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100 Days of Prep Celebrations

This week we celebrated 100 Days of Prep with youngest students and their wonderful teachers. The Prep students had a fabulous time celebrating their 100th day of school.

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.

Debut Performance for Beginner Band

A very enthusiastic group of Year 5 musicians have worked hard throughout Semester 1 mastering their instruments whilst experiencing the fun of making music in a full band context.

Ormiston College, 2020 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.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Today, our youngest learners stopped and were part of the almost 1.3 million students Australia-wide to read Lucinda Gifford’s “Whitney and Britney - Chicken Divas!

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.

2020 Prefects Investiture and Year 6 Student Leader Induction

On Friday 7 February, staff and all students from Year 3 to Year 12 made their way across campus to gather in the Somerset Sports Centre for the very first whole school assembly for 2020, celebrating the Prefects’ Investiture and Presentation of the Year 6 Student Leaders.

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.

Ormiston College choir members perform in State Honours Ensemble Program, Griffith University

Ormiston College Junior School choir students from Year 4 and Year 5 represented the College at this year’s Primary SHEP (State Honours Ensemble Program). They joined ensembles of over 100 students, singing songs from around the world, songs from across time, and in particular, songs by renowned Australian composers.

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.

Five times winner of The Educator Innovative Schools award

The annual Innovative Schools Award defines excellence in the K – 12 education sector. To be acknowledged and selected as one of the Australia’s top schools from its inception was certainly an honour. However, to remain in that position, whereby we are continually being recognised for progressive development and further improvement in the teaching and learning at the cutting-edge of technology, proves that Ormiston College is delivering the very best in education. We were delighted to again receive the Award for 2019.

2019 Speech Night

Every Speech Night is a special occasion, but this year marks 25 years since its inauguration.

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.

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.

Music To Our Ears

On Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 August, String students from Ormiston College travelled to Brisbane Grammar School, to take part in the Combined Schools String Festival

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.

Reader's Cup

Last week, 10 students from Years 5 to 8 participated in the Bayside Regional Readers’ Cup Competition.

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.

STEM Hackathon

Students from Ormiston College were recently invited to the National Education Summit held at the Brisbane Convention Centre to showcase their classroom learning and technology use in a Hackathon.

The ELC Celebrate Elmer's 30th Birthday

Inspired by 'Elmer’s Walk', a book about the celebration of mindfulness by David McKee, the ELC children set out into the College campus (in their brightest party attire) to experience their own 'Elmer's Walk'.

Ormiston College, 2019 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.

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'.

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.

Local artist inspires Year 6 students

The Year 6 cohort started this term with a visit from Aunty Sandra Delaney, a local woman from Quandamooka country.

Band Extravaganza

​On Wednesday evening, the Ormiston College Band Extravaganza was held in the Lingo Lin Performing Arts Theatre.

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.

Somerset Storyfest

On Thursday 21 March, 14 of our Year 6 students had the opportunity to attend Somerset Storyfest for a celebration of children’s literature, reading, writing and illustration.

Year 2 Excursion to Ormiston House

On Tuesday 5 March, Year 2 students travelled to Ormiston House, one of the first houses in the area, as part of their Local Area studies.

Farewell Kanagawa Gakuen Students

Early on Sunday morning we farewelled twenty students and two teachers from our sister school in Japan, Kanagawa Gakuen. Although many tears were shed as the visitors boarded the bus, everyone has many happy memories of the visit.

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.

Young Leaders Day 2019

It is not everyday that you get an opportunity to listen to an Olympian share how she made her dreams a reality, an acclaimed author discuss the importance of persistence, find out why a person has dedicated their life to improving the education of Ugandan children and be moved by how a double amputee survivor has maintained a positive outlook on life.

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.

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!

Our First Day of Prep

It was a busy first day for the new Prep students at Ormiston College as they embarked on a new learning adventure together. There were great big smiles and a few nervous tears as they farewelled their families and commenced their first day with play, songs and shared story time.

Hockey Program Well Received By Students

Ormiston College has a proud tradition of TAS Field Hockey success.

Ormiston College Junior Choirs ‘On Tour’

Last Monday, 19th November, the Junior School choirs from Ormiston College once again packed their bags and went ‘on tour’ in the Redlands area. The Kinder Chorus, the Pochino Choir and OC Singers delighted young and young-at-heart with a selection of choir favourites and Christmas singing.

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 Support Indigenous Literacy Foundation

Junior School students took part in The Great Book Swap recently which saw funds raised go to a very worthy cause.

Ormiston College 2018 Entrepreneur Challenge

This morning over 35 budding Entrepreneurs from Year 6 at Ormiston College pitched their business ideas to Entrepreneur Mr Steve Baxter who is well known for his role in the TV Show Shark Tank. Our Headmaster, Mr Webster and Business Manager, Mrs Johal were also on the panel.

