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Compassion for Aged Care Residents

​Over Terms 2 and 3 Ormiston College students completed an Act of Compassion activity, which saw the creation of over 400 handwritten cards and letters for the residents of Regis Aged Care in Birkdale.

Further recognition for the Ormiston College Centre for Learning and Innovation

Ormiston College was delighted to hear they had been named, yet again, for their most recent architectural addition, the Centre for Learning and Innovation. This prestigious acknowledgement was announced by the national association, Learning Environments Australasia (LEA), during their 13th Annual Awards event in the middle of June.

Lest we Forget - ANZAC Day Commemoration

​Each year, the students of Ormiston College take part in a ceremony commemorating ANZAC Day, allowing them to demonstrate their respect for this important historic tradition.

The Quest National Competition

To win one challenge in a major state competition is excellent, but to win two out of three and be informed that no other team has ever accomplished such, is extremely encouraging; especially when the final national challenge is only a matter of days away.

Farewell Class of 2019

On Friday 15 November, the Ormiston College community bid farewell to this year's Year 12 cohort at a whole school assembly which was followed by a Graduation and Valedictory ceremony.

A new tradition for the College

On Friday 1 November, Ormiston College held the inaugural Generations’ Breakfast, an occasion that is to become a biennial tradition for the school.

GALA 2019: Lost in Space

An out-of-this-world music Gala was presented on Friday 18 October, in the Somerset Sports Centre.

Kindness ROCKS!

​Throughout the entire year, Ormiston College students are given many opportunities in which to demonstrate their genuine care and consideration for others. From as early as Prep, through to Year 12, students are taught to look out for their friends and to assist in any way they can, should they feel there is an upset or a challenge.

The Chop 2019

Ormiston College is extremely proud of 23, Year 12 girls who took part in The Chop 2019 on Tuesday 15 October. The girls individually consented to have 20cm of their hair chopped to donated to Children with Hair Loss.

Further recognition for Ormiston College staff

It has been a proud and gratifying year for the College with continuing awards bestowed upon the school and more importantly upon several members of College staff.

OCPreneur Challenge 2019

Over 50 Year 6 students rose to the 2019 OCPreneur challenge and pitched their business ideas to a panel of experts including Entrepreneur Mr Steve Baxter, Headmaster Mr Webster, Business Manager Mrs Johal and Secondary School Subject Coordinator - Business Mr Molyneux.

Excellence in Educational Leadership Award

On 27 August, the Queensland Branch of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL), held their Annual Award Ceremony. Ormiston College congratulates Mrs Lee Catterall, Deputy Head of College, on receiving the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.

​Christmas in July Trivia Night

Everywhere you looked there were happy groups of people dressed in red or green, silver and gold tinsel or other Christmas attire, all decorating their tables.

Singing for Your Supper

On Friday 14 June, the Ormiston College Music Department hosted the annual ‘Singing for Your Supper’ evening, which showcased the College Choirs from Prep to Year 12.

Hearts & Hands visit the Redland Hospital

On Tuesday 11 June, our Year 11 Hearts & Hands crew members visited the Redland Hospital to donate knitted blankets and octopuses, made by parents, grandparents and staff members of the OC community.

The Connected Generation Parent Workshop

This week, over 100 parents joined us for The Connected Generation Workshop. Special guest presenter and parent, Richard Booth delivered two sessions on the latest social apps, being a good digital citizen and some practical take-home tips aimed at protecting our children while online.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Students from Prep to Year 2 took part in National Simultaneous Storytime in the CLI, joining children Australia-wide in taking time out of their day to read 'Alpacas with Maracas'.

Rave Reviews for Mary Poppins

Congratulations to the students, volunteers and staff who delivered a ‘practically perfect’ musical for Ormiston College. The community response has been phenomenal.

The Official Opening of the CLI

On Tuesday 30 April, special guests, staff, students and parents gathered to share the experience of yet another milestone for Ormiston College as the new Centre for Learning and Innovation was officially opened by His Excellency, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland.

2019 ANZAC Day Commemoration Service – Lest We Forget

Ormiston College staff and students, plus special guests, Mr Paul Oates from the Cleveland RSL Branch and Redlands Councillor Tracey Huges, attended a special ANZAC Day commemoration service on Wednesday 24 April.

Ormiston College Student named for Queensland Youth Parliament

Year 11 student Lauren Sullivan has been named in this year's cohort to represent the Redlands at Queensland Youth Parliament.

P&F Association 2019 Executive Committee Announced

The P&F Association 2019 Executive Committee was announced at the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 27 March.

Parent Workshop - Engaging Students in the Writing Process

On Tuesday 26 March we held an “Engaging Students in the Writing Process” workshop for our parents in Prep to Year 9. Our main aim for this workshop was to equip our parents with an understanding of how we approach writing in the classroom. By sharing the language and techniques we use, we hope to open a powerful dialogue between home and school that encourages our families be on the lookout for texts that inspire the imagination, provoke passion through persuasion and entice the senses.

