Located in the leafy surrounds of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Oxford Falls Grammar School is a co-educational school with an inspiring and dynamic Christian foundation for children from Kindergarten through to Year 12. With 1,100 students and over 30 years of educating young lives, we continue to enjoy outstanding results in academia, sports, visual and performing arts.
To develop in each child their unique qualities, equipping them to enjoy a successful, Christ-centred life.
Dr Peter Downey’s desire is to see our students learn to “do life well”; to lead the staff in guiding our students to stretch academically and grow in Christian character as they navigate the complexities of life in the evolving 21st Century.
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Dr Downey holds the degrees of Bachelor of Education, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Educational Leadership, Diploma of Biblical Studies and Doctorate in Education. He is committed to developing and building on the strong foundations Oxford Falls Grammar School already has in academic excellence, pastoral care and co-curricular opportunity.
Dr Downey brings a wealth of knowledge, strong and steady leadership and extensive experience to our school community, and he is proud to lead an exemplary group of professional educators and colleagues at Oxford Falls Grammar School.
Christianity in Action
Through active involvement in a caring and dynamic Christian Faith community, genuine individual experiences are accumulated as students see Christianity ‘lived in practice’ by their peers and teachers.
Under the guidance of our School Community Chaplain, Christian Studies Teacher and Youth Chaplains, students develop into self-aware, respectful, and mindful adults. Our contemporary Christian study program teaches students in an engaging, meaningful and relevant way about God and His love for them. We believe each child should feel valuable and loved, with a sense of purpose and identity.
Our Christian ethos is demonstrated through the OFGS Outreach Program. It is a K-12 philanthropic initiative that seeks to raise money for less fortunate children and communities across Australia and Asia. In Year 10 and 11, students have the opportunity to participate in an annual overseas mission trip. OFGS fosters a strong culture of generosity. We believe it is important to encourage students to think beyond themselves and to help others around them.
Quality Teaching Program
Teacher quality is hugely influential on your child’s educational success. OFGS’ Quality Teaching Program drives innovative, professional development for every teacher in a collaborative, supportive environment. This is an exciting initiative with a direct impact on positive student engagement and learning.
Dr Sue Marks, the Director of Teaching and Learning has implemented SaLT (Sharing and Learning Teams), the Quality Teaching Program at OFGS. SaLT aims to develop a professional learning community where teachers are encouraged to reflect on and develop their teaching knowledge and practice for improved student outcomes. The program provides teachers with an action model of continuous professional development that is grounded in research, inspires teachers to experiment with engaging approaches and ultimately has a direct impact on how students’ participate in meaningful learning.
OFGS Senior School teachers encourage students to exercise particular behaviours that enable effective learning and improve their academic achievement. The learning behaviours fall into three domains: Cognition, Collaboration and Commitment
In the Cognition domain, behaviours such as questioning assumptions, imagining and critical reflection engage students in the learning process as creators, rather than consumers of ideas.
Collaboration instills the importance of working effectively with others, where students demonstrate reliability and empathy with their peers.
A Commitment to learning is an important part of the model, representing perseverance, self-belief, focus and effective planning so student learning is not shallow and sporadic.
In the Junior School, our literacy focus was ignited through the CAFÉ model an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding vocabulary. Differentiated instruction across these four pillars have fostered a love of reading throughout the Junior School and improved independent learning.
Encouragement – Leadership – Teamwork – Assertiveness – Empathy – Reliability – Listening – Humility
OFGS Student Values
Growing in Knowledge, Faith and love of God
Top left: Mr Clyde Daish (Director), Mrs Tracey Berry (Director), Dr Phil Pringle (President & Founding Member), Mrs Pam O’Flaherty (Chairman), Mr Marcello Forestieri (Director). Bottom left: Mr Craig Stanmore (Director), Mr Ian Harry (Director), Mr Paul Macken (Director)
Oxford Falls Grammar School was founded in 1984 under the vision of Ps Phil Pringle (Senior Minister, C3 Church Oxford Falls) to build a Christian school intentional in its spiritual direction and offering a contemporary, quality education. Today, Ps Phil Pringle is the President and founding member of the School Board and continues to support the progression and development of OFGS as we provide Christ-centred educational excellence.