Junior School


Junior School

November 1, 2019

Foundation – Year 6 Celebration of Sport Assembly

Our Physical Education teachers Liana Kitsou and Dot Georgiou organised a very entertaining assembly to celebrate sport at Ormiston. A major highlight of the assembly was guest speaker Lauren Brazzale from the Carlton Football Club. Lauren spoke to the school community about her own hard work in achieving her own goals in AFLW. She encouraged our students to always give their very best. During the assembly, students that participated in District, Division and Regional, State and National events in swimming, cross country and athletics throughout the year were recognised for their efforts. Also, students who participated in our own swimming squad programs, swim school, snows sports, tennis, netball and basketball were recognised for their efforts in representing CGGS with Participation Awards.

Participation continues to be a key element of our sporting program and it has been very pleasing to see so many Years 2, 3 and 4 students get involved in more sporting activities this year. The amount of sport and physical activity at Ormiston is at its highest level and students have many opportunities to become fit and healthy with sporting activities available to them.

Ormiston Sports Woman Award of the Year 2019

Each year the above notable award is handed out to student who has contributed extensively to the sporting program at Ormiston during the year and reached a high level of sporting participation either at an individual or team level. This year, Anika Selvaratnam Year 5R was presented with the award. We thank Anika for all her efforts in participating in so many different sports and particularly for her individual efforts in cross country and representing Camberwell Girls Grammar School at the Victorian State and National Championships.

Year 5 & 6 Learning Enrichment – Science Talent Search

This year, 24 students across Years 5 and 6 competed in the Science Talent Search. The Science Talent Search is a National competition which seeks to engage students in Science. Our Year 5 and 6 students chose to explore Science concepts through Experimental Research, Working Models, Creative Writing and Science Photography.

> Fourteen students received Certificates of Merit
> Three students received Certificates of Distinction

The following seven students received Minor Bursaries, which were presented to them at an Awards ceremony at La Trobe University on Monday 28 October:

Alyce Law and Maddie Wood
Experimental Research: Which antiseptic or antibacterial is most effective?

Anneke Cook
Creative Writing: The Dark Side of the Moon

Suwedha Ranjith
Creative Writing: Destination Moon

Rithanyaa Prakash
Science Photography: Leaf Patterns

Amy Cao and Samantha Chua
Science Photography: Clouds

All the students are congratulated for the effort they put into their submissions. Thank you to the Years 5 and 6 teachers for their support as well as Ms Nima Reddy, the Lab Technician in the Senior School who helped with sourcing materials and Ms Belinda Kinnane, Senior School Maths and Science teacher and MakerSpace Coordinator who helped with Science concepts and scientific methods.

Thank you to all the parents who encouraged their child behind the scenes and made sure the students were able to attend the judging day to share their work.


Year 5 Beat the Box Event

Last Thursday, six excited Year 5 students competed in a Beat the Box challenge at Methodist Ladies College with students from five other Boroondara schools. Each team consisted of students from three different schools and the event provided opportunities to develop teamwork, critical and creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Each team was required to solve clues to break into three different locked boxes as well as participate in an engineering challenge and trivia quiz. The main theme for the activity was the life and work of Edward Lear, a poet, musician and artist who is perhaps best known for his limericks and nonsense poems such as The Owl and the Pussycat.

The students were wonderful ambassadors for Camberwell Girls Grammar School, being considerate, creative and collaborative in their endeavours. Two of the girls finished the day in the winning team, however, all our students should be congratulated for their efforts.

Beat The Box Limerick:

Rivya Subramaniyan, Alyce Law, Maddie Wood, Rithanyaa Prakash, Emily Lioe and Anneka Sinnappu

There once were six girls in a car
Who didn’t have to travel afar
They puzzled over a box
Trying to solve all the locks
And were pleased to succeed, HOORAH!

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development & Learning Enrichment Teacher

Year 5R Lettuce Celerybrate Competition – Making Beewax Wraps

On Monday 28 October, 5R students went on an incursion to the science food technology laboratory at Senior School to learn how to make a beewax wraps. We got this opportunity because we were the winners of the Lettuce Celerybrate competition, which is all about encouraging students and their classes to eat vegetables every Wednesday throughout the year.

We learned to make beewax wraps and faced a few challenges along the way. They were sticky wax and hot surfaces. However, Miss Wighton made the lesson safe and friendly learning different tactics about being in a kitchen and cooking skills. We had to put wax on a coloured piece of cloth and heat the cloth so the wax melted and spread evenly. We then had to hold it up to dry, waiting for it to be stiff under our fingertips. We learnt that the wax is environmentally friendly, as is the wrap because it can be composted after it wears out. The session was interesting and exciting and we all ended up with our very own reusable wrap for foods, instead of using foil and cling-wrap! I hope this opportunity comes round again next year as I am ready to bring my vegetables!

Christina Weickhardt
Year 5R

Foundation – Year 6 Tabloid Sports

On Tuesday 29 October we had our annual Tabloid Sports Carnival. It was a very warm day, yet the sun did not stop us all from having so much fun! The carnival included athletic and skill-based activities that saw all students experience a variety of physical games. Well done to all of the students who participated and worked hard to get points for their houses.

A big thank you to all of the staff who supervised each activity and group and thank you also to the parents who came along to support their children.

Here are the final results of the day:

1stPlace: SCHOFIELD – 744 points

2ndPlace: LAWRENCE – 731.5 points

3rdPlace: TAYLOR – 713 points

4thPlace: SINGLETON – 573 points

Liana Kitsou
Junior School Physical Education Teacher

Digital Learning

As we start the month of November, we can look forward to the warmer weather and beautiful blue skies that are a part of the Spring season. It may be that your family’s routines change with evening meals enjoyed outside or perhaps you choose to make the most of the increased daylight hours by heading to the local park. Of course, there are many ways to enjoy the offerings this time of the year which is why it might be timely to consider how your family members are managing their screen time.

RaisingChildren.net.au states that screen time and screen use are a “normal part of life for most children and teenagers” (2019) and yet screen time is the number one concern for Australian parents (eSafetyCommissioner, 2019). Our recent CGGS Digital Wellbeing survey results correlate with these broader findings with screen time being rated as the top concern for our students and families.

Much has been published about screen time recommendations which is indicative of international recognition of the importance of this issue for children, teenagers and adults. The eSafetyCommissioner website at https://www.esafety.gov.auprovides a wealth of strategies for having positive online experiences as part of a balanced lifestyle. In particular, a downloadable resource with 7 screen time tips is available. Whilst it provides the following recommendations for parents of children, these also apply for parents of teenagers:

> Be involved

> Work with your child / teenager to set boundaries for screen use

> Be clear about the consequences for not switching off

> Set device free zones and times at home

> Ask your child / teenager to explain their screen use

> Use tech tools to help manage access (e.g. Screen Timefor iPhone/iPad)

> Lead by example

Visit the eSafetyCommisionerwebsite for further details on each of the above strategies. The guidelines provided by RaisingChildren.net.au complement these strategies as they focus on balancing screen timewith other activities and the use of quality digital media.

The next Digital Wellbeing article will explore the potential benefits from establishing a Family Media Agreement.


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RaisingChildren.net.au. (2019). Screen time: checklist for healthy use. Retrieved from https://raisingchildren.net.au/toddlers/play-learning/screen-time-media/screen-time

Paul Donohue & Felicity Carroll


Early Learning – Year 6 Service Learning (Nyasha Fundraiser)

On Wednesday 30 October, we had a fundraiser for our sponsored child Nyasha. Each class was asked to sacrifice one item that is often used so that we could develop our empathy skills for children that are learning with less privileges than us. Some of the things that classes gave up were electricity, sitting on the floor, whiteboards, tables, chairs and classrooms. Thank you to all of the students, parents and teachers for supporting this fundraiser and making a difference for Nyasha’s life.

Aliyana Rajakulendran & Sammantha Chua
Junior School Captains


Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

As mentioned in the Junior School Weekly, all ELC – Year 6 students are required to be back at School next Wednesday 6 November. Both Monday 4 November and Tuesday 5 November are student free days with Tuesday being a public holiday for the Melbourne Cup.

I wish all Ormiston families a restful long weekend.


Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Junior School


Junior School

October 18, 2019

Foundation – Year 6 Ormiston Spirit Awards

During this week’s assembly, our Junior School teachers handed out the prestigious Ormiston Spirit Awards in front of the school community. These awards are handed to Foundation – Year 6 students who are consistently displaying our CGGS School Values of Respect, Integrity, Commitment, Hope and Courage in their classroom learning and participation in school co-curricular activities. Congratulations to the following students:

Foundation S
Kayla Yao

Foundation R
Cathy Gao

Year 1G
Angela Hu

Year 1J          
Alice Xu

Year 2S
Ailey Poon

Year 2Z
Nan Cao

Year 3C
Eleanor Robertson

Year 3L
Cathy Wang

Year 4H
Charlie Russo

Year 4G
Ashley Wang

Year 5R
Grace Wan

Year 5 D/K
Abbey Marcou

Year 6R
Sarah Zhou

Year 6C
Lily Thomas

Madison Hall

Physical Education
Madeleine Law

Erena Zhu

Mo Lin Yu

Chinese (Mainstream)
Sophie-May Ronzani

Chinese (Enhanced)
Jasmine Li

Lucy Ciro

Boroondara Division Athletics Carnival

Over one week ago, three students participated in the Boroondara District Athletics carnival and did a wonderful job competing against the best athletes among local government, catholic and independent schools. Congratulations to Anika Selvaratnam, Christina Weickhardt and Jessica Wu who were all very competitive in their events. Anika came second in her 1500 metre race and qualified for the Eastern Regional Championships, and she came fourth in her 200 metre race. Christina came seventh in her long jump event and Jessica came fourth in her 80 metre hurdles race. I would like to thank all three students for being excellent representatives for Camberwell Girls Grammar School.

Years 3 – 6 Author visit – Felice Arena

The Years 3 – 6 students began Term 4 with a fun and engaging visit from popular children’s author, Felice Arena. Felice shared his path to becoming a children’s author and his ‘sliding doors’ moment with J.K. Rowling. He introduced students to many of his books, including a Chinese edition of his picture book Sally and Dave, A Slug Story. Cathy from Year 3 read some of the story for us in Chinese while Felice read it in English.

In recent years, Felice has written three historical fiction novels – The Boy and the Spy, Fearless Frederic and A Great Escape. Felice captivated students with the stories behind his books, the fascinating research he has done to ensure his books are authentic and gave a valuable insight into his writing process. He had the Senior School Library ringing with laughter when he taught students and teachers how to do Morse Code in a fun and unique way! We could easily have stayed longer to listen to Felice who has definitely gained many new readers with his visit. Felice will be back again in Week 4 for the highly anticipated YABBA Awards where he has two books shortlisted.

Thank you Felice for reminding us of the joy and power of reading.

What I liked about this author visit is that there was a lot of humour and that Felice Arena had his eyes bursting out like he was so interested in telling us about his books and past. As well as that he made us move and stand up so we were not just listening to him, but we were having fun. – Rudra, Year 3


Kim Yeomans
Junior School Library Teacher

Year 4 Excursion

As part of their Inquiry topic this term of ‘who is responsible for changes to planet Earth?’ the Year 4’s visited Blackburn Lake Sanctuary last Friday to learn about the natural and man-made changes that have occurred over time. Students viewed maps of the area from the 1800s through to current day to understand how natural and human developmental changes to the landscape and surface of the earth have affected the local flora and fauna.

Students enjoyed walking through the sanctuary and learning how man-made changes such as the planting of vegetation and erecting barriers can have a positive impact on the environment. These include minimising erosion and attracting wildlife and creating ecosystems. It was also very exciting to spot various birds such as lorikeets and even a tawny frog-mouth.

