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Success at the Brisbane Writers Festival

​On Thursday 5 September, I had the pleasure of accompanying Max Klitscher (Year 12) and Tarni McCosker (Year 10) to the State Library of Queensland as two of the ten shortlisted nominees in the state for the Brisbane Writers Festival microfiction competition.

Bringing history to life in new augmented reality app

​Year 10 Modern History students have had the opportunity to work with representatives from the Queensland Museum to provide feedback on a new app. Anzac Correspondent, brings wartime history to life, igniting an engaging learning experience for students using augmented reality.

Music To Our Ears

On Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 August, String students from Ormiston College travelled to Brisbane Grammar School, to take part in the Combined Schools String Festival

Volleyball Senior Schools Cup

On Friday 9 August, OC entered a Year 9 boys team and a Year 11 girls team in the Volleyball Senior Schools Cup.

​Kristina Newton - Hitting all the right notes

Congratulations to Kristina Newton (Year 11), who has been invited, after completing a rigorous audition process, to perform with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at RPAC on Thursday 3 October as part of the QSO Prodigy Project.

Exceptional results for Ormiston College Geographers

Ormiston College prides itself on the results it receives annually from a variety of national and international competitions. Not only do the results give teaching staff an unbiased, independent benchmark on overall student performance; they also provide comparability over many different subject areas, confirming the high academic position the College holds on a global scale.

Inspiration for Senior Visual Art Students

​Senior Visual Art students recently enjoyed a day at GOMA, Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and the QUT Art Museum. A highlight of the day was seeing the thickly painted, highly direct and expressive work of Australian artist, Ben Quilty

The Butterfly Effect

​Wednesday 17 July, our Year 11 and 12 girls participated in a workshop entitled “The Butterfly Effect”, presented by Storm from Enlighten Education.

Singing for Your Supper

On Friday 14 June, the Ormiston College Music Department hosted the annual ‘Singing for Your Supper’ evening, which showcased the College Choirs from Prep to Year 12.

Reader's Cup

Last week, 10 students from Years 5 to 8 participated in the Bayside Regional Readers’ Cup Competition.

Hearts & Hands visit the Redland Hospital

On Tuesday 11 June, our Year 11 Hearts & Hands crew members visited the Redland Hospital to donate knitted blankets and octopuses, made by parents, grandparents and staff members of the OC community.

Ormiston College, 2019 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.

Senior Soirée and Music Recital

Students from across the Secondary School took to the stage for the College’s annual Senior Soirée​ and Music Recital on on Tuesday 14 May​.

A Peek into the Future

This week, our Year 10 students participated in the Career Industry Professional Talks.

Year 11 Geography Excursion - Sustainable Places

​Recently, our Year 11 Geography students visited Cleveland Point Recreation Reserve and Wellington Point Recreation Reserve to investigate the sustainability of these locations (i.e. do they meet the needs of the current generation while also allowing for the needs of future generations to be met).

Year 11 Design Excursion

Recently, Year 11 Design students visited Brisbane and Cleveland CBDs to consider what the urban and business precincts might look like in 2040.

The Official Opening of the CLI

On Tuesday 30 April, special guests, staff, students and parents gathered to share the experience of yet another milestone for Ormiston College as the new Centre for Learning and Innovation was officially opened by His Excellency, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland.

2019 ANZAC Day Commemoration Service – Lest We Forget

Ormiston College staff and students, plus special guests, Mr Paul Oates from the Cleveland RSL Branch and Redlands Councillor Tracey Huges, attended a special ANZAC Day commemoration service on Wednesday 24 April.

Ormiston College Student named for Queensland Youth Parliament

Year 11 student Lauren Sullivan has been named in this year's cohort to represent the Redlands at Queensland Youth Parliament.

TAS Trimester 1 Champion School

The Ormiston College Redbacks capped off an excellent start to the TAS sporting year being crowned the Trimester 1 Champion School.

Band Extravaganza

​On Wednesday evening, the Ormiston College Band Extravaganza was held in the Lingo Lin Performing Arts Theatre.

TAS Cricket

After a tremendous term of cricket, the TAS Cricketers, along with their families, celebrated with an end of season party hosted by the Cricket Support Group.

Preparing our first ATAR Graduates

​During the Student Enhancement Program, Year 11 students are preparing for the new ATAR system by learning about Cognitive Verbs.

TAS Swimming

It was a huge day at the TAS Swimming Carnival with OC finishing in 4th position behind JPC, WestMAC and CHAC.

