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International Week at Oxley Christian College

International Week at Oxley Christian College

Oxley Christian College has welcomed its 2014 International Week from 28th July to 1st  August 2014.  The visit of Beijing No. 57 High School’s four teachers and 15 students has added even more colour and it is our privilege to have them with us for this week.

At the International Week assembly on monday, both students from our school and Beijing No. 57 High School presented some fascinating performances, which included Beijing Opera, Taiji, Chinese songs, dance, and German poetry reciting.  Our two Year 4 classes sang a beautiful song in Chinese called “May God Bless you”, and received much applause.  Some international students showed their talents by singing Chinese songs, playing the piano and guitar.

During this week, there will be both Senior School and Junior School International Chapels on Tuesday and Thursday respectively.  The International Food Fair will be on Thursday for all staff and students.  Friday will be the international costume dress-up day when Junior School International Costume Parade will be held from 8:50 to 9:20am on the upper basketball court.  The Staff and students of Beijing No. 57 High School will enjoy an excursion to Healesville Sanctuary, join in for different class activities, and view some of our many electives during this week.

The Year 11 International Dinner on Friday night will conclude this exciting International Week at Oxley Christian College.

National Day of Thanksgiving

National Day of Thanksgiving

Celebrated around Australia each year, the National Day of Thanksgiving was an initiative of John Howard when he was Prime Minister. The purpose was to encourage us to pause as a nation, to give thanks to God for our heritage and to honour the “unsung heroes” who sacrificially serve their communities. The day provides a special opportunity to thank our fellow Australians who have given extraordinary service as volunteers or as workers who have contributed far beyond that which is expected in their roles.

Over the years, the day has been celebrated in our local community with a Thanksgiving Mayoral Breakfast hosted by leaders of churches in this area. Last weekend the 2014 event honoured several local ‘heroes’, some who had given years of their lives, and some who had risked their own lives, for the sake of others.

It was a privilege to hear the moving accounts of bravery and sacrifice and to know that great life affirming acts of service are entrenched in our community. We want our students to follow the example of these great Australians. It is wonderful that many of them already give their time volunteering and leading in community groups and churches. As a Christian school, we know that God’s expectation of us is clear.

“Serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbour as yourself.” (Galations 5:14)

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:10-12)

Sally Broadley – Oxley Principal

Former Oxley Student Wins Monash Marketing Award

Former Oxley Student Wins Monash Marketing Award

Congratulations to former Oxley student, Michael Johnson, who has been named the winner of the 2014 Tony Palmer – Monash Marketing Award. He will receive personal mentoring for 12 months by Tony Palmer, President of Global Brands and Innovation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation – a Monash alumnus – and a cash prize.

At the annual Monash Marketing Awards for Excellence, presented in March 2014, Mr Johnson received the Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Marketing award. The awards are given to students with the highest marks in specific units and courses. Course award recipients are invited to apply for the Tony Palmer – Monash Marketing Award.

Applications are reviewed by a panel comprising a member of the department’s industry advisory board, a marketing industry professional and a member of the Department of Marketing’s executive committee. The winner of the award is announced each year in May. We wish Michael all the very best for his future.

Open Day 2014 – A Huge Success!

Open Day 2014 – A Huge Success!

 

Open Day welcomed hundreds of parents and friends to Pre-School and Junior School classrooms for special presentations, while Years 7 to 12 focused on their achievements in the core and elective areas of study throughout the Senior School. Performances, demonstrations and displays testified to the extraordinary productivity and breadth of learning at all year levels.
Congratulations to students, teachers and parents on a fantastic day. Thank you to the families and past students who supported this celebration of education at Oxley. - Sally Broadley

 

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Melbourne Theatre Company Ambassador program

Melbourne Theatre Company Ambassador program

“The MTC (Melbourne Theatre Company) Ambassador program is a prestigious enterprise, it is open to all students in Year 11 who are studying Drama or Theatre Studies and allows them to participate in a number of workshops, discussion groups and seminars about the design and development of MTCs theatrical productions. It also includes a free ticket for the student to ten of MTCs productions.

This year an Oxley student, Terence Ng, has been selected as one of the few lucky students from across Victoria who will participate in this special event. Terence has shown a great deal of commitment to the dramatic arts and is involved in school music, performances and drama. He has also shown a keen interest in pursuing a career in the performing arts. Congratulations Terence!”

Photo’s taken of Terence performing at the Oxley 2013 Presentation Evening

Hawks Players Visit Oxley

Hawks Players Visit Oxley

On 1st April Matthew Suckling and Kurt Heatherley visited Oxley to conduct a clinic and talk to our students about life in the AFL.  As numbers were limited, selected students from years 5 – 10 were invited if they play footy outside of school and also the year 10 Coaching and Advanced Fitness class attended.

Matthew is currently in the AFL side after recovering from a year long knee injury (“bitter sweet” about sadly missing the premiership last year) and Kurt is a rookie recruited from New Zealand and is yet to make his AFL debut.  The players conducted a training session and joined in a “scratch match” at the end.  Concluding the session was a question and answer time where the players talked about a range of topics including: their individual backgrounds, training schedule, tips on specific skills, different leadership skills displayed by Hawks players and gave their predictions for the AFL season.  Our primary students in particular would still be talking to them now if they had their way, unindating them with question after question! – Gavin Fox

Years 7-12 Inter-House Swimming 2014

Years 7-12 Inter-House Swimming 2014
View the photo album below!

This year, the Inter-House swimming was held at the Croydon Memorial Outdoor Swimming Pool. After some very hot weather, we were blessed with a mild day that suited both swimmers and spectators. We received feedback that this was a much more pleasant environment than a humid, indoor pool on a day such as we had.

