Junior School


Junior School

July 17, 2020

A big WELCOME to new Foundation – Year 6 students!

I would like to congratulate our new students who have settled in very well this week, and have all adapted commendably to our remote learning program. I know our Junior School administrative team and class teachers have made them feel welcome for the start of Term 3. I encourage our current students in the year levels below, to extend a warm Ormiston welcome to these students online. Our new students are:

Year 4
Zihan Li – Year 4G
Amy Qi – Year 4C

Year 5
Alexia Stuart-Adams – Year 5S

Year 6
Isabelle Santoso – Year 6R



Helping Foundation – Year 6 Students with Remote Learning

From observations made with our Term 2 remote learning program, we encourage parents to help their child in different ways. Here are some ideas: 

Brain Break
It is important for family members to take a break during a day of remote learning. Try to ensure everyone in the family has a proper breakfast and lunch and no students should be online all day or submitting schoolwork late in the afternoon or evening.

Create an Effective Workspace
Each day parents could help their child ensure they have everything they need before they begin their day of schoolwork. It is also helpful to have your child’s workspace in a part of your home that is readily accessible by parents.

Listen to Feedback
It is helpful for students to carefully read their teachers’ feedback to know what they did well and tips for working towards their next learning goal. Regular Zoom meetings are good to check-in with teachers and for students to ask questions about their learning.



Co-Curricular Activities for Remote Learning Program

Here are the co-curricular activities for Term 3:

Synchronous Zoom Sessions                                                   

Year 3 & 4 Book Club /Monday 3.30pm – 4.00pm

Year 5 & 6 Book Club /Monday 3.30pm – 4.00pm

Year 5 & 6 STEM Challenge /Wednesday 3.30pm – 4.00pm

Year 2 – 6 STEAM Ahead /Thursday 3.30pm – 4.00pm

Foundation – Year 6 Ormiston Active /Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 3.30pm -4.00pm


Asynchronous Video Sessions

Year 2 Art Club /Tuesday 3.30pm – 4.00pm

Year 2 – 6 Netball /Videos distributed every Monday on Seesaw

Please contact Vicki Ibbott juniorcoordinator@cggs.vic.edu.aufor further details.



Foundation – Year 6 Units of Inquiry

I would like to share with all families each year level’s Unit of Inquiry for Term 3:

Foundation –What’s it made of? and How can we be safe and healthy?

Year 1 –How does it move?

Year 2 –How can looking at the past help us to understand the present?

Year 3 –What natural and human characteristics make Australia unique?

Year 4 –How do ecosystems support life on Earth?

Year 5 –How can informed choices help to create a sustainable world?

Year 6 – How has migration impacted the lives of people in Australia today?



Year 6 – Online Sustainable Inventions Exhibition

As part of the Year 6 inquiry question: ‘How can we use energy in a sustainable way? The students applied their knowledge of energy sources and electrical circuits to create their own working model or plan of a sustainable system that could be used in their everyday lives. They had hoped to be able to share their outstanding ideas and working prototypes with you in person, however in these uncertain times, we have adapted and created an online exhibition for you to explore.

We invite you to view the Year 6 Sustainable Inventions on the following link and we would value your feedback on the student’s ideas and inventions. You can do this by adding a comment beneath the video posts.


We hope that you will enjoy viewing these incredible inventions and that you are inspired to use energy sustainably in your daily lives.

Katrina Cheong and Nancy Robottom
Year 6 Class Teachers



Thank You!

I would like to thank all Ormiston families and our Junior School staff for transitioning into remote learning in a very seamless manner this week. If any parents have questions about their child’s learning, I encourage them to contact their child’s class teacher.

I wish all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.


Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School