Jasvindar Gill & Emma Hinchliffe
Year 4 Class Teachers

Year 3 – 6 Netball

Netball has kicked off at Ormiston for Term 4. The Years 2 and 3 Netball Skills is a huge hit, the students have been working on many skills and learning the rules of the game. A Year 3 team has formed and they played their first game last Friday afterschool in the Boroondara Netball Competition. The opposition came out strong, but the CGGS team were up for the challenge.

The Year 4 Rubies had a good game but went down 5-2. The Year 4 Garnets had a very close game against MLC, CGGS had plenty of opportunities but couldn’t finish it off.

The Year 5 teams both won their matches last Saturday. Opals were unstoppable down both ends of the court, CGGS kept Ruyton scoreless for the whole game and our students scored 10 goals. The Jets also played a great game, the ball flowed very smoothly down the court and the CGGS team defeated MLC 11-2.

The Year 6 Topaz welcomed some new players to the team and had great patches of play. Unfortunately, Genazzano defeated CGGS 10-5. Congratulations to all netballers on their efforts.

Lexie Joyce
CGGS Netball Coach


Digital Wellbeing

We have completed surveying the CGGS community about digital wellbeing. Thank you to our students, teachers and families for your participation. Your contribution has helped us gather current data about our community’s technology usage and perceptions, including any concerns.

Now we begin the process of examining this data. It will be used to help inform our next steps as we work together to promote digital wellbeing. Our teachers have begun this process, by looking at some data trends and considering their implications. We have also had initial student focus group sessions and will be running more of these as we look at refining our shared expectations of device usage for learning. We are grateful that many parents have expressed an interest in participating in digital wellbeing forums and focus groups. Details of these opportunities will be published in upcoming editions of CamNews as well as results from our student, teacher and family surveys. We look forward to continuing our community’s focus on digital wellbeing throughout this term and in 2020.

Paul Donohue and Felicity Carroll


Student Achievements

Years 5 & 6 French

We would like to congratulate two Year 6 students, Monique Desai and Samantha Chua.

Monique came second in the Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette poetry competition. This is a competition open to all French students in Victoria. She competed against 700 students in total and 76 finalists. Félicitations Monique!

Samantha received first place in the Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette drawing competition. Samantha illustrated her own representation of the Year 6 poem studied this year. Bravo Samantha!

Year 3 Asha Bhattacharjee – Eisteddfod by the Bay

On 8 September, Asha competed in the Years 8 – 9 section of the Piano category in the 64th Eisteddfod By the Bay (Piano Section). She played a piece titled “Two Little Birds” by Frank Hutchens. In a highly competitive group of 25 participants, Asha missed out on the top three prizes, but did tremendously well to have received an Honourable Mention in her category.

Recently, Asha also sat her Grade 5 piano exam in June and received an A+ (High Distinction) for her results. This is an outstanding effort.

As a school, we are extremely proud of Asha and her musical achievements this year.

I wish all Ormiston families a restful weekend.


Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Junior School


Junior School

September 6, 2019

Year 4 – 6 North Balwyn District Athletics Carnival

On Thursday 5 September, 20 students from Years 4 – 6 represented CGGS at the North Balwyn District Athletics Competition at the Tom Kelly Athletics Track in Doncaster. It was a full day of events with 14 schools competing. It was such a great achievement to be chosen to represent the school and congratulations to all students who made the team this year. Special mention to Christina Weickhardt and Anika Selvaratnam who qualified for the next level at Division. This event will take place next term and we look forward to following their results.

Overall our students showed great enthusiasm when competing and were very proud to represent CGGS. Here were the selected students:

Year 4
Selena Chen
Anthea Vais                           
Allegra Reedman

Year 5
Sofia Giannicos
Selina Guan               
Angel Quah
Madeleine Wood        
Anika Selvaratnam
Anneka Sinnappu
Emily Lioe
Charlotte Hayes
Christina Weickhardt

Year 6
Sarah Zhou                            
Ency Chen     
Samantha Chua
Mia Chapman
Jessica Wu
Monique Desai
Aliyana Rajakulendran
Chloe Liang
Debbie Guan
Amy Cao


Foundation – Year 6 Mountfield Maestros Concert (Music)

I would like to congratulate the students that performed in our annual Mountfield Maestros (Music) concert in the Junior School Hall. It was wonderful to observe so many talented young musicians playing a musical instrument or singing a song. There were so many highlights throughout the concert, congratulations to the following performers:                                     

Chelsea Wang – Piano
Annabelle Zhang – Violin
Emma Adel – Piano
Ellie Li- Violin
Gina Yu – Violin

Year 1
Elfie Fan – Piano
Audrey Nemtsas – Piano
Madeleine Law – Piano
Zoe Raspin – Piano
Angela Lin – Piano
Estella Ouyang – Piano
Irene Li – Piano
Cynthia Li – Piano
Elaine Li – Piano

Year 2
Iris Lu – Piano
Aaratrika Kadam – Piano
Georgia Papadopoulos – Violin
Ellie Zhang – Violin
Kathleen Lin – Piano

Year 3
Genevieve Khaw – Piano
Nicole Zhang – Violin
Alisha Lagana- Violia
Sophie Wong – Flute
Rudra Santhosh – Violin
Mo Lin Yu – Cello
Nina Gan – Piano
Zara The – Piano
Jasmine Xie – Piano
Asha Bhattacharjee – Piano

Year 4
Sophie Peake – Violin
Cosette Tsjin  – Violin
Charlotte Chong – Violin
Emily Foo – Voice
Chloe Lau – Cello
Selena Chen – Piano

Year 5
Madeleine Huynh – Violin
Rithanyaa Prakash – Violin
Raina Gopal – Voice

Year 6
Isabel Chen – Piano
Suwedha Ranjith – Piano
Jasmine Rees- Piano
Deana Tang – Violin
Ency Chen – Piano
Coco Tao – Piano

Thank you to our Junior School Music teachers Nichole Adams and Penny Byrne for all their work in planning and preparing this important event. Also, I would like to thank our two student Music Leaders Ency Chen and Deana Tang for introducing and concluding both events. Finally, I look forward to watching the progress of the above students when performing in front of school audiences in the coming years.


2019 Ormiston Art Show a HUGE SUCCESS!

The 2019 Ormiston Art Show was a spectacular event, as it is every year! When it officially opened, it was cold outside and the rain poured down, yet inside the gallery was full of bright colours and an atmosphere of joy. Students from EL3 to Year 6 were able to showcase a range of artworks, from painting, drawing, printing, collaging, digital art, sewing, weaving, sculpture and ceramics, displayed across the Junior School. There were three collaborative pieces – Seasonal banners of Summer, Autumn and Winter, where students worked together using paints and images in colours to match each season. A hanging sculptural piece, constructed by Years 4, 5 and 6, hung between the walls of the Hall and which gently swayed as students ran underneath it. The most exciting part of the Art Show was the ‘dark room’. It was filled with enormous paintings of insects, painted in glow in the dark paint. The room was lit up with UV lights, making the insects glow. Excited squeals and slightly frightening screams came from the dark room, as students encountered the artwork inside. The students should feel very proud of their achievements and be inspired by the talents of their friends.

Fiona Gibson
Junior School Art Teacher

Foundation – Year 2 Sports Carnival

Last Monday 26 August, the Foundation – Year 2 students competed at the House Sports Carnival. It was such a fun-filled day and a spectacle for all the parents and families who came to support them. The students showcased their athletic skills in many events including shotput, long jump, running, sprints and hurdles, working hard to get points for their House. Well done to all of those who participated!

Liana Kitsou
Junior School Physical Education Teacher

What can you do in ten minutes?

Over the past few weeks through our Digital Wellbeing articles, we have brought you, the parents CGGS, on a journey with ourselves and the students. This journey is to help understand how digital technology is being and can be used in our school community to facilitate optimum learning for all. Recently, we promoted our Digital Wellbeing Survey and we are grateful to those families who have been able to complete this already.

We ask, if you are yet to take this survey, that you spend ten minutes to share information about your and your daughters’ technology use.

Your participation is encouraged as it will help us to develop a deeper understanding of our current community trends, concerns and needs. We are also surveying teachers and students after which point, we will conduct focus groups to help guide future CGGS Digital Wellbeing initiatives. It is our intention to work together as a community to support and encourage the discerning and positive use of technology.

The survey should only take approximately ten minutes to complete and is accessible for all CGGS parents via this link. It will remain open until Friday 13 September.

Felicity Carroll (Digital Literacy Coordinator JS & SS)& Paul Donohue (Head of Junior School)


Year 4 – 6 Netball

The netball season has come to an end, this saw the Ormiston teams compete in a finals series.

The Year 4 teams have learnt many new skills and have developed some tactics they can apply in matches.

The Year 5 Opals played their first semi-final last Saturday, CGGS came out very strong and scored the first 3 goals of the match. Genazzano came back and defeated CGGS by only 2 goals.

The Year 5 Jets are now playing off in the Bronze 5A division Grand Final this coming weekend, Jets have been working very hard and are wanting to take home the trophy.

A highlight throughout the season for the Year 6 Topaz team, was winning 3 matches in a row, the CGGS team was on a role and unstoppable.

Congratulations goes to all netballers on a terrific Winter Season.

Lexie Joyce
CGGS Netball Coach

Next Friday 13 September, Term 3 concludes for all students. I wish all Ormiston families a restful three-week holiday. I look forward to welcoming students and families back on Monday 7 October.


Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Junior School


Junior School

August 23, 2019

Junior School Disco

Last Friday over one hundred students attended our annual Junior School Disco which took place once again in the Senior School Anne Feehan Building (Year 7 Level). The first session involved students from Foundation to Year 3 and the second session included students from Years 4 to 6 to get together to sing and dance. The evening was once again very popular and well attended by students across all year levels. This Junior School event truly promoted our CGGS Strategic Pillar of a Connected Community. These special events throughout the year help bring our Ormiston community together. I would like to thank Susannah Jepson from the Foundation Office for all her planning and preparation in making the disco a very successful event. Also, many Junior School Parent Representatives gave up their valuable family time to volunteer at the event. I would like to thank the following parents:

> Meagan Healy
> Tammy Sim
> Jo Rees
> Rhian Hall
> Angelina Lagana
> Josie Mason
> Carolyn Russo
> Cecellia Zhang
> Helen Yue
> Priya Nadarajah

Book Week!

Happy Book Week!

This year the Book Week theme is ‘Reading is my Secret Power’.

In our weekly Library classes we have enjoyed exploring our reading powers and how reading empowers us. We have also shared some of the books shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council Awards and congratulate this year’s winners.

Book of the Year / Early Childhood –Tricky’s Bad Day by Alison Lester

Picture Book of the Year – Cicada by Shaun Tan

Book of the Year / Younger Readers – His Name was Walter by Emily Rodda

This year we had a Creative Book Week Challenge. Thank you to those students who accepted the challenge and unleashed their creativity by baking and decorating cakes, writing books and poems, making models and posters, painting, drawing and minecrafting. Their work is on display in the Library.

Book Week has been a fun celebration of the joy and power of reading. We began the week with Ms Ruffles, Miss Soci, Ms Hinchcliffe, Miss Zarfaty and Mrs Jackson reading their favourite picture books to eager audiences during lunchtime in the library. The library has also been a hive of creativity with students making reading superhero bookmarks, reading power glasses and book badges at lunchtime library.

The Book Week assembly was the highlight of the week and it looked as though the book characters in our library had come to life! The students’ reading powers of creativity and imagination were on display and it was a delight to see many popular book characters in our Book Week Parade. Thank you also to parents for your assistance with costumes and to those who came along to celebrate.

Reading is alive and well in the Junior School!

‘The greatest gift is a passion for reading.’ – Elizabeth Hardwick

Kim Yeomans
Junior School Teacher Librarian

National Science Week

National Science Week is an annual celebration of science and technology and was recently celebrated at Camberwell Girls Grammar School. Science Week provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science in young people.