National Day of Action against Bullying

The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is an opportunity for the whole school community to 'take a stand together' against bullying.

Farewell Kanagawa Gakuen Students

Early on Sunday morning we farewelled twenty students and two teachers from our sister school in Japan, Kanagawa Gakuen. Although many tears were shed as the visitors boarded the bus, everyone has many happy memories of the visit.

Chaplaincy Pancake Breakfast

Students from all over the campus came together this morning to enjoy a free pancake outside the Chapel to celebrate Shrove Tuesday and Chaplaincy at OC.

Centre for Learning and Innovation News Update

Our new Centre for Learning and Innovation opened to the school community at the beginning of the year. It has been wonderful seeing our students, parents and staff begin to embrace the facility for learning activities, events and social gatherings. It has certainly become the hub of the school community! With so much happening, we will be providing regular updates to showcase the spaces, learning activities and the numerous events occurring in the building. In each update we will include a spotlight learning area to highlight how this space supports teaching and learning in the 21st Century.

Creating a Culture of Reading in your Home

We recently held the Creating a Culture of Reading Volunteer Workshop in the CLI and are happy to welcome a number of new parents to the volunteer program this year. This event always reminds me of the importance of involving our parents in their children’s learning and especially, in ways that they can encourage a love of reading at home.

The 2019 Social Justice Project

This year the Social Justice Committee are focusing support for the Redlands Community Centre program ‘Homeless United’. The support gained from Ormiston College will go towards making a positive difference to the homeless youth in Redlands.

Student leaders for 2019 presented

On Friday 8 February, staff and all students from Year 1 to Year 12 made their way across campus to gather in the Somerset Sports Centre for the very first whole school assembly for 2019, celebrating the Prefects’ Investiture and Presentation of the Year 6 Student Leaders.

Ormiston College 2019 Musical Cast Announcement

Every two years a burgeoning wave of excitement starts to flow around campus. When that happens, you know that it is a College Musical year!

Congratulations Class of 2018

Ormiston College is delighted to share the academic results of the 2018 Year 12 Graduates, who will now progress to tertiary education on an exciting journey towards their future careers.

Farewell, Class of 2018

Excitement was in the air in the Somerset Sports Centre today as students from Prep to Year 12, plus teaching staff and the parents and families of our Year 12 cohort, gathered to farewell the Seniors of 2018.

Year 12 Tree Planting Ceremony

The traditional Year 12 Tree Planting Ceremony, this week, once again marked the beginning of a number of special occasions which celebrate and recognise the contributions of the Seniors during their time at the College.

Japan Tour 2018

​​In the September school holidays, 17 Japanese students from Year 10 and Year 11 travelled to Japan as part of the biannual Japan Tour.

Year 10 Visual Art Excursion

Year 10 Visual Art students enjoyed seeing the ‘Redland Art Awards’ at the Redland Art Gallery recently.

Senior Drama Performance Night

In the last week of term, Senior Secondary Drama students across Years 10, 11 and 12 impressed their audience of family and friends when they presented their assessment-based work.

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.​


At OC Night of The Proms, the Headmaster revealed that Ormiston College will present MARY POPPINS: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL in 2019.

University Visits to Ormiston College

Lunch times last week at Ormiston College saw our Senior College students make the most of popular visiting universities.

Year 10 Studio Photography Workshop

Year 10 students worked with professional photographer, Jason Buck recently.

Japanese Language Skills In Action At The Gold Coast

On Thursday 14th June, Year 10 Japanese students embarked on a fun-filled adventure to the Gold Coast.

OCTAVE in the Finals

The Ormiston College OCTAVE ensemble has made it to the Ensemble Championships Final (school division) of the AUSACA 2018 Australian A Cappella Awards.

Real World Learning in Visual Art

​The culminating Year 10 Visual Art student experience was held on Monday night at the Shared Space Gallery. Students exhibited their work from across Semester One.

Students Shine On Stage

This week, a group of passionate Drama performers across Years 7 to 12 put on an exceptional show when they presented "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in the Lingo Lin Theatre.

Rock My Heart!

After a couple of years absence from the German Film Festival and the cancellation of the event last year, 2018 brought a renewed opportunity for high school students to experience German language and culture on the big screen.

Germ Outbreak During Celebrations

It was wonderful to so see so many of our Secondary School students interacting and enjoying the arts during International Arts Week.

Curious Affection For Art

Year 10, 11 and 12 Visual Art students enjoyed a day at Brisbane galleries on Thursday, May 17.

