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Thank You From Hearts & Hands

Term 4 has been very busy for Hearts & Hands students and volunteers.

P&F Community Award - Congratulations Judy Mathes-Doy

Congratulations to Judy Mathes-Doy on receiving this semester’s P&F Community Award. Judy is a grandmother of two students at Ormiston College (Jamal, Year 8 and Leyla, Year 6), and has been volunteering on a weekly basis in the Uniform Shop for almost two years.

30th Anniversary Celebration

Members of the Ormiston College community came together last Saturday night for our 30th Anniversary Cocktail party.

Happy Birthday OC!

Happy Birthday OC! Each year, Ormiston College celebrates 22 October as its Foundation Day.

Run4Fun Colour Explosion!

The Junior Support Group held the first ever Run4Fun Colour Explosion last Friday 12 October. We were grateful that the rain held off, enabling 400 students to enjoy a fabulous afternoon.

Chess Invitational

On ​Tuesday 18 September,128 students from 14 different schools competed in three hours of fast, furious and fantastic chess at Ormiston College’s biennial chess competition.​

Students chopping their hair for charity

This semester, 16 girls from Year 12 will be cutting and donating more than 20cm of their hair, all for two very worthy causes.

Australia's Best School - Use of Technology

Ormiston College is proud to be the national winner of the 2018 Australian Education Award for Best Use of Technology.

Aerobics Success

Our Aerobics teams had a successful day at the FISAF (Federation of International Sport Aerobics & Fitness) Schools Stream National Championships which were held at the Sleeman Sports Complex on Saturday 11th August.

OC Alumni Fundraise for Mater Chicks in Pink

OC Alumni Conor Grimes, Michaela Mulder and Dylan Pearse (Class of 2015), and Declan Grimes (Class of 2013), have been busy fundraising for Mater Chicks in Pink.

Big News for OC Chess

The Ormiston College Chess Club is able to boast about two major events within the club this term.

Schools Tree Day

The Environment Committee took part in the Schools Tree Day on Friday 27 July with 40 new native plants finding a home in the reserve behind the Early Learning Centre.

Cicada Awards Winners

On Friday 20 July, six Ormiston College students attended the screening of the 2018 Cicada Awards.

Visit from the Connect2Group

Representatives from the Connect2Group attended Headmaster’s Assembly on Friday to provide students with more information about its function and to thank them for the ongoing support of their organisation and its activities.

Ormiston College, Australian Education Award Finalists

Every new acknowledgement of the wonderful work we do here at Ormiston College confirms for us that we are continuing to do a superb job when it comes to providing our students with the very best education that a school can offer.

Maths Team Challenge Success

The College community proudly welcomed home this year’s Maths Team Challenge students who competed in the annual competition at Moreton Bay College this week.

Language Perfect World Championships Achievements

Last month, 2500 schools from around the world, including Ormiston College, took part in the Language Perfect World Championships.

Morning Tea with Mr Webster

Once again this year, new students made the trek to the College boardroom for morning tea with the Headmaster.

OC Carnival Fun

The OC P&F Carnival on Saturday was a huge success and a truly wonderful celebration for the community.

Twilight Jazz On The Green

On Friday 18 May, the Ormiston College Music Department hosted its inaugural Twilight Jazz On The Green.

Pink Cupcakes For Pink Day

A pink cupcake was the food of choice at last weekend’s TAS games when OC Rugby held their annual Pink Day.

A Visit From Shayna Jack

Commonwealth Games gold medallist and OC Alumni, Shayna Jack, was our special guest at Headmaster’s Assembly last Friday. Shayna was interviewed by our Dean of Activities, Jack Pincott, in front of the Secondary School audience.

Delvene Cockatoo-Collins Visits OC

Ormiston College was honoured to host Delvene Cockatoo-Collins as our Artist In Residence on the 2 May. An emerging artist from Stradbroke Island, Delvene has an impressive folio of work nationally and internationally, with an exhibition currently held at Redland Art Gallery.

Exceptional Service By An Exceptional Young Man

Prefect, Oliver Breadmore, has demonstrated what it means to be a leader not only in our community but much further afield.

Microsoft EduMeet Conference

Ormiston College continues to lead the way through its continual introduction of innovative pedagogy.

