The Senior School years at OFGS focus on developing young men and women of outstanding character with passionate spirits and grateful hearts. Our educational strategies focus on the individual student, fostering critical thinking, curiosity and a love of learning. Each student’s learning experience is rich, challenging and promotes their intellectual, personal and spiritual growth.
As a co-educational school, we understand boys and girls learning styles differ. Therefore, selected senior year subjects are separated into single sex classes. The remainder are co-educational. This initiative promotes effective learning in a single sex environment and still allows the mixed interaction and perspectives of co-education.
Contemporary learning for the 21st Century
Innovative, inquiry led teaching is integrated throughout the Senior School curriculum to encourage critical and creative thinking. The STEM initiative combines the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, preparing our students for the challenges of the future.
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.
A list of all the co-curricular activities OFGS has to offer can be found here.
- Technology & STEM
- Visual Arts
- Christian Studies
- Accelerated Mathematics
- Physical Activity & Sport Studies
- Design & Technology
- Food Technology
- Information & Software Technology
- Visual Arts
- Christian Studies
- Academic Support
- English (Advanced, Standard)
- English Ext 1, Ext 2 (Yr 12)
- Mathematics (Advanced, Standard)
- Mathematics Ext 1, Ext 2 (Yr 12)
- Science Extension (Yr 12)
- Ancient History
- Modern History
- History Extension (Yr 12)
- Studies of Religion
- Business Studies
- Legal Studies
- Society and Culture
- Communality & Family Studies
- Design & Technology (Mixed materials / Textiles)
- Food Technology
- Industrial Technology (Multimedia)
- French Beginners
- French Continuers
- NSW School of languages
- Music 1 & Music 2
- Music Extension (Yr 12)
- Visual Arts
- Vocational Education & Training (TAFE)
Senior School students are placed into mentor groups under the care of Year Advisors. They are responsible for the academic progress and wellbeing of their students, and are the first point of communication with parents. Our wellbeing programs are integral in achieving our School Vision: ‘To develop in each child their unique qualities, equipping them to enjoy a successful Christ-centred life’. Our collaborative approach between Teachers, Year Advisors and Youth Chaplains provides guidance and support to students as they develop a strong sense of self-worth and identity. The team focuses on promoting positive learning and study practices, fostering healthy relationships and encouraging students to take responsibility for their actions and behaviour.
The Camino Program
The Camino Program is OFGS’ Gifted & Talented Extension Program and continues through Senior School. In the essence of the Camino de Santiago (a network of pilgrimages thought to lead to the shrine of the apostle St James in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain) the Camino Program leads academically gifted and talented students on a journey that moves them out of their comfort zones into unchartered terrains that captivate their imaginations and inspire them to new levels of thinking and innovation. Students involved in the Camino Program encounter complex, abstract and challenging learning experiences, both independently and in collaboration with like-minded peers. They feel engaged as they work to solve problems and investigate ideas deeply, creatively and reflectively, both within and across subject areas.
Our Outdoor Education program continues into Senior School enabling students in Years 7 to 12 to attend annual camps with a different focus each year. The camps are designed to develop social, practical and interpersonal skills reinforcing what is learnt in the classroom. They involve experiences which extend personal boundaries and build confidence. In Year 10 students also have the opportunity to participate in our Outreach Program and assist families in another country. In Years 11 and 12 our camps focus on study and leadership skills.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is available to students in Years 8 – 11. The Duke of Ed is a personal challenge as students set their own goals while developing qualities of commitment, resolve and strength through new experiences. The Award is comprised of three progressively more challenging levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Participants are required to complete four sections within each level; Skill, Service, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. At the Gold level there is a Residential Project to broaden a student’s horizons and challenge their views of the world.
Senior 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 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.
- Concert Band
- Symphonic Wind Ensemble
- Senior Woodwind Ensemble
- Percussion Ensembles Guitar Ensembles
- Bass Ensembles
- Senior String Ensemble
- Senior Stage Band
- Senior Choir
- Pop and Rock Bands
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. There is a dedicated dance specialist teacher in the Senior School and dance is offered as an elective within the 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. Dance classes are held before and after school and each class performs at the annual Dance Spectacular, School assemblies and events throughout the year.
- Senior Lyrical
- Senior Hip Hop
- Senior Jazz Technique
- Senior Show Troupe (by audition)
- Senior Lyrical Company (by audition)
- Senior Jazz Company (by audition)
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.
Co-Curricular Drama Program
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. Theatresports classes are offered to students in Senior School and compete regularly in interschool competitions and workshops.
Senior School Sport
Sport is a vibrant part of Senior School life at OFGS. Through active participation in the OFGS Sports Program and Falls Academies, students develop a wonderful culture of team spirit and are able to achieve their personal best. Students are given the opportunity to be involved in a variety of summer and winter sports to build their physical fitness and skills.
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.
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
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
There are three squads:
Senior Group Squad
Junior & Senior Girls Development Squad
Junior & Senior Boys Development Squad
Falls Tennis Academy
Across the Senior School there are two different squads to appeal to each student’s level of ability:
– Advanced Training
– Beginners Training
Elite Athlete Program
International Sporting Tours
The OFGS Sporting Tours give students an opportunity to play their favourite sport in new and interesting countries. They learn tips and tricks whilst experiencing a different culture. Our Beijing Football Tour gives football students in Years 8 -10 the chance to play against local Chinese school teams.
Sport Holiday Programs
OFGS offers tailored programs to increase skills and confidence across football, netball, tennis, basketball and rugby union throughout the school holidays.