TAS and JTAS Sport
TAS and JTAS Sport
P and F AGM
Year 12 Parent Teacher Student Evening
Big String Day Out
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A strong partnership between home and school reminds children that they have a team of adults on their side.
While teachers are our resident experts on curriculum and classroom developments, parents certainly know more about a child’s personality and family life.
Parents and teachers can provide each other with different and valuable perspectives about the same child, positioning each other to better encourage, support and assist in developing a student’s love for learning and positive attitudes toward school in general.
Ormiston College holds a number of College-Parent events in the early weeks of each school year. These are designed to open the channels of communication and forge early and positive relationships between teachers and parents.
We thank each and every one of the hundreds of parents from across the College who took the opportunity to participate in our Term One Meet the Teacher evenings.
On Thursday evening, our Middle School Meet the Form Teacher event included a special welcome for Year 7 and 8 parents – a wonderful opportunity to bring together the families who have recently embarked upon their journey through the secondary phase of schooling at Ormiston College.
Next week on Thursday 6 March we look forward to hosting our Prep parents at a special social event to mark the key juncture in their child’s school journey. We look forward to thanking Prep parents for placing their faith in Ormiston College and to enjoying some time strengthening the connections within this group that will share so much in the years ahead.
Sponsoring these events for the OC community is the Ormiston College Foundation. Bringing our community together for the purpose of strengthening connections or just for a good time is part of what the OC Foundation is about.
Please mark your calendars and line up your friends to enjoy the festivities of the Ormiston College Foundation’s Golf Day on Friday, 9 May at Redland Bay Golf Course, and the Ormiston College Foundation’s Race Day on Saturday, 13 September at Doomben.
The College Foundation is also the fundraising arm of our school. With the vital support we receive from families the Foundation has, for many years, contributed significantly to the quality of the campus we all enjoy today.
Recent Annual Giving projects such as the Sports Pavilion (2010), Health Centre (2011) and the Lingo Lin Theatre Undercover Pick-up Zone (2012) have been invaluable additions to the College.
Before the year is out we will follow through on last year’s project, a new Outdoor Kitchen in the secondary oval area which will no doubt be well-utilised, especially as OC’s Redbacks and supporters gather for our weekend TAS sporting clashes.
An announcement regarding the 2014 Annual Giving project is not far away and we encourage you to consider making a donation.
Donations, be they large or small, are another way of supporting the home-school partnership that continues to improve the experience of being educated at Ormiston College.
Learning Intention: To explain to parents how learning intentions are used at Ormiston College to create consistency and provide goals for student learning which will assist parents.
During the start of this year our teachers have been focusing on creating explicit Learning Intentions which very clearly communicate how students will be learning, knowing what is being learning and why the learning is being taught in terms of the context of the unit to make the learning experience relevance.
Put simply a learning intention should provide the following information:
• Understand how
• Know what
• Make connections and transfer (relevance)
Learning intentions are a very effective means for setting short term and long term goals for learning through a unit of work and provide our students will clear signposts for what they should be achieving as well as maintain the motivation of our students as the progress through a series of goals in their learning at Ormiston College. So it you are interested to know more about what your children are learning at Ormiston College ask them what the learning intentions were from their lessons.
Since the beginning of the year, myself and Mrs Walsh have been spending much time observing lessons and providing feedback to teachers on the quality of teaching and learning occurring across the College from P-12. The data from these observations has been used to shape the professional development delivered to teachers and you can be very confident that the learning occurring at Ormiston College is of the highest standard. This week I have included a photo from lesson I observed with a Prep class in which they were learning about the letter S. This observation was followed by a Year 12 class which was working on mathematical formulae and a method known as BIMDAS, so we really do have a wide scope of outstanding learning occurring across our large campus.
Block Exams Assessment Outlines
All Years 10, 11 and 12 students received this week an updated schedule for the Block Exams which outline the day and session for each of the exams scheduled within the Block. This term, the Block will occur from Thursday 20 March to Wednesday 26 March.
In previous years, Years 10 to 12 parents have been posted a letter outlining the arrangements for Block Exams. In addition, Year 11 and 12 parents have also been sent a hard copy permission slip. This permission slip enabled parents to give permission for their child to attend school only during scheduled assessment times for the duration of the Exam Block or alternatively to stay on campus for the duration of the Exam Block and be involved in supervised study when not sitting assessment. In 2014, the College is changing how this information is gathered from Year 11 and 12 parents.