Kanagawa Gakuen Student Visit

On Saturday 3 March, Ormiston College welcomed twenty Japanese students and two teachers from our Sister City School, Kanagawa Gakuen in Yokohama, Japan.

Clean-Up Australia Day

On Sunday 4 March, students of Ormiston College were exclusively invited to participate in Clean-Up Australia Day alongside the Marine Research and Rescue Team at Sea World.

Students 'Give it up for BABI'

Commencing in Week 2, the Social Justice Committee will begin project 'Give it up for BABI' to help support and fundraise for a BABI Youth Centre to be refurbished.

All the glamour and glitter of Hollywood

One has to admit Ormiston College does nothing by halves. The 2017 POPS and OC Alumni ‘Hollywood Glam’ Trivia Night certainly created a sparkle.

Cooking up a feast

Recently, some of our Hearts & Hands team cooked up a feast as they stayed back after school to prepare meals for those in need.

OC students bring home champion school trophy!

The mighty mathletes returned to the competition in 2017 to defend their trophies and are thrilled to have claimed the Year 11/12 Senior, the Year 7/8 Junior and Year 9/10 Intermediate Divisions, as well as the Overall Champion School.

Students exhibit their creations

Tuesday 16 May saw the opening of a combined Year 6 and Year 7 gallery exhibit displaying work from Term 1.


Since late last year when BRING IT ON – THE MUSICAL was announced as the chosen production for 2017 the College has been abuzz with excitement. In true Ormiston College spirit, it didn’t take long before students, staff and parents put up their hands to become part of this OC arts highpoint.

Social Justice Committee helps local not-for-profit community organisation BABI

This year, the Ormiston College Social Justice Committee have decided to shine the spotlight on disadvantaged youth in our local community.

Leading the way through 2017

In the early weeks of each school year we pause to recognise many Junior and Secondary School students who take on various leadership roles. Without doubt a highlight within this period is the investiture of our College Captains, Prefects and Junior School Year 6 Leaders.

Supporting our students

The Student Support Services team look forward to supporting your child in reaching their full potential – emotionally, socially, and academically, alongside the amazing team of educators at Ormiston College.

Returning to School

Returning to school after the holidays can be a stressful time for both children and parents. It is normal for nearly all children (and adults!) to experience some back-to-school nerves that should reduce over a couple of weeks.

OC staff fuzz-up for Movember

A number of Ormiston College staff are taking part in 'Movember' this month and have been growing some fuzz on the top lip in an effort to raise awareness and money for men's health.

Ormiston College students remember those who have fallen

On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, a minutes’ silence is observed and dedicated to those soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation.

Supporting McHappy Day at McDonalds Cleveland

Ormiston College once again supported this worthy cause with 32 students and 11 staff helping to raise money at McDonalds Cleveland.

Connections – a vibrant showcase of student art

​What a night!! With over 1,000 artworks from Visual Art students across the College the 2016 Art Show was a memorable event. Guests enjoyed walking through the ‘Connections’ installation and adding their own connections.

School Community’s Eat Street

On Wednesday 19 October, the School Community’s Eat Street event was held in the Secondary School as part of the College’s 28th birthday celebrations.

Year 9 Art Exhibit 'Exploring the Human Figure'

On Friday 14 October, the Year 9 students welcomed parents, teachers and peers to view their exhibit ‘Exploring the Human Figure’ in the Shared Space Art Gallery.

OC students cook up a storm with their hearts and hands!

On Saturday 8 October Hearts and Hands had its inaugural cook up, beginning the Food Bank initiative.

Ormiston College lends hearts and hands

The first Heats & Hands initiative commences this week with a ‘cook-up’ on Saturday 8 October.

Ormiston College bi-annual Chess Invitational Tournament

OC students take out the Beginners School Trophy with skill and dominance across the board

Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast

​A number of College staff and Year 12 School Leaders attended the Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast on 26 August at the Redlands Sporting Club.​

Students celebrate Queensland Debating Union achievements

Late in August the Queensland Debating Union (QDU) Secondary Schools Competition drew to a close for Year 8 to Year 12 teams. It was an exciting 2016 debating season with exceptional achievements all round. Three of our teams, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 11 progressed through to the final rounds, with our Year 10 being defeated in the last 16, just prior to the quarter finals.

