About our School

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.

Our Ethos

For Greatness

Developing young men and women of great character, attitude and purpose.

For Excellence

Empowering students with a love of learning and the skills to achieve their full potential.

For Christ

Our students will enjoy a meaningful and positive lifestyle of the Christian faith.

Our Vision

To develop in each child their unique qualities, equipping them to enjoy a successful, Christ-centred life.

Principal

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 Peter Downey

PRINCIPAL

He is excited and inspired to lead the Oxford Falls Grammar School community. Having worked in independent education for over thirty years and with a background as a teacher of English, History and Christian Studies, Dr Downey has also served in a variety of leadership roles; as Tutor, Year Coordinator, Director of Public Relations and Enrolments, Deputy Pastoral Care, Deputy Principal, Executive Strategist and Acting Principal. He has written several internationally published books on parenting, marriage and the Christian faith, and he also served as the Chairman of the NSW Deputy Principal’s Network for HICES (Heads of Coeducational Independent Schools in New South Wales).

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.

School Executives

Mrs Juliette Siemsen

Head of Senior School, BEd

Mrs Juliette Siemsen has been a dedicated and enthusiastic educator for over 25 years. Her career started at Northholm Grammar School in Arcadia as a Senior HSIE Teacher. Mrs Siemsen then worked at Waverley College, St Catherine’s School and the prestigious Kambala Rose Bay, as Head of House and Senior HSIE Teacher. She commenced at Oxford Falls Grammar School in 2005 and in 2006 became the Director of Wellbeing Years 7-12. Mrs Siemsen’s educational philosophy focuses on meeting the needs of students in the 21st Century and encouraging student engagement across all levels and contexts. She is passionate about her current role as Head of Senior School where she values a relational model of leadership whilst remaining focussed on the core vision, mission and values of Oxford Falls Grammar School.

Mr Michael Dickinson

Head of Junior School (Acting), BA Dip Ed, COGE, MEd Lead (Primary)

Mr Michael Dickinson has been a passionate part of the Oxford Falls Grammar School community for the last twelve years. He understands the importance of a high quality Junior School education that provides opportunities for all students to thrive and develop into lifelong learners. As the previous Director of Curriculum and Wellbeing K-6, he holds a strong belief in the importance of rich learning experiences for all students and the vital role of wellbeing in education. His interest in curriculum, differentiated learning and school leadership have propelled him to pursue further training in both Gifted Education and Educational Leadership. Mr Dickinson brings this experience to his role as the Acting Head of Junior School, as he leads a professional academic team committed to bringing out the best in each child. Mr Dickinson is covering Mrs Corrigan’s position whilst she is on parental leave

Mr Greg Morris

Head of Operations,BEc, GradDipEd, ASBA, CPA

Mr Greg Morris came to Oxford Falls Grammar School with experience in a range of fields including financial management, education, business operations and not-for-profit/church leadership. He values the role of Christian education in equipping young people with a Christian worldview that underpins educational excellence. Mr Morris oversees the Support Services functions at the School and is supported by a Management Team comprising an IT Manager, Property Team Manager, Finance Manager, Human Resources Manager, School Registrar, Office Manager and Marketing Manager.

Mrs Rae Doak

Executive Leader,BEd (Mathematics), MEd, MACEL, JP

Mrs Rae Doak has been involved in and committed to education for more than 35 years in NSW State Schools and then Christian Schools. Mrs Doak has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through fulfilling roles such as Head of Mathematics, Executive Teacher of Pastoral Care and Deputy Principal. For the past thirteen years at Oxford Falls Grammar School she has successfully served in key leadership and management positions as Director of Administration, Head of Senior School and Head of School (Acting). Her passion for education, her care for students and staff, and her vision for inspiring others has delivered outstanding results across the entire School. Mrs Doak is a Member of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.

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.

Outreach program

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

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.

3C’s Model

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

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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.

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Collaboration instills the importance of working effectively with others, where students demonstrate reliability and empathy with their peers.

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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.

CAFÉ Model

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.

RELATIONSHIPS
Encouragement – Leadership – Teamwork – Assertiveness – Empathy – Reliability – Listening – Humility
EMOTIONS AND WILL Effort – Focus – Revision – Perseverance – Self-belief – Planning – Risk-taking – Absorption
MIND Questioning – Reasoning – Analysis – Observation – Independence – Imagination – Connecting – Reflection

OFGS Student Values

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Our Board

Our Board

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)

Our Heritage

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.

Enrolments

School Tours resume in 2019

Term Dates

Prospectus