In keeping with the College’s desire to move to electronic communication, this term Years 10 to 12 parents will be sent an email by 5 March outlining the arrangements for Block Exams.
All Year 10 students are required to access study rooms on campus when not engaged in assessment. The stay at home option is only afforded to Year 11 and 12 students. Years 11 and 12 parents are required to send a reply email which flags whether their child will access the study rooms or only attend during scheduled exams.
Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test Preparations
The QCS Test is administered to all OP eligible Year 12 students across Queensland as a means of gaining a measure of relative performance. The Qld Curriculum offers a vast array of Senior Subjects and as such, Queensland students do not all study the same combination of subjects. Consequently the QCS Test does not examine specific content but tests students’ abilities to think, evaluate, analyse, make decisions, link information, solve problems, come to conclusions, compare, and contrast and so on.
Ormiston College has a program that prepares our students to tackle the QCS Test with confidence. While the skills required for the QCS Test are garnered over 12 years of education, our program for Years 11 and 12 focuses on making our students familiar with the format of the tests and equipped with a range of strategies to employ when answering questions.
Year 12 parents and students should be aware of the importance of making the most of every available session offered to the students regarding Core Skills preparation. These sessions generally occur in SEP time on a Thursday in lessons 5 and 6. In addition, some more intense workshops will occur during the year. For example, in Week 2 of this term, all Year 12 students attended a day long workshop which covered the Writing Task, Multiple Choice and Short Response tests. Also, on the last day of Block Exams this term and Thursday 27 March, additional Core Skills Test preparation sessions will be delivered for all Year 12s.
If every student performs to their ability during the Core Skills Test, the entire cohort benefits when OP scores are calculated. Naturally, it is an expectation of the College that all Year 12 students attend all the Core Skills preparation sessions that will occur through until late August.
The College recognises the value of mobile phones in relation to emergency contact and personal safety and it is within this context that mobile phones are permitted at school. In keeping with our desire to promote a learning environment free from disruptions, mobile phones are to remain switched off and out of sight from the arrival at school until after Form Class has been dismissed in the afternoon. On the rare occasion that a parent needs to contact their child during these times, such contact must be done through the Senior School Administration Office and the message will be relayed to the child. Parents and students should be mindful that an environment where students are distracted by phone calls and text messages is not conducive to quality teaching and learning and in addition is problematic during morning tea and lunch breaks.
It is this final point on which I wish to comment and ask for the support of all parents. An increasing number of students are using their mobile phones during classes and between classes to telephone, to text and to receive telephone calls and text messages. Already this year a number of mobile phones have been confiscated. Of concern is the number of parents contacting their child via telephone or text during the day. I ask parents to respect the learning environment at Ormiston College and if you have to telephone or text your child on their phone, please do so after 3.25pm. The Senior Administration Office is happy to receive and relay any “emergency” messages during the day.
I have included the College policy from page 7 of the student diary.
Mobile Phones and Other Electronic Devices
We promote a learning culture of on-task concentration and focus. In this context and environment, such personal items as MP3 players, i-Pods, Computer Games, Digital Cameras, etc MUST stay at home. Students will have such items confiscated if they bring them to school. Confiscated items will be returned in due course and after due process. This is likely to be two days to a week, and may be longer.
Mobile phones the College recognises the value of mobile phones in relation to emergency contact and personal safety and it is within this context that mobile phones are permitted at school. In keeping with our desire to promote a learning environment free from disruptions, mobile phones are to remain switched off and out of sight from the arrival at school until after the Form class has been dismissed in the afternoon.
On the rare occasion that a parent needs to contact their child during these times, such contact must be done through the Main Administration Office and the message will be relayed to the child. Parents and students should be mindful that an environment where students are distracted by phone calls and text messages is not conducive to quality teaching and learning and in addition is problematic during morning tea and lunch breaks.
The following rules will apply in relation to mobile phones:
1. Unauthorised use of a mobile phone will result in confiscation of the phone and sim card. The phone will be returned to the student following an interview with the relevant Head of School. The usual period of confiscation for first time confiscation will be 2 or 3 days. Students can arrange an interview with the relevant Head of School through the Main Student Desk at Administration. Confiscation of a mobile phone for a second time will be considerably longer and parents will be invited to be part of an interview when the phone is returned.
2. As well as confiscation unauthorised use of a mobile phone in a Test or in a Test environment will result in the student being removed from the Test room or venue. The test result will be an NSA (See p20).
