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Oxley ANZAC Commemorative Service

Oxley ANZAC Commemorative Service

Around 200 students, teachers and their families gathered together early on Thursday morning to pay their respects to those who fought for and served our country 100 years ago at Gallipoli. We gathered around our new poppy memorial garden and as the sun rose, participated in a service which was deeply moving. Year 12 student James Cummings delivered a challenging commemorative address, followed by a number of traditional contributions from our Middle School leaders. The Junior School captains played an important role, and many of our younger students were present to lay wreaths made in class. It was especially exciting to see the presentation of our very own Gallipoli Oak, which will begin to grow and inspire us over the years to come. At the conclusion of the service, we were treated to a pancake breakfast in the Dining Room, which raised over $200 dollars for Legacy. Thanks to everyone who made a contribution to what was a terrific morning.

Stephen White – Head of History

Claire Noonan 2nd at State Track and Field

Claire Noonan 2nd at State Track and Field

Congratulations to Claire Noonan one of our grade 5 students, who successfully competed at the annual State Track and Field competition on the 28th March. Claire competed in the 1500m walk, crossing the line in 2nd position in what was an extremely close race. Claire also gained a personal best time of 7:38:40 removing 41 seconds off her previous PB.

Claire has been an active member of the Yarra Ranges Athletics Club since she was five years old, training several nights a week in a variety of different events. Well done Claire on an amazing performance, we are all extremely proud of you!

Cambodia Mission Trip 2015 – lessons for a lifetime

Cambodia Mission Trip 2015 – lessons for a lifetime

As Australians living in a developed country, we often take so many things for granted. We have clean water, clean streets, great health care services and so much more. Yet how many of us really stop and appreciate these incredible resources we are given?

At the beginning of January, a team of twelve students and three teachers from Oxley Christian College took the brave step to go to Cambodia for ten days. We all felt nervous, anxious and had no idea what to expect. However, as soon as we reached the airport and Cambodia was in arm’s reach, the adventure began and nerves disappeared.

This trip turned out to be an experience which we will never forget.

The culture shock that we experienced on our first day in Phnom Penh was incredible. The roads, the smells, the people and the sheer difference of the Cambodian landscape were all a bit overwhelming.

For the first couple of days of our trip, we were based around Phnom Penh where we were introduced to the history of Cambodia and the reign of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. As a group we felt an overwhelming sense of love towards the people of Cambodia. Our hearts went out to victims of this cruel regime when we realised just how much pain, suffering and heartbreak they endured.

One particular historical site which we went to was The Killing Fields. The Fields had an eerie and solemn atmosphere about them as this was the place where the Khmer Rouge killed scores of innocent people (their own people) on the order of Pol Pot. We all experienced a small insight into the reality these people went through, which then changed the whole way we viewed the rest of the trip.

The middle part of the trip was made up of our team visiting many projects throughout the provinces in Cambodia. We all had our own highlights and moments where we were blown away by either the people or the environment.

As a group, however, I believe we all found the distribution of shoeboxes an experience like no other. We went to three different Shoebox Distribution Centres and each had its own unique and personal touch.

Although they were different, they all had one thing in common – happiness. On all the faces of the kids you could see sheer happiness, shock and utter disbelief that this whole box filled with gifts and toys was just for them. The place filled with delighted screams and shouts with everyone trying to tell each other what they got. The air was filled with a sense of bliss and enjoyment, stirring something in all of us.

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“A friend once told me ‘I believe that as Australians we are the ones in poverty because we lack social interaction, happiness and the real meaning of life’.”

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Another highlight was teaching at a rural school. We all had a different lesson to teach from sport, music, maths and art. Teaching kids who did not understand English was challenging for all of us, however, it worked out perfectly. The kids understood what we were trying to teach and we all bonded with them throughout our lessons.

There are so many more experiences and memories such as painting the water tank, the Maternal and Education Centre and just playing with the local kids.

It is really hard to sum up all that we went through and saw, however, the time in Cambodia was something we will never forget.

It opened our eyes to the reality of life and the things we take for granted.

A friend once told me “I believe that as Australians we are the ones in poverty because we lack social interaction, happiness and the real meaning of life”.

This is so very true. What the Cambodia experience has shown us is that we need to be grateful for the things we have, to care and love for one another and to stop living for ourselves and start living for others.

Becky Hodgkin (12.8)

Senior School Presentation Evening 2014

Senior School Presentation Evening 2014

The 2014 Oxley Senior School Presentation Evening celebrated a tremendous year of achievements and honoured the 35th Anniversary of the College.  Held at Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, awards were presented for outstanding academic, sporting and musical performance, as well as excellent service to the community.

There were wonderful performances from the College orchestra, choral groups, ensembles and the cast of this year’s Senior School production returned with highlights of ‘Broadway Stories”.  The brilliant and very moving violin solo, ‘Amazing Grace’ played by Timothy Ong, set the scene for the spectacular finale.  Year 7 students paraded the international flags of all the countries represented by Oxley students, before forming a guard of honour to farewell the Year 12 Class of 2014, one last time!

