Posted on 11 November 2019
A small group of POPS, who normally meet for regular catch-up breakfasts, decided it would be a nice idea to return to Ormiston College for their pre-Christmas get-together.
The plan was to assemble outside the Senior Administration building at 8.30am. The timing of which immediately bought back untold memories of many, many busy student drop-off times, when they too were current parents of the College making that familiar trip up Dundas Street West.
From there they ventured into Senior Administration, which was quite new to them (completed in 2014). Having signed in, they then made their way towards the Centre for Learning and Innovation (CLI). Yet another unfamiliar building, surrounded by lawns, shrubs, mini waterfalls and attractive tree-shaded student seating areas (completed at the end of 2018, officially opened and in full student use in 2019). Upon entry, the group was fascinated to experience the interactive floor, a feature that is claimed, by the architects, to be the largest interactive floor space of its kind in Australia. From there they made their way into the College Café: yet another addition to the College, which replaced the Tuckshop. Breakfast was ordered and the group moved outside to take a seat in the pleasant Plaza area.
After a very enjoyable breakfast, the group made their way to the Shared Space Gallery to visit the Year 12 Art Exhibition that was to be opened to the public that evening. It was an amazing display of creative artwork beautifully exhibited by our very talented graduating Year 12 Visual Art students.
From there, it was a return to the CLI for a more in-depth tour of the College’s epicentre. A magnificent building which has already received three different Awards for Modern Architectural Design and one Award for the provision of an Innovative Educational Learning Space.
As the group wandered back to the front of the College, spirits were high. It had been a really great walk down Memory Lane, and to quote a recent member of the OC Alumni, “Even though the school campus has changed, it still feels like home.” Which just about sums up the feeling of the POPS visit, it was so much fun returning to the very place where the group had all originally met, many years ago.