Students Dance To The Beat Of The Taiko Drums

On Wednesday 6 June, Year 6 students were entertained by a dynamic taiko drumming performance in the Lingo Lin Theatre.

Chess Success

It was a very successful evening of Chess for our younger students on Tuesday 26 May when 25 very keen Ormiston College students attended the chess competition at Moreton Bay Boys' College.

Microsoft EduMeet Conference

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

OC Parent Writing Workshop

​Last week our Prep to Year 9 parents joined us for an ‘Engaging Students in the Writing Process Workshop’.

Speaking in tongues – Christoff is back!

Year 5 students were entertained through music, tricks, jokes and words by a multi-talented showman Christoff

Students celebrate excellence at annual Speech Night

This year's Speech Night was another wonderful celebration for the students of Ormiston College.

We did it again! OC named one of Australia's most Innovative Schools for the third consecutive year.

Ormiston College takes innovation to a whole new level.

The Play’s The Thing: Cultivating innovation in the Drama Classroom

Drama challenges students to role-play and learn practically through the senses. Drama is also a subject that supports holistic development. Drama provides real-world learning experiences that strive to prepare students for the twenty first century.

World visionary in education tech experiences 21st century learning at OC.

Both staff and students were fortunate to have Dr Gary Stager, one of the world’s leading experts and advocates for computer programming, robotics and learning-by-doing in classrooms, visit our College recently.

$20 to build, design and deliver a business.

Shark Tank's Steve Baxter visits Ormiston College for the $20 Boss Challenge.

OC students, Innovators of the Future!

Junior School students have fun at Innovations Of The Future Competition.

Pizza and Paperback Night

Encouraging more fathers, grandfathers and other male figures in our children’s lives to spend time reading together.

OC students shine at Redlands Eisteddfod

Wow! What a wonderful selection of music activities and achievements!

Prep Fairy Tale Ball

Who is your favourite Fairy Tale character?

OC Junior School Talent Quest

This year, almost 100 students from Years 1 to 6 signed up for the Junior School Talent Quest. Year 6 Cultural Captains, Lucy James and Kione Arthy, organised lunchtime auditions for dancers, actors, singers and instrumentalists before the final selection was made.

Prep Morning Tea with a ‘Very Hungry’ Theme

What a metamorphosis our Prep Precinct underwent when we recently hosted our well overdue Very Hungry Caterpillar Morning Tea! Our families gathered from near and far to help mark the occasion and make the morning a huge success for all involved.

Junior School raise funds for Make a Wish Foundation

The Junior Social Justice committee was very excited to raise funds for the Make a Wish Foundation. The Make a Wish Foundation supports children with life threatening illnesses by granting them wishes which gives them hope for the future, strength to face the challenges of their illness and a little joy from their incredible wish experience.

Year 6 students contemplate and reflect

Students benefit from experiencing the stillness and calm that comes with the contemplative and reflective nature of the Tea Ceremony.

5HP Take out the Intra-school Readers’ Cup

Readers Cup competitions challenge students to read widely, work collaboratively in a team and continue developing a love of reading.

Winners are Ginners – Bayside Kids Lit Quiz

Junior School team wins annual literature competition!

Inspiring our Junior School leaders

On Monday 13 March, 18 student leaders from the Junior School ventured to the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre to attend the ImagiNATION Conference. In the past, it has been referred to as Young Leaders Day. Over 2500 student leaders from across Queensland and northern NSW attended this year’s conference.

My daughter is a superhero!

Year 6 students Imogen Cavanagh and Alyssa Ryan attended Superhero Daughter Day at TechnologyOne

Kayla dances her way into Wonderland

Year 4 student Kayla Risson will have a very busy time during the Winter School holidays as she will be performing in the timeless classic Alice in Wonderland.

Ormiston College student National Finalist in IKEA Drawing Competition

Congratulations to Year 5 student Emily Zeng who has recently participated in the IKEA Drawing Competition and has been recognised as a National Finalist.

Junior School students dance up a storm

The Junior school students and their teachers put their dancing shoes on last Friday night and boogied the night away with DJ Nick.

A joyful Christmas is in the Bag! Junior Social Justice Committee supporting Red Bag Appeal

For thousands of families and individuals across Queensland, Christmas will pass unremarked and uncelebrated. The Junior Social Justice Committee is helping Wesley Mission in the Red Bag Appeal to bring a little Christmas cheer to others.

Kidpreneuer Challenge 2016

The Kidpreneur challenge has taken the Junior School by storm with eight Year 6 businesses fighting for the highest profits.