MOCCHA Club creates another extravaganza

There has been no rest since OC’s volunteer craft group finished the Carnival’s OC House of Horrors. The ladies have been busily working this term on the sets and costumes for the upcoming Junior Drama Production - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Schools Tree Day

Students plant 40 native shrubs to celebrate Schools Tree Day

Poppies knitted by hundreds of volunteers displayed at Pozieres, a small village in Northern France

The poppies knitted by the Ormiston College community were proudly presented to the Mayor of Pozieres, Mr Bernard Delattre.

Welcome German Exchange Students!

While the Northern Hemisphere is enjoying Summer holidays, 3 German students are spending a large part of July and August (18/07/16-23/08/16) as exchange students at Ormiston College.

Greece Tour 2016: Hype Equals Reality

Those who had gone before told us it was the trip of their life! They told us it was an amazing experience! They told us it was not to be missed! So it was that 24 Year 11 and 12 Humanities students who signed up to see if the hype matched reality. Greece Tour 2016!

2016 Bayside District Readers Cup

On Thursday 9 June, Ormiston College hosted the Bayside District Readers Cup competition in the CLI.

Visual Arts Hive of Creativity

​To celebrate International Arts Education Week a magnificent ‘Chill Out Hive’ was created on the Northern Courtyard lawn.

Ormiston students embrace the arts

International Arts Education Week is to stimulate local and global awareness of the important part ‘the arts’ play in our everyday lives.

Success at the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) Competition

The Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition is an international competition, administered by the Australian Mathematics Trust to promote logical and algorithmic thinking, which are two fundamental skills required in the study of Informatics.

Students and staff pay their respect to the Anzacs

​The entire student population from Prep through to Year 12 attended a special ANZAC Day commemoration service on Friday, 22 April,

Ormiston College staff leading the way …

Over the past two decades College graduates have built up a strong reputation for academic excellence but in the past few years it has been staff members that have placed the name Ormiston College on the map.

A permanent remembrance of Community Service Abroad to India

As a permanent remembrance of or Community Service Abroad to India in December 2015, we have now purchased a mandala – a symbolic Indian religious symbol representing the universe.

​Next generation of education leaders

The Educator magazine is part of an international group of publications dedicated to professionals in various fields. Their latest edition featured a list entitled ‘Rising Stars 2016’, in recognition of the industry’s best and brightest talent under the age of 40.

Students show Compassion and Service through Reading

This year, 30 Ormiston College students have signed up to become a reading ‘buddy’ by helping a student who is struggling to improve their reading skills.

Prefects’ Breakfast – Celebrating 21 Years of Leadership

Close to 100 people arrived at the Hall of Fame on Friday, 19 February, to attend the 10th Biennial Prefects’ Breakfast.

OC students providing community service abroad

Senior School students travel to India to help refurbish pre-schools.

Ormiston College staff receive worldwide leadership status

Ormiston College the only Microsoft Showcase School in Australia to have four Innovation Educator Experts.

Middle School students give back to the community

On Wednesday 11 November, Ormiston College presented two huge boxes of donations to Chris Brown from the iSee Church.

​Ormiston College students raise money for the Mater Foundation

The College Social Justice Committee, led by Prefects India Hedger and Michaela Mulder, set a goal at the beginning of the year to raise $8,000 for the purchase of a Chemotherapy Infusion Chair, for the new Oncology Unit to be started at Redlands Mater Hospital.

Families volunteer over ten thousand hours to commemorate our lost Australians

At Ormiston College on Wednesday, 11 November, the entire staff and student body, plus parents and friends, attended a special Remembrance Day commemoration, with guest speaker, Barry Gracey, President of the Pozières Remembrance Association.

Remembrance Day Commemoration at the College

This year, the MOCCHA Club are knitting red poppies for a very special Remembrance Day commemoration that will include a sea of red poppies covering the Southern Courtyard with the words ‘Lest We Forget’.

Message from the Deputy Head of College, Mrs Lee Catterall

I am excited to be commencing my new role as Deputy Head of College this term and look forward to supporting staff, students and families across our campus in this capacity.