From small beginnings, great things grow. The beginnings of Ormiston College were small, with just 162 students in Year 1 to Year 5 when teaching commenced in 1988. However, the groundwork and the foundations were strong; established at the first meeting convened in November 1985 to found the first independent school in the Redlands area of Brisbane.
From the outset, establishing the positive environment of the school was critical. An initial 16 acres was purchased in late 1986 in open farmland country close to the fresh expanse and cooling breezes of Moreton Bay. By 1989, an additional 29 acres was purchased and, such was the popularity of the College, at the end of those four short years another six classrooms were added to accommodate a total 346 students.
Growth was rapid, requiring clear foresight and planning and excellent management by the Board of Directors, the Interim Headmaster, Dr Max Howell, and the College Executive Committee. In 1990 an administration block, and a music and art centre were completed and the first Year 7 grade was added to the private elementary school, building the school to 402 students. By 1994, the College had grown to Years 1 to 11 and accommodated 725 students, expanding the private high school to Year 12 in 1995 when Mr David Hosking accepted the position of Headmaster, providing exceptional service to the College over the next 11 years.
Ormiston College expanded rapidly with the Library Resource Centre opening in 1995, followed closely by the heated Marsson Aquatic Centre opened by Tracey Wickham in 1997, and the professional-standard Lingo Lin Performing Arts Theatre in 1998. We had our first intake of Pre-School students in 2000. Our magnificent indoor multi-sport Somerset Sports Centre opened in 2004.
Following years of detailed planning and consultation, the Early Learning Centre was completed and opened in July of 2007 by the familiar and endearing children’s show personality, Noni Hazlehurst, and has proven to be an enriching and supportive first step in the lives of our children. The Junior Arts Centre, with a 150-seat theatre and six practice rooms, was opened in 2011 by Senator Clair Moore. It provides exceptional learning spaces for the Junior Music, Visual Arts and Drama programs, enhancing the cultural development of our Junior students.
Today, Ormiston College stands amidst 26 skilfully maintained hectares showcasing a rich blend of sporting ovals and facilities, widely spread heritage-inspired buildings, natural bushland and green space, beautifully manicured lawns and lush gardens. As a world standard coeducational, non-denominational Christian College, Ormiston College now caters for over 1300 students from Prep to Year 12 and carries a teaching staff of 101 with 61 non-teaching staff in support.
Over the years, our graduates have excelled academically and culturally and now live, work and enjoy highly successful careers in many parts of the world.
Our current College Headmaster, Mr Brett Webster, commenced in January 2006 and has continued to offer an outstanding level of leadership and direction to the College, establishing Ormiston College as one of the premier schools in the Independent Schools Association.