Junior School


Junior School

December 4, 2020

Ormiston Spirit Awards

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded our annual Ormiston Spirit Awards for 2020. This prestigious award is handed to students that consistently display the school values of respect, integrity, commitment, hope and courage.

Foundation – Kayla Chen

Year 1 – Emma Zhang

Year 2S – Cynthia Li

Year 2Z – Serena Hu

Year 3L – Lauren Tang

Year 3R – Ruth Whelan

Year 4G – Stefanie Nguyen

Year 4C – Mo Lin Yu

Year 5D/W – Emily Foo

Year 5S – Aathana Sivapalan

Year 6C – Sophia Zeitoune

Year 6R – Zoe Lim

F-3 Music – Lu Year 3L

Year 4-6 Music – Jasmine Xie Year 4C

Library –Amber Chia Year 6R

Chinese – Aratrika Kadam Year 3R & Cathy Wang Year 4C

French – Samantha Lovell Year 5DW


Year 6 Graduation Ceremony

This year, our Year 6 Graduation Ceremony was organised differently due to COVID-19 restrictions, however many aspects of the ceremony remained the same as previous years. Each Year 6 student was awarded their Graduation certificate by our Principal Debbie Dunwoody and two students were awarded the following special awards: Millie Greenbank of Year 6R was awarded the Elizabeth Lockley Citizenship Award and Rithanyaa Prakash of Year 6C was awarded the Marjorie Shaw Award for General Excellence.

A special mention must go to 11 of our Year 6 students who started their educational journey in our Early Learning Centre. These students have spent either 8 or 9 years here at Ormiston and are ready to continue onto Senior School. The students are:

> Rida Cao

> Amber Chia

> Madeleine Huynh

> Usha Nadarajah

> Anika Selvaratnam

> Sharon Tjioe

> Penelope Petrakis

> Trinity Sideris

> Anneka Sinnappu

> Zoe Lim

> Sofia Giannicos

> Mara Vais

The Year 6 students performed a unique activity called body percussion and this performance signified the handover between Year 6 and Year 5 students. Specific videos were once again presented at the ceremony which gave our school community the opportunity to learn more about our Year 6 students.

I would like to thank our Year 6 class teachers Katrina Cheong and Nancy Robottom for all their planning and preparation in organising a very successful ‘live’ ceremony this year. Additionally, I would like to thank our CGGS Information Technology Team for all their help and expertise in making sure the event was ‘Live Streamed’ successfully into our Ormiston classrooms. A wonderful team effort!

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Year 3 & 4 Extended Day

The Year 3 & 4 students thoroughly enjoyed their camp experience this year. Shane Maycock our Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-Curricular Programs organised an extended day that involved a number of educational outdoor activities such as:

> Group imitative activities such as the cup moving challenge

> Nature walk

> Extended play tasks such as giant chess, photo challenge, bombardment and scooter board races

> Movie night

Here are some Year 3 extended day reflections from specific students:

“My favourite part of the day was making the paper rockets – even though mine did not work. I liked this activity because it was clever using the straw to make the rocket fly.” – Sophie-May 3L

“Something I found challenging was trying to think of ideas during the cup challenge because you couldn’t touch the cup with your hands and you had to leave a few centimetres between the cups.” – Joyce 3R

“I worked well with Kathleen and Aaratrika because we followed instructions and cooperated with each other.” – Selinna 3L

“My favourite part of the day was when we were doing nature art because we created impressions of leaves in the air-drying clay. I put it on my Christmas tree and it looked stunning.” – Aaratrika 3R

“I found the photo hunt challenging because there were some pictures which we had no idea where they were. After we found them, we had to crack the code. My team could not figure it out.” – Ruth 3L

“I worked well with Sophie-May and Shreya because when we didn’t know where the pictures were for the scavenger hunt we helped each other out to find them.”

A big thank you must go to the Year 3 & 4 class teachers Rebecca Leondidis, Liz Ruffles, Jasvindar Gill and Craig Goodwin for helping organise the day with Shane Maycock. Also, I would like to thank Emma Hinchliffe for helping to make the day such a success. The Year 3 & 4 students are definitely ready to tackle camp in 2021.

Year 5 & 6 Extended Day

As the Year 5 & 6 students missed out on their camp experience this year, the class teachers and Mr Maycock organised an extended day of outdoor camp activities here at Ormiston. The students were excited to complete a number of different activities that included:

> NASA Mars Landing Mission

> Orienteering Photo Hunt

> Nature Art Sketching

> Talent Show

> Movie Night

Congratulations to all the students that joined in on the day. I would like to thank the class teachers Anjali de Quadros, Meagan Wilson, Fiorella Soci, Katrina Cheong and Nancy Robottom for all their work, as well as Emma Hinchliffe for helping with the organisation of activities and food and drink from Pinwheel & Co.

2020 Boroondara Literary Awards

It was a great pleasure to find out that two of our Ormiston students were recognised at the annual 2020 Boroondara Literary Awards that were conducted virtually on Webex on Thursday 3 December at 6.30 – 7.45pm.

Congratulations to Samantha Lovell of Year 5D/W and Victoria Mao of Year 6C who both received awards at this ceremony. Both students completed their written entries during remote learning earlier in the year.

The Boroondara Literary Awards are a joint activity of the Rotary Club of Balwyn and the City of Boroondara and we look forward to participating in this literary activity next year.


EL3 – Year 2 Little Smiles Dental Visit

We were pleased to have Jesslyn, an Oral Health Therapist, and Valerie, a Dental nurse, from Little smiles at Carrington Health visit on Tuesday morning.

Students in EL3 and EL4, Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 each received an education session about good dental hygiene and those with parental consent received a free dental screening and a bag with a toothbrush, toothpaste and a letter with the findings of the screen.

We encourage parents to read the findings and if necessary to make an appointment with your regular dentist for a follow up treatment if this has been advised.

Jacquie Little & Kylie McDonald
School Nurses


Year 3 Ormiston Prayers

Each week Junior School students lead us in prayer. Last week Amelia and Aaratrika in Year 3 prayed in this way.

Dear God,

We thank you for supporting us during this difficult time, especially when COVID-19 took over the world.  We are grateful for having such a caring and loving Father. We also thank you for helping us every step of the way this year.

We are very happy because of your kindness and your patience.  We ask you to help everyone live as long as they can, because everyone deserves to live a happy life. We wish that hope follows everyone through this new adventure. 


Helen Creed
School Chaplin


I wish all of our Ormiston families a safe and restful Christmas and New Year and may this festive season be filled with love, joy, peace and happiness for all.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School