Junior School



Junior School

Welcome to Term 2! I hope all families enjoyed the Easter break. It’s certainly wonderful to welcome the students back and it has definitely been a busy start to the Term. Students in every year level have continued to expand their learning and challenge themselves in a range of different ways as outlined in this week’s CamNews.


Year 6 Night of the Innovators
On Friday 20 April the Year 6 students showcased their learning about a number of global issues, the innovators who are addressing these issues and the innovations they are creating. By sharing their learning, the students hoped to inspire others to make change in the future.

The aim of the program was to expose students to the real-life stories of leaders in a variety of fields and inspire them to take action and feel empowered to make a difference. Students gained a better understanding of the skills and characteristics strong leaders embody and the strategies they use to navigate challenge and change.

Firstly, in literacy the students explored 21st century skills and read about role models in our community, such as Campbell Remess and Marita Cheng. As a result of learning about Campbell the students were set the Make a Bear Challenge. This allowed us them:

  • Understand the design process​
  • Make mistakes​
  • Try something challenging​
  • Persist​ when learning new skills
  • Reflect​ upon our product and process

The students learnt that all of these skills are  part of innovation. They considered what global issues impact the world and were asked to apply their literacy skills when researching innovators who are addressing these issues and explore the inventions and innovations they are creating. After learning to question, clarify, record notes, infer and summarise their information, the Year 6 students realised that innovators display curiosity about the issue, creativity to look for solutions and they were prepared to take action to make change. Students chose an innovator based on their own interests and they selected their own ways of sharing their learning with an audience ranging from Foundation students to adults.

It was a day and evening with much excitement and energy. The Hall was full and there was plenty of interest and excitement from everyone.  Staff, students and family learnt so much from the Year 6 students. Here is hoping that the students planted that seed of change so that we can each contribute to a vibrant, caring community.
Craig Goodwin, Year 6 Class Teacher and Deputy Head of Junior School (Student Wellbeing)

Early Learning Students Enjoy Visit from Southern Ocean Education
On Thursday 19 April, EL3 and EL4 part-time had a visit from Southern Ocean Education. Seaweed Stevie came and spoke to the children about different marine animals. The children looked at some different preserved specimens and were able to touch living marine animals in the touch tank. This experience connected to what the children had been learning about in Term 1.

Seaweed Stevie was a marine biologist and the children learnt interesting facts about different sea creatures. They learnt that seahorses are the cousins of the sea dragon. They were surprised to discover that the seahorse daddy looks after the babies in a pouch on his tummy and that the parents take care of the babies until they are grown up.

During the hands-on touch tank experience, the children decided if they wanted to feel and hold the animals. For some children, this involved choosing to take a safe risk in a supportive environment.  Having experiences with living creatures encourages feelings of empathy and respect. The children learnt the importance of taking care of the marine life environment and animals; and how to preserve and protect them.
Lilian Bishop, Early Learning 4 Part-Time Teacher

Years 4 – 6 House Cross Country
This annual event with Senior School is a highlight on our Physical Education calendar for Term 2. It was a pleasure watching each of our Years 4-6 students participate and give personal best performances. Below is a list of students from each year level who qualified for the District Cross Country, taking place in a few weeks. Congratulations to the following students:

Year 4

Anika Selvaratnam Lawrence
Anneke Sinnappu Taylor
Angelique Quah Schofield
Usha Nadarajah Schofield
Lynn Sheen Lawrence
Rithanyaa Prakash Taylor
Alyce Law Singleton
Mara Vais Taylor
Aayzah Khan Singleton
Emily Lioe Schofield

Year 5

Sarah Zhou Lawrence
Ellie Cowell Lawrence
Sabrina Bignold Taylor
Julia Klages Taylor
Amy Cao Taylor
Sammi Chua Singleton
Ency Chen Lawrence
Name withheld Taylor
Jessica Wu Schofield
Debbie Guan Lawrence

Year 6

Emily Price Taylor
Sofia Sanfilippo Taylor
Clarissa Wong Singleton
Georgia Langley Lawrence
Matilda Chen Lawrence
Ella Traiforos Schofield
Katrina Tong Taylor
Laura Tong Taylor
Eva Papadopoulos Lawrence
Heidi Lim Singleton

Years 4 & 5 Robogals Event
This week 4K and 5R participated in a Robogals incursion where students learnt about the basics of engineering, robotics and programming. Robogals is a student-run organisation that aims to engage girls in engineering topics from a young age, with the long-term goal of increasing female enrolment in engineering, science and technology courses at universities. At Ormiston, the workshops provided an opportunity for students to be trained in LEGO Robotics programming which encouraged logical thinking, problem solving, as well as preparing students to learn other programming languages.

Below are some student reflections following their engaging session on Monday.

