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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.

Upcoming EISM Swimming and Inter-House Athletics Competitions

Upcoming EISM Swimming and Inter-House Athletics Competitions

EISM Swimming Events

EISM Swimming Championships
Mon 24th March – afternoon/twilight event at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
Qualifying students will be invited to compete by the EISM organisation

Upcoming Senior School Athletics Events

Year 7-12 Inter-House Athletics Carnival
Fri 14th Mar – 10am-2:30pm at Proclamation Park Athletics Track, Ringwood
All students are to attend this event.  Non-competitors are expected to assist if needed and to support those competing.

Download: 2014 Inter-House Athletics Program

EISM Division 2 Athletics Carnival
Tues 6th May – all day at Albert Park Athletics Track
Student selection will be guided by the inter-house athletics results.

EISM Athletics Championships
Mon 19th May – afternoon/twilight event at Albert Park Athletics Track
Qualifying students will be invited to compete by the EISM organisation

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.

dylan 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…

 

Renee Robinson’s Treasure Trove – A Top Shot

Renee Robinson’s Treasure Trove – A Top Shot

Former Oxley VCE student (Class of 2012) Renée Robinson is part of a select group of students exhibiting their photographic works at Monash Gallery of Art.

Each year MGA calls for entries for our student competition and exhibition TOPSHOTS.  TOPSHOTS celebrates the excellent photomedia work being produced by the graduating students of VCE Art, Media & Studio Arts and IB Visual Arts.

From their final folios of 2012, 25 students have been selected for the finalist’s exhibition to be held at MGA in 2013.

The selected works can be viewed at: http://issuu.com/mgaphotography/docs/topshots-finalists

Renee Robinson Treasure Trove - Top Shots 2012

Treasure Trove…?

My work explores my family history, focussing on generational connections with various members, specifically making connections with my past and members who have, sadly passed away.

Treasure Trove…? is a diptych series captured within my grandfather’s (Pa’s), garage.

These photographs are captured within my Pa’s garage, as it’s the last physical representation of him and reminder of lost memories. The garage enables our family to still engage with him within ‘his world’ although he isn’t physically there.

 

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

During the final week of Term 2, Year 9s were treated to a theatre production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

This famous play about the two “star-cross’d lovers” from Verona is set for study in English.  Three convincing and talented actors from the ‘Complete Works Theatre Company’ visited the College, and performed a condensed one hour version of Shakespeare’s classic, followed by a time of discussion with the students.

In our time of Hollywood blockbusters and special effects, the Year 9s saw Romeo and Juliet much like Shakespeare’s audience did – by relying more on their imaginations to ‘fill the gaps’, as well as needing to listen  with extra care.  The Year 9s engaged most positively with this experience.

We look forward to the return of ‘Complete Works Theatre Company’ late in Term 3 when they will present Macbeth to the Year 10s.

Matthew Burt Presented Pierre de Coubertin Award

Matthew Burt Presented Pierre de Coubertin Award

Oxley Christian College congratulates Matthew Burt (Year 11) on receiving the 2013 Pierre de Coubertin Award presented by the Victorian Olympic Council at the MCG on Sunday June 16th.

The award is named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games and aims to recognise students who demonstrate attributes consistent with the fundamental aims of the Olympic movement, with a particular emphasis on participation and commendable sporting behaviour.

Matthew joined students from schools all over Victoria to receive his award. Matthew has excelled in the areas of AFL football, cross country running and cricket, and is well known and respected within the school community for his excellent skill level and sportsmanship.

Two other Year 11 students, Monica Rezkalla (11.16) and Laura Walsh (11.14) were nominated to attend the Olympic Academy program with Matt, where students rotated around a number of activities and interacted with Olympians. Congratulations to all three students for the attributes they possess that led to their successful nominations for inclusion in this program.

 

Matthew Burt - Pierre De Coubertin Award 2013

Speak Up Stand Up

Speak Up Stand Up

On Saturday 22nd June, 25 students representing all of our secondary year levels arrived at 8.00am at frosty Lilydale Lake to stand for 260 minutes in support of the work of Destiny Rescue.

This organisation is involved in rescuing children out of slavery around the world and in raising awareness of the issues surrounding child slavery.

Each of our students had raised financial sponsorship and many were able to chat (with visitors to the lake that day) about what they were doing.

This was another initiative led by our student run ‘Speak Up’ group, ably led by Susannah Fletcher (12.10) and Chris Rupert (12.10).

Well done students on being prepared to give up your time for this worthy cause! At last count the group have raised over $1500.

Speak Up Blood Donations

The ‘Speak Up’ group have organised a roster for students over 16 years old to donate blood at the Ringwood Donor Centre.

The first group of students to donate were Allison Berry (12.8), Taneka Hailes (12.10), Amelia Hunter (12.7), Ryan Pryor (12.8) and Katrina Van de Linde (12.8).

They were joined by regular donor, Mr Roberts-Thomson. Many students have volunteered to participate in this highly valuable activity next term.

Well done to student leader Katrina Van de Linde for co-ordinating this program.

Stand Up - Blood Donations - Oxley Christian Schools Melbourne

Alison Berry, Taneka Hailes, Amelia Hunter, Ryan Pryor, Katrina Van de Linde donate blood at the Ringwood Donor Centre.

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

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