Destination Moon: more missions, more science was the theme for National Science Week in 2019. Many exciting activities were on offer throughout the school, which provided an opportunity for students across all year levels to explore the theme.

Activities in the Junior School kicked off on Monday lunchtime with a group of students working with Mrs Lemanis and Ms Dumsday to make their own water rockets out of soft drink bottles. With much of the school watching and counting down (from a safe distance), we used the Science Department’s rocket launchers to show how the movement of gases provides enough force to propel a rocket high up into the air.

The Years 3 and 4 students were eager participants in a ‘Moon Rovers’ Coding Challenge, creating algorithms using Blockly to code a Dash Robot. Their mission was to program their ‘Moon Rover’ to travel across the surface of the moon, avoiding the craters to collect a rock sample for NASA. Some extra keen students repeated the activity during a lunchtime session, creating more complex algorithms.

The Years 1 and 2 students worked cooperatively in groups to create a LEGO Space Scene. The students utilised the School’s Space Mission LEGO kits to produce a range of creative landscapes, astronauts and space crafts. The activity promoted the development of fine motor skills, encouraged positive team work, communication and problem-solving skills.

Students in Years 5 and 6 helped map out the safe places for a spacecraft to land and the scientifically interesting places to explore on the moon with Moon Mappers. This project asked participants to partner directly with scientists – including NASA mission scientists to identify craters on the moon.

A group of Junior School students had the opportunity to participate in an exciting hands-on lunch time activity held in the Senior School MakerSpace. The students were challenged to construct their own telescope made from everyday materials.

Science Week culminated with a viewing of the landing of Apollo 11, the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. A number of the classes came to watch this momentous occasion and reflected upon the character strengths displayed by the astronauts and the scope of the Apollo 11 accomplishment.

Annabelle Vivarini
Junior School STEAM Educator

Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships

This week Mt Buller staged the 62nd Victorian Interschools Snowsports competition which saw over 6000 students taking part from over 180 schools. Ormiston took an enthusiastic team of 13 skiers and snowboarders from Years 1 to 6 who competed in Skier Cross, Alpine Giant Slalom, Snowboard Cross and Snowboard Giant Slalom events. The participating students were Ivy and Jasmine Xie, Audrey and Annabelle Nemtsas, Rita and Raynee Wong, Mo Lin Yu, Ashley Wang, Anneka Sinnappu, Angelique Quah, Zara Chueng, Jessie Chen and Elysia Wang.

Our athletes proudly represented Camberwell Girls Grammar School and we were thrilled at the endeavour, sportsmanship and persistence each student displayed throughout the event. Many students were participating in Interschools Snowsports for the first time and they handled the conditions remarkably well, with many achieving personal best results.

The soggy, windy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the students or their supportive families, and the opening ceremony gave them an opportunity to parade with gusto through the Village carrying the CGGS banner before enjoying a fireworks display. A wonderful three days were had by all and the students continued to develop their skiing and snowboarding skills, along with making new friends and seeing each other in a different and magical environment.

We would like to offer our sincere thank you to all the students and particularly their parents, for their valuable help, support, good humour and embracing Snowsports. Many thanks to Teddy Yu (Molin’s father), Henan Feng (Jasmine & Ivy’s mother) and Lynda Ea (Zara’s mother), who were volunteers and team managers and spent many hours standing in the cold, to support and enable us to take part in the competition.

We look forward to seeing you on the slopes in 2020.

Angela Columbine & Fiona Gibson
Year 3 Class Teacher & Junior School Art Teacher


Year 1 Science

Last Wednesday, the Year 1 students visited the Senior School Maker Space to work with Ashley from ‘Linked Excursions’ who helped us to investigate how we can use different forces to make movement.

After building our own LEGO car, each team explored the Design process to make changes and improve our creation depending on the challenge it faced. We removed the bunk beds and fancy steps from our vehicles when we realised they weren’t strong enough against the power of gravity! Our modifications let us add magnets to explore magnetism, propellers to explore electricity and even balloons when we explored the power of wind!

I learned that sometimes a magnet and gravity can fight. When the red bit of the magnet faces the other red bit, they repel each other. That makes the magnet float in the air. Gravity is pushing it down but it is being repelled and pushed up. – Elfie

My favourite part was building the car. We had to change it a zillion times! I learnt that some magnets are powered by electricity. That’s called an electromagnetic force – Molly

We had the most wonderful time before heading back to Junior School and watching footage from the Apollo 11 Moon landing. What a wonderful way to celebrate Science Week in Year 1!

Miranda Jackson & Craig Goodwin
Year 1 Class Teachers

Year 2 Service Learning – Hedley Sutton Visit

On Wednesday 14 August the Year 2 students once again visited the residences at Hedley Sutton. Musical items were presented by Ruth Whelan who played Que Sera Sera and Ria Wong, who played ‘I’m A Fine Musician’. The residents loved these musical presentations and could be heard singing along.

The students introduced themselves to a number of different residents throughout the visit – asking questions about their past; about games they played when they were little children, memories from school days and the styles of clothing worn. All of these questions have come from our Inquiry focus and the answers from the residents have been extremely helpful for our learning.

The Year 2 students are commended for the caring and respectful manner in which they presented themselves during our time at Hedley Sutton. It was a valuable learning experience. Here are some thoughts from the students:

Student Comments:

“I learnt that my buddy Ivon used to be a piano teacher.” – Amelia

“I enjoyed talking to the residents about the past.” – Kathleen

“I liked how they listened to us and told us about when they were little.”- Georgia

“I liked how we get to talk to the residents about their families.”- Semaya

“It was good that we get to be interactive with the residents and find out about their stories.”- Ruth

“I liked going to Hedley Sutton because I got to learn about the peoples’ stories, and they were very interesting.”– Jade

You don’t have to be old to remember.”- Ailey

“You are only as old as you think you are. Actually, we are all young.”- Shreya

“I enjoyed going to Hedley Sutton because I like to chat with people about their past.”- Nan

Fiorella Soci & Ellie Zafarty
Year 2 Class Teachers


Year 5 & 6 French – Alliance Française Poetry Competition

Our Years 5 and 6 French students participated in the Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette Poetry competition in May, reciting a French poem by heart to a French judge. The judges are very exacting and students must get full marks of 20/20 (100% correct and a perfect score) to be invited to the finals.

Congratulations to the following Year 5 and 6 students who received perfect scores of 20/20:

Year 5

Mara Vais

Sophia Zeitoune

Emily Lioe

Maria Lin

Alyce Law

Amber Chia

Madeleine Wood

Anneka Sinnappu

Year 6

Monique Desai

Lucy Ciro

Anneke Cook

Jenny Wang

This year has been our most successful year participating in this competition.

Melissa Drentin
Junior School French Teacher


Fire Fighters come to Ormiston!

Last Friday the Foundation students had their second visit from the Hawthorn Fire Fighters. They learnt many valuable tips for keeping safe in the event of a fire, discussed safe meeting places outside of their homes and learnt about the job of fire fighters. The highlight of the visits was getting to climb aboard the fire truck and spraying the hose.

“I liked it because we sprayed the hose at Stop, Kiss and Drop” – Emma A

“The Fire Fighters taught us that if you catch on fire you have to stop, lie down, cover your face and roll” – Lucy

“We went on the fire truck and we sprayed the hose, it was the best day ever” – Audrey

Selena Reedman & Mikaela Stanaway
Foundation Class Teachers

Year 3 – 6 Hoop Time Basketball Competition

Last week, a select number of students competed at the Hoop Time Basketball Competition at the Nunawading Basketball Stadium. The students were very nervous on the bus ride to the stadium, however, once they arrived the excitement kicked in. Both teams had a warm up game against a boys team, which fired them up for the day. The Year 5/6 team finished third in their division, and the Year 3/4 team finished second. Unfortunately, neither team will be progressing to the next level. However, the students are already super keen to start training now to come back bigger and better in 2020! Go CGGS! Congratulations to the following players:

Year 3 & 4

Allegra Reedman

Annabelle Nemtsas

Anthea Vais

Ashanti Rajakulendran

Natasha Oakley

Scarlett Sim

Genevieve Khaw

Madeline Mason

Year 5 & 6

Mia Chapman

Sarah May

Jessica Wu

Sarah Zhou

Zara Cheung

Charlotte Hayes

Madeleine Wood

Liana Kitsou
Junior School Physical Education Teacher

Year 4 – 6 Netball

The CGGS netballers are getting close to the end of the season. The Year 4 teams have been learning many game tactics and implementing them in the games. Whilst, the Year 5 teams have had some fantastic wins over the past couple of rounds. The Year 6 students are working hard and coming up against tough opposition. The Years 5 and 6 teams will compete in the Semi Finals next Saturday, and the Year 4 teams will play in a Round Robin to finish off the season.

Best of luck goes to all CGGS netballers in the coming weeks!

Lexie Joyce
CGGS Netball Coach


Student Achievements

Sabrina Bignold – Year 6
Sabrina had an amazing experience in Hong Kong at the Asian Grand Prix Ballet Competition. This was an amazing experience for her elite ballet level of training and competing. Hundreds of dancers competed in Regionals across twelve countries. Although Sabrinia didn’t receive a medal at the Asian Grand Prix, she was in the mix with outstanding dancers from Asia Pacific.

Sabrina was thrilled to receive a Gold Medal as well as Best Performance Trophy (for highest score) in the first week at the Asian Ballet Competition. She also received a full scholarship to attend the Ballet Intensive Program in 2020. Congratulations Sabrina on this outstanding achievement.


Lucy Ciro – Year 6
Lucy Ciro also participated in an inter-school chess tournament at Yavneh Leibler College in Elsternwick on Wednesday this week. She came equal third out of 164 students and was presented with a trophy for her achievement. Congratulations Lucy!

Erena Zhu – Year 3
Erena Zhu, came third with her dance partner Albert in the couples category for Waltz and Quickstep at the Tasmania DanceSports competition. Congratulations Erena!


I wish all Ormiston families a restful weekend. I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue

Head of Junior School

Junior School


Junior School

August 9, 2019

Year 1 – 6 Student Leadership Assembly

I would like to congratulate the students below who were awarded student leadership positions for Semester Two. Congratulations to our Year 6R students who are finishing their time at Ormiston being school leaders. The Junior School staff and I look forward to working with each student throughout Semester Two.

The Year 6R leadership roles are as follows:

Leadership Positions                        

Chloe Liang & Debbie Guan

Assembly and Events
Isabel Sootoh & Sabrina Bignold

Phien Nguyen & Monique Desai

Sarah Zhou (Lawrence)
Yu Jiang (Taylor)
Jaslyn Chao (Singleton)
Coco Tao (Schofield)

Deana Tang & Ency Chen

School Captains
Samantha Chua & Aliyana Rajakulendran

Jasmine Rees & Anh Pham

Sarah May & Hanna Wang

Mia Van Damme & Ruby Tu

Year 1 – 6 Ormiston School Council

Congratulations to the following students who were voted by their peers to represent their class at Student Council in Semester Two.                                     

Year 1G
Estella Ouyang

Year 1J
Zoe Raspin

Year 2Z
Sienna Jack

Year 2S
Amelia Adel

Year 3C
Jasmine Xie

Year 3L
Zara Teh

Year 4H
Emily Foo

Year 4G
Annabelle Nemtsas

Year 5D/K
Madeleine Wood

Year 5R
Christina Weickhardt

School Captains
Ailyana Rajakulendran & Samantha Chua

Year 1 – 6 Sustainability Squad

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent their class as part of the Sustainability Squad for Semester Two.

