Senior School

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.

Overview

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.

Years 7 – 8 Subject Selection

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology & STEM
  • History
  • Geography
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • PDHPE
  • Christian Studies
  • Sport

Years 9 – 10 Subject Selection

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Commerce
  • PDHPE
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Information & Software Technology
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Drama
  • Visual Arts
  • Christian Studies
  • Sport

Years 11 – 12 Subject Selection

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • History (Ancient, Modern)
  • Studies of Religion
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Legal Studies
  • Design & Technology (Hard materials or textiles)
  • Food Technology
  • Industrial Technology (multimedia)
  • French
  • Open High School languages
  • Music
  • Photography and Visual Arts
  • Vocational Education & Training
  • TAFE courses
HSC RESULTS

Wellbeing

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.

Gifted & Talented Extension Classes

Our Gifted & Talented Program continues through Senior School and offers students the opportunity to optimise their abilities through a variety of enrichment classes and activities. Our specialist Learning Support teachers are on hand to support students requiring additional assistance and organisation as they move through Senior School.

Outdoor Education

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

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 7 to 12

  • 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

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 Dance Ensembles

  • Senior Lyrical
  • Senior Hip Hop
  • Senior Jazz Technique
  • Senior Show Troupe (by audition)
  • Senior Lyrical Company (by audition)
  • Senior Jazz Company (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.

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.

Competition

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Rugby Union
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • Touch Football

Pathways

  • Rugby League
  • AFL
  • Snow Sports
  • Gymnastics

Recreational

  • Futsal
  • Surfing
  • Stand up Paddle Boarding
  • Gym tricking
  • Rock Climbing

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 three squads:
Senior Group Squad
Junior & Senior Girls Development Squad
Junior & Senior Boys Development Squad

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 Senior School there are two different squads to appeal to each student’s level of ability:
– Advanced Training
– Beginners Training

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. These variations mean that students need a program that is tailor made to their specific situation and individualised according to their sporting needs in each season and stage. The OFGS Elite Athlete Program has two levels based on Regional, State and National Representation. The program includes academic tutoring, a flexible school schedule and professional sport mentoring.

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.

Enrolments

School Tours resume in 2019

Term Dates

Prospectus