3. Students who become ill at school MUST follow the known procedure of going to the Health Centre through the Main Student Desk at Administration. The College will contact the parent or guardian in the event of a child becoming ill and needing to go home. This is in keeping with the College’s Duty of Care. Students and their Parents must allow us to fulfil this Duty of Care.
4. If parents have to make ‘emergency’ contact with their child during the day, such contact is still to be done through the Junior School or Main Administration Offices.
5. While it is urged that the student store the mobile phone in the Main Administration Office during the day, security of the mobile phone is the student’s responsibility.
Head of Senior School
Headmaster’s Welcome to the Middle School
Over the first five weeks students have had many opportunities to develop friendships and connect with their peers and also with staff through Campus Connections, day to day activities and through co-curricular involvement.
Last night was an opportunity for all Middle School parents to meet some key people significant in their child’s education. It was a pleasure to see so many parents gathered in the Southern Courtyard forming closer links to form teachers and Year Level coordinators. It was also a night for the College to show its appreciation to the Year 7 and 8 parents for their commitment to Ormiston College as they embark on their Secondary School journey.
Thank you to staff and parents for making the event a great success.
Raising Young Adolescents
Over the years I have been fortunate to take part in professional development sessions with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, one of the leading adolescent psychologists. He is in the business of making a difference to the health and well-being of young people. Some advice he has given to parents in raising young adolescents is:
• Your role is to be a mentor, not a mate
• All of us are influenced by the parenting style from our childhood.
• Consequences are crucial
• Think before you act.
• Set limits and boundaries and say no over the things that matter, (e.g curfews, taking drugs).
• Let some things go through to the keeper. Having a tidy room is not worth fighting over.
• Relationships are everything.
• They need to feel liked. Humour and playfulness are very important.
• They need attention.
• Reinforce positive behaviour.
• Don’t put up with disrespect.
We look forward to working with you in supporting your young adolescent through these challenging years. Enjoy your weekend! I hope to see you all on Saturday supporting the Redbacks against JPC tomorrow.
Head of Middle School - Middle School Matters
On Friday 14 February, the Social Justice Committee held their first fundraising event of the year with a bake sale and the selling of handmade cards and flowers in celebration of Valentine's Day. This year the committee is focussing on the theme 'Reaching out to Australia'. All funds raised will be going towards sponsoring a young disadvantaged Australian child; aiding in fees for their schooling and helping break the cycle of disadvantage that exists within many lower socio-economic areas within our country. Education is integral in providing less-fortunate students with an opportunity to improve their future. The Social Justice Committee hope that the funds raised by the school from the Valentine’s Day event, in conjunction with another fundraising event for Mother's Day, will help see an incredible change to the life of a deserving young Australian.
Welcome to Week 5 in the Junior School. At this time of the term the students have really settled back in to school life and are actively engaged in their learning and are also participating in the wonderful array of activities provided by the co-curricular programs.
The Years 6 students received their Years 6 Leadership Badges at last week’s Junior School Assembly. We congratulate the students on receiving their badges and know they will be wonderful ambassadors for OC.
We also held our first Prep to Year 2 Assembly and the children were thrilled with their new Program Achieve Capes. A big thank you to Mrs Allen for making the capes.
Word Study Session
A big thank you to Ms Bowker and Mrs Askin for the session they ran on Word Study last week. We had over 70 participants attend which was wonderful to see. Please note that the information brochure from the Word Study Session is available on Parent Zone and for any further information please direct your inquires to Ms Bowker.
Headmasters Welcome to Prep Parents Evening
All Prep parents should have received an invitation last week to meet with the Headmaster, Prep Teachers and other key staff members at an informal evening on Thursday 6 March in the Hall of Fame. It will commence at 6:45pm for a 7:00pm start. Drinks and finger food will be provided. It will be an excellent opportunity for Prep parents to get to know one another and we look forward to seeing you there.
Young Leaders Day
The Year 6 Student Leaders will attend a Young Leaders Day at the Brisbane Convention Centre on Monday 3 March. This day is focused on developing leadership skills within the students and will have some very good guest speakers. A full report will follow in the next newsletter.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent/Teacher Interviews are currently taking place in the Junior School. These interviews will provide you with an opportunity to discuss your child's progress both academically and pastorally. I would encourage all parents to take this opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher at this stage of the year.