Year 1G
Connie Yuan

Year 1J
Annabelle Teh

Year 2Z
Ellie Zhang

Year 2S
Sophie-May Ronzani

Year 3C
Rita Wong

Year 3L
Alisha Lagana

Year 4H
Charlie Russo

Year 4G
Sarah Lu

Year 5D/K
Abbey Marcou

Year 5R
Emily Lioe

Sustainability Leaders        
Mia Van Damme & Ruby Tu


All Girls Chess Tournament

Recently, our annual All Girls Chess Tournament took place in the Junior School Hall with many Government and independent schools from across Melbourne in attendance.

Throughout the day, over 80 participants took part in the competition. Congratulations to the thirteen students that represented CGGS on the day. These students represented the school superbly and were all wonderful ambassadors for Ormiston. A special mention must go to Lucy Ciro, Christine Moi and Jessica Wong for receiving medals for being the top three performers for CGGS. The students who participated were:

Lucy Ciro

Ency Chen

Usha Nadarajah

Charlotte Chong

Selena Chen

Preesha Navaneetharaja

Zara Teh

Jessica Wong

Chrstine Moi

Irene Li

Ivy Xie

Cynthia Li

Estella Ouyang


Early Learning 3 & 4 – Afro Beat Drumming Workshop

Within our Early Learning community, we plan experiences and provide resources that broaden the children’s perspectives and encourage an appreciation of diversity. Last week, the Early Learning children participated in an African Drumming Workshop with Bouba. This was a hands-on interactive workshop in which the children had their own drum and Bouba taught them techniques to create different rhythms and sounds with their hands and fingers.

During the workshop the children discovered the importance of working together as a group as they cooperated to create specific sounds with Bouba. This involved their aural and visual skills as they discovered how to listen to and respond to Bouba by repeating specific sounds and rhythms on their own drum. This required an ability to observe, listen to and process information.

Throughout the workshop the children also developed skills related to coordination. They were required to use either their left or right hand or both hands at the same time to create sounds on their drum and the drum of the person sitting next to them. This was challenging and involved concentration and skill.

This was a highly energetic, fun and engaging workshop that was enjoyed by the children, teachers and parents. It was positive to see how the children enthusiastically participated and demonstrated their ability to be confident and involved learners. The workshop provided time for the children to engage in physical activity that impacted positively on their health and wellbeing – a time to be ‘present and in the moment’ so they could create and feel the music and respond to this through dance and movements of their body.

This experience provided another opportunity for our Early Learning children and teachers to come together and engage in shared learning. It is also through these types of experiences that we continue to create a sense of belonging and community as we build connections between children and teachers across the EL3 and EL4 classrooms.

Angela Follacchio
Early Learning Team Leader

Foundation 100 Days of School!

Last Thursday the Foundation students and teachers celebrated 100 Days of Foundation for 2019! Everyone enjoyed dressing up as though they were 100 years old! They participated in many activities throughout the day to do with the number 100. A highlight for the students was the ‘100 Party’ as they got to select 100 small items of food to eat. It was a great day and a lovely way to reflect on the growth in the students’ learning during their first 100 days of school.

‘Dressing up was fun!’– Annabelle

‘I am 100 days smarter at Maths because I can do counting in 10s’– Alis

‘I really liked eating the party food!’– Cathy

‘We wrote about being 100 years old. I thought I might have a walking stick and grey hair.’– Aurelia

Selena Reedman & Mikaela Stanaway
Foundation Class Teachers

Year 2’s Visit Como House

This week the Year 2 students visited Como House as part of their unit of inquiry into the past. We have been investigating the question: ‘How can looking at the past help us to understand the present?’

We toured the Armytage Mansion and saw many original artefacts in the dining room, the drawing room and the bedrooms. We followed the Mystery Trail to discover who broke Laura’s porcelain doll during her birthday party. We learnt about the life of the servants; experiencing life in the laundry and the kitchen. We also played 19thcentury games such as Hot Potato, croquet and Drop the Hankie.

The students, teachers and parent helpers all embraced the spirit of the day and dressed up: some choosing to be young ladies or servants.

It was a truly wonderful experience and has added greatly to our understanding of life in the past.

Fiorella Soci & Ellie Zafarty
Year 2 Class Teachers

Year 3 Excursion – Eureka Tower & City of Melbourne

This term Year 3 are exploring the question, “What natural and human characteristics make Australia unique?” To enhance the students’ knowledge of local natural and manmade landmarks in the city of Melbourne, they took part in an excursion to the Eureka Tower. The students were educated about the features of the Eureka Tower and then participated in activities on Level 88 at the Eureka Skydeck, where they identified a number of prominent Melbourne landmarks. All the students braved the blustery and chilly conditions and stepped outside on to the Terrace where they gained a new appreciation for wild and windy weather! The students enjoyed looking at Melbourne’s features from a bird’s eye perspective, then they walked along the Yarra River making comparisons at ground level.

During the excursion the students learnt some fascinating facts about the Eureka Tower:

> It has 92 levels

> It took over 4 years and 2 months to build and cost $500 million dollars

> There are 1500 residents who live in the Tower and there are approximately 500 apartments

> It is 297.3m tall

> On a windy day the Eureka Tower can sway up to 30cm each way, so the glass windows do not break

> It takes 38 seconds to get to the 88thfloor (Eureka Skydeck)

> If it’s hit by lightning, you won’t know as there’s a conductor and the lightning goes into the ground

> On the top 10 floors some windows are tinted with 24 karat gold

> There are two floors that have enormous water tanks to help with the swaying of the building

The students were eager to share their thoughts on the day:

Tiffany- “I liked how we could see all of Melbourne because I now know how a bird would see Melbourne! “

Rita – “I liked how when I went up the Eureka Tower, I wasn’t so scared because normally I don’t like heights. It was interesting because I didn’t know many places in Melbourne, and I could see the landmarks through binoculars.”

Maddy M – “I liked how we got to do a fun activity where we had a sheet and you had to look through view finders and spot the labelled landmarks.”

Asha – “I enjoyed going up really high and seeing all of Melbourne and I really enjoyed going to the Terrace because it was funny seeing everyone’s hair blow in the wind!”

Jessica – “I liked having the experience of going on an elevator that went really fast and made my ears feel funny. I also liked going to the city because it was really busy, and I liked seeing the Yarra River ferries and the Spirit of Tasmania at Station Pier. All in all, I loved the experience of being high in the sky!”

Maddie – “I liked the excursion because we got to look out of many windows from a high level and I got to look through view finders. My favourite landmark was Flinders Street Station because I have been there before, and it looks cool.”

Christine – “I liked today because I got to experience a place that I have never been to before and I also got to see many views and learned many new landmarks such as the Queen Victoria Market, Flinders Street Station and St. Paul’s Cathedral. I was also happy because I got to go out on the Terrace and see how that glass on The Edge slid out and went back in. I’d like do it with my family.”

Elise – “It was fun to go on the balcony area because I was really scared of heights, but it was so fun and I wanted to do it fifty times!”

Aekam – “I liked the activity where we looked through the viewfinders because it was fun to find them using the viewfinder and was really interesting finding landmarks.”

Preesha – “I liked driving to the city as we got to see some landmarks, and when we were walking back we got to recap what we had seen.”

Sophie – “I like going in the lift because it went so quickly and wasn’t like a lift in a shopping centre. I turned my back for a moment and then we were at Level 56!”

Jasmine – “I liked the walk to Federation Square and I liked looking at the buildings. I also liked working with my buddy discovering distances from one place to another.”

The dreary day didn’t dampen the students’ enthusiasm and they thoroughly enjoyed learning about features of Victoria’s capital city.

Angela Columbine & Rebecca Leondidis
Year 3 Class Teachers

Year 6 National Virtual Debate

This week the Year 6 students on the 2019 National Virtual Debating team participated in their fourth round debate. Each round has presented the students with a new challenge and this debate was no exception. The students had to consider their arguments for the topic: ‘That film classification should be removed.’

Cate Mead, Suwedha Ranjith , Sarah Zhou and Aliyana Rajakulandran faced the very strong Taree Christian College team from NSW. Both sides of the arguments were hotly contested. The Ormiston team presented strong rebuttals against Taree’s argument. They acted on the feedback given to them in previous debates about the importance of providing evidence to support their viewpoints. The strength of these rebuttals gave the girls their third consecutive win.

The student’s success in this competition is a result of the collaborative effort of the students. They have worked diligently to research topics and they have consistently written and delivered high quality speeches. We congratulate the team on their outstanding achievement in the National Virtual Debating Competition and we wish them well in the fifth round.

Nancy Robottom
Year 6 Class Teacher

Digital Wellbeing Article #3
Ring, Ring… does anyone ever call anymore?

The ABC conducted a survey about smartphone use as part of the 2017 Australian National Science Week and its results may or may not surprise you, depending upon your age!

Dr Kathy Modecki from Griffith University, states that “the way individuals are interacting with their smartphones across the day, and in their lives and relationships, is very, very different by age cohort” (2017). The younger you are, the more likely you are to use your smartphone as a “mini-computer”. It appears that using it for actual telephone calls and even texting is perhaps old fashioned, with these uses being favoured by the older members of our society. You might like to take a closer look at your family members’ smartphone usage to see how it compares with the survey’s findings.

It is not unusual to want to know what is considered to be the ‘right age’ to give a child or teenager their own smartphone. Whilst the trend is for smartphones to be adopted at an increasingly younger age, unlike driving a motor vehicle, there are no laws or even rules to follow. Having said that, the following guidelines from raisingchildren.net.org on promoting safe, responsible and enjoyable smartphone use may be of assistance to your family.

> Discuss and aim to agree on what responsible and respectful smartphone use looks like for your family, for example, valuing other family members by putting down smartphones when talking to each other.

> Value the importance of sleep by keeping smartphones out of bedrooms either all the time or at an agreed upon time, for example, an hour before children and adults’ bedtimes.

> Role model positive behaviour, for example, not using smartphones during family meal times.

> Find ways to share how different family members are using their smartphones, for example, listening to new music, editing photos, discussing newsfeed items etc.

You may wish to view these and other guidelines including safety, security and managing data costs at raisingchildren.org.au.


ABC. (2017). Smartphone survey: the fascinating differences in the way we use our phones. Retrieved from https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2017-10-13/smartphone-survey-results-show-fascinating-differences-in-usage/9042184

RaisingChildren.net.au. (2019). Responsible mobile phone use for children and teenagers. Retrieved from https://raisingchildren.net.au/pre-teens/entertainment-technology/digital-life/responsible-phone-use

Felicity Carroll (Digital Literacy Coordinator JS & SS) & Paul Donohue (Head of Junior School)


I wish all Ormiston families a restful weekend. I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Junior School


Junior School

July 26, 2019

Foundation – Year 6 Learning Conversations

This week, Ormiston parents had the opportunity to discuss their child’s start to the year and progress with their child’s class teacher. These sessions are very valuable as they continue to provide a strong home link with the school. It encourages parents to seek out feedback in terms of their child’s academic, emotional, social and physical development, and their strengths and weaknesses. I would like to remind parents that they are able to arrange a meeting time with their child’s class teacher and/or specialist teachers at any time to gain a better understanding of their child’s learning.


Great Success at State Primary Cross Country Championships!

Last week, Anika Selvaratnam from Year 5 competed at the State Primary Cross Country Championships at Bundoora Park. Throughout her previous cross country races at District, Division and Regional levels, Anika was very consistent with her running and had come in first place in each event. At the State Primary Championships, the competition was much tougher, however she ran a Personal Best coming in fourth place and competing against the best runners from across Victoria!

We are all very proud and excited for Anika and we wish her all the best for when she competes at the National Cross Country Championships in Wollongong, New South Wales from the 24 – 26 August.

Early Learning 3 and 4 Author Visit – Mark Carthew

The Early Learning children participate in a number of experiences that develop their capacity and confidence to use language in all its forms and actively engage with and share the enjoyment of language and texts in a range of ways.

