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Celebrating a Successful Semester 1, 2018

Posted on 22 June 2018

Dear Parents

The combination of self-belief and unity of purpose sees Ormiston College achieve so much.

We finish the semester with a clear sense that the Ormiston College we know today, three decades since our founding, continues to grow and develop with palpable momentum.

In this 30th Anniversary year, the OC community continues to reach new heights, valuing our traditions but showing all the signs that we are evolving as a school community and at the top of our game in academic, sporting and cultural pursuits.

Our 2018 P&F Carnival was certainly a highlight, bringing together our community in friendship and goodwill. As we enjoyed each other’s company and the many smiles on young faces, we also raised the social capital of OC, not to mention a record $51,000 which will be well utilised for the benefit of our students.

Academically, Ormiston’s student mathematicians lined up against the best teams from their Private school counterparts in the prestigious Maths Team Challenge recently held at Moreton Bay College, securing the title of Overall Champion School.

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In the sporting arena, our Redbacks have always loved being in the game, and they continue to bring pride and spirit to the College as they personify good sportsmanship and strong endeavour.

Secondary students have also brought home to Ormiston College the TAS titles of Champion School for both Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 this year – wow!

With strong outcomes, amounting to 17 Premiership victories across the semester, all sports are contributing to the high standing of OC within the TAS association. However, special mention must go to OC Rugby for their history making achievement of five premiership teams this term, as well as our 2018 Cross-country campaign which made huge improvements to put OC back on the podium.

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Culturally, students continue to thrive in the Arts. We have enjoyed some amazing performances in the past weeks, including new events such as Jazz on the Green.

Our OCTAVE ensemble has made it to the AUSACA: Australian A Capella Finals (School Division) and will compete in the national competition in Melbourne in September. You can view their amazing talent in the video which qualified them for the finals on the link below:

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At the Wynnum-Manly Speech and Drama Eisteddfod, Junior and Secondary Drama students achieved outstanding results, receiving an incredible haul of over 100 trophies, medals, bursaries and prizes. Students from Prep to Year 10 competed in a variety of performance sections over the eight-day period, allowing them to showcase their technique across a range of dramatic styles.

We also enjoyed an inspiring culmination to the semester with an impressive Year 10 Art Exhibition What is Really Going on in That Place? and a wonderful production from a group of passionate Drama performers across Years 7 to 12 of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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The aforementioned achievements are just examples of the many headlines our College has made possible this semester. In addition to these, and no less important, are the numerous more subtle gains made by individual students as they mastered new learning, grew in confidence, strengthened friendships and acted in service to make a difference in the lives of others.

We certainly have a school to be proud of, one in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Recently, the quality of Ormiston College was recognised by the judges of the inaugural Australian Education Awards. Ormiston College and its staff have been selected as finalists in eight categories and the College is in the running for Australian School of the Year.

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Further information can be found at the following link to the announcement published by The Educator Magazine.

Although the Awards will be announced in Sydney, in August, our community can already be very proud that OC is included among a group of Australia’s most highly regarded schools.

We thank each and every member of the College for helping to shape our school and, in particular, this productive and enjoyable past semester. Enjoy the mid-year break. We look forward to sharing the second half of this special Anniversary year with you when school resumes on 17 July.

Yours sincerely

Brett Webster

Headmaster

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