Year 10s Take A Peek Into Future Careers

Year 10 students participated in the Career Industry Professional Talks which were held on Thursday 26 April in the Somerset Sports Centre’s Hall of Fame.

Our First UQ Science Ambassadors

In our first year of involvement in the University of Queensland Science Ambassador program, a record twelve students were accepted from Ormiston College. These students were awarded with their badges on assembly on Friday 4 May.

Alumni Niamh Conway Guides Business Students

Former Ormiston College Prefect, Niamh Conway, returned to our college last week to address Year 10 Business Management students.

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.

Duke of Edinburgh Jackaroo and Jillaroo 2018

Dried up dams and dusty, parched fields were the introduction to the sheep and cattle country of northern New South Wales for eleven of our Secondary School students and two teachers who took part in the Duke of Edinburgh Jackaroo and Jillaroo experience.

Year 11 Mentors

The Year 11 mentors guide, support and advise the Year 7 cohort as they begin their secondary journey.

Microsoft EduMeet Conference

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

TAS Swimming Team Annual Headmaster's Breakfast

The TAS Swimming Team were treated to the annual Headmaster’s Breakfast last week.

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.

Congratulations Class of 2017

An outstanding 34% of graduates achieved an OP of five or better; 72% achieved an OP of 10 or better and 95% of the 123 graduates achieved an OP score of 15 or better. A remarkable and well-earned result for the Class of 2017.

Students celebrate excellence at annual Speech Night

This year's Speech Night was another wonderful celebration for the students of Ormiston College.

Celebrating the sporting achievements of 2017

The Sports Awards Evening was held on Wednesday 1 November. The exciting evening ran very smoothly, providing everyone involved with lots of fun and entertainment.

Guidance and support of student mentors celebrated

The Year 11 Mentors of the 2017 did a wonderful job. They continually guided and supported the Year 7 group as they made their transition into secondary school.

We did it again! OC named one of Australia's most Innovative Schools for the third consecutive year.

Ormiston College takes innovation to a whole new level.

The Play’s The Thing: Cultivating innovation in the Drama Classroom

Drama challenges students to role-play and learn practically through the senses. Drama is also a subject that supports holistic development. Drama provides real-world learning experiences that strive to prepare students for the twenty first century.

Students Explore Lady Elliot Island

On June 19 this year, a lucky group of eighteen students and three teachers journeyed to Hervey Bay airport, where they boarded two small planes for the flight to the tiny coral cay called Lady Elliot Island at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.

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.

Snowfields provide an unforgettable experience for Year 12 students

Throughout last term, regular checks were being made on the snowfalls at Perisher, so the perfect skiing season came as no surprise to 49 of our Year 12 students and accompanying staff.


​On 8 September the Ormiston College OCATVE ensemble consisting of Alena Olds, Chiara Gay, Emily Pearson, Molly Snaylam, Kyle Bryant, Matthew Garnett, Thomas Whyte and Fraser Todd, made their way down to Melbourne in order to compete in the AUSACA 2017 Australian A Cappella Awards. This festival saw the best school a cappella groups from around the country battle it out to be crowned the AUSACA Australian A Cappella Champions.

World visionary in education tech experiences 21st century learning at OC.

Both staff and students were fortunate to have Dr Gary Stager, one of the world’s leading experts and advocates for computer programming, robotics and learning-by-doing in classrooms, visit our College recently.

OC celebrates strong results in Debating!

Our Debating teams did us proud this season.

RoboCup Junior Queensland Championships 2017

Four Ormiston College teams entered this year’s RoboCup Junior Queensland Championships held on 12 and 13 August at the University of Queensland. In this exciting and challenging competition students brought home two trophies.

ADFA Education Award presented to George Storey

Ormiston College was pleased to be informed recently that George Storey (Year 12) has been awarded an Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Education Award.

OC students shine at Redlands Eisteddfod

Wow! What a wonderful selection of music activities and achievements!

Girl Essentials Workshop for Year 11 and Year 12

Wednesday 12 July our Year 11 and Year 12 girls participated in a ‘Girl Essentials’ workshop presented by Enlighten Education.

Secondary Choral Camp Success

The Coolum hills were filled with the sound of music from Friday 14 July to Sunday 16 July as students from the Ormiston College Chorale went to choral camp.

What is really going on in Year 10 Art?

Year 10 Art students recently held an art exhibition showcasing their Semester 1 work. 

International Arts Week

International Arts week was recently celebrated by staff and students with the focus for the week on ‘Sustainable Living’.