Congratulations Class of 2014

Congratulations Class of 2014

We congratulate the graduating VCE students on their study scores and ATAR scores which were released this week. In particular, we congratulate Dylan Nossek and Rachel Van Twuyver for their perfect scores (50) in Mathematics courses.

We also congratulate Rachel, who was earlier named as our Dux (and, of course, she was also our 2014 School Captain), for gaining the highest ATAR among our Year 12 cohort.

Megan selected to represent Victoria in Turkey at the centenary of Gallipoli

Megan selected to represent Victoria in Turkey at the centenary of Gallipoli

Year 10 student, Megan Hallang, has been selected to represent Victoria in Turkey at the centenary commemoration of the World War I Gallipoli campaign.  Megan was presented with a certificate by the Premier, Dennis Napthine at Parliament House.

Thousands of Victorian students competed for the prestigious prize of an all-expenses paid trip to Turkey, tour of Troy, Istanbul and the Gallipoli Peninsula, including Lone Pine.  Megan is one of 80 Victorian students who will travel to attend the Gallipoli Dawn Service on
April 25th 2015.

A key to her selection was her years of outstanding community service in Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Church youth groups and other voluntary work.   Her understanding of the ANZAC tradition has cherished foundations in her Great Grandfather’s service at Gallipoli.  Megan wrote:

“Every ANZAC Day we honour and remember the 102,000 brave men and women who fought, not only in the Gallipoli campaign, but in all conflicts in Australia’s military history and sacrificed their lives in order for us to live safely here in Australia. I personally honour my great grandfather, Harold Brown, who was on Gallipoli from the first day to the last with a bullet lodged in one knee…I feel extremely lucky and honoured to have been selected for the trip and can’t wait to experience the different culture, sights and people of Turkey, not to mention the unforgettable experience of being at the rising of the sun exactly 100 years after the ANZACs.”

Congratulations Megan!

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Broadway Stories – a brilliant show!

Broadway Stories – a brilliant show!

Congratulations to Oxley Senior College students on the marvellous success of the musical production ‘Broadway Stories’!   The show highlighted 18 musical hits from very different eras of Broadway musicals, representing each decade from the 1900s through to current stage shows.  Songs featured were from ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Crazy for You’, ‘Wizard of Oz’, ‘Sound of Music’, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, ‘Jersey Boys’, ‘Godspell’, ‘Footloose’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘The Lion King’,Hairspray’, ‘High School Musical’, ‘Les Miserables‘ and many others, including this year’s new musical ‘Once‘.

Such was the standard of the singing, acting and dancing that audiences found themselves emotionally moved by thought-provoking songs from the years of the world wars and the depression, then wonderfully uplifted the next minute with energetic, toe-tapping dance and comedy routines. The cast included students from Years 7 to 12 and audiences kept asking “How is it that there is so much vocal talent in one school?”  There were four performances, with all but one sold out!

Head of Senior School, Geoff Roberts-Thomson, said, “Broadway Stories was simply a brilliant production!  The cast was a unified group, who happily supported the excellence of others in each section of the show.”

Congratulations to the dedicated Performing Arts staff who have worked enthusiastically with the students over many months.  Thanks also go to the students, staff and past students of the backstage, sound and lighting, hair and make-up, and front of house crews for their tremendous support.  An outstanding production, thoroughly enjoyed by the performers and audiences.

Camp Calamity – Junior School Musical

Camp Calamity – Junior School Musical

The Oxley Christian College Junior School Production, Camp Calamity, was a wonderful spectacle. The story centred on Alexander, a boy who was sent to camp but struggled when things kept going wrong for him. Each year level in the Junior School told part of the story with wonderful singing, dancing and acting. The set resembled a summer camp with bunkhouse, ranch fences and horse! The props and costumes also added to the impact and effect.

The theme emerged that bad things happen.  God doesn’t always prevent them or solve our problems, but He is always there with us on life’s journey, giving us strength and hope as we go through difficult situations with Him.

From the delightful students, to the hard work and clever choreography of the class teachers, the whole evening was a true celebration of the excellence achieved at Oxley. Congratulations to Mrs Narelle Walker and the Production Team, whose hard work and organisation made this evening a great success. Congratulations to all of the staff and students for such a wonderful night.

Tournament of Minds (TOM) Regional Finals – We Won!

Tournament of Minds (TOM) Regional Finals – We Won!

On 23rd August, a team of seven students represented Oxley Christian College in the regional Tournament of Minds (TOM) competition held at Mount Lilydale Mercy College. The team members were Jessica Cornish, William Spratt, Thomas Pallaghy, Katherine Parker, Rachael Hallang, Amaleigh Heads and Kamin Pallaghy.

TOM is a problem solving program for teams of students from both Primary and Secondary years. Students are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the four disciplines – Applied Technology, Language Literature, Maths Engineering and Social Sciences.

Despite facing fierce competition from multiple teams from schools such as The Knox, Haileybury College, St Margaret’s, Berwick Grammar and The Peninsula School, our team won the Regional Finals to go on to the State Finals on the 14th September.

We are very proud of the achievements of our team, and would like to congratulate them on their success. Well done Jess, Will, Tom, Katie, Rachael, Amaleigh and Kamin!

Ms Adeline Lim
Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator

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.

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