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Posted on 17 October 2018

It is a great pleasure to welcome everyone back to campus for the new term. Our 30th Anniversary year has so far proved to be one of accomplishment, growth and successes on all fronts.

Our College achievements are always a wonderful reflection on the calibre of the people in the OC community and the way we focus and work together as a team. We thank and congratulate all who have contributed to the year so far.


OC RECOGNISED

The Courier Mail recently acknowledged Ormiston College as one of Queensland’s Top Performing schools, positioning OC as 7th in the State for both Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN outcomes.

The College was also recognised at a national level, receiving the Australian Education Award for Best Use of Technology. This was indeed a wonderful reflection of our extensive efforts to enhance student learning through the meaningful use of technology. Further to this, OC was also shortlisted as a finalist for both the Australian Primary and Secondary School of the Year Awards.

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The College was also recognised at a national level, receiving the Australian Education Award for Best Use of Technology. This was indeed a wonderful reflection of our extensive efforts to enhance student learning through the meaningful use of technology. Further to this, OC was also shortlisted as a finalist for both the Australian Primary and Secondary School of the Year Awards.

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TAS CHAMPION SCHOOL 2018

The OC Redbacks have enjoyed a sensational 2018 season of sport. In strong form at the Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics Carnivals, OC students realised some of their best personal and team results. Furthermore, outstanding Saturday performances throughout the sporting year saw OC achieve a clean sweep to attain the Champion School honours in Trimester One, Two and Three, not to mention 23 premiership titles.

The 2018 commitment and determination of our students, coaches and supporters has been well rewarded with the recognition of Ormiston College as the TAS Overall Champion School for 2018. Congratulations to all on this stellar sporting year.


LANGUAGES REVIEW

This year we followed through on our Strategic Plan commitment to review the language study options at Ormiston College. Through a process of research and consultation with the community, the College resolved to change the languages we teach. German and Japanese will be phased out over the coming years, replaced by Chinese and Spanish.

The implementation process for these changes will begin next year as Junior School students from Prep to Year 4 begin learning Chinese.


MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM REVIEW

The College is also evolving in relation to the curriculum we deliver for our Middle Years students. This year we reviewed our Year 7 to Year 9 curriculum with student academic outcomes and wellbeing at the forefront of our decision making. We are very happy with the resulting changes and have welcomed the positive feedback from students and families, particularly regarding the increased level of choice that students now have in relation to Languages and the Arts, the eight-subject limit and the available support for Literacy and Numeracy development.

We look forward to our students embracing these changes in 2019, developing stronger connections to their program of learning and thriving as a result.


NEW CLI ALMOST COMPLETE

Something we are very much looking forward to this term is the opening of the new Centre for Learning and Innovation (CLI). Construction teams are now in the final stages of their works and we expect to have access to this well-appointed facility early next month. A schedule of events relating to the opening of the building and the transition of associated services will be shared with you in the coming weeks. Tours will also be facilitated to provide the opportunity for parents to explore the facilities.

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This new campus centrepiece will provide large flexible learning areas, small collaboration spaces, a state-of-the-art makerspace, a contemporary recording studio as well as areas for mixed reality, robotics and STEM activities.

There will be reading areas, quiet study zones and a brand new café precinct, which will replace the College Tuckshop and help ensure that the new building quickly fulfils its intended role as a vibrant social and learning hub. The College community can also look forward to the building’s surrounding landscape which will include outdoor gathering spaces, an outdoor performance stage and an extensive arrangement of seating alcoves that will take advantage of the existing shade trees.

Our 30th Anniversary year is certainly moving forward with gusto, enthusiasm and the further evolution of Ormiston College. The OC community has much cause for celebration.


30th ANNIVERSARY COCKTAIL PARTY

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At the 30th Anniversary Cocktail Party on 27 October we will welcome past and present Staff, Parents of Past Students, Alumni and our current College Community to an enchanting evening on the College campus. A time when we can meet up with friends, reminisce our past and look excitedly forward to the future of our school.

This special occasion is not a fundraiser. In fact, the College is contributing to the cost of staging the event to assist as many people as possible to enjoy the celebrations associated with OC’s wonderful milestone of 30 years.

Your all-inclusive ticket provides exceptional value and we look forward to indulging you in a night to remember. You will enjoy a substantial, tantalising gourmet menu plus complimentary signature cocktails and unlimited premium beverages. You will be entertained by the magical appearance of roving performers whilst you dance the night away to the energy and wonderful sound of Dr Groove. Ticket sales will close soon. We encourage you to book now to avoid disappointment, www.ormistoncollege.com.au/events.


MORE TO CELEBRATE

The weeks ahead will see the College stage many more functions and events, as outlined in the What’s on Weekly. Many of these occasions focus on students reaching a special milestone in their journey through school. Some students will graduate from the Early Learning Centre, others will celebrate the completion of their primary years, and of course, there will be much focus on the young adults in Year 12 who will next month leave their schooling years behind them for all the excitement of the ‘real world’.

Each year, Ormiston College’s night of nights is Speech Night. It will begin at 7:00pm on Wednesday, 7 November, at the Sleeman Centre, Chandler. In the space of little more than two hours, Speech Night will celebrate the students of Ormiston College, showcase their talents and achievements, and recognise the combined efforts of the entire College community.


ENCOURAGING OUR STUDENTS

As well as enjoying the celebrations, graduations, thank yous and farewells as the cycle of another exciting year approaches its end, Term 4 is also a time for focus and giving 2018 the strong and positive finish it deserves.

During Term 4, in classrooms across the campus, we focus on the development of Persistence, encouraging students to believe that as difficult or improbable as a goal may seem, it is likely to be achievable, provided we give our best effort and resist the temptation to get distracted from our objectives, or give up when things get tough or boring.

While many great leaders are known for their persistence and determination, these qualities are catalysts for success for us all, and especially helpful at times such as Term 4 when our academic, co-curricular and social demands compete, more than ever, for our time and attention. This is the most important time for focusing on objectives and making a real effort to stay connected to all that must be achieved; and for remembering that nothing substantial is accomplished without persistence.

Have a great Term 4!

Yours sincerely

Brett Webster
Headmaster

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