Back to Where it all Began - POPS and Past Staff College Tour

On Tuesday 19 March a group of Parents of Past Students and Past Staff attended our first-ever tour of the College that was specifically arranged for members of POPS and PS.

National Day of Action against Bullying

The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is an opportunity for the whole school community to 'take a stand together' against bullying.

Chaplaincy Pancake Breakfast

Students from all over the campus came together this morning to enjoy a free pancake outside the Chapel to celebrate Shrove Tuesday and Chaplaincy at OC.

Centre for Learning and Innovation News Update

Our new Centre for Learning and Innovation opened to the school community at the beginning of the year. It has been wonderful seeing our students, parents and staff begin to embrace the facility for learning activities, events and social gatherings. It has certainly become the hub of the school community! With so much happening, we will be providing regular updates to showcase the spaces, learning activities and the numerous events occurring in the building. In each update we will include a spotlight learning area to highlight how this space supports teaching and learning in the 21st Century.

Creating a Culture of Reading in your Home

We recently held the Creating a Culture of Reading Volunteer Workshop in the CLI and are happy to welcome a number of new parents to the volunteer program this year. This event always reminds me of the importance of involving our parents in their children’s learning and especially, in ways that they can encourage a love of reading at home.

Coles Sports for Schools

During last year's “Coles Sports for School” promotion, our College families collected thousands of tickets which the P&F pooled together.

The 2019 Social Justice Project

This year the Social Justice Committee are focusing support for the Redlands Community Centre program ‘Homeless United’. The support gained from Ormiston College will go towards making a positive difference to the homeless youth in Redlands.

Mary Poppins Launches in Style!

Sunday 10 February saw the launch of our 2019 Ormiston College Musical – the iconic Mary Poppins. Joining the cast for the first hour of rehearsals, were our dedicated parents, all keen to hear how the creative vision for the show will be realised. Thank you to Mrs Lee Catterall – Deputy Head of College for officially launching our Season.

Student leaders for 2019 presented

On Friday 8 February, staff and all students from Year 1 to Year 12 made their way across campus to gather in the Somerset Sports Centre for the very first whole school assembly for 2019, celebrating the Prefects’ Investiture and Presentation of the Year 6 Student Leaders.

Ormiston College 2019 Musical Cast Announcement

Every two years a burgeoning wave of excitement starts to flow around campus. When that happens, you know that it is a College Musical year!

POPS Mums enjoy a coffee at Cleveland Harbour

A quote that is very relevant to POPS is … … "Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side-by-side; our roots will always be tangled. I'm glad for that." Ally Condie.

Welcome new OC Staff

It is wonderful to have some new additions joining the Ormiston College teaching team this year.

Thank You From Hearts & Hands

Term 4 has been very busy for Hearts & Hands students and volunteers.

P&F Community Award - Congratulations Judy Mathes-Doy

Congratulations to Judy Mathes-Doy on receiving this semester’s P&F Community Award. Judy is a grandmother of two students at Ormiston College (Jamal, Year 8 and Leyla, Year 6), and has been volunteering on a weekly basis in the Uniform Shop for almost two years.

30th Anniversary Celebration

Members of the Ormiston College community came together last Saturday night for our 30th Anniversary Cocktail party.

Happy Birthday OC!

Happy Birthday OC! Each year, Ormiston College celebrates 22 October as its Foundation Day.

Run4Fun Colour Explosion!

The Junior Support Group held the first ever Run4Fun Colour Explosion last Friday 12 October. We were grateful that the rain held off, enabling 400 students to enjoy a fabulous afternoon.

Chess Invitational

On ​Tuesday 18 September,128 students from 14 different schools competed in three hours of fast, furious and fantastic chess at Ormiston College’s biennial chess competition.​

Students chopping their hair for charity

This semester, 16 girls from Year 12 will be cutting and donating more than 20cm of their hair, all for two very worthy causes.

Australia's Best School - Use of Technology

Ormiston College is proud to be the national winner of the 2018 Australian Education Award for Best Use of Technology.

Aerobics Success

Our Aerobics teams had a successful day at the FISAF (Federation of International Sport Aerobics & Fitness) Schools Stream National Championships which were held at the Sleeman Sports Complex on Saturday 11th August.

OC Alumni Fundraise for Mater Chicks in Pink

OC Alumni Conor Grimes, Michaela Mulder and Dylan Pearse (Class of 2015), and Declan Grimes (Class of 2013), have been busy fundraising for Mater Chicks in Pink.

Big News for OC Chess

The Ormiston College Chess Club is able to boast about two major events within the club this term.

