Junior School


Junior School

May 6, 2022

Junior School Assembly

On Wednesday, the Junior School organised and celebrated their first face-to-face assembly in over 2 years! The Foundation – Year 6 students and staff gathered in the Junior School Hall to share this experience. Each week there will be an assembly theme, music items, speech and drama performances, important news to share and a visit from our Principal, Debbie Dunwoody, as well as the Head of Senior School/Deputy Principal Cathy Poyser throughout each term.

In the future, we will begin to invite parents to join us for this weekly event, as it is an important opportunity for us to reconnect as a school community.

Year 4 – 6 House Cross Country

This week, our Year 4 – 6 students were very excited to participate in our annual House cross country event at Shenley Reserve in Canterbury. All of the students were keen to run and be an important part of their team, cheering on their peers. Throughout the three races the sunshine was out and many students achieved their personal best. Ten students from each age group qualified for the Balwyn North District Championships next Friday 13 May. Congratulations to Singleton, who were our House winners for the day, on 79 points! They were closely followed by Lawrence on 59 points, Schofield on 49 points and Taylor on 30 points. Well done to all the students who participated on the day.

Wishing all our Ormiston families a wonderful weekend and a very Happy Mother’s Day to our wonderful Ormiston mothers.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Year 5 & 6 Author Visit

On Thursday 5 May, we were thrilled to welcome author Felice Arena back to CGGS to launch his new middle grade historical fiction novel, The Unstoppable Flying Flanagan. This is a beautiful story set in Melbourne during World War 2 and follows the experiences of 12-year-old Maggie Flanagan as she seeks to hold a charity football match for women.

Students and staff were captivated as Felice detailed his research, explained the background and history of the story and shared details about life in 1940’s Melbourne. These included samples of music, dance and vision of events that inspired him to write his novel about the women’s movement and the history of women in football.

Also joining Felice at the event were amazing authors and podcasters Emma Race and Nicole Hayes who shared their own stories about writing, spoke about their love of football, discussed obstacles they have had to overcome in their careers and celebrated how the game has changed to become accessible for women and girls who want to play.

A football clinic run by several AFLW players from Carlton, Hawthorn, Essendon, and the Western Bulldogs concluded a hugely successful and incredible morning.

Sally Spencer
Junior School Library Teacher

Year 6 Learning Expo – Sustainable Solutions 

Yesterday, the Year 6 students presented their Inquiry learning from Term 1 to their families, as well as students from Years 4 and 5. Some Inquiry questions students chose to explore were: 

“Can you use solar panels to power and charge a Fitbit?”

“Can you power an electric toothbrush using solar energy?”

“Can sound energy be converted into electrical energy to power a blender?”

“Is it possible to use movement from pedalling a bicycle to power a fan?”

“Can you power a light using hydroelectricity?”

In planning the design for their sustainable invention, students had to carefully consider materials that would meet their needs, as well as apply their energy transfer understanding to their model. Throughout this project, students learnt that creating a model is not a linear and straightforward process, and that many adaptations need to be made along the way.

We are very proud of the students’ hard work, their flexibility, creative thinking and presentation skills. It was also very special to have families back at school again! Thank you to all who visited, asked questions and gave feedback. We hope you learnt something new about some of the more sustainable energy sources available, and that you felt encouraged to make more sustainable energy choices in your own lives. 

Katrina Cheong & Jasvindar Gill
Year 6 Classroom Teachers

Primary State Swimming Championships – School Sport Victoria

Last Friday, Cecelia Yang, in Year 4D competed against the best swimmers in Victoria in the Under 10 age group for the 50-metre freestyle and 50-metre breaststroke events at the Primary State Swimming Championships. Cecelia rose to the occasion and demonstrated confidence and determination to win both of her events in School Sport Victoria record times. For her freestyle event, Cecelia clocked a record time of 32.14 and in breaststroke, Cecelia finished with another record time of 41.73. As a School, we are very proud of Cecelia’s achievements and we look forward to hearing her results in the National Swimming Championships.

Making Connections to Community: An Early Learning Family Event

Earlier this term, Early Learning (EL) welcomed families into the learning environment for the first time this year. EL families had opportunities to converse and observe their child engaging with friends, class peers, teachers, and wider CGGS community including our Principal, Mrs Debbie Dunwoody and Head of Junior School, Mr Paul Donohue, in a delicious family morning tea provided by Pinwheel Café, under the Autumnal morning sun.

A social gathering that not only welcomed families and children back to the ELC for another term of learning but supported children’s developing sense of ‘belonging and identity’. As the whole community has an essential role in setting foundations for positive attitudes, values and meaningful relationships needed for children to flourish and succeed.

Participation in the community nurtures children’s growth and development, enabling them to learn about themselves, build self-esteem, preserve through challenges, and build knowledge through a collaborative and cooperative context. It is these approaches that support children to feel secure and supported in their environment to facilitate engagement from surface to deep level learning within the classroom.

We look forward to more EL family events in the future.

Esther Wong
Early Learning Centre Coordinator