Year 4

– I enjoyed programming the robots because it was interesting and you had to keep checking your code. ~ Millie
– I liked learning about the different types of engineering. It made me curious about how different engineering skills come together to create something like our Prowise. ~Yasmin
– I think they explained the activities really well and I really liked the activities. ~ Maria
– When you got stuck on something, they were really helpful. I learnt that you have to keep on trying and going back over the code to solve the problem. ~ Anneka
– It was really fun and I liked coding the robot because it was a big challenge. ~ Maddie
– I found it interesting because the robots were made out of Lego and I got to build on what I already know about coding. ~ Sofia
– What I found interesting was the robots because I never knew you could put a screen on top of Lego to make it move and do things. ~ Selina
– I liked it because I could connect back to Code Camp and what we’re learning about in STEAM. ~ Sophie

Year 5

– The incursion made me wonder how we can use our knowledge to help the world/environment become a better place. We can use mathematic or technical knowledge to make devices (for example prosthetics) to help others and make their life easier. This makes me happy when I know that I can help the world. ~ Samantha
– Something I found challenging was to make a perfect square because we started by making the robot turn 90 degrees but it didn’t work. My partner and I kept trying different degrees until we found the right degree. ~ Deana
– Something I found interesting was the different types of engineering, like mechanical and environmental. I also found it interesting how you can mix a few types of engineering together to make a new type. ~ Ayla
– I learnt that there are many different types of engineering. For example: mechanical, chemical, software, electrical, environmental, etc. ~ Amy
– The incursion made me wonder about what people could create with the knowledge of engineering and coding. ~ Isabel S
– I found this session really interesting and what I found hard and challenging was typing the degrees of the angles to make the shape accurate. ~ Suwedha
– The part I found most exciting at the Robogals incursion was when Mia C and I successfully made the robot work by plugging in the cord to the computer and the robot at the same time. ~ Claudia

Students from 4H and 5D are looking forward to their Robogals school event next week!
Liz Ruffles, Year 5 Class Teacher & Michelle Kalus, Year 4 Class Teacher

Early Learning 3 & 4 – Crossing The Body’s Midline
The midline is an invisible line that runs from head to toe and separates the right and left sides of the body. Crossing the midline is when a body part, for example, an arm or leg, moves from one side of the body to the other. The ability to cross the midline requires both sides of the brain to communicate. This communication builds and strengthens the nerve-cell pathways, stimulates brain function and learning related to physical (e.g hitting a ball with a bat, throwing and catching, developing a dominant hand preference) and thinking skills (e.g reading and writing, visual tracking across a page).

The building blocks necessary to develop the ability to cross the body’s midline include:

  • bilateral integration skills: using both sides of the body at the same time
  • core stability: muscles of the trunk that help to stabilise the body so arms and legs can be moved and controlled
  • hand dominance: the consistent use of one hand or foot that allows refined movement control to develop
  • planning and sequencing: the ability to follow multi-step instructions
  • body awareness: information that muscles and joints send to the brain to inform about body position

In the EL classroom and garden we provide many opportunities for the children to cross their midline, for example, we encourage the children to participate in games that involve the left arm and right leg or the right arm and left leg, songs that involve body movements and actions, activities with bean bags and balls and everyday experiences such as digging, threading, painting and drawing.

At home, you can also provide opportunities that will encourage your child to cross the midline. Your child could:

  • play the game Twister
  • blow and then pop the bubbles with one hand in all directions
  • hit a ball with a bat
  • help to wash the car with their dominant hand and then move their arm in all different directions
  • draw the number eight from side to side or move a ribbon or streamer in a circular motion in front of their body
  • cross crawl in a standing position – their hand needs to touch the opposite knee (left knee bent and right hand touches it and then right knee bent and left hand touches it)
  • participate in movement songs and marching games using arms and legs

If you’re interested in your child participating in action songs and movements that cross the midline then click on these links:

Crossover https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkrZBsOlt3k

Scarf activities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-yxrC7cSCc

Different movements https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slVzDBKyxIo

~ Angela Follacchio Early Learning 4 Full-Time Teacher and Team Leader


Ormiston Assemblies

I would like to remind parents that our weekly Junior School assemblies take place on a Wednesday morning from 8.40am and all parents are welcome to attend. On each alternative week, either our Principal, Debbie Dunwoody or Deputy Principal, Cathy Poyser attend to speak to our students. These assemblies are a great opportunity for parents to see what year levels and specific students are doing throughout the week. Here is the list of assemblies for the remainder of this term:

2 May: What are character strengths?

9 May: Diversity Week

16 May: No Assembly due to NAPLAN

23 May: Ormiston Spirit Awards/Simultaneous Storytime

30 May: National Reconciliation Week

6 June: Winter Warmth Appeal

13 June: Building Strengths through Cooperative Games

20 June:  Personal Strengths and Celebration Tree

28 June (Thursday): Winter Warmth Appeal with Rev Helen Creed (10.00am)


I wish all Ormiston families a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing everyone bright and early Monday morning.


Yours sincerely,


Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School