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Microsoft AI for Good Challenge

Ormiston College has picked up both first and third place in the Microsoft AI for Good State Finals.

Further recognition for the Ormiston College Centre for Learning and Innovation

Ormiston College was delighted to hear they had been named, yet again, for their most recent architectural addition, the Centre for Learning and Innovation. This prestigious acknowledgement was announced by the national association, Learning Environments Australasia (LEA), during their 13th Annual Awards event in the middle of June.

Animation Festival

With the unexpected pivot to Learning from Home in Term 2, Ormiston College Visual and Media Arts staff quickly altered assessments to make them animation based. As a result, the 2020 Animation Festival came to fruition: showcasing animations by the Middle School Visual and Media Artists.

Ormiston College, 2020 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.

Learning From a Broadway Performer Whilst Learning From Home

Recently, the Drama Department presented an Online Theatre Masterclass with Ainsley Melham.

Lest we Forget - ANZAC Day Commemoration

​Each year, the students of Ormiston College take part in a ceremony commemorating ANZAC Day, allowing them to demonstrate their respect for this important historic tradition.

'Curtains' Cast Announcement

In 2020, the Drama Department will be facilitating another unique performance opportunity. This activity will culminate in the presentation of a full-length play on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 May at The Lingo Lin Performing Arts Theatre, 7.30pm

Farewell Class of 2019

On Friday 15 November, the Ormiston College community bid farewell to this year's Year 12 cohort at a whole school assembly which was followed by a Graduation and Valedictory ceremony.

Five times winner of The Educator Innovative Schools award

The annual Innovative Schools Award defines excellence in the K – 12 education sector. To be acknowledged and selected as one of the Australia’s top schools from its inception was certainly an honour. However, to remain in that position, whereby we are continually being recognised for progressive development and further improvement in the teaching and learning at the cutting-edge of technology, proves that Ormiston College is delivering the very best in education. We were delighted to again receive the Award for 2019.

2019 Speech Night

Every Speech Night is a special occasion, but this year marks 25 years since its inauguration.

A new tradition for the College

On Friday 1 November, Ormiston College held the inaugural Generations’ Breakfast, an occasion that is to become a biennial tradition for the school.

GALA 2019: Lost in Space

An out-of-this-world music Gala was presented on Friday 18 October, in the Somerset Sports Centre.

Kindness ROCKS!

​Throughout the entire year, Ormiston College students are given many opportunities in which to demonstrate their genuine care and consideration for others. From as early as Prep, through to Year 12, students are taught to look out for their friends and to assist in any way they can, should they feel there is an upset or a challenge.

Australian Mathematics Trust Awards

At the 2019 AMC Awards ceremony on 16 August, three Ormiston College students received Maths Prizes. We congratulate Can Luka Dagtekin (Year 7), Riley O’Brien (Year 8) and Khaled Khan (Year 10). In addition to this, Ormiston College was recognised as the Maths Trust Champion School.

Year 9 Visual Art students explore local and global issues

Recently, Year 9 Visual Art students opened an exhibit in the Shared Space Gallery presenting their artwork from Semester 1 and Term 3 units.

Further recognition for Ormiston College staff

It has been a proud and gratifying year for the College with continuing awards bestowed upon the school and more importantly upon several members of College staff.

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.

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.

'Say No To Bullying' Middle School Cup

On Wednesday 17 July, our Middle School gathered for the launch of the 2019 ‘Say No To Bullying’ Middle School Cup.

Year 7 Drama Performance Night

​Recently, the Drama Department presented the Year 7 Drama Performance Night for Semester 1.

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.

The Connected Generation Parent Workshop

This week, over 100 parents joined us for The Connected Generation Workshop. Special guest presenter and parent, Richard Booth delivered two sessions on the latest social apps, being a good digital citizen and some practical take-home tips aimed at protecting our children while online.

STEM Hackathon

Students from Ormiston College were recently invited to the National Education Summit held at the Brisbane Convention Centre to showcase their classroom learning and technology use in a Hackathon.

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.

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.

Year 8 Kokoda Challenge

On Monday 29 April, Year 8 students walked in the footsteps of ANZAC heroes, as Brisbane’s infamous Mt Cootha lookout transformed into the rugged terrain of Papua New Guinea’s Kokoda trail.

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.

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.

Parent Workshop - Engaging Students in the Writing Process

On Tuesday 26 March we held an “Engaging Students in the Writing Process” workshop for our parents in Prep to Year 9. Our main aim for this workshop was to equip our parents with an understanding of how we approach writing in the classroom. By sharing the language and techniques we use, we hope to open a powerful dialogue between home and school that encourages our families be on the lookout for texts that inspire the imagination, provoke passion through persuasion and entice the senses.

TAS Swimming

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

Year 7 excursion Future BNE: Sustainable City Challenge

On Wednesday 20 March, three teams from Year 7 joined 650 students from over 30 schools at City Hall in Brisbane to participate in the Future BNE: Sustainable City Challenge.

Artist in Residence: Deb Mostert

Year 8 Visual Art students enjoyed working with local artist, Deb Mostert to create the Migratory Tales Project.

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!

Connecting with real life audience in Germany

Our Year 8 German students have been involved in an online exchange with our partner school Käthe-Kollwitz Gymnasium in Germany from the beginning of this year.

Year 8 Students Face the Shark Tank

This semester, our Year 8 cohort was challenged to develop a social enterprise linked to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Year 7 2019 Making Connections Day

Students who will be in Year 7 in 2019 got together this week for the annual Year 7 Making Connections Day.

