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3rd Place at Statewide Mathematical Games Day

3rd Place at Statewide Mathematical Games Day

Eight Year 5 students travelled to Essendon Grammar last week to compete at the annual Statewide Mathematical Games Day.

Competing against twenty-eight other teams, our two teams shone as they utilised their problem solving strategies to correctly answer as many questions as possible.

After recess, the one-on-one knock-out round began.   Students were required to employ fast and accurate recall knowledge of mathematical questions on money, time, fractions and tables to avoid being knocked out.

It was in the last phase of the Games Day where our students truly shone, as they engaged in the strategy games section. The final overall results saw the Oxley 1 team achieving an incredible third place medal, with the knowledge that they were only 1 point off 2nd position and 2 points from being equal winners!

The Oxley 2 team put in an amazing effort and were highly competitive in each area. Congratulations to both teams on a wonderful effort and a fantastic day.

Oxley 1 Team: Joshua Blacker, John Sopar, Luke Moreau and Benjamin Parker

Oxley 2 Team: Liam Wilson-Gardner, Dylan Maxwell, Chloe Booth and Erin Weller

Year 5 Maths Games Team - 3rd place

Umbrella Day

Umbrella Day

Preps LOVED Umbrella Day!  We counted, read, sang, danced, listened to a story and walked ‘Under our Umbrellas’.  Umbrella Day was a great way to remember the Uu sound.  We also learnt about the Umbrella Bird and researched information and pictures of this interesting bird.

Oxley Quintet at Mayoral Breakfast

Oxley Quintet at Mayoral Breakfast

The National Day of Thanksgiving is a unique opportunity for Australians to celebrate and give thanks to God for the heritage of our nation. It is a day set aside to honour those in our community who deserve our respect and gratitude for their selfless service to others.

On Saturday May 25th, the Yarra Ranges Mayor, Councillor Jim Child hosted a Mayoral Breakfast organised by Christian leaders from churches throughout the Shire. This year the theme was “The Triumph of the Human Spirit”. People from many walks of life were honoured. It was a privilege to hear their inspirational stories of courage, persistence and triumph in the face of severe adversity.

Guest speaker was Don Elgin who was an Australian triple medallist at the Athens Paralympics and Athletics Team Manager at the London Paralympics. His outstandingly entertaining address was enjoyed by Breakfast guests who included members of Oxley staff, students and parents.

The Oxley vocal quintet; Damaris Fletcher, Tahlie Arena, Hayden Wilde, Susannah Fletcher and Timothy Ong provided beautiful musical entertainment and received many appreciative comments. They are photographed (below) with Miss Anna Broadley (Vocal Conductor), Cr Jim Child (Mayor), Mrs Broadley and Don Elgin (Guest Speaker).

In the words of our Governor General, in this annual national day we can share ”in giving thanks to God and one another”.


Corey Jeffs Receives Full Sports Schlolarship to Winona State University

Corey Jeffs Receives Full Sports Schlolarship to Winona State University

Class of 2012 graduate and former Oxley Basketball Academy member, Corey Jeffs, has received a full scholarship to attend Winona State University Minesotta, where he will join their Basketball Team – ‘The Winona State Warriors’.

Commencing in August, the scholarship, which includes tuition, board and fees, will allow Corey to achieve his dream of playing for an American college team, while he pursues  his academic interests in Health/Science and Physical Education Teaching.

The Winona State University Braves have won the NCAA Men’s Division II Basketball Championship twice, once in 2006 and again in 2008.  ’They are one of the best basketball schools in the nation’; stated Corey.

While having a natural talent for playing basketball, Corey will also be required to work hard at his academic studies.  ’The university is all about studies first.  If my grades fall I will be unable to continue playing basketball.’

At 6″6′ (198cm), Corey is not short by anyones book, however with many of his team mates measuring 6″8′ (203cm) and above, Corey hopes to work his way into the starting lineup and play as a small forward.

Corey was prompted to apply for the scholarship by his coach at the Kilsyth Cobras, with a video of his skills forwarded to potential universities.  He is also a product of our Basketball academy which he gives credit to for encouraging him to reach his full potential.

As a school community we are very proud of you Corey, and wish you well in life’s exciting adventures that lie ahead.


3rd at Victorian Inter-School Horse Trials Championship

3rd at Victorian Inter-School Horse Trials Championship

64 schools competed in the 13th Annual Victorian Inter-School Horse Trials Championship held at Wandin Park on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April 2013.

The Oxley team, consisting of Monique Biedrzycki, Taylor-Jane Deacon, Maddison Creber and Chloe Brooks rode extremely well, finishing 3rd over all after dressage.

Congratulations girls!

Year 7 Team Building Camp 2013

Year 7 Team Building Camp 2013

Article by: Rachael Hallang (7.14)

On Wednesday the 20th of March, all 101 Year 7 students boarded the bus to Silvan Dam. After a quick morning tea and a few games, we started our hike into the YMCA Mt Evelyn Camp. It was about an hours walk and by the time we got there we were all very tired. After a delicious lunch we had our first activity. I had a Wildlife Encounter where we got to touch and hold lots of Australian animals.