Junior School class photos will be taken on Monday 17 March by Advanced Life Photography. You will have received an envelope from the photographers this week. After making your selection, please return your envelopes and money to your child’s class teacher, remembering that each child must have a separate envelope with his/her order and money.
We have had a number of issues in relation to parking over the last few weeks. All families need to adhere to the signage in the ELC parking area and the Prep Car Park.
Under no circumstances should anyone other than ELC families be parking in this area. There are a large number of parents with small children who need to be able to drop their children off safely.
I would ask that all parents support these rules when picking up and dropping off children at the College.
The most important factor is our children’s safety. Please adhere to the speed limits and drive slowly through our school zone. All parents will be provided with a sign for your visor. Please place them so that they are visible for staff members as you drive through the pick-up zone. This will help staff to identify your car.
Thank you to parents who have volunteered so far to assist at our OC Carnival on Saturday 3 May. The Committee are still seeking helpers so if you are able to help for a few hours on the day please contact Philippa Brown our P & F President and College Carnival Coordinator. The details will be under the P & F section in the newsletter. I am sure it will be a wonderful community event.
Good luck to all of our sporting teams this week.
Head of Junior School
Healthy Harold Visits the Junior School
Over the last few weeks Healthy Harold and the Life Education Van have been visiting Ormiston College. All of the Junior School classes had the opportunity to visit the Life Education Van to learn about age-appropriate healthy lifestyle choices and to develop and practice skills and strategies to act upon individual decisions. The students covered various topics such as:
• When to seek help from a trusted adult
• Benefits of physical activity and having an active lifestyle
• Body knowledge and self-assertion skills
• Personal safety and safety in public places
• Syringe safety
• Safe use and storage of medicines
• Functions of internal body parts eg heart, lungs
• Exploring strategies to manage feelings and emotions.
• Environmental and health issues eg pollution, passive smoking
• Bullying – including online bullying
• Healthy food choices
• Peer pressure
• Cyber safety
Our students look forward to visiting with Healthy Harold every year. They had a great deal of fun and learnt a lot from their experience.
Years 5 Camp Report
The Year 5 students had a wonderful time at Camp Thunderbird.
The students completed many challenging activities during our three day stay but an absolute favourite was the mud survival course. Students ran, climbed, jumped and threw themselves into the mud; luckily the cool waters of the rock pools weren’t far away! Another favourite was fossicking in the mine for Thunder eggs. There were many smiling faces as they uncovered another precious rock. Although it was extremely hot we had comfortable accommodation in bunk houses. Students slept in bunk beds with their friends overlooking the beautiful Tambourine Mountain. A big thank you to our lovely parent helpers. We really appreciate everything you did to help make this camp so successful. Also, thank you to Doug Yeabsley for organising Camp Thunderbird 2014.
Year 5 and 6 Team Leader
Year 3 Group Strings
Congratulations to all of the Year 3 Group Strings students who started lessons last Monday. It is wonderful to see so many students involved in this important Music Tuition program for 2014. The students who start learning a string instrument this year will be the leaders of our various string ensembles in only a few short years and it is great to see such enthusiasm from these students who are the future of strings here at OC.
The Voice of OC
Thank you to all of those students who have nominated for The Voice of OC. Heats will be run during lunch time next week and all competitors have already been contacted via email to confirm their heat date and time.
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Mirusia Lowerse, OC Old Collegian and International performing artist is our special guest adjudicator for the finals concert of The Voice of OC. All members of the College community are invited to attend the finals concert which will be held in the Lingo Lin Performing Arts Theatre, starting at 7:00pm on Friday 7 March. Entry is free and your support would be greatly appreciated.
Excitement has been building within Year 1 and 2 students all term as the start of Kinder Chorus for 2014 grows closer. Miss Thomas will be starting Kinder Chorus rehearsals with a special orientation rehearsal on Friday 7 March, with regular rehearsals commencing the following Wednesday or Friday (depending upon which group students are placed in).
Kinder Chorus is one of the most important ensembles in the OC Music Department as it is often the very first ensemble experience for our students and in many instances the first performance opportunity for our young students. I would urge all Years 1 and 2 families to consider having your child participate in Kinder Chorus this year. Sign up information and documentation for Kinder Chorus can be found on Parent Zone.