Schools Tree Day

The Environment Committee took part in the Schools Tree Day on Friday 27 July with 40 new native plants finding a home in the reserve behind the Early Learning Centre.

Cicada Awards Winners

On Friday 20 July, six Ormiston College students attended the screening of the 2018 Cicada Awards.

Visit from the Connect2Group

Representatives from the Connect2Group attended Headmaster’s Assembly on Friday to provide students with more information about its function and to thank them for the ongoing support of their organisation and its activities.

Ormiston College, Australian Education Award Finalists

Every new acknowledgement of the wonderful work we do here at Ormiston College confirms for us that we are continuing to do a superb job when it comes to providing our students with the very best education that a school can offer.

Maths Team Challenge Success

The College community proudly welcomed home this year’s Maths Team Challenge students who competed in the annual competition at Moreton Bay College this week.

Language Perfect World Championships Achievements

Last month, 2500 schools from around the world, including Ormiston College, took part in the Language Perfect World Championships.

Morning Tea with Mr Webster

Once again this year, new students made the trek to the College boardroom for morning tea with the Headmaster.

OC Carnival Fun

The OC P&F Carnival on Saturday was a huge success and a truly wonderful celebration for the community.

Twilight Jazz On The Green

On Friday 18 May, the Ormiston College Music Department hosted its inaugural Twilight Jazz On The Green.

Pink Cupcakes For Pink Day

A pink cupcake was the food of choice at last weekend’s TAS games when OC Rugby held their annual Pink Day.

A Visit From Shayna Jack

Commonwealth Games gold medallist and OC Alumni, Shayna Jack, was our special guest at Headmaster’s Assembly last Friday. Shayna was interviewed by our Dean of Activities, Jack Pincott, in front of the Secondary School audience.

Delvene Cockatoo-Collins Visits OC

Ormiston College was honoured to host Delvene Cockatoo-Collins as our Artist In Residence on the 2 May. An emerging artist from Stradbroke Island, Delvene has an impressive folio of work nationally and internationally, with an exhibition currently held at Redland Art Gallery.

Exceptional Service By An Exceptional Young Man

Prefect, Oliver Breadmore, has demonstrated what it means to be a leader not only in our community but much further afield.

Microsoft EduMeet Conference

Ormiston College continues to lead the way through its continual introduction of innovative pedagogy.

Kanagawa Gakuen Student Visit

On Saturday 3 March, Ormiston College welcomed twenty Japanese students and two teachers from our Sister City School, Kanagawa Gakuen in Yokohama, Japan.

Clean-Up Australia Day

On Sunday 4 March, students of Ormiston College were exclusively invited to participate in Clean-Up Australia Day alongside the Marine Research and Rescue Team at Sea World.

Students 'Give it up for BABI'

Commencing in Week 2, the Social Justice Committee will begin project 'Give it up for BABI' to help support and fundraise for a BABI Youth Centre to be refurbished.

All the glamour and glitter of Hollywood

One has to admit Ormiston College does nothing by halves. The 2017 POPS and OC Alumni ‘Hollywood Glam’ Trivia Night certainly created a sparkle.

Cooking up a feast

Recently, some of our Hearts & Hands team cooked up a feast as they stayed back after school to prepare meals for those in need.

OC students bring home champion school trophy!

The mighty mathletes returned to the competition in 2017 to defend their trophies and are thrilled to have claimed the Year 11/12 Senior, the Year 7/8 Junior and Year 9/10 Intermediate Divisions, as well as the Overall Champion School.

Students exhibit their creations

Tuesday 16 May saw the opening of a combined Year 6 and Year 7 gallery exhibit displaying work from Term 1.


Since late last year when BRING IT ON – THE MUSICAL was announced as the chosen production for 2017 the College has been abuzz with excitement. In true Ormiston College spirit, it didn’t take long before students, staff and parents put up their hands to become part of this OC arts highpoint.

Social Justice Committee helps local not-for-profit community organisation BABI

This year, the Ormiston College Social Justice Committee have decided to shine the spotlight on disadvantaged youth in our local community.

Leading the way through 2017

In the early weeks of each school year we pause to recognise many Junior and Secondary School students who take on various leadership roles. Without doubt a highlight within this period is the investiture of our College Captains, Prefects and Junior School Year 6 Leaders.

Supporting our students

The Student Support Services team look forward to supporting your child in reaching their full potential – emotionally, socially, and academically, alongside the amazing team of educators at Ormiston College.

Returning to School

Returning to school after the holidays can be a stressful time for both children and parents. It is normal for nearly all children (and adults!) to experience some back-to-school nerves that should reduce over a couple of weeks.

OC staff fuzz-up for Movember

A number of Ormiston College staff are taking part in 'Movember' this month and have been growing some fuzz on the top lip in an effort to raise awareness and money for men's health.

