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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.

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.