We managed to get through the events in excellent time and were able to finish off with a House chant
demonstration, led by the new House Captains and Vice Captains. Fairly early on in the day, the Crusaders (Blue House) managed to pull ahead and finished the day strongly, although it was one of the closest competitions in swimming that we have had in many years.

Results
1st – Zion Crusaders (BLUE) 1134 points
2nd – Gibeon Warriors (RED) 1048 points
3rd – Tabor Trojans (WHITE) 1010 points

Congratulations to the Crusaders, who now hold the trophy for the third year running, after the Warriors’ 12 year reign. All students who competed are to be congratulated for their contribution to their team’s points and the high number of Blue House swimmers definitely had an impact on their success.

Celebrating VCE success

Celebrating VCE success
VCE Results - Dux 2013 - Oxley Christian College

Sofia Cabral – 2013 Dux

The VCE results in 2013 were wonderful and cause for great celebration. Notable features include:

  • Nearly 30% (29.48% to be exact) of our students achieved an ATAR of 90 or more – this is our best percentage of 90+ ATAR scores
  • We achieved a Median Study Score of 33 (for the first time)
  • We achieved our highest average ATAR score of 76.7

Our teachers did comment on the talent of the year level as a whole. We heartily congratulate our 2013 Year 12 graduates.

Specifically, we congratulate our Dux (and 2013 School Captain) Sofia Cabral, for gaining the highest ATAR among our Year 12 cohort.

Farewell Class of 2013!

Farewell Class of 2013!
View the photo album below!

We are enjoying a tremendous week of great traditions which celebrates Year 12 graduation from their school days.

The Year 12 Final Assembly was a very symbolic and moving occasion on Monday, and Tuesday saw the last Senior School Chapel with Year 12, a tremendous testimony to the spiritual journey of these students. Strong words of encouragement and wisdom were offered to younger students heading towards the final school years, and Year 11 received special gifts.

Oxley Year 12 Final Day on Wednesday was a great way for the whole College to give thanks for great years of friendships and remarkable achievements.

The whole College has watched a fabulous hour of entertainment organised by Year 12 and their teachers. The air was then filled with the excited squeals of Junior School students braving the Hurricane Ride and Jumping Castle and enjoying popcorn, fairy floss and lollies. All of these gifts were provided from funds raised during the year by the Year 12 students. For the rest of the day secondary students were involved in Inter-House sports battles, with Year 12 giving the lead for the last time.

We look forward being with their parents at the Valedictory Dinner on Friday and our last occasion of tribute will be at the Senior School Presentation Evening.

This a very demanding time for Year 12 students, with a period of very intensive study before the final examinations. Please pray for them, that they will be able to focus on their studies, that they will celebrate well, that they will make wise decisions about new freedoms and be safe as they travel.

Congratulations Class of 2013! We love the ways you have led, supported and enriched our school. May God go with you and forever be your inspiration.

- Mrs Sally Broadley, Principal

 

Music Assembly 2013

Music Assembly 2013

This morning the students of Oxley Christian College were treated to a feast of musical talents.

The Concert Band, Choir, Sinphonia and other ensembles performed a smorgasbord of musical items at the annual Music Assembly, demonstrating their talents and their progress so far this year.

It was also announced at this assembly that Oxley will be auditioning students for a musical, ‘Broadway Stories’ in 2014. Auditions will be held on Saturday 14th September 2013. Students who are interested in taking part should see Mrs Peacock in the Performing Arts Centre Office for an information pack.

We congratulate all who took part this morning. It was a delight to our ears!

‘Oxley Kids’ Early Learning Centre – Coming Soon!

‘Oxley Kids’ Early Learning Centre – Coming Soon!

Oxley Kids is the name of our new Early Learning Centre due to be built on an expansive site on our 70 acre property in Chirnside Park, close to Oxley Stadium. It will provide a wonderful learning environment for the care and education of pre-school aged children. Concept plans are available to be viewed below.

The centre will be the new home of Oxley Pre-School and will offer a range of additional services including full day care for children from 18 weeks to school entry age. The centre also includes new Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) facilities for primary school students before and after school.

The design is the result of collaboration with education consultants, architects and landscape designers. Our own Pre-School staff have given enthusiastic input. Each specifically designed indoor space has its own outdoor area, accessible via retractable glass walls, allowing integration of indoor and outdoor learning environments for each group.

Outdoors an exciting series of natural landscaped spaces will invite creative play and exploration of garden areas, with challenging climbing frames, cubbies, forest plantings, logs, rocks, sand, pebbles, lawns, shrubs, flowers, vegetables, herbs and chickens! A stream will enable safe water play.

Oxley Kids will be a vibrant centre with programs aimed at providing excellent care and learning opportunities based on Christian teaching and values. The play based day care curriculum will encourage children to explore, problem solve, express ideas and make decisions. They will be encouraged in enquiry skills and higher level thinking, by developing special projects.

Oxley’s sessional Pre-School will continue as part of the Early Learning Centre, to provide excellent programs for the 3 & 4 year old children, integrating and enriching learning of the day care, and providing a strong foundation for school readiness.

Oxley Kids aims to enrich the wellbeing of children, building their sense of identity, connection with others, and their confidence as learners and communicators. With Godly teaching at its heart, Oxley Kids is sure to be a happy place.

As the sign at our entrance says, Oxley Kids is coming! It is due to open in January 2015.

More information on Oxley Kids Early Learning Centre Chirnside Park…

 

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