Junior School

The OFGS educational approach captures and cultivates our youngest students’ wonder, curiosity and excitement as they commence school. Our balanced curriculum and positive learning environment builds the spiritual, social, physical and intellectual dimensions of each child, as they discover their passions and develop their identity.

Overview

We understand each child is unique and will learn and respond to different styles and approaches. Our teachers foster a genuine love of learning by preparing creative and innovative lessons with the needs of each student in mind. Our specialist sport, language, performing arts, creative arts and music teachers develop each child’s talents and passions across their areas of interest.

Kindergarten – Year 2

Kindergarten lays the important foundation for a child’s educational journey. Our teachers design stimulating, play-based academic experiences that develop critical thinking and cultivate lifelong learning.

Building a student’s literacy and numeracy skills is paramount during this stage of schooling and is supplemented with subjects such as music, drama and art. STEM, the learning integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, is introduced in Kindergarten to develop a student’s natural process of inquiry and innovation.

Our spacious grounds and outdoor facilities provide specialised areas for our Kindy to Year 2 children to explore as they develop physically, emotionally and socially.

Years 3 – 6

The vision for students in Years 3 – 6 is to strengthen their academic skills, emotional well-being, social abilities, spiritual awareness and personal character. Building on our foundation of educational excellence, Junior School children have access to a wide range of activities including Robotics, Sport, Music, Dance and Drama. Information and communication technologies (ICT) are integrated into a creative curriculum for each class.

Transitioning to Senior School

Students in Years 5 and 6 experience a period of immense growth and development physically, emotionally, socially and mentally. We understand that for many students, starting Senior School can be a difficult time as they adjust to a different structure, new friends and peers, and learn independence.

We have developed initiatives to help students as they transition into adolescence so that they can be better prepared for their Senior School years.

Performing Arts

Junior School Performing Arts

Oxford Falls Grammar School is highly regarded as a leading Independent School in the area of Performing Arts. Our tuition is seamlessly integrated into the school day through private and group lessons. OFGS has one of the largest music tuition programs in Sydney with over 400 students receiving private music lessons each week in our music studios.

Music Program

Music has the capacity to engage, enrich and inspire all students, encouraging each student to reach their creative and expressive potential. There is a dedicated music and drama specialist in Junior School and Music is offered as an elective with the Senior School curriculum.

Co-Curricular Music Program

Students can take private music tuition at OFGS and participate in jazz bands, concert bands, choirs and more contemporary style ensembles. Whether your child’s passion is string, woodwind, vocal, percussion, bass guitar or a brass instrument, OFGS has an ensemble or performance group to meet their musical interest and level. Private music tuition is available for students in years 3 to 12 providing students with a weekly half hour music lesson at school.

Co-Curricular Music Years K to 2

  • Keyboard Club
  • Infant Choir

Co-Curricular Music Years 3 to 6

  • Junior Band
  • Concert Band
  • Junior Woodwind Ensemble
  • Junior Percussion Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Bass Ensemble
  • Junior String Ensemble
  • Junior Woodwind Ensemble
  • Junior Stage Band
  • Junior Choir
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Dance

Dance participation promotes creativity, self-expression, fitness and collaboration as students develop fundamental movement and technical skills. Working individually and within groups, students learn structured dance sequence movements and use the elements of dance and choreographic devices to communicate meaning through dance. Moving into the senior years dance is an elective within the Senior School curriculum.

Co-Curricular Dance Program

Dance is offered as a co-curricular activity from Years 1 to 12, with a variety of ensembles including Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop and Technique with recreational and competitive classes. Recreational classes are offered for dancers who wish to participate for fitness and fun including a boys program specialising in Hip Hop. Representative Dance Team classes are by audition for capable and serious dancers who compete at a number of Eisteddfods each year.

