

Years 3 – 6 Book Clubs – Junior School Library
In light of International Women’s Day on March 8, both book clubs (Year 3/4 and 5/6) will be researching their own female role models to curate our own version of the well-loved collection ‘Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.’ Although our one, thanks to the genius minds of Year 3/4, will be titled, ‘Day Dreaming Stories of CGGS Girls.’

Throughout the term and into Term 2, with the guidance of Ren in the Library, the students will go through all the steps of how to write their own book. From planning, to research, plus exciting vocabulary and getting creative with illustration, the club will encourage mini J.K Rowlings in no time!

So, stay tuned for what’s to come from these book lovers and students, if you want to come and talk about books you love and find ones you are yet to, please do! Everyone is welcome.

Year 5/6 Book Club – Tuesday lunchtime in the Library.
Year 3/4 Book Club – Friday lunchtime in the Library.
~ Ren Pennesi, Library Development Assistant

STEAM at Ormiston
Within the Full STEAM Ahead program at Ormiston, the students take part in interdisciplinary units based around the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

This term the Year 3 students are participating in a Weaving unit in the Makerspace at Senior School. They learned about the history of weaving and fibre technologies and are applying their maths skills to measure and cut repurposed cardboard to create their own weaving looms. Mrs Dunwoody came to visit and help with the construction!
~ Penny Dumsday and Annabelle Vivarini, Junior School STEAM Teachers

I would like to wish all our Ormiston fathers and students attending the Father/Daughter Camp 2018 a wonderful time over the weekend. We have over one hundred fathers and students attending Arrabri Lodge Warburton. I look forward to seeing everyone on Friday and Saturday and Shane Maycock our Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-Curricular Programs will be at camp on Saturday and Sunday to help out as needed.


Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School