Ormiston College students remember those who have fallen

On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, a minutes’ silence is observed and dedicated to those soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation.

Supporting McHappy Day at McDonalds Cleveland

Ormiston College once again supported this worthy cause with 32 students and 11 staff helping to raise money at McDonalds Cleveland.

Connections – a vibrant showcase of student art

​What a night!! With over 1,000 artworks from Visual Art students across the College the 2016 Art Show was a memorable event. Guests enjoyed walking through the ‘Connections’ installation and adding their own connections.

School Community’s Eat Street

On Wednesday 19 October, the School Community’s Eat Street event was held in the Secondary School as part of the College’s 28th birthday celebrations.

Year 9 Art Exhibit 'Exploring the Human Figure'

On Friday 14 October, the Year 9 students welcomed parents, teachers and peers to view their exhibit ‘Exploring the Human Figure’ in the Shared Space Art Gallery.

OC students cook up a storm with their hearts and hands!

On Saturday 8 October Hearts and Hands had its inaugural cook up, beginning the Food Bank initiative.

Ormiston College lends hearts and hands

The first Heats & Hands initiative commences this week with a ‘cook-up’ on Saturday 8 October.

Ormiston College bi-annual Chess Invitational Tournament

OC students take out the Beginners School Trophy with skill and dominance across the board

Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast

​A number of College staff and Year 12 School Leaders attended the Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast on 26 August at the Redlands Sporting Club.​

Students celebrate Queensland Debating Union achievements

Late in August the Queensland Debating Union (QDU) Secondary Schools Competition drew to a close for Year 8 to Year 12 teams. It was an exciting 2016 debating season with exceptional achievements all round. Three of our teams, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 11 progressed through to the final rounds, with our Year 10 being defeated in the last 16, just prior to the quarter finals.

MOCCHA Club creates another extravaganza

There has been no rest since OC’s volunteer craft group finished the Carnival’s OC House of Horrors. The ladies have been busily working this term on the sets and costumes for the upcoming Junior Drama Production - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Schools Tree Day

Students plant 40 native shrubs to celebrate Schools Tree Day

Poppies knitted by hundreds of volunteers displayed at Pozieres, a small village in Northern France

The poppies knitted by the Ormiston College community were proudly presented to the Mayor of Pozieres, Mr Bernard Delattre.

Welcome German Exchange Students!

While the Northern Hemisphere is enjoying Summer holidays, 3 German students are spending a large part of July and August (18/07/16-23/08/16) as exchange students at Ormiston College.

Greece Tour 2016: Hype Equals Reality

Those who had gone before told us it was the trip of their life! They told us it was an amazing experience! They told us it was not to be missed! So it was that 24 Year 11 and 12 Humanities students who signed up to see if the hype matched reality. Greece Tour 2016!

2016 Bayside District Readers Cup

On Thursday 9 June, Ormiston College hosted the Bayside District Readers Cup competition in the CLI.

Visual Arts Hive of Creativity

​To celebrate International Arts Education Week a magnificent ‘Chill Out Hive’ was created on the Northern Courtyard lawn.

Ormiston students embrace the arts

International Arts Education Week is to stimulate local and global awareness of the important part ‘the arts’ play in our everyday lives.

Success at the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) Competition

The Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition is an international competition, administered by the Australian Mathematics Trust to promote logical and algorithmic thinking, which are two fundamental skills required in the study of Informatics.

Students and staff pay their respect to the Anzacs

​The entire student population from Prep through to Year 12 attended a special ANZAC Day commemoration service on Friday, 22 April,

Ormiston College staff leading the way …

Over the past two decades College graduates have built up a strong reputation for academic excellence but in the past few years it has been staff members that have placed the name Ormiston College on the map.

A permanent remembrance of Community Service Abroad to India

As a permanent remembrance of or Community Service Abroad to India in December 2015, we have now purchased a mandala – a symbolic Indian religious symbol representing the universe.

​Next generation of education leaders

The Educator magazine is part of an international group of publications dedicated to professionals in various fields. Their latest edition featured a list entitled ‘Rising Stars 2016’, in recognition of the industry’s best and brightest talent under the age of 40.

Students show Compassion and Service through Reading

This year, 30 Ormiston College students have signed up to become a reading ‘buddy’ by helping a student who is struggling to improve their reading skills.

Prefects’ Breakfast – Celebrating 21 Years of Leadership

Close to 100 people arrived at the Hall of Fame on Friday, 19 February, to attend the 10th Biennial Prefects’ Breakfast.

OC students providing community service abroad

Senior School students travel to India to help refurbish pre-schools.

Ormiston College staff receive worldwide leadership status

Ormiston College the only Microsoft Showcase School in Australia to have four Innovation Educator Experts.