Infants Dance Groups

  • Year 1&2 Hip Hop (Mixed gender)

Dance Groups

  • Year 3&4 Boys Hip Hop
  • Year 3&4 Girls Hip Hop
  • Year 3&4 Lyrical
  • Year 5&6 Boys Hip Hop
  • Year 5&6 Girls Hip Hop
  • Year 5&6 Lyrical
  • Year 5&6 Jazz Technique
  • Junior Show Troupe (by audition)

Drama

A student’s imagination and creative expression is stimulated through our Drama program. Students develop voice and movement skills to create character, mood and dramatic atmosphere. Self-confidence is built through a variety of acting techniques and presenting skills. With a dedicated specialist music and drama teacher, it is integrated into the Junior School curriculum. Drama is offered as an elective within the Senior School curriculum.

Drama is offered as a co-curricular activity for students in Years K – 12. Our co-curricular Drama classes are run before school under the instruction of highly trained and experienced teachers. All drama groups perform at the Co-Curricular Drama night in Term 4 which is always a highlight on the school calendar.

Drama Classes

  • Infants Drama
  • Year 3&4 Drama
  • Year 5&6 Drama

Sport

Junior School Sport

Sport is an integral and vibrant part of OFGS school life. Through active participation in the OFGS Sports Program and Falls Academies, students develop a wonderful culture of team spirit and work towards achieving their personal best. From Year 3, students have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of summer and winter sports building their physical fitness and skills. Student involvement can move beyond playing and develop important collaboration and problem solving skills through refereeing, coaching, scoring, setting up and packing away.

Our Sports

Students participate in our annual swimming, athletic and cross country carnivals. We are a member and compete in the interschool competitions of the PISA, CSSA (Christian School Sports Association) and the CIS (Combined Independent Schools). Our elite athletes are given the opportunity to trial for representative teams to a National level.

Junior School Sports

  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Tennis
  • Rugby Union
  • Rugby League
  • AFL
  • Gymnastics
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • Gymnastics
  • Touch Football
  • Snow Sports
  • Softball
  • Hockey
  • Ultimate
  • Sepak Takraw
  • Surf Education
  • Eagle Tag

The Falls Academies

The objective of each Academy is to develop and enhance individual skill and technical development in the sport of choice. Our experienced coaches provide an inspirational training environment, empowering students to achieve their personal best. The Academies are run before school.

Falls Football Academy

Falls Football Academy

The Falls Football Academy aims to provide an environment in which football players can train throughout the school year to complement their training and game commitments outside of school. The program is based on structured and unstructured practice and play to develop each student’s football skills and strategies.

The Football Academies are for boys and girls in Years 2 - 12
Group size is 10 – 15 students per age category
Groups are based on ability, age and gender or a combination
Testing and reporting with individual parent meetings mid-year

Falls Basketball Academy

Falls Basketball Academy

The Falls Basketball Academies are designed specifically for boys and girls in Years 3 - 12 who would like to improve their individual basketball skills and strategies. The program complements and strengthens their training and game commitments. Our coaches are former Sydney Kings Players and Manly Warringah Representative Coaches. There are two Junior Development Squads that run before school.

Falls Tennis Academy

Falls Tennis Academy

The Tennis Academies are designed specifically for boys and girls in Kindergarten – Year 12 who would like to start to play tennis or improve their tennis skills. The program is run by a Tennis Australia trained coach who is passionate about instilling enthusiasm for the game of tennis so children enjoy being active and developing ball skills for life-long enjoyment.

Across the Junior School there are four different squads to appeal to each student’s level of ability:
Infants Coaching – Kindy – Year 2
Primary Coaching – Years 3 & 4
Beginners and Advanced – Years 5-12

Elite Athlete Program

The Elite Athlete Program commences in Year 5 as students need to balance increased sporting commitments with an increased academic load. Different age levels and sports require different time commitments and are dependent on the season and competitions

Sport Holiday Programs

OFGS offers tailored programs to increase skills and confidence across football, netball, tennis, basketball and rugby union throughout the school holidays.

Before and After School Care

The Before and After School Care program caters for children 5 – 13 years old (Kindergarten – Year 6). The program is open every school day and also operates holiday programs. The program includes a healthy breakfast and/or afternoon tea. It provides an opportunity to finish homework, engage in a variety of arts, craft, games, exercise and sports activities.

Enrolments

School Tours resume in 2019

Term Dates

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