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New Workshops at Orana




We are very excited to be offering two hands-on cheese making workshops, in conjunction with fantastic artisan cheese makers YesCheese! The workshops will take place in our fabulous Home Economics / Kitchen facility on Saturday 22 August. 

Our workshops are hands-on, as we believe that the best way to learn is by doing. There are two workshops available - come along to just one, or take the day and do both!

Express Cheese Workshop:

At the conclusion of the class, students will take home marinated labne, a cream cheese ball, a mascarpone dessert and a set of comprehensive, easy-to-follow notes. The workshop runs from 10am - 11.30am.

Haloumi and Mozzarella Workshop:

This workshop includes home made cheese tastings and a cheese-based dessert and runs from 1pm - 5pm.

At the conclusion of the class students will take home their own home made Haloumi, Bocconcini Mozzarella, Lemon Cheese and a set of comprehensive, easy-to-follow notes.

Numbers are strictly limited - follow the links above and secure your place now!

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Beginners' Blacksmithing Workshop

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at the traditional art of Blacksmithing? Well here is your chance!

We are very excited to present a one-day Beginners' Blacksmithing Workshop, with expert tuition by Elliott Franklin-Brown from the Rutledge St Forge.

During this workshop you will learn about different forge design, hammering techniques, tongs and tools, as well as a variety of blacksmithing skills including drawing steel into a taper, fullering, slitting and twisting steel.

By the end of the day participants will have made several S-hooks, leaf hooks and - if time permits - a pot rack or hanging rack.

Numbers are strictly limited to just 8 students so don't delay - book your ticket now! (Tickets on sale from 9am Monday 3 August)

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COVID-19 information for Orana families

As you are aware, the School has been closely monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic through the ACT Health Directorate web page: as well as advice from the education sector.  The latest advice from ACT Health we have received is that:

“As of 11 March 2020, anyone who has returned to Australia from mainland China, Iran, Italy and South Korea, including transit through these countries, must self-quarantine at home for 14 days from the date they left the country and closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.” 

The signs and symptoms to look out for include

  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat or headaches; or
  • Difficulty breathing

According to the Australia Department of Health, China, Iran, Italy and South Korea are considered “High” risk and all other countries are regularly reviewed however are currently considered as “Moderate” risk.

Anyone who has been in close contact with a person who has been confirmed with COVID-19, must quarantine themselves for 14 days after the last contact with that person.

The School has completed a Risk Level Matrix, which outlines actions we are currently undertaking taking and will take according to the identified risk level indicators. 

Unfortunately as of today, the current status now stands at 1 confirmed case in the ACT, with 441 people testing negative.

This situation has inevitably brought the School from Level 1 to Level 2 with no confirmed cases within the Orana Community.  However please note that once we reach Level 3, the School will be required to follow the directives from ACT Health and the Commonwealth Government and we will keep you informed of any further developments. 

We will continue to be vigilant in continuing to practise good hygiene and normal medical protocols at the School, in the hope that our School Community will remain well for as long as possible.


4 February 2020

Dear Orana Community

As you may be aware, the situation regarding the emerging outbreak of novel coronavirus has continued to evolve over the weekend.

The ACT Chief Health Officer in consultation with the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer is now recommending a highly precautionary approach to the management of novel coronavirus for travellers who have returned from mainland China in response to the changing circumstances.

The recommendation is that anyone returning from mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), or who have transited through mainland China on or after 1 February 2020, is isolated at home. Therefore, children and community members must not attend school until 14 days after they were last in mainland China.

This recommendation does not apply retrospectively. It applies only to people who were in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020.

This new recommendation is in addition to the request last week that parents and carers of children should ensure that any student is isolated at home for 14 days following exposure to any confirmed novel coronavirus case and after leaving Hubei Province.

This same advice applies to any impacted staff.

Being isolated at home means that people need to stay at home for the full period unless they need medical attention. They cannot go into public areas, and should not use public transportation, ride share or taxis. Visitors to the home should be discouraged. Please see the fact sheet from the Commonwealth Health Department on home isolation for reference.

The ACT Chief Health Officer also advises that the Australian Government continues to monitor the evolving situation closely, and this advice will be updated, as necessary.

You can find more information on the ACT Health website or in the following information sheets:

Novel Coronavirus 2019 – Information for parents of children in school or childcare – 30 January 2020

Novel Coronavirus 2019 – Information for parents of children in school or childcare – 2 February 2020

Commonwealth Dep of Health – Home isolation guidance

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