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.
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
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:
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.
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.
Head of Junior School