OC TAS Girls Football Champions!

Ormiston College created history at the TAS Girls Football Carnival last Saturday at Canterbury College winning both the Middle School and Senior School competitions in emphatic style.

WordFlyers - Race Around the World Competition

To support the Year 7 and 8 Literacy program, during Term 3 the college introduced Wordflyers. WordFlyers is a successful and innovative digital resource dedicated to strengthening the literacy skills of Year 7 to 10 students in grammar, reading, comprehension, punctuation, vocabulary and writing.

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 is acknowledged as Redland City’s top-performing school in national testing

Ormiston College has once again been recognised as one of the state’s top-performing schools with our 2018 NAPLAN results being among the very best in the state.


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

Year 7 Zumba!

Energy, enthusiasm and exuberance were in abounds as the Year 7’s engaged in three Zumba sessions this term, designed to promote their confidence.

Middle School Cup Final

The final of the ‘Say No To Bullying Middle School Cup’ was held today with France defeating India 5 goals to 2.

Team Success at Decathlon

Some of our Middle School students did the College proud recently when they competed in the da Vinci Decathlon at A.B. Paterson College.

Year 9 Camp

Earlier this term, Year 9 Students travelled to Noosa North Shore where they participated in a three-day program run by Total Adventures.

Happy Campers - Year 7 students at Camp Goodenough

Individual successes were achieved by so many students at camp this year, contributing to their personal growth as they continue their transition into Year 7.

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.

OC Parent Writing Workshop

​Last week our Prep to Year 9 parents joined us for an ‘Engaging Students in the Writing Process Workshop’.

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.

Leadership in action

​Recently the Middle School Form Leaders for Semester 1 were selected and received their badge on the Middle School Assembly.

Swimming Age Champions

The 2018 Interhouse Swimming Carnival held in early February saw some outstanding performances by students in the Middle School.

Connecting with Mentors

Tuesday morning in Form is a fun time for our Year 7 students with the presence of their Student Mentors there to guide them through some fun activities designed to make connections.

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.

Year 9 Geography students call for change

As part of the Year 9 Geography course, students are currently working on student-led fundraising campaigns for charity organisations that operate in less economically developed countries.

Year 9 Explorations

Year 9 Visual Art and Multimedia students recently had the opportunity to present their works with the opening of the art exhibition 'Explorations'.

Walk like an Egyptian…

On Friday 13 October, the Year 7s engaged in an incursion where they stepped back in time to the magnificent period of history – Ancient Egypt. The Hall of Fame was full of tables scattered with artefacts and replicas of this civilisation.

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 '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.

SAY NO TO BULLYING Middle School Cup Grand Final

On Thursday 14 September, the Middle School joined as one to witness an enthralling Grand Final of the Say No To Bullying Middle School Cup between Germany and North Korea.


​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.

Year 7 students experience 'Cyberia'

Year 7 students engaged in powerful, compelling, theatre experience about cyber bullying and its devastating repercussions.

OC celebrates strong results in Debating!

Our Debating teams did us proud this season.

$20 to build, design and deliver a business.

Shark Tank's Steve Baxter visits Ormiston College for the $20 Boss Challenge.

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.

OC students shine at Redlands Eisteddfod

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

The race that stops Ormiston College!

Middle School Life Education

Recently Middle School students participated in a Life Education session with presenter, Claire Trethewey as part of the Student Enhancement Program.

Say No To Bullying Middle School Cup

On Wednesday the Middle School united as one for the launch of the 2017 Say No To Bullying Middle School Cup.

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.

Energy of Zumba!

Zumba was a hit start to the Term 3 Confidence activity in Year 7. Over the course of three weeks, the whole cohort will gather for Zumba sessions to engage in their Student Enhancement Program focus for this term.

International Arts Week

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

Year 8 students take on Kokoda Challenge

On Monday 24 April, Year 8 students walked in the footsteps of ANZAC heroes, as Brisbane’s infamous Mt Cootha lookout transformed into the rugged terrain of Papua New Guinea’s Kokoda trail. It was along the Kokoda track, 75 years ago, that our diggers overcame overwhelming odds and atrocious conditions to take victory over the enemy. Outnumbered and outgunned, this was possible due to their trust and respect for each other, their ability to never give up and their determination to hang in there when all seemed lost.

Year 7 students take on Camp Goodenough

From High Ropes to Leaps of Faith, Billycart making and Wobble Stack navigating, the Year 7 students have had a ball at Year 7 Camp!

Middle School students mark the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence with solidarity

Students from the Middle School took to the Southern Courtyard to stand together, united in our College theme of #OCBullyFree!

Year 9 students take on Noosa North Shore

Students and teachers engaged in a range of activities including leadership, survival skills, orientation, high ropes, canoeing and raft building.

Congratulations Form Leaders and Swimming Age Champions

Middle School Form Leaders received their badges and the Swimming Age Champions were presented with their medals.

Planning for Academic Success

‘Planning for Academic Success’ Parent Seminar a success with over 100 people attending.

Claire Dewar accepted into elite Queensland Theatre Youth Ensemble

The First Day as a Secondary School student

Year 7 marks the beginning of many new things, new friendships, great expectations, new goals and possibly the beginning of what will be some of the best years of their lives.

Ormiston College Middle School students partner with iSEE CARE

Everyone needs a little love and iSEE CARE believes in a love that is unconditional, puts others needs before our own and one that is practical and loud!

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.

Students celebrate a great year of mentoring

The Year 11 Mentors of 2016 have played a significant role in leading, supporting and guiding the Year 7 students as they have transitioned into secondary school.