Roald Dahl Day

​September is Roald Dahl's birth month and a wonderful array of events are held worldwide each year centred around his birthday on 13 September. To celebrate the day at Ormiston College, a Roald Dahl competition was held in the Centre for Learning and Innovation.

Androids Alive

“Making it stand was really tricky.” “I loved the Bangs and Flashes!” “Can we get some Arduino?” What activity would you think these comments came from? If you said learning about Androids, you’d be correct.

Year 6 students publish book reviews

Reviews from two Year 6 Ormiston College students have featured in PK Mag for creative kids.

Celebrating the joy of reading - Pizza and Paperback Night

Book Week is always a welcomed opportunity in the Junior School to promote the fun and enjoyment of reading and to celebrate the exciting world of children’s literature. A colourful, creative Book Week Parade took on many famous and magical characters, all selected from stories that children have read and reread over many years.

Year 5 Camp

The Year 5 group attended Maranatha Education and Recreation Camp at Yandina from Monday 1 August to Wednesday 3 August.

Visiting author Nick Earls shares insight into the history of words

Having the opportunity to actually receive a visit from a well-known author is quite intriguing, especially when you are familiar with his famous books and reputation. For our students in Years 5 and 6, the experience was even more enlightening than they had anticipated.

Prep students act out their emotions

During Term 2 Prep students have been discovering Poetry

Junior School Robotics students gear-up for RoboCup Championships

​The Junior School Robotics Club kicked off again this term with 44 enthusiastic students beginning work on their RoboCup project. With the Queensland RoboCup Championship occurring on the weekend of the 13 and 14 August, students were eager to begin work on preparing for either the Dance or Rescue category.

OC Students attend National Young Leaders Day

On Monday 14 March, 18 Ormiston College students were among the emerging generation of leaders at the National Young Leaders Day at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

International Read to ME Day Saturday 19 March

'Read to ME day' is a day for children to ask for a story to be told to them or for a book to be read to them.

Go OC Girls Go

Go OC Girls Go aims to promote the fun and importance of physical activity, nurture honest conversations about social and emotional wellbeing.

Junior School excels ​in UNSW ICAS Competition

Each year Ormiston College participates in the University of New South Wales, International Competition of Assessment in Schools (ICAS). Students in Years 3 to 6 are given the opportunity to take part in this competition in the areas of English, Mathematics and Science.

Zombies take over in Year 5 Extension Maths

Ever wondered what students get up to in Year 5 Extension Maths?

Spreading joy on the Happiness Hotline

Each week teachers select a student who has displayed one or more of our Program Achieve foundations - Getting Along, Persistence, Organisation, Resilience and Confidence.

Junior School partners with Code Club Australia

​The Junior School is excited to launch a new after school co-curricular opportunity for girls and boys in Years 3 to 6. Partnering with Code Club Australia, OC students will learn how to make computer games, animations and websites. Code Club is about fun, creativity and learning through exploring.

A Jingly Jolly Jazzy Christmas

The title of this year’s Pre-Prep to Year 2 Christmas Carol Concert said it all, a Jingly, Jolly, Jazzy Christmas. As to who was the most excited, the parents or the children, is still debateable.

Year 3 students host a travel expo and share their knowledge of Geography

​​On Friday 20 November, Year 3 invited guests, families and Junior School students to mini-travel expo entitled ‘Our Oceania’.

Year 5 pan for Omiston College gold

During History this term, Year 5 completed a unit of work which focusses on the gold rush era in Australia.

Hansel and Gretel found their way to Ormiston College

On 14 November the College's Junior Arts Centre took on the magic of make-believe when our Year 5 and Year 6 Group Drama students performed their interpretation of Hansel and Gretel.

Ormiston College leads the way in Mathletics

In the Junior School, Mathletics is used to consolidate students’ mathematical understanding. Our effective use of Mathletics was recognised by 3P Learning.

Year 3 students interview Katrina Logan

On Wednesday 4 November the Year 3 English Extension students had the great privilege of interviewing Katrina Logan, a well-known Brisbane author and an Ormiston College mum.

Celebrating positive behaviour in the Junior School

​In the Junior School we have been recognising and celebrating an ever growing number of students for their positive behaviour both in the classroom and the playground.

Junior School Walk for Daniel

​As part of our Foundation Week activities, the Social Justice Committee organised a ‘Buddy Walk for Daniel’.

​Year 4 Visiting Artist

Irena Kirpichnikova came to work with the Year 4 classes for the day, focusing on Aboriginal Portraits. Even though the students have used chalk pastels in the past, they were introduced to new and exciting techniques.

​Success at national level for Sienna

Sienna Predl (Year 5) represented Queensland at the Australian Teachers of Dancing Australasian Dance Scholarships in Melbourne in July.