Junior School



Junior School

Year 6C Semester One Student Leadership Positions

Congratulations to the following Year 6C students for being awarded the following leadership positions for Semester One. I look forward to working with each of these students this semester in their leadership prole. The positions are as follows:

Art Leaders
Lucy Lu and Emily Wang

Assembly and Events Leaders
Isabel Chen and Anneke Cook

Digital Leaders
Amy Cao and Lily Thomas

House Leaders

Lawrence House
Jessie Chen

Schofield House
Mia Chapman

Taylor House
Lucy Ciro

Singleton House
Simrah Ahsan

Library Leaders
Mut Yi and Candy Wu

Music Leaders
Suwedha Ranjith and Jessica Wu

School Captains
Elysia Wang and Raynee Wong

Sustainability Leaders
Laura Eigenraam and Jenny Wang

Wellbeing Leaders
Antonia Kokkinos and Cate Mead

Year 1 –  6 Ormiston Student Council
Students from Years 1 – 6 were awarded their Semester One Student Council badge this week. Congratulations to the following students:

Year 1G
Lucinda Reedman

Year 1J
Claudia Huang

Year 2B
Georgia Papadopoulos

Year 2S
Kathleen Lin

Year 3C
Audrey Zhu

Year 3L
Christine Moi

Year 4H
Charlotte Chong

Year 4G
Ashanti Rajakulendran

Year 5D/K
Charlotte Hayes

Year 5R
Vrinda Dhir

School Captains
Raynee Wong and Elysia Wang


Early Learning 3 and 4 – Relationships and Wellbeing

In Early Learning, we are aware of the importance of relationships for children’s mental health, wellbeing and learning. In our learning community, we value relationships and provide a supportive environment in which children can develop and build positive relationships with their teachers, other members of the class and the wider Early Learning and School community. Teachers encourage, support and foster positive relationships between the children. The environment and experiences, both within the classroom and outdoor garden. Promote and encourage the children to interact and work alongside each other and together in small groups. During these interactions, the children are encouraged to share, take turns and respond positively to others.

Teachers also model explicit communication strategies to support children to initiate interactions and participate in play and social experiences in ways that sustain productive relationships. Teachers spend time interacting with the children individually and in small groups to build a warm relationship and develop a sense of trust with each child; and to gain an understanding about each child’s strengths, interests and skills. It is also interesting to share that the quality of a child’s early relationships and their learning environment, impacts the way the connections between brain cells develop in the first few years of life.

(National Scientific Council, 2007)

Angela Follacchio

Early Learning Team Leader


Year 6 Escher x nendo Exhibition Excursion

The Year 6 students ventured into the city on Friday 15 February by train to see the Escher x nendo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Over the past few weeks, we have been learning about different types of transformations – reflection, rotation and translation – and the effect of each on different shapes. Tessellations, patterns and shapes surround us every day. They can be seen on floors, structures, logos and in nature and only when we draw our attention to them do we realise just how intertwined mathematics is within our world.

The way M. C. Escher used shape was fascinating to witness. We were captivated by the use of form and tessellation to create such beautiful and intricate pieces. His optical illusions generated a lot of conversation and we were left feeling inspired by the way Escher’s mind worked to create such unique artwork with very simple materials. Below are some responses from students about the exhibition.

“Escher’s artwork was so incredible and amazing. I couldn’t hold myself from saying wow at every artwork he made. How could he do something so amazing with a pencil?” – Suwedha Ranjith

“I learnt that Escher is a creative person. He created lots of impossible pictures. At first, I thought tessellations are very easy to do. You just draw the shape and draw another one, connecting to the first shape. After we went to the National Gallery of Victoria and looked at Escher’s drawings, I look differently at tessellations and the fact that they could be any shape and you can be creative with it.” – Jessie Chen

“I learnt that Escher has to do many drafts before making the final copy. I learnt that some of his artworks are based off of something and that Escher wants to leave people with a question or two.” – Raynee Wong

“What fascinated me is how Escher used maths elements in his artwork. He used them in a way that made me wonder how it managed to fit. I wonder how he made all the illusions happen making it so mindboggling for me. I also wonder how he made all his drawings look so real and if he liked lizards.” – Elysia Wang

“I see tessellations with pictures. With abstract art. With… shapes. I now mainly look at tessellations and realise how clever they are – how the original is rotated into another one of the shapes, fitting perfectly into one another. I wonder how Escher discovered a world of tessellation and how he made infinity signs with easy shapes (eg. triangles, circles, etc.)” – Amy Cao

This exhibition will challenge you to view shape and tessellation in completely new ways and we hope everyone is able to visit and witness the artistic genius of M. C. Escher for themselves.

Katrina Cheong and Nancy Robottom
Year 6 Class Teachers


Foundation to Year 6 Ormiston Assemblies – Term 1

All families are invited to our weekly Ormiston assemblies. They run from 8.40am – 9.15am on a Wednesday morning and our Principal, Debbie Dunwoody and Deputy Principal, Cathy Poyser will regularly attend our assemblies. I look forward to seeing many families attending an assembly this year.

Week 4
February 27 – Gratitude Panning for Gold

Week 5
March 6 – Gratitude Panning for Gold

Week 6
March 13 – Positive Identity I am…

Week 7
March 20 – Positive Identity I am…

Week 8
March  27 – Ormiston Spirit Awards

Week 9
4 April (Thursday) – Easter Service at St Marks Church at 10.30am – 11.00am


I look forward to seeing as many parents as possible at our Summer Spectacular event tomorrow Saturday 23 February. Please look out for our Junior School Stall which has lots of wonderful gifts to buy for family and friends.

Yours sincerely,


Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School