Perfect Score in Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition

The Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition is run by the Australian Mathematics Trust to promote logical and algorithmic thinking. This competition is a one-hour problem-solving competition which seeks to identify computer programming potential, although no prior programming experience is necessary.

Gatsby unleashed for Year 12 English

This term, Year 12 students are studying texts such as Bram Stoker's Dracula, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, J.R.R Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring and Ian Fleming's Casino Royale with a view to why and how texts are adapted to film. The purpose of this unit is for students to consider how literary texts written in the past can connect with people who live in contemporary times. Currently students are working on their character monologue oral task. Within this context, we were very happy to host a performance of The Australian Playhouse's The Great Gatsby.

Year 12 Modern History branches out

As part of the Semester theme ‘Studies of Hope’, students are conducting an investigation into an aspect of the Apartheid era in South Africa.

Teachers come away with the win at the staff vs student debate

The Lecture Theatre was filled with a very enthusiastic audience who were thoroughly entertained by the high quality and very funny speakers.

Too hot to do anything? Not likely!

As the mercury continued to climb earlier this week one would reasonably think that activity would be kept to a minimum, simply for self-preservation. Ormiston Humanitarians are made of much sterner stuff than that!

Our Secondary students receive the best start to their academic year

During the first few weeks of the school year, all students from Year 7 through to Year 12 attended, an Elevate Education study skills seminar.

Year 11 Geographers Go Retro

You may be of an age to remember when disco was king and a Saturday Night Roller Disco was the highlight of the week. Our Year 11 Geographers had the chance to revive the glory days of skating last week in an engaging study of urban development and business planning.

Shakespeare on the Green: Starting a Conversation

On Monday 13 February, the English Department will be hosting a new event, Shakespeare on the Green. Production Company Shake and Stir will perform ‘Great Shakes’ which recontextualises Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, and Romeo and Juliet.

Congratulations Class of 2016

100% Success for Ormiston College Class of 2016!

Congratulations Class of 2016!

Today the Seniors of 2016 were fondly farewelled on their final day of their schooling journey with two special ceremonies.

Students acknowledged at the Australian Mathematics Trust Awards Presentation

The Australian Mathematics Trust 2016 Awards Presentation has held on the evening of Friday 4 November at King's Christian College on the Gold Coast.

Year 12 Tree Planting Ceremony – a growing tradition

Last week the Seniors of 2016 participated in the traditional Tree Planting Ceremony outside the Junior Arts Centre and Year 6 classrooms. This ceremony marked the beginning of a number of special events which celebrate and recognise the contributions of the Seniors during their time at the College.

Year 11 Biology students carry out field investigations

At 6.30am on Wednesday 26 October, four teachers and 71 Year 11 Biology students departed on an exciting two-day field investigation to Hasting’s Point, New South Wales, where a number of different Ecosystems exist.

Shake & Stir brings Romeo and Juliet to life for Year 10 students

Year 10 students who have been studying Shakespeare this term were entertained by the Shake & Stir Theatre Co.

OC students tour ​Redland Art Gallery

Year 10 and 12 Visual Art students enjoyed a recent excursion to the Redland Art Gallery in Cleveland.

Creative Generations Visual Arts Excellence

Two Ormiston College Year 12 Visual Art students had the pleasure of displaying their work in the Creative Generations Exhibition, showcased at the Redland Art Gallery recently.

​IEU Visual Art Prize for Ormiston College

Lan Fang was presented with an Award of Excellence

One Million Stars

Alumna Tiani Vitharana returned to Ormiston College Visual Art to work with Year 10 and 12 students on an Australian wide installation, ‘One Million Stars to End Violence’.

Moot Court - Enhancing practical skills for Legal Studies students

An anticipated event, held annually at Ormiston College, is the Moot Court. An activity designed to provide simulated court proceedings that are close to real-life situations, for Year 11 students who are undertaking Legal Studies.

Senior Art Students Visit GOMA

Year 10 and 11 Visual Art students enjoy excursion to GOMA

Studio Photographer Workshop for Year 11 Visual Art Students

The expertise and equipment of local studio photographer, Jason Buck, were shared at an intensive workshop for Year 11 Visual Art students.

Year 12s put the 'E' in ACHIEVE

Year 12 Form Classes visit the Prep to Year 3 Junior School classes at lunch time in an activity they call Backyard Bonanza.

Crime Stoppers presentation provides real world insights for Year 11 Geography

Students studying Geography in Year 11, undergo an investigation into the crime profiles of Brisbane and its surrounds. On 27 April, we welcomed Crime Stoppers representative Paul Fitzpatrick to the College.