Mark Carthew is an award winning Australian children’s author, poet, musician and educator. He is well known for his books celebrating language, humour and wordplay. During their weekly Library sessions and within the Early Learning classroom, the children have engaged with books written by Mark Carthew, in particular, The Gobbling, The Great Zoo Hullabaloo, A Stormy Night and The Big Sneeze. This week the Early Learning children walked to the Senior School Library and met Mark Carthew and listened to him tell these stories through images, puppets and songs. The children demonstrated much enthusiasm and were active participants as they responded to his chants, copied his actions, joined in the singing and discovered how his experiences and interests influence what he includes in his picture story books.

Angela Follacchio
Early Learning Team Leader

Year 5 “2040” Excursion

On Monday 22 July, Year 5 went to Balwyn Cinema for a very exciting excursion! We went to watch the film “2040” for our inquiry topic and question which is “How can we make informed choices as consumers to create a more sustainable world?” We decided to go on this thrilling excursion because 2040 is a documentary made by Damon Gameau that describes and predicts what the future could be like and how we can try to make life on Earth sustainable.

2040 was a very uplifting and inspiring documentary about the different solutions that already exist which could help solve some of the environmental and sustainability problems we have. One solution was taking the carbon emissions in the atmosphere and using it to make the soil healthier so we can grow crops. Another invention they investigated was solar panel microgrids that already exist in Bangladesh and help people to use energy more efficiently in a cost effective way. It was overall a fantastic film that taught us about our effect on the environment and gave us hope for the future ahead of us.

We are very excited to start exploring what changes we can make to create a more sustainable world!

Abbey Marcou & Vrinda Dhir
Year 5 Students


Year 6 Excursion – Parliament House & Old Treasury Building

Below are some reflections from two students who attended the excursion.

Last Friday, the Year 6s went on an informative excursion to the Victorian Parliament House, as well as the Old Treasury Building. It was extremely fun and educational, especially being able to hold our own debate in Parliament!

In Parliament, we visited both rooms, the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council. The building itself was not only sophisticated and refined, but had visible accents of gold as well! We found out this was because Victoria was very wealthy near the end of the gold rush and this was when Parliament House was built.

We were led through the Old Treasury Building by two magnificent tour guides and learnt lots about the gold rush and how the building came to be. We found out the Old Treasury Building was first built to store gold, and that the Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau, works there! We went through areas enclosed with double doors (for privacy) and old living rooms, reliving the Victorian gold rush experience and learning more about our country.

This excursion was a fun and meaningful experience for all of us, and we even got to say hello to the Google Street View car. See you next time, Parliament!

Isabel Sootoh

Year 6R

On Friday 19 July, the Year 6s had an excursion to the Victorian Parliament and Treasury Building. We learnt that the House of Representatives, also known as the Lower House or the People’s House consists of different representatives and a group called the Executive. In the Federal Parliament, the Liberal Party are the executive. This means that the Federal House of Representatives is mainly Liberal members. The Labor Party is called the Opposition. The Labor Party received the second most votes in the election and Bill Shorten was the Leader of the Opposition, until he resigned, therefore The Labor Party has to select a new leader.

The Senate, also known as the Upper House, they receive what is called a Bill, which is an idea for a new law. Once the House of Representatives has given approval, it is then sent to the Senate. This takes place in the Federal Parliament and all of the State Parliaments. If the Bill is approved by the Senate, it is then passed to the Executive. If the Bill is approved, it goes onto the Judiciary, from there it goes to the Governor-General, who is the Queen’s representative. The Governor-General ensures all parties have approved the Bill and once they sign it off, it then officially becomes a Law.

The next part of our excursion was The Treasury Building. The building was used to store gold from the gold rush, so no one could steal it. This was a very interesting part of our excursion. Our guide  told us how Melbourne has changed from the gold rush days. We sat in the room where the Executive Council and the Governor-General meet. We had a look at different rooms in the building as well, such as the apartment of the caretaker’s family.

Overall, this was an interesting learning experience and I had a great time.

Anneke Cook
Year 6C

Anne Harvey-Nagl – International Violinist!

On Friday, the Music Department was honoured to host Melbourne-born internationally-renowned violinist, Anne Harvey-Nagl, for a day at CGGS. Anne is currently based in Vienna and has achieved much success as a performer in Europe. She has played with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra, Vienna Concert-Verein, Klangforum, Music On Line, and the Kammerphilharmonie. From 1999 – 2011 Anne was Principal 1stviolin of the Vienna Volksoper and was appointed Concertmaster in 2011.

Years 3 – 5 Strings students were treated to an inspiring and extremely engaging lunchtime recital from Anne, who played many pieces, from Kreisler to Mozart. Students were extremely interested to hear Anne talk about her musical experiences, as well as some insights about both violin and musical performance technique. Many Music staff members were involved in the day’s sessions and special thanks goes to Nichole Adams and Rohan Mack who were instrumental in securing this opportunity for our students. Anne visits Australia regularly and always performs when she is here.

Jane Scott
Music Administrator


Oh sleep, oh gentle sleep… and digital wellbeing

Term 3 is well underway with students returning to their school routines. For many students coming back to school requires a reset of sleeping patterns to accommodate school, rather than holiday hours. It is recommended that children aged between five and eight years have ten to eleven hours of sleep a night, with teenagers needing nine to ten hours to function at their best (Raising Children, 2019; Treyvaud, Vowles, 2018).

Whilst each family’s schedule is different, our nightly routines often include at least some time either watching TV or using a computer or mobile device, all of which emit blue light. It is widely recognised that this blue light suppresses melatonin levels. Lower melatonin levels disrupt the body’s circadian rhythms, i.e. the body’s biological clock, which in turn delays sleep and has a negative impact on your sleep quality.

One simple step is to make use of Apple’s Night Shift or the Night Mode function for Android devices as these both reduce blue light exposure. An even more important strategy is to turn off mobile devices, computers and the TV at least one hour before bedtime. You may already be doing this, but if this isn’t the case, a conversation with your children / teenagers about the merits of quality sleep on wellbeing, and how to manage their night-time device usage, could be worthwhile. Refer to the Raising Children website for more advice on good sleep hygiene from newborns through to teenage years.

The previous article in this Digital Wellbeing series mentioned our intention to survey the CGGS community as part of our digital wellbeing initiative. This work has begun with all Senior and Junior teachers completing individual and team surveys. We will be asking for your assistance in upcoming weeks as we conduct surveys of our families and students. Survey trends will be shared with the community in future articles. The focus of our next article in this series, is the digital wellbeing of primary aged children, so make sure you look out for it in the next CamNews.

Felicity Carroll (Digital Literacy Coordinator) & Paul Donohue (Head of Junior School)


> RaisingChildren.net.au. (2019). Understanding sleep. Retrieved from https://raisingchildren.net.au/school-age/sleep/understanding-sleep/school-age-sleep

> Treyvaud, R.,& Vowles, C. (2018) The parents’ survival guide to children, technology and the internet.Wangle Technologies Ltd.


Y4 – 6 Netball

Netball has re-commenced for Term 3, the Years 2 and 3 Netball Skills Program continues to run every Thursday afternoon and the students are enjoying learning many skills whilst having fun playing games.

The Years 4 to 6 teams competed in the Boroondara Netball Association Competition last weekend. The Year 4 Garnets came out strong in their game, they were more consistent than the opposition and shot some fantastic goals. Garnets defeated MA Butterflies 6 – 2. The Year 4 Rubies faced tough opposition but the CGGS team were still able to gain possession of the ball.

The Year 5 Opals were unstoppable against CSNC Blitz, the defensive pressure down the court caused many turnovers that were converted into goals, the CGGS team won 14 – 5. The Year 5 Jets were down at half time 0 – 5, Jets came out strong in the second half, took the lead and defeated KD Starbursts 8 – 6. Both Year 5 teams played their best game of the season and all should be very proud of their determination and efforts.

The Year 6 Topaz had tough opposition last Saturday, the team trained well this week and will come out strong next round.

Congratulations goes to all CGGS Netballers.

Lexie Joyce
CGGS Netball Coach


I wish all Ormiston families a restful weekend. I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue

Head of Junior School

Junior School



Junior School

Foundation – Year 6 Choral and Instrumental Concert

Last night, every student from Foundation to Year 6 had the opportunity to participate in our Semester One Choral and Instrumental Concert. It was a wonderful opportunity for our 208 students to perform on a large stage in front of hundreds of people from our school community.

This year the Ormiston Music Program continues to go from strength-to-strength. We currently have 95 students from Foundation – Year 6 participating in private music tuition, this equates to 45% of our students. Over one third of these students learn either a second instrument or participate in our popular Speech & Drama program with Kath Buckingham or Lucy Mason. This is an outstanding achievement and we appreciate the ongoing support from our Ormiston families.

I would like to thank all our private music tuition teachers, the Year 2 Super Strings and the Concert Band teachers for all their work in preparing their students for this biannual event. I would also like to thank and acknowledge our Junior School Music teachers, Nichole Adams and Penny Byrne for their outstanding work in organising the successful evening. We look forward to the Semester Two concert towards the end of the year.


Early Learning 4 – Year 6 Speech and Drama Mountfield Maestros

Congratulations to the following students who participated in our Semester One Mountfield Maestros Speech and Drama event.

Aarna Sharma

Year 1
Claire Zhang, Estella Ouyang, Lucinda Reedman, Audrey Nemtsas, Amelia Gu, Serena Hu, Zoe Raspin, Madeleine Law, Elaine Li, Angela Lin

Year 2
Ailey Poon, Shreya Swaminathan, Chloe Zhang

Year 3
Erena Zhu, Rita Wong, Nina Gan, Tiffany Lau

Year 4
Sophie Peake, Elise Orme, Melody Hu, Elsa Cao, Chloe Lau, Allegra Reedman, Sarah Lu, Ashanti Rajakulendran, Isla Stronell, Annabelle Nemtsas, Charlotte Chong

Year 5
Anneka Sinnappu, Vrinda Dhir, Yasmin Taghdir, Charlotte Hayes, Sharon Tjioe, Larissa Ma, Grace Wan, Sharvi Bansal

Year 6
Cate Mead, Anneke Cook, Sarah May, Aliyana Rajakulendran, Hanna Wang, Sarah Zhou

I would like to thank Lucy Mason and Kath Buckingham our Junior School Speech and Drama teachers for organising a very entertaining event for our School community.


Winter Warmth Appeal

Every year, one of Ormiston’s major Service Learning projects is the Winter Warmth Appeal. Over the past three weeks, students have been bringing to school products that can help families that are struggling at this time of year. This week, at our Junior School Assembly we celebrated The Winter Warmth Appeal. In the Junior School Hall, we had four tables set up, and one by one, classes placed their final items on the tables. It was wonderful to see so many students getting into the spirit of helping others!

I strongly believe that together we can help people in need. When we get hungry, we can easily just go to our pantry and get some food, however for people living in poverty or homelessness, it is very different. The Winter Warmth Appeal is about helping people that are going through a hard time.

I would like to thank the Ormiston Student Council, Miss Kalus and Mr Goodwin for all their work in planning and organising the Winter Warmth Appeal and all our wonderful families who donated items such as boxes of cereal, rice, noodles, nappies and tinned food to name a few.

