Ormiston State School has hit a rich patch, with pupils winning in sports and arts

WINNERS: Jasmine Meek, instrumental music co-ordinator and teacher Thomas Melton, Tayla Hankey and Harrison Radford show off some trophies.
WINNERS: Jasmine Meek, instrumental music co-ordinator and teacher Thomas Melton, Tayla Hankey and Harrison Radford show off some trophies.

ORMISTON State School pupils are over the moon, having recorded major wins in music and track and field events.

Deputy principal Jackie Wilkins said the school’s instrumental music program showcased its work at the Redlands Eisteddfod.

Under the direction of Thomas Melton, the senior band and stage band each took out first place in their categories.

“The stage band has been a new addition to the school’s Instrumental music program in 2017, creating an extension pathway and opportunity for identified students,” Ms Wilkins said.

“On the night the senior band was successful over five other ensembles to take out the top prize.

“The school’s junior band also performed extremely well, placing second.

“Comments from the three adjudicators reflected the hard work that Mr Melton and the students have put in, not just this year for the junior band but over several years for the senior band.

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Zephyr Marlin, Reece Mairs, athletics coach Kathy McKillop, physical education teacher Arthur Hanley, Trent Verster and Neve Darroch.

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Zephyr Marlin, Reece Mairs, athletics coach Kathy McKillop, physical education teacher Arthur Hanley, Trent Verster and Neve Darroch.

“They made special mention of the quality of the school’s presentation and stated that student’s attention to musical detail was highly commended.

“They also noted the caring atmosphere among the band members as they assisted each other with their instruments in transitions, a value that is taught and valued as part of the school’s teamwork, ownership, participation and sensitivity rules.”

Ms Wilkins said that for the first time, Ormiston also had won the Bayside District Track and Field Carnival, collecting the champion primary school athletics aggregate and the champion primary school athletics percentage trophies.  

“Thirty-seven schools, including private colleges and state schools, competed at the hotly contested event held on the new athletic track at Sheldon College,” Ms Wilkins said.

“Jubilant cheers greeted the announcement of Ormiston’s win and their physical education teacher Arthur Hanley paid tribute to the students and their parents for the dedication to training and enthusiasm leading up to the carnival.”

Ms Wilkins said training would continue for 10 students from Ormiston who have qualified and will compete in 22 events at the Metropolitan East Carnival to be held from August 31 to September 1 at the Queensland State Athletic Centre, Mt Gravatt.