On Wednesday the 20th of March, all 101 Year 7 students boarded the bus to Silvan Dam. After a quick morning tea and a few games, we started our hike into the YMCA Mt Evelyn Camp. It was about an hours walk and by the time we got there we were all very tired. After a delicious lunch we had our first activity. I had a Wildlife Encounter where we got to touch and hold lots of Australian animals.

That night we went for another walk. This one was probably even harder because at the end we had to walk up a very steep hill but when we sat down it was an amazing view of the stars in the sky. For the people who got there first, there was the spectacular sight of the path of people following us; their torches shining a stream of light. We all lay down while Pastor Dave led us in the ‘devotion under the stars’.

The next day we did four more activities. The giant swing was heaps of fun but when I had been pulled up 16 meters to the top I felt a surge of fear. Everyone else looked like

tiny ants because I was up so far. Then the countdown began, “3, 2, 1!” And then you would pull the rope only to be flung through the air like a rag doll. It was so much fun!!!

Eco Warriors was another activity. After getting our gloves on, it was straight into business. Our plan was to plant lots of plants along the river’s edge to help many animals living there such as; platypus, eels, fish and native bugs and birds. It was a very rewarding activity because when we finished we stepped back and looked at what we had done, and we had planted so many plants!

Gliding through the air on the flying fox was fun. Then it was time to tackle the High Ropes Course. It was quite challenging but very enjoyable. I didn’t want it to stop!

That night it was the talent night. Lots of people performed. There were singers, dancers, comedians, musicians and actors. It was a great night and a fantastic way to showcase the talent of the Year 7s.

The next day, after breakfast and packing up our cabins, we had two more activities.

The initiatives course was another great activity where we used our teamwork skills to the max to overcome each challenge.

My last activity was the Leap of Faith where we would climb up a tall skinny pole onto a tiny ledge, leap, and try to hit the orange ball hanging in front of us. For lots of people it was very hard climbing up the pegs sticking out of the pole but for me the hardest part was technically getting onto the ledge in a standing position. Then it was time to jump. You would leap up and fall down, but then quickly get pulled slowly to the ground. It was another nerve-wracking activity but at the end you were very proud to know that you had tried your best, whether it was jumping off the top or just climbing half way up the pole.

For me the camp was a fabulous opportunity to make new friends, face my fears, and have heaps of fun!

Rachael Hallang (7.14)

Oxley Wins Overall Champions Trophy at EISM Division 3 Swimming Carnival

Oxley Wins Overall Champions Trophy at EISM Division 3 Swimming Carnival

Fifty students from Years 7-12 represented Oxley at the EISM Division 3 Swimming Carnival on Thursday, 7th March at Nunawading Aquatic Centre.  Oxley competed against Donvale Christian College, King David School, Nunawading Christian College, Oakleigh Grammar and Rudolf Steiner School.

The team from Oxley went in confident that they would perform well and did, gaining a lead for the total scores early on and maintaining it throughout the day.  Oxley took out the pennant for Girls Under 15 and came second for the Open and Under 16 girls.  The Boys won the Under 14 and Under 16 sections, and came second in the Open and Under 15 categories.

“We were pleased to come away with the Girls’ Champion and Overall Champion trophies,” said Head of Physical Education and Sport, Miss Nicole Latham. “Students who placed 1st or 2nd in their event (including relays) have now qualified to compete at MSAC in the EISM Champions event on Monday 25th March”.

There were many firsts, seconds and thirds gained throughout the event, which will be published in a future Vine issue.

New Year 2 Strings Program

New Year 2 Strings Program


The Oxley Year 2 Strings Program has begun with much joy and excitement from our Year 2 students. The students have been provided their instruments and all have begun  lessons, learning to perform as part of an ensemble.

The excitement is infectious in the BPAC with comments such as ‘this is going to be the best year ever’ heard coming from a group of young Year 2 boys. Do not be surprised if you hear comments in the playground such as ‘cello (or violin or viola) is the best.’

We would also like to welcome our new violin/viola teacher in the music department. Mrs Rachel Hook has returned to Oxley and has joined the team to assist with the Year 2 String Program and to tutor our private string students.

The Music Department has begun the year in full swing.  Students have been attending private lessons for two weeks and ensembles have been rehearsing.

Auditions have been held for our two small ‘elite’ Senior ensembles which are offered in addition to the unauditioned Senior and Junior Choirs. It is wonderful to see so much talent, potential and enthusiasm from so many students who tried out for a place.

A new Senior Percussion Ensemble has commenced this year. This ensemble will enable percussion enthusiasts to rehearse and perform together using a variety of different instruments. The ensemble meets during lunch every Wednesday, we encourage interested senior students to come along and join in the fun!

Investiture of Oxley Captains and Leaders

Investiture of Oxley Captains and Leaders

Senior School Student Leaders were presented to Mr Tony Smith MP, Federal Member for Casey, who addressed the Senior School at the Investiture Assembly on Monday.

