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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.​

Ormiston College Presents MARY POPPINS: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL


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.

OCTAVE wow at AUSACA


​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.

STEM students undertake workshops at Queensland University of Technology


In February, Year 9 and Year 11 STEM students attended two workshops at QUT. The workshops were tailored to enhance and support the national curriculum’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning areas through practical application.

Opportunity of a lifetime!


At the end of 2015, current Year 12 student David Winten travelled to Washington DC in the United States for an exclusive and private tour of the Pentagon.

Year 11 and 12 Visual Arts: Seeing Global Creativity in Context


Year 11 and 12 Art students participated with creativity in action during their recent visit to the Asia Pacific Triennial 8 at QAG/GOMA.

Students in awe at Redlands Art Gallery


Year 10 art students enjoy a vist to the Redlands Art gallery

College Captains network at Student Leaders Dinner


College Captains Tess Photinos and Ryan Watson attend Dinner held at QUT for Student Leaders from Independent Schools across Brisbane.

Art students work with leading Jeweller and Designer


On Friday 12 February, the Year 11 Art students were visited by Bianca Mavrick, Contemporary Jeweller and Designer.

Students don't just use technology they learn how technology works!


Teachers from the Mathematics, Science and Technology Departments were learning how to Code using MATLAB. In the digital world of the future, it will be advantageous for students not only to be familiar with how to use computers, applications and programs, but also how to instruct computers to function in a particular way through coding.

Year 11 students at IML German Summer School, UQ


The Institute of Modern Languages at the University of Queensland, provides a Summer High School program for students in Years 11 and 12. Three Ormiston College students attended this program earlier this year.

Mayor of Redland City, Councillor Karen Williams joins OC in celebrating the 2016 Investiture of College Prefects and Junior School Leaders


The entire College assembled in the Stadium of the Somerset Sports Centre to share in the annual ceremony that recognises the investiture of our College Captains and Prefects and our Year 6, Junior School Leaders.

Student Leaders for 2016 announced


Over recent weeks the newly elected 2016 Ormiston College Leaders have started their planning for the new year.

Congratulations Class of 2015


Only on very special occasions does the entire student body come together: Friday 20 November was one such occasion. The Sports Stadium in the Somerset Sports Centre was full to capacity with students from Prep to Year 12, plus teaching staff and the parents and families of our graduating Year 12 cohort. All gathered to share the celebration of Final Assembly with our departing Year 12 students.

​Grosse Freude for the Year 12 German students


As is tradition for Year 12 German students, they finished their final German lesson by decorating Gingerbread houses. The artistic flair, or meticulous planning, is part of the joy of making these little houses covered with lollies.

​Year 12 students head back to where it all began


On Thursday 19 November, the Year 12 cohort headed back to where their schooling began, spending time with the Junior School students and pausing to reflect on their own years at primary school.

Year 12 artists shine at annual graduation exhibition


​On Friday 13 November, the Year 12 students worked collaboratively to install their work from throughout the year at the annual Year 12 Graduate Art Exhibition.

Year 11 Mentors, we thank you!


The Year 11 Mentors of 2015 have played a significant role in guiding the Years 7 and 8 students through their journey into Secondary School.

Seniors begin their journey to graduation


On Wednesday 4 November the Year 12 cohort gathered for the annual Tree Planting Ceremony.

Year 11 unite at Camp Somerset


​Year 11 Camp could be described as a week-long adventure where things change. No longer just ‘the Year 11 cohort’ on camp we were a connected community made up of friends.

Year 12 Ski Trip 2015


The Southern Courtyard came back to life at the start of this week as the Year 12s resumed their usual lunch time positions.

​Georgia represents Ormiston College at the International Youth Conference


An exciting new opportunity to represent Ormiston College arose for Georgia Carrigan (Year 11), to attend the Chrysalis International Leadership Youth Conference held at Emmanuel College, University of Queensland during the July holidays.

​Early tertiary studies for Caley


The Ormiston College Business Department offers its Legal Studies students the opportunity to commence their tertiary studies early through participating in the STARTQUT program.

​Alexander receives the Peter Doherty Award


Alexander Muirhead (Year 12) was one of only 20 school students throughout Queensland to receive the Peter Doherty Award for outstanding senior mathematics and technology.

Silver Crest Award Projects


This week CSIRO accepted the Silver Crest Award projects from Casi McDonnell and Anika Green of Year 10.

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