Year 4 History Learning Exhibition

This term Year 4 have been inquiring into how our perspective influences our ideas about Australia’s past. During the elaboration phase of the inquiry, students worked independently to research an aspect of the settlement of Australia that interested them, linked to Convict Life, Aboriginal Australians, Environmental Impact or Notable Figures. They then had to decide how to create an interactive exhibit to share their learning with the school and parent community. It was fantastic to see so many of our families immerse themselves in the interactive displays and discuss key concepts with students. All students put a lot of effort in to creating an amazing range of exhibit elements that were highly engaging and informative. Some of the elements created by students included:

> Animations
> E-books
> Videos
> Quizzes
> Models/dioramas
> Games and chatterboxes

Some student reflections on the experience were:

I enjoyed how the parents came along and looked at our work and we got the chance to share our learning with others.– Melody

It was great how the teachers tried to challenge us to share our learning without being there, it made us think and use our time wisely.– Scarlett

I really liked how we were pushed out of our comfort zone by presenting to parents we wouldn’t normally see at school or in the classroom– Natasha C

I liked how we were given feedback on our stall because it made us think how to improve next time.– Elsa

I really enjoyed creating all the different elements for my display because it tied art into our inquiry topic– Elise

Everyone put in a lot of effort and it was interesting looking at all the different ideas and what everyone learnt.  – Allegra

Emma Hinchliffe & Jasvindar Gill
Year 4 Class Teachers

The Ormiston Library – Scholastic Book Club

I would like to inform the school community that the Junior School has raised $1,462 for our Library through supporting the Scholastics Book Club. Ms Yeomans is ready to order some wonderful resources for students and staff. I would like to thank Anne Devenish and Catherine Daniel for introducing and organising this popular Book Club.


Eastern Metropolitan (Regional) Cross Country Championships

Two weeks ago we had Anika Selvaratnam of Year 5 compete in the Regional Cross Country Championships in Yarra Glen. She ran a very strategic race and came in first place in front of many elite runners from the Eastern region. Anika has now qualified for the State Cross Country Championships where she will compete against the best runners in the state. We are all very excited for Anika and we wish her all the best for this race which will take place early in Term 3.

Eastern Metropolitan (Regional) Cross Country Championships

Two weeks ago we had Anika Selvaratnam of Year 5 compete in the Regional Cross Country Championships in Yarra Glen. She ran a very strategic race and came in first place in front of many elite runners from the Eastern region. Anika has now qualified for the State Cross Country Championships where she will compete against the best runners in the state. We are all very excited for Anika and we wish her all the best for this race which will take place early in Term 3.

Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6 Basketball – Hoop Time

In Term 3, Camberwell Girls Grammar School will be participating in the Hoop Time Competition. Hoop Time is a developmental program that brings together students from across Victoria for a fun, single-day round robin basketball tournament with qualified referees. It is not only a great opportunity for those with existing skill to showcase and act as role models to their peers, but also for those who are new to the game to learn and develop their skills.

Hoop Time trials were conducted over the last few weeks, with our Year 3/4 team being selected and our Year 5/6 team to be announced next term.

It was wonderful to see so many students try out for the teams. With such a successful turn out, we will be entering more teams in 2020.

Congratulations to the students who were selected for the team and will go on to represent the school.

For more information about this tournament, please visit the website below:


Liana Kitsou
Junior School PE Teacher


Year 4 – 6 Netball

The CGGS Netball teams are half way through the Winter Competition.

The Year 4 teams have had many great wins and a few loses, both CGGS teams are still learning many skills and are improving each week.

The Year 5 Jets have come across some tough opposition, but have been working hard on improving their endurance and consistency for the full four quarters. The Year 5 Opals have had very close games, last Saturday the Opals went down by only one goal against MLC Silver.

Year 6 Topaz are working their way back up the ladder, the CGGS team have won the last two games and kept MLC Kestrels scoreless in Round 10.

Congratulations to all Netball teams on their efforts throughout the first half of the Season.

Lexie Joyce
CGGS Netball Coach

Digital Wellbeing: Ages, Stages and Statistics

There has been a lot of Australian and International media coverage about the changing role of technology within today’s society. This series of articles will explore these changes and their potential impact on our digital wellbeing throughout different life stages. Importantly, we recognise the interrelationship between emerging technologies and our behaviours as technology users.

This week we begin by examining usage trends and guidelines for the youngest members of our CGGS community, pre-school children. The ubiquitous nature of technology means its use by young children has been normalised. You may be surprised by the results of a 2017 poll that shows 36% of Australian pre-schoolers have their ownmobile touch screen device (Rhodes, 2017). We will be able to see how this statistic compares with that of our own community when we undertake upcoming CGGS surveys.

It is widely recommended that children younger than two years be discouraged from using devices other than for video chat, for example using Facetime to connect with family members overseas (Raising Children, 2019).Whilst there is limited research on technology use for pre-schoolers, there is consensus that they may benefit from:

> using the device with their parents, thereby encouraging social interactions

> creating and interacting with content rather than the sedentary consumption of content such as videos

Dr Kristy Goodwin advocates that parents become pilots of the digital plane at this early stage and during later stages of technology use (2017). Piloting strategies and a discussion of screen-time guidelines will be presented in future articles as we explore ways to balance and promote quality technology usage for different ages and life stages.

Guidelines provided within this series have been drawn from a range of authoritative sources, including those listed below:

> Office of the eSafety Commissioner, an Australian government resource

> The Australian Communication and Media authority, Australian government resource

> Raising Children, an Australian resource supported by the Australian government Department of Social Services

> Common Sense Media, an American leading non-profit organisation

> Family Insights Knowledge Centre, an Australian company in partnership with the research body, Telethon Kids Institute

> ThinkUKnow, an Australian website provided by the Australian Federal Police and assorted partnerships


> RaisingChildren.net.au. (2019). Screentime: babies and toddlers. Retrieved from https://raisingchildren.net.au/babies/play-learning/media-technology/healthy-screen-time-0-2-years

> Goodwin, K. (2016). Raising your child in a digital world. Finch: Lane Cove.

> Rhodes, A. (2017). Screen time and kids: What’s happening in our homes. Detailed report. Melbourne (VIC): The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.

Felicity Carroll (Digital Literacy Coordinator) & Paul Donohue (Head of Junior School)


I wish all Ormiston families a restful school holiday and I look forward to seeing all students back in Term 3 on Tuesday 16 July. I ask parents to please remember that Monday 15 July is a Staff Professional Learning Day with no students.


Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Junior School



Junior School

Collaborative Research Project with Harvard University

In the recent Independent Schools Guide in The Age newspaper on Sunday 26 May, an extensive article was written about Ormiston’s current research project with Harvard University Graduate School of Education, called Idea Into Action. This year our Ormiston team of educators are trialling some of the latest learning tools, which have been designed by Harvard University Project Zero Team and developed with the support of Independent Schools Victoria (ISV). With this project, Harvard are working with schools around the world to develop some resources that help teachers implement ideas in a sustainable way.

Ormiston teachers will provide feedback to Harvard University about the usefulness of the tools and make constructive suggestions in terms of how to improve them. For example, if a teacher wants to change their curriculum so it helps their students have a better understanding of world issues, they can use the ‘global thinking toolkit’. These toolkits can have the potential to help make changes at school level a lot easier for teachers.

Additionally, the Harvard Project Zero Team are renowned for its Visible Thinking routines in classrooms. As a Junior School we have learnt to use many new resources associated with this global project and when it is completed in the near future, the resource materials developed will be available and published for use around the world.


Digital Wellbeing

Have you googled anything today? Perhaps you preferred to use voice assistant technology such as Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa to ask a question. The constant evolution of technology is changing what we’re able to do and how we do this, i.e. our behaviour. For example, it is not uncommon to see toddlers playing games or watching Pepper the Pig’s YouTube channel on an iPad or a mobile phone and all whilst in a stroller! This is something that many of us reading this article couldn’t have imagined when we were children. Similarly, monitoring our fitness with smart watches or streaming Netflix on a mobile phone was unheard of just a few years ago.

What do all of these technological and behavioural changes mean for us at CGGS and how might they be impacting on our digital wellbeing?  A team of staff from the Junior and Senior school has begun investigating these questions during Term 2 as part of our Digital Wellbeing initiative. Our aim is to collect data of current technology usage and behavioural trends, including any concerns, from our parent, staff and student groups early in Term 3. This data, as well as parent, staff and student focus groups will help inform our Digital Wellbeing initiative.

We encourage you to read the Digital Wellbeing articles that will appear in each edition of Camnews this year. We intend to examine the potential impact of technology for pre-schoolers, early childhood and teenagers. Survey results from our community will be shared along with strategies that promote digital wellbeing. Your invitation to participate in Focus Groups will also be included in Camnews.

Felicity Carroll & Cathy Poyser


EL3 – Year 6 Winter Warmth Appeal 

On Wednesday 12 June the Winter Warmth Appeal was launched at our weekly Assembly. Students were encouraged to bring in items for donation, such as non-perishable snack items that are suitable for school lunches. Other popular items in past Winter Warmth Appeals have been noodles, rice and nappies for children up to 11kg.

As a community, from Early Learning 3 to Year 6, we wish to continue supporting Anglicare in their mission to assist those in need this winter. As stated in our Mission statement, Camberwell Girls Grammar School is “a Christian School in the Anglican tradition, inspiring girls in their love of learning and nurturing compassionate leaders with global mindsets”. Our annual support of Anglicare is one such avenue of developing and raising compassionate leaders in our community.

At Ormiston, we encourage families to donate at least one item per week. Have a chat with your child when you do your weekly shopping. What could she donate to help other people in our community? They may even like to select the item with you. To mark the conclusion of our appeal we will have a Pyjama Day on Tuesday 25 June.

We thank you for your generosity and kindness as we support Anglicare and those people needing food, clothes and hope this winter.


Year 3 Excursion – Royal Botanic Gardens

As part of our Inquiry investigation focusing on Australia’s first people and how an accurate knowledge of our past helps to understand our present, Year 3 visited the Royal Botanic Gardens and took part in the hands on “Connecting to Country” education program. The students were shown plants that are included in a traditional smoking ceremony and learnt about their significance, in conjunction to the uses of other indigenous florae. They were also told about different tools traditionally used by Indigenous people and had the opportunity to make and use ochre paint and create string from raffia. This interactive experience gave the students a greater understanding and respect for Aboriginal culture and the people of the Kulin Nation. Even though the day was overcast, they embraced the outdoor activities, demonstrated wonderful enthusiasm and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Below are some thoughts from some Year 3 students:

Erena – “When you’re hunting you have to be quiet, so you don’t scare the animals”

Nicole – “We learnt how to make string”

Zara – “We learnt that eucalyptus leaves have a special oil that can help people and use other plants as their medicine. We also learnt some Aboriginal words – booboom means child, kooyong – eel, wolart – possum”

Madeline – “I enjoyed the experience because we could make string and paint with ochre.”

Christine – “When someone has a baby, they paint on the possum coat to tell the story.”

Angela Columbine & Rebecca Leondidis
Year 3 Class Teachers

Year 5 and 6 Camp – PGL Campaspe Downs (Kyneton)

The Year 5 students braved the cold and all the challenges on camp with resilience and good humour. We were so impressed with their team work and positive attitude towards all aspects of their Campaspe Downs adventure.

Below are a few excerpts from reflections that students wrote about their camp experiences.

One of my favourite activities was rock climbing. There were three coloured markers to touch before you came down (red, yellow and green). I got hooked up to a rope but I could barely reach the first marker! So I lined up for a different one. Unfortunately one line was empty so the teacher crept up on me and clipped me on! I had to climb it. I slowly ascended above the red marker that had been humiliating me (take that red marker!). Then slowly over the yellow marker, finally close to green. The hard part was actually taking off my hand to touch the marker! I glided down as my friends erupted into applause (if you are ever in need of a cheerleading team, hire them!). That was my very proud moment.

Rithanyaa 5R

I lined up for our second challenge course. Our instructor told us what to do. After every word she said, I got more and more nervous with more butterflies fluttering in my tummy. “Three, two, one, go!” yelled the instructor. In my mind I was screaming why did I choose to go first?! Going over the ropes was harder than it looked. I started to pull myself forward, trying desperately to avoid the mud and water. Unfortunately, I was sliding into the mud and I had to put my foot in it to push myself up. In the process I got lots of grass in my eyes and in the background I could hear people cheering for me. When I got out of the ropes I ran back to the instructor as if my life depended on it.

