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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 the College.

Two outstanding accomplishments have been achieved in the short history of the school, one being the reputation for academic excellence, which has gained global recognition, the second being the outstanding building program that has provided learners with state-of-the-art facilities and resources. This week, the Official Opening of the Centre for Learning and Innovation (CLI), has indicated that Ormiston College has every intention of continuing to stay at the very top when it comes to providing quality education for its learners.

Prior to the event, the Headmaster, Brett Webster, Chairman of the Board, John Miller and College Captains, Alexandra Neate and Max Payne, greeted His Excellency, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland and escorted him through the Northern Courtyard to the Plaza of the CLI to the awaiting guests.

After the National Anthem and the School Prayer, lead by the College Captains, the Headmaster took the stand. In his address, he commented that “Ormiston College has modelled the adage that ‘The best way to predict the future is to create it.’ Consequently, our exploration of tech-enabled learning has seen the College receive many accolades and even National awards. Along the way, we have been delighted to see successive cohorts of Ormiston students achieve among Queensland’s highest academic performers.” After thanking Rohrig Constructions and BSPN Architects, the College Board and contributing staff members, he went on to say “Our students will step into universities and various workplaces with confidence, having experienced the benefits of learning in an interactive space that is truly reflective of society’s modern, divergent, flexible and dynamic thinking.”

The Ormiston College Chorale and the Rock Band Ensemble, conducted by Dean of Music, Jason Taggart, then entertained the audience with a magnificent rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, which received an overwhelming applause.

Chairman of the Board, John Miller, then spoke of his pride in seeing the completion of what had become the social epi-centre of the College, before introducing the Governor.

His Excellency, the Honourable Paul de Jersey, thanked the Headmaster for inviting him to be present to officiate such a special occasion as the Opening of the CLI. He also commented on his enjoyment of the presentation given by the Chorale and Rock Band Ensemble, even going so far as saying, to his mind “It was a far more professional version than that of the original Queen piece.”

The Headmaster, John Miller and the College Captains then joined His Excellency on stage as he unveiled the naming plaque.The group then left to commence their guided tour of the CLI.

Lee Catterall, Deputy to the College, then thanked the audience for attending. The special guests were escorted on a tour by Paul Hornibrook, Head of Secondary School and Philip Makridakis, Head of Middle School. At that stage, students and staff returned to class.

The Tour of the building allowed His Excellency and the special guests to view the largest interactive floorspace in Australia and to access programmable drones, Australia’s first holographic wearable computer, 3D printers, writeable glass, the green screen studio that makes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects come to life. They also toured the two new libraries that serviced both Junior and Secondary schools and visited many other outstanding features within the extensive building.

The Ormiston College CLI is certainly a remarkable addition to the school making a massive difference to the lives of both learners and staff.

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