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Junior School

October 15, 2021

Welcome to Term 4

We are now well into Term 4 and looking forward to a productive term ahead.

As we discussed last term in CamNews, we reviewed our subject offerings within our remote learning program from our class and specialist teachers, and we made decisions in the best interests of our Junior School students.

Our specialist teachers are supporting student learning through continuing to provide specific tasks on Seesaw and through the use of Zoom meetings. These experiences will prepare students for a seamless transition back to face-to-face learning at Ormiston.

As a Junior School community, we look forward to all our students returning to face-to-face learning. This Monday will be a big day with our Foundation students returning to Ormiston, followed by Years 1 and 2 returning on Thursday and Friday.

The following week we see all our year levels from Early Learning 3 – Year 6 attend school at some stage during the week.

If any parents would like to ask questions about their child transitioning back to face-to-face learning, they are welcome to contact Paul Donohue Head of Junior School on donohuep@cggs.vic.edu.au.

Wishing all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Junior School Assembly

Our weekly Junior School Assembly is now taking place at 8.40am every Wednesday and parents are encouraged to watch our live assembly each week. I would like to thank the Assembly and Events Leaders Ella Turnley, Gretel Blake and Poppy Tymmons for all their work so far and I would also like to thank our School Captains Allegra Reedman and Elise Orme for helping with the Junior School prayer and for coming up with the assembly theme of Hope for this week.

I wanted to share our assembly prayer from last week with the school community. Here it is:

Dear God

Bless us as we start a new term with our friends at Ormiston while doing remote learning. Help us to settle into Term 4 and give us the courage, confidence and belief to always do our personal best.

Open our eyes to fresh challenges that a new term brings and remind us to look out for the positives in our lives and others around us, whether at home or online via Zoom with our class. Help us to support each other.

Look out for our school community of students, teachers, school staff and families and give them the strength to look forward to the time we are all back together as one community. Your help with this is so important to us all.

Finally, keep us happy and safe for the start of Term 4 and remind us to keep strong and resilient for when we are ready to be back at Ormiston, particularly our Year 6 students who are starting their final term of primary schooling. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as well as their teachers, Ms Cheong and Mrs Robottom.

In Jesus name,

Amen

Pyjama Day – Winter Warmth Appeal

Today our students finally got the opportunity to celebrate their contributions towards our annual Winter Warmth Appeal for Anglicare. Last term, students from Early Learning 3 – Year 6 donated food and clothes to the appeal, which assists those in need during the cold winter months.

I would like to especially thank our Early Learning families for their wonderful contributions. As our Foundation – Year 6 families were at home completing remote learning, our Early Learning 3 and 4 students donated a considerable amount of items for the appeal and Anglicare were very appreciative of having so much to hand for people in need.

Emma Hinchliffe
Deputy Head of Junior School

Character Strength Spotting

As we learn to cope with our everchanging world environment, one of the most important things we can do to support ourselves and our children is to focus on highlighting, developing and using our own personal character strengths. In recognition of this, as a school we are focussing on highlighting different character strengths during our weekly assemblies and through our teaching staff nominating students for character strengths digital badges when they spot students displaying the weekly character strength.

Our first character strength focus for the term was perseverance. In assembly we read a story and discussed that perseverance is when we work hard to achieve our goals and don’t give up. We were pleased to award 50 digital perseverance badges to students in our first two weeks of term. If your child was spotted displaying this strength and was nominated for a badge, a purple digital badge was added to their Seesaw portfolio and profile picture. All nominated students were then entered into a prize raffle and it was a pleasure to award Aurelia in Year 2 a raffle prize for her perseverance.

Over the next fortnight our character strength spotting focus will be HOPE. Our School Captains introduced our theme during assembly and explained that hope is not just about looking on the bright side, it is about focusing on good things to come in the future by taking actions to work towards them. Students have been asked to bring in their HOPE colouring on their first day back onsite to help to create a colourful whole school display.

Emma Hinchliffe
Deputy Head of Junior School

Special Music Achievement – Asha Bhattacharjee Year 5G

Asha Bhattacharjee of 5G sat her AMEB Grade 7 Piano Examination in May 2021 and received a High Distinction (A+). Asha also competed in the 2021 Booroondara Eisteffod in the Piano Solo 10 years and Under Category at the Hawthorn Arts Centre in May and performed Albeniz’s  “Tango”. Asha performed very well on the day and relished the opportunity to perform before an appreciative audience.