Receiving the ‘badges of office’ were 25 students from Year 12 who will assist as Senior School Captains and Leaders, House Captains, Music Captains and International Captains. Also presented were 14 Middle Years Leaders, from Year 9, who had already commenced in their roles, doing a fine job as hosts for the recent Year 7 Information Evening last week.

There will be many more opportunities for other students in all year levels, to take up leadership this year. There are numerous roles in many areas: Chapel worship and missions fundraising, music ensembles, drama and debating groups, sports team captaincies and coaching, multi-age mentoring and peer support programs.

The pre-eminent roles of College Captaincies have been graciously accepted by Sophia Cabral and Mark Taylor. Sophia and Mark responded on behalf of all of the newly invested leaders, speaking of their resolve to serve the school community to the best of their ability. They spoke of their vision that 2013 would be a year in which students would be especially unified through a deepening commitment to God and desire to be followers of Jesus.

College Vice Captains Susannah Fletcher and Robert Verhagen are well known for their great involvement at Oxley. Sophia, Mark, Susie and Robbie make an outstanding team of young Christian leaders. Each brings his or her unique qualities and abilities. Each has expressed a deep commitment to serving God and the Oxley community in 2013.

Yesterday the Junior School Leaders were invested by the Mayor of the Shire of Yarra Ranges, Councillor Jim Child.

There is a strong culture of friendly respectfulness at Oxley, in which all of our students demonstrate qualities of leadership. With very occasional exceptions, Oxley students can be counted on to act in ways which serve the best interests of others. The College is very blessed to have student leaders who are passionate about honouring God in their 2013 leadership roles.




Sofia Cabral & Mark Taylor


Susannah Fletcher & Robert Verhagen


Allison Berry Dylan Allan

Jasmine Cubitt Timothy Herzog

Damaris Fletcher Jordan Knabel

Arielle Gaiser Chris Rupert

Katrina Van de Linde


Susannah Fletcher


Cher Cheng


Amy Davey Tarkan Akan

Rebecca Janczuk Dushaan Atanasovski

Sandra Li Correy Bail

Clare MacDonald Jeffrey Chau

Kailey Marchione Samuel Neil

Jenny Nguon Ben Pedley

Elysia Yee Caleb Taylor


Jessica Cornish & Nathan Hausler


Chloe Sansom & Zachary Steer


Stephanie Cheng


Gibeon Warriors (Red) House

Jasmine Cubitt (Captain)
Sarah Hudson (Captain)

Jordan Mosdall (Captain)
Eden Schulz (Captain)

Jessica Binion (Vice Captain)

Alexander Enache (Vice Captain)

Tabor Trojans (White) House

Taneka Hailes (Captain)
Victoria Phillips (Captain)

Andrew McCarthy (Captain)
Gianni Marchione (Captain)

Monique Biedrzycki (Vice Captain)

Alex Ikin (Vice Captain)

Zion Crusaders (Blue) House

Monica Rezkalla (Captain)
Madeline Chester (Captain)

Jordan Cleyne (Captain)
Flynn Tirchett (Captain)

Amelia Hunter (Vice Captain)

Michael Hallang (Vice Captain)

Year 11 Summit Camp

Year 11 Summit Camp

Each year, Year 11′s from Oxley Christian College attend the Summit Camp where they are physically, mentally and emotionally challenged.

The exciting activities encountered, are generally outdoors and physical in nature.  A formal debriefing after each session is aimed at building resilience, tolerance, teamwork, motivation and other positive character traits within each of the students.  These will help to ensure that each and every individual student realises their God-given potential through the VCE years, and is set up for a rich and successful future beyond VCE.

The Summit Camp is just one of many camps and extra curricular activities students encounter during their schooling at Oxley.

Inter-House Athletics

Inter-House Athletics

The annual Senior Athletics Competition will be held on March 1st 2013 at Proclamation Park, Ringwood.  Parents are most welcome to attend to cheer on your sons and daughters as they compete.

Time: Races commence at 10:15am. The last event of the day commences at 2:20pm.

Venue: Proclamation Park Ringwood

Download: Senior School Inter-House Athletics Program 2013

Congratulations Year 12s!

Congratulations Year 12s!

We wish to congratulate all of our Year 12s on a wonderful set of results, which were released this week.

Glen Saward 2012 Dux In particular, we wish to congratulate Glen Saward, our Dux, who received an ATAR of 99.5. He received one ‘perfect score’ of 50, and obviously, very high scores in each of his other subjects.

We were also delighted that 9 of our students (10%) gained an ATAR of above 95!  This was again an exceptional result.

While high results are note-worthy and deserve our congratulations, just as commendable are great results from students who worked hard, and achieved beyond their expectations.

Well over 60% of our students gained at ATAR of at least 70, and 80% of our students gained at ATAR of 60 or above.

We wish the Class of 2012 every success in their future endeavours!

More photos to come…

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