Abbey Wilson-Gardiner, Jia Ning Choo, Jakob Jones, Dylan Nossek pictured here with Principal Mrs Sally Broadley, received distinctions or high distinctions for all three categories in the University of NSW Competition.
As students come to a time of final assessments, it is good to remember that examinations and tests are only one part of the year’s evaluation of their school performance. Throughout the year levels there are many different course units in each of the key learning areas of English, Mathematics, Humanities, Sciences, Health, The Arts, Technologies, and Languages Other Than English.
Students demonstrate their progress throughout four school terms and achievements are observed in many different ways; in class work, assignments, presentations, experiments, practical work, folios, performances, examinations and tests. The learning process and development of work is often more important than presentation of the final ‘product’. The ability to work effectively in a group is as important as the ability to work independently.
Creativity and problem solving are valued as much as rational and methodical thinking. There are many ways in which students are able to demonstrate their understanding, including the ability to apply their knowledge and skills, in new circumstances and complex scenarios.
It is no surprise that each week we have groups of students to recognise for their outstanding performances. In the University of NSW Competitions, four Oxley students achieved High Distinctions / Distinctions, not just in one field, but in each of the three possible categories; English, Mathematics and Science. This is indeed an outstanding achievement! Congratulations to Abby, Jakob, Dylan and Ning.
At the Lilydale Show last weekend, 75 Oxley students won Art Awards including 18 First, 20 Second, 20 Third Place Awards as well as 17 High Commendations! All Oxley entries are on exhibition in the foyer of the Administration Centre, with winning entries displaying their winner’s ribbons.
Student achievement comes in many forms. At the end of this week there will be further celebrations as Oxley teams play in the EISM Grand Finals; another example of outstanding performance.
The development of fine personal qualities is valued just as highly at Oxley; qualities such as integrity, empathy, diligence, thankfulness and resilience, to name just a few. When strong character traits are developed in keeping with the spirit and selflessness demonstrated in the life of Jesus, they provide a framework of lifelong values which adds heavenly wisdom to the skills and knowledge of our students. Godly wisdom is the ultimate goal of learning at Oxley.