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Junior School

Year 6 First Lego League Team

Visitors to the area outside the Year 6 classrooms might have noticed a large table with some unusual Lego constructions on it. This is the practice table for the Year 6 Lego League Team – known as Ormiston’s X. Thanks to the generosity of British Aerospace Engineering (for donating EV3 robots and providing advice) and the Parents and Friends Association (for providing EV3 Lego extension kits and additional general Lego). A team of 10 Year 6 students have been able to design, build and code a robot for this year’s First Lego League event.

First Lego League is an international competition. In its inaugural year, 200 teams competed. This year, more than 320,000 students are competing from 100 different countries. A set of core values underpins the competition and focus on teamwork, discovery, innovation, fun, impact and inclusion. While the students have a series of challenges to complete, including a project on a human issue in space, the key focus is on learning. Information about the competition as well as the students’ learning journey can be viewed here: https://cggsfll.weebly.com

The Year 6 team were wonderful ambassadors for CGGS. They were a tight-knit team who encouraged, persevered and celebrated as they tackled different elements of the competition. They had a fabulous day competing, listening to the judges’ advice and learning from other more experienced teams.

Thank you to Mr Kim Perkins for organising a video conference with NASA Space Centre in Houston and helping with the robot coding. Thank you to Mrs Nicole Rogers for supporting the students’ coding and researching, and Ms Eleanor Wood, Head of Science, for facilitating the involvement of both the Year 6 and Year 9 teams.

The students are certainly looking forward to future opportunities to compete in the event and encourage others to take up the challenge. At the conclusion of the day, Ormiston’s X were ecstatic to receive the Research Award for their regional final and be selected for the State Finals.

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design & Development

Year 6R Excursion to South Melbourne Market

On Wednesday, the 6R students ventured off to South Melbourne Market for their prize as this year’s ‘Lettuce Celerybrate’ winners. ‘Lettuce Celerybrate’ was our Foundation to Year 6 vegetable eating competition in Terms 2, 3 and 4. The aim of this competition was to raise awareness about the importance of nutrition and to improve food choices, in the hope of leading students towards better health outcomes.

During the excursion, the Year 6R students learnt about the history and significance of this market, as well as the importance of sustainability as we head into the future. One thing that was palpable was the sense of community at the market and the shopkeepers’ knowledge and passion. Our tour guide, Erin took us through a number of important messages which she intertwined with tastings of raw asparagus, mangoes, chocolate, oysters, cheese, milk and bread. Below are some student reflections from the day.

“What I found interesting was the fact that the South Melbourne Market has been around for 151 years! I also learnt that they reuse oyster shells to regrow coral reefs. My take away is the importance of keeping the Earth a clean, healthy place. It is important to reuse when you can and not to send things straight to landfill when they can be reused.” – Laura Tong

“I found the ways they get rid of their waste to be really interesting, because usually it goes to landfill but instead they take things like milk bottles and recycle them to make furniture and other things.” – Nathasha Haputhantrige

“The South Melbourne Market is important because it gives local farmers and shop owners a chance to sell their products to locals and at the market you can buy things you know are fresh and good quality. What I’ve taken away from this experience is that it takes a lot of work to have a successful business.” – Mia Paulse

“The best thing about the excursion was being able to see the impact that the market had on the customers, the staff and on Melbourne. I also enjoyed tasting foods I had never tried before, like the asparagus.” – Emily Price

“What I found interesting was all you need to do to make butter is simply whip some cream until all the fat molecules break down and all the liquid is gone.” – Eva Papadopoulos

“The South Melbourne Market is important because it allows people in our community to engage with each other and get to know new people in our local community.” – Georgia Langley

“The best thing about the excursion was tasting the food! It was really interesting, not just to taste the local produce, but to understand how it was made by our local farmers and animals. My takeaway from this experience was to really think about better ways to help your community instead of doing what’s most convenient for you. From now on, I would much rather eat the delicious and fresh local produce and support our local farmers.” – Sienna Catalogna