Sophie T 5DK

This highlight was the challenge of raft building. Yes, we did raft building in the bitterly cold weather of 2 degrees and, yes, in the freezing, icy water! We built the rafts in teams. When my team’s raft was halfway through the rowing process, Anika fell into the water. As soon as my feet touched the water when were wading into the lake, I was frozen. Imagine getting in the water up to neck height!

Bella 5R

“Wait!” yelled the instructor before I shot. “Aim down,” she said. I aimed my bow and arrow down and let go. The arrow flew through the air and landed in the middle of the target. “Bulls-eye!” she yelled. I was stunned. I had never got a bulls-eye before. Even the kangaroos looked thunderstruck.

Penelope 5DK

As I walked up the wooden steps to the flying fox I was horrified. As soon as I pushed myself off the edge I thought I was going to fall and kangaroos were going to beat me up. But they didn’t – although I did get a wet bottom. It was amazing! I soon ran up the hill and went again as many times as I could.

Zoe 5R 

As I squelched my way to the Challenge Course I felt a rush of adrenaline and excitement. It was our second day at Campaspe Downs and I was raring to go. My shoes were filled with mud and water from raft building, and my socks were equally as soggy but I felt great. Our instructor explained that the Challenge Course was made up of a bunch of different activities like the mud pit and Tarzan swing. Our first obstacle was to try and walk over a series of thin, connected logs. It was a lot harder than it looked. While we were making our way across the logs our instructor made it even harder by distracting us with things like crossing in front of us while we were walking. Luckily, I managed to make my way across.

Anneke S 5DK

Anjali de Quadros, Liz Ruffles & Michelle Kalus
Year 5 Class Teachers

Year 6 Reflections

The Year 6s thoroughly enjoyed their camp experience and were extremely grateful for the dry weather, given last year’s conditions! Below are some student reflections from our week at camp.


The Terrors of the Tower
Written by Antonia Kokkinos, Mia Van Damme and Suwedha Ranjith

On the second day of camp, the students of Group 2 were challenged with abseiling.

They had to climb to the top of the dark, spooky tower, link their harnesses and climb down the wall. There was fear and excitement in the air.

As the first person climbed down, the students beneath watched eagerly. With a jump and a step, she climbed down with ease and confidence. But not everyone felt confident.

For some, it was challenging, but with all the encouragement and support, they powered through. Smiles were on everybody’s faces.

Everyone in Year 6 and teachers have said that every group was supportive, caring, encouraging, brave and had a ‘give it a go’ attitude, being confident.

We believe that on this camp, Year 6 showed zest towards new things, hope in themselves, social intelligence for supporting others, kindness for showing love and being caring. But of course we couldn’t have done it without our instructor, Stevie. She supported and encouraged us and helped to push through.

Overall, we would rate abseiling an 8 out of 10 and would encourage you to give it a go!


The Centipede
Written by Lucy Ciro and Deana Tang

The centipede is one of the most iconic activities at PGL Campaspe Downs. Loved by many, it is a thrilling activity you must try.

Phien – “I really like the centipede because I’m normally scared of heights but I had a go at it and I tried to conquer my fears. Some character strengths I exhibited were bravery and persistence when I was climbing. Tip: Keep on going. You’ll be surprised with what you are capable of.”

Sarah Z – “7/10 It was a challenge but still was quite fun. I was definitely challenged by the heights and the wobbling of the wooden pole.”


The Camp Out
Written by Isabel Sootoh and Lucy Lu

The camp-out. It was definitely a main and exciting part of everybody’s camp experience. However, not everyone was ready for it…

Being called a “camp-out”, everybody expected tents we had to put up with a hammer and pegs! However, reality was a comfortable, luxurious glamping tent that included wooden floorboards and six bunkbeds in each – leaving everyone plenty of space and comfort.

The camp-out included lots of responsibilities such as washing, cooking, and even doing your laundry! Making our own dinner was extremely rewarding, filling our bellies after a long day of activities.

The camp-out could be challenging at times though, requiring us to show bravery and persistence – especially while having to do the washing of thirteen people! We also needed teamwork, having to cooperate with all the people in our group the whole camp.

Katrina Cheong & Nancy Robottom
Year 6 Class Teachers

Foundation – Year 6 Art Competition

The Semester One Art Leaders, Emily Wang and Lucy Lu organised an Art competition for all students to participate in. Students were required to complete an A4 sized artwork covering different categories. The categories were:

Foundation to Year 2 – Colour in a tessellation pattern

Year 3 and 4 – Create their own tessellation

Years 5 and 6 – Create an ‘Op Art’ piece

There were many entries and the judging was a difficult process.

The winners at each year level were:

Foundation – Aurelia Poon and Neesha Navaneetharaja

Year 1 – Lucinda Reedman and Estella Ouyang

Year 2 – Joyce Zhang and Ellie Zhang

Year 3 – Madeline Mason, Rita Wong and Minaaz Kaur

Year 4 – Natalie Knowles , Chanel Ghostine and Preesha Navaneetharaja

Year 5 – Rithanyaa Prakash and Madeleine Huynh

Year 6 – Amy Cao and Yu Jiang

Congratulations to all who entered!

The winning artworks will be on display in the Junior School Hall. The other entries are on display in the Great Space.

Year 4 – 6 Netball

In support of Reconciliation Week, all CGGS Netball Teams wore special indigenous designed bibs during their matches representing the school. The Year 4 teams both had convincing wins in Round 6. Year 4 Garnets played a fantastic last quarter, scoring 4 consecutive goals and the Year 4 Rubies outplayed KD Stargazers, playing a more consistent game. The Year 5 Opals had a close game against KD Starlight, but the CGGS team played well together and defeated KD Starlight 6-5. Year 6 Topaz had a tough game against CSNC Riptides and unfortunately had a loss, the CGGS team are working hard at training.

Good luck to all teams competing this weekend.

Lexie Joyce
CGGS Netball Coach


I would like to wish all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.


Yours sincerely,


Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Junior School



Junior School

Reconciliation Week at Ormiston

National Reconciliation Week has been an opportunity to reflect and act on, the ways we can connect with Aboriginal culture and community. There have been opportunities for the students to learn more about Aboriginal culture in the classrooms and to appreciate and respect our similarities and differences.

On Friday 24 May Murrundindi, the Ngurungaeta of the Wurundjeri people, visited Ormiston. In addition to speaking with the Grandparents and Special Friends in the morning, Murrundindi continued to educate our students about the diversity of Aboriginal culture by visiting the Year 3 and 4 classrooms. In each classroom he was able to lend his perspective and support the activities carefully selected and developed by our fantastic team of teachers.

On Tuesday 28 May Murrundindi collaborated with the Billy Tea Bush Band in our Junior School Hall. Years 2, 3 and 4 were the first year levels to dance, sing and learn about Aboriginal culture through the joy of music. Before recess, students reconnected with some of their buddies as Foundation and Year 5 – our Fivedation crew – listened to stories of Aboriginal culture and danced. After recess, it was the turn of students in Year 1 and Year 6. The laughter, joy and fun was infectious as I walked in the hall to see the staff dancing too!

Our relationship with Murrundindi has been vital in achieving our Strategic Pillar of Global Citizenship. Across several years now Ormiston has been able to experience and develop an understanding of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, country and cultures. Murrundindi has a unique ability to connect with our students and families, his warmth and generosity of spirit is evident in all who meet him.

As the Ormiston community continues to develop our understanding of Aboriginal culture throughout the year, we look forward to welcoming Murrundindi to our school camps in the near future.

Craig Goodwin
Deputy Head of Junior School (Student Wellbeing)

Foundation – Year 6 Child Safe Standards

The Child Safe Standards are compulsory minimum standards for all organisations that provide services to children in Victoria, including schools. The aim of the Standards is to ensure these organisations are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect. In response to these standards, twice per year our School Counsellors, Beth Sarlos and Paula Kolivas work with our students. Last week, both counsellors spoke to all Foundation – Year 6 students, encouraging and empowering them to remain safe and secure. Later in the year, the counsellors will hold a second Child Safe Standards session to ensure two sessions take place each year.

For more information in regards to the Child Safe Standards, please click on the following link https://ccyp.vic.gov.au/child-safety/being-a-child-safe-organisation/the-child-safe-standards/.


Years 3 & 4 Grandparents and Special Friend’s Day 

Our second Grandparents and Special Friends event for the year once again attracted a large crowd of visitors across both year levels. It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to say ‘thank you’ to their grandparents and special friends for all their support, help and assistance.

As we know, grandparents and special family friends contribute so much to a young person’s life during both Junior and Senior School. The highlight of the morning was celebrating the introduction of National Reconciliation Week at Ormiston, with our close friend, Murrundindi. Students completed a range of different activities, including some Wurundjeri tasks. Murrundindi was also happy to share his own experiences and artefacts with the grandparents and special friends over morning tea. I would like to thank our School Captains, Raynee Wong and Elysia Wang and our Assembly and Events Leaders, Anneke Cook and Isabel Chen for leading this special community event.


Foundation Learning about Rabbits!

The Foundation students were very excited to welcome four class pets at the start of last week. Eight week old rabbits named Rosie, Isabella, Snowy and Coco joined our Foundation classroom. The students have been learning about what it means to be responsible for living things and have taken their roles very seriously when caring for these pets. They have been very curious about everything ‘rabbit’ and have found it quite calming to observe and pat the rabbits during the day.

“The rabbits have fluffy fur, it feels so soft.”– Chelsea

“We know that rabbits only sweat from their feet.”– Aanya

“Rabbits poo a lot. You have to clean it up all the time.”Audrey

“You have to feed them and give them water.”– Alis

“Carrots are like treats for rabbits, they don’t eat them all the time.”– Emma A.

“Our rabbits can clean their own faces. I saw Coco do it this morning.”– Faye

“The rabbits are the best part of Foundation.”– Annabelle

Selena Reedman & Mikaela Stanaway
Foundation Class Teachers

Year 1 Excursion to the Melbourne Zoo

On Tuesday 21 May, the Year 1 students visited the Melbourne Zoo as a part of their investigation into ‘How Living Things Change and Grow’. We got to meet and touch an amazing Kenyan San Boa, who hides from its predators by hiding underneath the sand in African savannahs. We were surprised to learn that some snakes have live young, whilst others lay eggs.

Later, we watched the seal presentation and learnt how important it is to keep our waters clean and pollution free. We made a commitment to use ‘Bubbles Not Balloons’ at our (outside) birthday parties from now on, as most outside balloons end up in our oceans and are very dangerous to seals and other marine life. We had a blast visiting the many zoo animals and loved seeing the babies and adults, noticing their growth and asking lots of questions about their needs.

Finally, a highlight for everyone, was visiting the Butterfly House where we learnt that there are 300 butterflies inside at any one time, and the chrysalises are grown on neighbouring plants behind the house. We were thrilled to see a life cycle display in the house, as we have 5 of our own caterpillars in our classroom which have just transformed into chrysalises this week.

We can’t wait to see how they grow and change in the weeks to come! A big thank you to Miss Mackay and Mrs Vivarini for joining us on the day.

Miranda Jackson and Craig Goodwin
Year 1 Class Teachers

Year 4 State Library Excursion

This term, Year 4 have been exploring how perspective influences our ideas of Australia’s past. As part of this shared inquiry, we have looked closely at a range of primary and secondary sources of information to identify who was involved or impacted by European colonisation of Australia. To ground our inquiry in facts, students used online sources such as the State Library of NSW and TROVE to explore some of these sources prior to visiting the State Library of Victoria.  At the library, students participated in a highly informative guided tour of the gallery and history exhibitions where they were able to view actual primary resources and a range of artworks that showed the history of Melbourne. Students were excited to view the original “Batman Treaty” and portraits of William Barak and William Buckley.

