It was a pleasure welcoming students back to school from Early Learning 3 to Year 6 this week. I hope all Ormiston families had time over the holiday break to rest and spend time together. I look forward to working with all students this term.
Year 6 Day of the Notables
Congratulations to the Year 6 students on their amazing efforts for their annual Day of the Notables Exhibition this Friday. The day began with the Notables sharing a special time with their parents and extended families at the start of the day, and then all year levels from Early Learning to Year 5 had the opportunity to look at the Learning Centres that had been created by each of the Notables. In our midst we had such notables as: Enid Blyton, Jackie French, Antonio Vivaldi, Claude Monet, Sarah Chang, Fred Hollows, Amelia Earhart, Martin Luther King Jr and Queen Elizabeth II. I would like to thank both Year 6 class teachers Katrina Cheong and Kate Giles for their planning and organisation in making this School community exhibition a great success.
Junior School Assemblies
It has been wonderful to see so many parents staying back on a Wednesday morning to be part of our weekly Junior School Assemblies. Our topics for this term are:
|Week 1: Growth Mindset||Week 7: Perspective|
|Week 2: Growth Mindset||Week 8: Perspective|
|Week 3: Bravery||Week 9: Class Examples of School Values|
|Week 4: Bravery||Week 10: Class Examples of Growth Mindset|
|Week 5: Zest||Week 11: Ormiston Spirit Awards|
|Week 6: Zest|
In future editions of CamNews, the introduction of the Ormiston Spirit Awards will be explained to the School community.
S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)
As mentioned in my welcome back letter this week, this term Ormiston will see the introduction of a new specialist subject called Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead. This new program involves a range of short courses that will cover the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.
For Term 2, the short courses that will take place will be:
|Weeks 1 – 5||Puppets and Forces
|Weeks 6 – 11||Sphero bridges
Regular updates will take place in CamNews editions this term and for the rest of the year.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind all families that 2016 is our year for the bi-annual production called Ormiston Alive! Every student from Foundation to Year 6 will have the opportunity to participate. The production is written, produced and directed by our Year 5 class teacher Mrs Kath Buckingham. Currently in the Junior School Diary, the Term 3 dates for the production are Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August and I encourage all families to please keep these two nights free for this very important Junior School event.
Ormiston Co-curricular Activities
Co-curricular activities continue to be extended at Ormiston. This Term, a variety of activities are provided for students across many different year levels from Early Learning 3 to Year 6. I encourage all parents to log into Parent Lounge to view the comprehensive list of activities, year levels, times, locations and activity co-ordinators for this term and for the rest of the year.
Here is the list of Term 2 co-curricular activities:
|Sporting Groups and Fitness Activities|
|Tennis Club||Athletics Club||Swim Squad||Netball Club|
|Water Polo||Interschool Sport|
|Music and Performing Arts|
|Private Music Tuition||Year 6 Quartet||Junior Strings||Mountfield Maestros (Speech and Drama)|
|Vocal Express||Private Speech & Drama||Symphonia||Mountfield Maestros (Music)|
|Junior Percussion||Chamber Strings|
|Clubs / Lunchtime Activities / Other|
|Art Club||Chess Club||Book Clubs||Code Clubs|
|Drama Club||Green Team|
I would like to wish everyone a lovely weekend.
Head of Junior School