“When the market first opened in 1867, people had to come there very often because in the past, their food wasn’t preserved and had to be consumed in a day. Next time I buy something, I will check that the food is good and that the workers are paid equally.” – Kiki Page

“The South Melbourne Market is important because it helps a lot of people who don’t have food to eat (through SecondBite).” – Lisa Li

“What I found interesting was that they banned caged eggs in the market. They only allow free-range eggs.” – Clarissa Wong

“I learnt that most farmers in 1867 had to ride a horse to the market with all their produce. It would have taken a long time to get there. I also found it interesting when Erin told us how the roof was made.” – Genna Sim

“What I found interesting was learning about how much the South Melbourne Market has changed since it was first built. We got to learn a lot about the environment and the adaptions that the market has made to become more eco friendly.” – Amelia Graham

“The South Melbourne Market gives back to the world and the environment.” – Isabel Betts

Grandparents and Special Friends Day in Early Learning

In Early Learning we value a sense of community and aim to build connections between our EL classroom and the significant people in the lives of the children.

Recently, the children in Early Learning had an opportunity to invite a grandparent or special friend to visit them and spend time with them in the classroom. It was wonderful to see the children engage with these very significant people and for grandparents, parents, aunties, uncles and friends to be part of the community in which the children belong to and learn.

The children engaged in different experiences with their significant adult – they shared stories and rhymes, celebrated learning through the sharing of portfolios, participated in music and movement, got active in PMP and engaged in the learning opportunities provided to the children each day.

In our EL community, we also want the children to develop an understanding about the importance of being grateful and expressing this to people. The children thanked the special person that spent time with them in various ways –  through the gift of time, cards, portraits and informing their significant adult of their importance in their lives through drawings and words.

Angela Follacchio
Early Learning 4 (Full Time) Teacher

Year 3 Unit of Inquiry

This term, the Year 3 students are exploring the question, “What makes Australia the lucky country?” They are also considering whether everyone in Australia is lucky. The students have discovered that there are a number of disadvantaged people living in Australia and many are school age children, who often go to school without lunch.

Three weeks ago, the Year 3 students were visited by Elise Cook from ‘Eat Up’, which is an organisation who make and deliver thousands of sandwiches each month to various schools around Victoria. During her visit, she explained the role of ‘Eat Up’ in our community and discussed some of the different circumstances some Australian children experience. She explained how the generous donation of cheese slices can have a significant impact on the lives of others.

As a result of Elise’s visit, the “Get Cheesy” campaign in Ormiston was initiated as part of our Serviced Learning program. The Year 3 students set a goal of collecting 3000 cheese slices. It was wonderful to see so many Ormiston students wearing a touch of yellow last Friday and to see the number of students dropping off packs of cheese to the Year 3 classrooms was very humbling.

To date, the Ormiston community has donated over 3000 cheese slices. Eat Up will be collecting the cheese in Week 9, so it is not too late to bring in your packs of cheese.

With grateful thanks for your support,

Angela Columbine
Year 3 Class Teacher


CGGS Netball

Last Friday afternoon, the Year 3 Rubies played the Kew Diamonds. CGGS Rubies had their chance in the first half but Kew Diamonds were up by 3 goals at half time. The  Rubies came out strong in the third quarter and played terrific together with the  Rubies defeating Kew Diamonds 5-4.

The Year 4 Jets had a close game against KD Starlights. The Jets were more consistent and ended up winning by 2 goals.

The Year 4 Opals got off to a great start against MA Butterflies, although MA Butterflies played well in the second half and defeated the Opals by 5 goals.

Last Saturday, Year 5 Topaz went down to KS Silverstars 13-3. Our CGGS team played well, the girls intercepted the ball on several occasions, but KD Silverstars barely missed a goal.

The Year 6 Quartz played the MA Unicorns last Saturday. MA Unicorns are undefeated and are sitting in 1st place on the ladder. CGGS gave it their all but MA Unicorns were unstoppable.

Congratulations goes to all CGGS netball teams on their efforts last weekend.

Lexie Joyce
CGGS Netball Coach


I wish all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.


Yours sincerely,


Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School