“It was amazing to see how well they preserved and restored all of the old artefacts. The building itself was also decorative and old.” – Charlie

“I liked how old all of the books looked. In the Dome room it was peaceful and not a single noise could be heard in the huge space.” – Elise

Emma Hinchliffe
Year 4 Classroom Teacher

District & Division Cross Country

On Friday 17 May, CGGS competed in the North Balwyn District Cross Country Carnival at Macleay Park. The weather conditions were perfect for Cross Country. There were some pre-race nerves, however, once the races started the students settled and ran well in all age groups.

Congratulations to all of the students who ran on the day, and particularly Anika Selvaratnam and Sarah Zhou who qualified and competed at the Boroondara Division Cross Country on Thursday 30 May. The weather conditions for Division were very cold, however, the cold winds and rain didn’t stop these two students from getting out there and competing to the best of their ability.

Congratulations to Anika who came first place in her race. Anika will be going on to represent CGGS and compete in the Eastern Metropolitan Region Cross Country on 18 June.

Congratulations to Sarah, who qualified in the top 40 runners, this is a personal best for Sarah at Division level. A big congratulations to both students and best of luck to Anika for Regionals.

District Cross Country Competitors:

Anika Selvaratnam

Selena Chen

Christina Weickhardt

Charlotte Chong

Maya Waide-Hee

Emily Lioe

Chloe Lau

Sophie Peake

Elise Orme

Ashanti Rajakulendran

Angelique Quah

Jessica Wu

Madeleine Wood

Rida Cao

Alyce Law

Vivien Chang

Aliyana Rajakulendran

Maria Lin

Aayzah Khan

Suwedha Ranjith

Sarah Zhou

Ency Chen

Sabrina Bignold

Amy Cao

Lucy Lu

Jasmine Rees

Jenny Wang

Monique Desai

Samantha Chua

Debbie Guan

Year 4 – 6 Netball

Last Friday afternoon, the Year 4 Rubies were unstoppable against Auburn Jewels. The CGGS team got off to a great start, scoring a number of goals in the first quarter defeating Auburn Jewels 12-5. Year 4 Garnets got off to a slow start against KD Stardust, but kept them scoreless in the second quarter. Unfortunately, KD Stardust got too far ahead and defeated the Garnets.

The Year 5 Jets were on a high from last weeks win, and came out strong in the first quarter against CSNC Fury. CSNC Fury came back in the second quarter then the remaining minutes of the game was very close, Jets ended up going down by only 1 goal. The Year 5 Opals had a close game against Ruyton Rockers, both teams moved the ball well down the court and CGGS demonstrated great defensive skills, CGGS and Ruyton drew 11-11.

Year 6 Topaz  played against one of the top teams, Auburn Aces. Auburn Aces came out very strong and got many goals on the scoreboard quickly. Topaz got used to the fast pace game and started to score some goals, but Auburn Aces were too strong, defeating CGGS 15-4.

Good luck to all teams competing this coming weekend.

Lexie Joyce
CGGS Netball Coach


Year 5 & 6 Camp

Next week our Year 5 and 6 students will be going on camp. This is the second time that both year groups will be going out together at the same campsite. I look forward to seeing both year levels at camp participating in all outdoor activities together.

I would like to wish everyone a restful weekend. Please remember that Monday 3 June is a Student Free Day for all Early Learning – Year 6 students and the school will not be open. I look forward to seeing all students back at Ormiston next Tuesday 4 June. 


Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Junior School



Junior School

Foundation – Year 6 Assembly – Setting Goals
Last year, a change to our Student Reports lead to the introduction of Learning Goals for both Literacy and Numeracy. Many parents approached me to communicate that they liked these goals and that they gave them some important information in regards to their child’s future learning.

During our last Junior School Assembly, the focus was on setting goals and students had the opportunity to discuss possible learning areas they could set goals in. For example, some areas included stretching your brain, thinking outside the box, resilience, teamwork, maths, painting in art, handwriting, manners and time management. A small group of students set one learning goal each at assembly and we will be revisiting these goals again towards the end of this term.


Year 6 Learning Exhibition – “How can we use energy in a sustainable way?”

On Friday 3 May, the Year 6 students shared their ideas about how to tackle this question and issue. Students presented their own models that either showed something using energy more sustainably or something that used a more sustainable source of energy. The school community as well as the Year 6 families saw how the initial plan of their designs were often different to their final working model. A key part in each Year 6 student’s process was talking to a range of peers and getting constructive feedback on their designs. Classmates often found something they hadn’t considered or questioned something they hadn’t given much thought. Students then explored different ways they could solve some of these potential challenges and factored this into their design.

What was clearly evident in this learning exhibition was the jumbled nature and process of learning. Learning is not linear. Learning is made up of making attempts and also and also failing.  It’s about having the courage to try again. It’s about reflecting on why something’s not working or why something did work and it’s about persevering. At each learning station, our school community got to witness things that worked well and things that didn’t work as well as the Year 6s had hoped.

However, ultimately, we hope that the showcase made you think about how we are currently using energy in today’s world and whether this is, indeed, sustainable. We know that sustainability will only be an increasing topic of discussion over the next few years and decades. As a Year 6 cohort, this is something we feel really strongly about and we hope that you were prompted to reconsider our role in it. We hope you act to make better choices – whether it’s involving energy, waste or water – to make our world a more sustainable place. Let’s be the change and encourage others to live more sustainable lifestyles.

Below are some student reflections from our unit:

“The Learning Exhibition was really fun because people who visited listened to what you said and gave feedback on it. I learnt to persevere because there were lots of mistakes that were made in our design process but we still persisted and made it kind of work.”– Mut

“From the Inquiry Unit, I learnt that it is not just about being green. It is about being sustainable. For example, this means not wasting energy and materials.”– Lucy

“I enjoyed learning about the environment and the different ways to be sustainable in terms of energy use because it is definitely a recent issue. Learning about the different ways we can make energy and use it sustainably is really helpful and interesting.”– Anneke

“Something I found challenging was trying to get everything to work and making the circuits and finding how much energy was required. I sort of realised that solar panels do not give enough energy for what we are consuming and that during a lot of the days, there was no sun which made it hard for my model to work.”– Monique

“I think that during the experience of our Inquiry project, Jenny and my friendship grew closer because whatever Jenny felt, we kind of had to do it together. It was a team effort. When something didn’t go well, we had to change it together and I also think that Jenny and I – our ideas matched. For example, our game where you had to throw a ball to ask questions was a big hit for the younger children. I also think some of our Tic Tac Toes we chose to present were great for people who came. We found that people liked the interactive items.”– Deana

“What I found challenging was doing the Diamond 9 justification before we knew all of this information about the different energy sources because we didn’t know much information about it. So it’s hard to understand what every single one of the energy sources did. After I learnt more about it, it might still be a little hard because all have good advantages and disadvantages, but now that I know more, it would be slightly easier to do than before.”– Yu

Katrina Cheong
Year 6 Classroom Teacher

Year 5 – Mars Colony Gallery

Last week, Year 5 inundated The Great Space with their Mars Colony creations. During Term 1, the students’ inquiry topic was ‘What is Our Place in Space?’ where they investigated and obtained a plethora of information about the planet Mars. This included key physical features of the planet, atmosphere, temperature, weather, communication between Mars Space Station and Earth’s Mission Control and many other things. The students used their knowledge of Mars to create a human settlement that would meet the following conditions:

> Keep humans alive with access to food, water and air

> Provide shelter from extreme temperatures

> Support human health with access to medical services and exercise

> Support human happiness with solutions for loneliness, homesickness and boredom

We were fortunate to be able to work in the Maker Space at Senior School and access a range of materials to create the models. The students worked collaboratively to create their prototypes and used a range of materials including cardboard, plasticine, foam, wooden corks, wooden blocks, plastic sheets, duct tape, metal buttons and icypole sticks. We were incredibly impressed by the students deep-thinking, creativity, teamwork skills and time -management.

Foundation Excursion to Healesville Sanctuary

This term the Foundation students have been focusing on ‘Living Things’ within our Inquiry unit. The students went to Healesville Sanctuary to explore different living things and their habitats. We were accompanied by Murrundindi, who was able to take us through many fun and exciting exhibits. The Foundation students especially loved looking at the Bilbies in their dark environment and Koalas in their gum trees. A big thank you to Murrundindi and our two wonderful parent helpers on the day!

“I liked seeing the Platypus at the show”– Emma Zhang

“Murrundindi showed us special lemon myrtle leaves”– Gina Yu

“I liked seeing the Kangaroos”– Lucy Wang

“Murrundindi got us to sit inside the mega monster egg”– Faye Liu

“We learnt that extinct means that they all died”– Cathy Gu

“It was interesting that Koala’s sleep for a long time”– Aarna Sharma

“I liked seeing the Koalas and learning what they eat”– Audrey Cheung

Mikaela Stanaway & Selena Reedman
Foundation Class Teachers

Year 2 Excursion – Hedley Sutton Residential Aged Care Centre

Last Monday, the Year 2 students embarked on their first visit to Hedley Sutton, a residential aged care community in Camberwell. This visits form part of our program to teach students about service to others. The students planned and prepared their conversation starters as a way to introduce themselves to their new buddies. A favourite story book was also chosen to read to and with them.

Many conversations were evident between the students and their new friends during our visit. The students were extremely excited about this event.

We are very proud of the respectful and engaged manner in which they presented themselves and we are looking forward to our next visit.

Fiorella Soci
Year 2 Class Teacher

Junior School Library – Books borrowed on the increase!

We are delighted to report that our loan statistics in the JS Library have jumped to over 6,300 books per term, an increase of 18%.

This is a timely reminder of the importance of reading and the benefits for children and adults alike.

Research tells us that reading is so important for the brain and also for wellbeing.

The process of reading activates the brain’s major domains – language, selective attention, sustained attention, cognition and imagination.

Reading helps us take the perspective of different characters we normally wouldn’t interact with and gives us a sense of their psychological experiences and how they interact with other people and situations.

Reading improves our vocabulary, spelling and grammar, its helps us describe our experiences and emotions to others in a clear way.

And then of course there is the joy of reading and sharing the experience with each other – a beautiful family time and a break from technology!

CGGS Library Staff


Year 3 Chapel Prayer

Dear Loving God,

Thank you for the opportunity to have scrumptious food on our table and the chance to share it with special friends and family. These gatherings and times together are precious, and they make us feel loved, joyful and grateful.

We realise that many people around the globe do not have the chance to share a hot, healthy meal with loved ones. We pray that their lives may soon change for the better and that they know that someone loves them, and they feel loved.

We hope that in the future we can continue to share meals and special occasions with our loved ones and be thankful for the time we have with them.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,


By Eleanor Robertson and Jasmine Xie of Year 3C


Year 4 – 6 Netball

The Year 4 netball teams have played against some tough teams but are working hard to improve their skills each week. CGGS Garnets played well last Friday afterschool, but Ruyton Rams hardly missed a goal. CGGS Rubies had a very close game against MLC Black, the team took many opportunities but drew to MLC.

Last Saturday, Year 5 Opals went down to Genazzano Price 5-8, the CGGS team played well together but Genazzano were too good in the last quarter. Year 5 Jets were up against tough opposition, Jets got some goals on the scoreboard and turned the ball over but Ruyton Reindeers were too strong.

The Year 6 Topaz team got off to a fantastic start last Saturday, the CGGS team were strong in defence, keeping Strathcona Skyhawks scoreless. Topaz defeated Strathcona 12-0.

Good luck to all teams competing this weekend.

Lexie Joyce
CGGS Netball Coach


I would like to wish all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.


Yours sincerely,


Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School