OC Music Parent Meet and Greet
On Tuesday 18 March, the OC Music Department will be holding our first Parent Meet and Greet, starting at 7:00pm in the Hall of Fame. This event takes the place of our traditional Parent Information Evening and provides the opportunity for the parents with children involved in the Music Department’s various programs, to come along, meet the Music staff and meet other OC music parents. The evening will feature a short presentation from the Dean of Music and the remainder of the night will be a chance to talk with your child’s Music Tutor, Ensemble Director or Classroom teacher. A light supper and drinks will be provided. Invitations have been sent home via ensemble directors and is also available on Parent Zone. If you can come along, please RSVP for catering purposes by 10 March to email@example.com I look forward to speaking will all of the OC Music families at this event.
Big String Day Out
On Saturday 15 March, Ormiston College will be hosting the 2014 Big String Day Out. This annual event, in collaboration with Hillbrook Anglican School, brings together all of the string students from across both schools for a day or rehearsals, workshops, masterclasses and a culminating concert. Letters and event information have been distributed to the students involved regarding this day.
All members of the College community are certainly welcome to attend the concert at the end of the day which will start at 4:00pm in the Lingo Lin Performing Arts Theatre.
Rounding off our Term 1 concerts will be Simply Guitar. The concert will feature performances from our three Guitar Ensembles, selected student soloists and our special guest artist for 2014, local Singer/Songwriter Carly Bennet. This concert is a great night of music from our highly dedicated guitarists and showcases the strength of the Guitar Ensemble program here at OC. The concert commences at 7:00pm on Thursday 27 March in the Lingo Lin Performing Arts Theatre.
Dean of Music
Year 7-9 Drama Tuition
Years 7 to 9 Drama Tuition will commence next week (week 6). Students wishing to enrol should submit their enrolment forms to the Junior School Drama teacher, Miss Sutherland, as soon as possible.
Our next P & F Meeting will be on Wednesday 12 March at 7.30pm in the Hall of Fame (Somerset Sports Centre). This meeting is the AGM (Annual General Meeting).
At this time all nominees are put forward for each volunteer role:
President Vice President
The current team will not be standing again, leaving all positions vacant. If you are enthusiastic and would like to make a difference then this is the role for you!
Would ideally suit a parent who has some time on their hands, not working full time or at home.
We do have an applicant for Treasurer, however if the remaining three positions become vacant at the AGM, the P & F would be absorbed by the school.
Please contact Melissa Matthews, P & F Liaison Officer on 3488 6714 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org regarding these roles
Thank you to those parents who have already contacted their year level convenor to help them out on the day. Of course we need many more volunteers so please give them a call or email. Please see the stall list and all things carnival in our new ‘Resources’ button in the Parent Zone at the top of the page.
Please keep up to date with your e-newsletter as many things change each week!
For the current edition of the Carnival Update, please click here.
Parent Representatives/Parent Directory
A wonderful group of over 25 parents from nearly all year levels (Prep to Senior) met for morning tea on Tuesday morning. Thank you to all these parent representatives who have volunteered to continue with the social side of our OC Community. For this to prosper our only access to you is via the parent directory or in the school grounds.
We appreciate the privacy some parents would like to have regarding their contact details and have chosen to opt out of this directory. This however is a great tool for our parent representatives to contact you regarding social gatherings etc. The parent directory purpose is only for official school and parent social contact and is not to be used as a business contact/promotional site.
If anyone does get contacted by businesses via this pathway please contact the P & F Liaison Officer or Ormiston College Administration.
Thank you for all your hard work everyone.
P & F President
0413 587 025
Calling Dads …. like to have fun playing cricket again? RCI Masters Cricket is looking for looking for players for next winter season of social cricket! Nev Schefe is putting together an Ormiston College parent team. For more details, please click here to download a flyer or contact Nev Schefe on 041 265 4120.
Would you like to become a ROCC Shop volunteer? If you have two hours to spare once a month then we would love to hear from you. Please leave your name and phone number with the College Reception or call in at the ROCC Shop.
For the ROCC Shop Roster Monday 3 March to Wednesday 12 March, please click here.
Please click on the Tuckshop Roster link below to see where help is needed, and telephone the Tuckshop Convenor, Janelle Reid, on 3821 8928 if you can spare some time to help out, or help at some future time. Alternatively please email Janelle at email@example.com Thank you – any spare time you can donate would be extremely helpful, particularly for 2014, as help is short and new volunteers are urgently needed.
For the Tuckshop Roster Monday 3 March to Friday 14 March, please click here.
For the current Tuckshop Menu, please click here.