The first day of a bright new school year is a bit like opening the lid of a gift box. Escaping first is the chatter of catch up hellos and holiday stories, closely followed by a sense of anticipation about the year ahead and dreams about what might be achieved. Deeper in the box are layers of experiences yet to be revealed, as the year continues to unfold.
Both students and teachers have high hopes for the school year and understanding that there will be challenges along the way. An exciting reality is the promise that a dynamic process of teaching and learning will take place throughout the year from Preps to Year 12.
We welcome new students in all year levels. It is always a delight to welcome the new Preps and we congratulate Year 7 students as they enter Senior School. Oxley is pleased to have several new international students commence studies with us. We look forward to a long and happy association with the families of all new students.
Several new members of staff join us. To the Senior School we welcome Ms Ann-Katrin Bott (German), Mr Bernard Chee (Maths and Science), Ms Melinda de Haan (English), Mrs Ulla Hansson (Physical Education and Sport), Mrs Rhiannon Theunissen (Drama and English), Mr David Lau (Strings) and Mrs Wendy Oh (Science Laboratory Technician). New teachers in the Junior
School are: Mr Joshua Gaschk (Physical Education), Mr Daniel Kunst (Year 4), Ms Emily Pyman (Year 1) and Mrs Carly Russ (Year 2).
The College continues the process of major refurbishment of all general classrooms from Preps to Year 9. We are blessed to have this lovely property and facilities, meticulously prepared for the year’s commencement by property maintenance staff.
At Oxley we believe that the gift of life we enjoy each day and each year, comes from God. In James 1:17 we read: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
We trust that 2016 will be a wonderful year for our students and that the life giving spirit of God will flow freely amongst the Oxley community.
Sally Broadley – College Principal