Senior School Cultural
Beauty And the Beast - School Play
Participation in cultural activities helps build a tight-knit community, develop school loyalty and friendships, gives individuals a deeper personal understanding and life-long skills.
Of course, our students often just see it as just a whole lot of fun!
‘Art’ in all its forms is an important subject, enriching the lives of our students and our school community. During Year 8, Art is a component of the curriculum; however, from Year 9 onwards Art is an elective subject, with the ability for students to focus greater time and increasing creative efforts into developing their own style and natural flair.
Student exhibitions are regularly held, with work displayed in the Shared Space Gallery. Student work is also displayed at the weeklong Biennial Art Exhibition that is open to public. The Art Department conducts After School, Co-curricular and Holiday Workshops.
The Music Department provides a vibrant, creative centre of excellence within the College. We strive to give a lifelong love of music to each student, encouraging and equipping them to achieve the highest level they can within one, or more, of the three key components of our private school Music Program.
Vocal and Instrumental Tuition – Expert tuition is provided by 11 teachers to students across a full range of instruments, including voice, predominantly through private lessons. Though participation is voluntary, over 250 students are involved.
Co-curricular Music Program – Over recent years our performers from the 15 instrumental ensembles and choirs have established themselves as outstanding performers and musicians. Ensembles involve students from both the Junior and Senior School, performing on-campus and in the community, with the elite ensembles enjoying the excitement and professional experience and satisfaction of the bi-annual Music Tour schedule.
Ensembles include the College orchestra, several concert and jazz bands, string groups, specialised chamber ensembles and two senior school choirs. Senior Music Camps are held each year and a musical production every two years.
Academic Music Program – The academic program is compulsory until Year 8 after which it becomes an elective. Students in Years 11 and 12 may choose to take six lessons per week, with advanced Year 12 performers benefiting from classes in Music Extension with a specialist Senior School Music Director.
The Ormiston College Lingo Lin Performing Arts Theatre is a world-class Redlands facility ideal for hosting the many concerts and recitals held at the College each year, and for the many major community events.
The fully air-conditioned theatre holds a 700-seat auditorium, 13 x 9 metre stage, up-to-date staging technology, scenery hoist providing for four scene changes, professional stage lighting and sound systems, dressing rooms, drama studio and individual music rooms.
Elsewhere in the College, the Music Keyboard Laboratory provides a modern technology learning environment assisting in disciplines such as music composition.
The students of Ormiston College bring their own rich cultural diversity to our College community.
Learning a language other than English provides students with the ability to communicate, act and respond in a variety of social and cultural contexts. It enriches and expands their ways of thinking and gives them a better understanding not just of other cultures, but also of their own culture and their own language. Learning a language increases self-esteem and confidence, and opens up many career opportunities.
All students in Years 6 to 9 at Ormiston College study a foreign language and may elect for further study in Years 10, 11 and 12. While there is strong emphasis on the four linguistic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in the chosen language, Ormiston College also focuses on broadening the students’ global consciousness through an awareness of all aspects of the particular culture from food and art to music and history.
Each year students have a number of opportunities to develop their language abilities. This may be through contact with native speakers of the language, email, pen pal letters and meeting with visiting teachers and exchange students from Japan and Germany. Tours to Japan and Germany occur every second year with the College hosting our Sister Schools from Japan and Germany each year.