About

Our School

Our Story

We are a Kindergarten to Year 12, co-educational, independent Christian school, set in a picturesque, semi-rural location on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

We are dedicated to providing quality education within a caring, nurturing and empowering learning environment from Kindergarten to Year 12; one underpinned by a solid Christian foundation.

We focus on the development of the whole child – body, mind and spirit. We believe that an education encompasses more than academics and includes character and spiritual growth.  In partnership with you, we aim to produce educated young men and women who are tomorrow’s leaders; confident and self-motivated learners with the skills to discover and achieve their full potential in all areas of life.

Please take the time to go through the information on our website and see for yourself the wonderful opportunities we offer our students and parent community. We encourage you to visit us on a School tour. Click here for tour information and to making a booking.

May God guide and direct you through this important and long-lasting decision.

Our 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. 

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.

 

 

Our Students

Our vision is to develop each child's unique qualities for their future  academically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Throughout their 13 years of school we aim to partner with you, the parents, in developing your child's character so that they will become mature, well-rounded, adults, contributing positively to their communities. With this in mind, we have identified six key attributes that we hope to instil in them that will prepare them for their future.

Educated

It may seem obvious but Education is the first responsibility we have as a School to our students and families. We aim to impart a love of learning in our students so that they will value and embrace the importance of being educated.

We employ professional, experienced staff who are highly trained and consistently learning with the goal of improving themselves as well as educating the young people for whom they are responsible.

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsel. Proverbs 1:5

Faith, knowledge, and love of God

Recognising and developing spirituality forms an integral part our children’s development. This entails growing in knowledge and faith in God as well as understanding and practising love for ourselves and others.

Chapel, Christian Studies, Pastoral Care, Camps, Connect Groups and our Youth Pastors are important avenues in which we impart this attribute to our students.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. Matthew 22:37

Respectful

Respect is a fundamental value that we purpose to model to our students. Being respectful is to display obedience, empathy, courtesy, integrity, modesty and humility. It encompasses showing respect towards parents, elderly people, the Government/authority, peers, God, ourselves and the environment.

Our hope is that respect will also have love added. Respect then moves to a higher value of honour.

'Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.' U Thant

'If one doesn’t respect oneself one can have neither love nor respect for others.' Ayn Rand

Children, do what your parents tell you. This is only right. ‘Honour your father and mother’ is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it, namely, ‘so you will live well and have a long life.’ Ephesians 6:1

Servant hearted

One of the greatest challenges we face in today’s world is teaching our children to be givers and contributors, not just takers and consumers.

Serving others can be broken down into the following characteristics:

  • Generosity - 'When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.' Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Humility - 'Be humble, be big in mind and soul, be kindly; you will like yourself that way and so will other people.' Norman Vincent Peale
  • Thankfulness - 'Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.' Doris Day
  • Compassion - 'It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put in the doing that’s compassion in action.' Mother Teresa
  • Practicality - 'Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.' Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. Matthew 20: 26-28

Diligent

Diligence can be defined as a 'constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind.'

A diligent person is:

  • Committed - 'Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.' Abraham Lincoln
  • Faithful - strict or thorough in the performance of duty; true to one’s word; steady in allegiance or affection; loyal and constant
  • Disciplined - 'Dreams are what get you started. Discipline is what keeps you going.' Jim Ryun
  • Resilient - 'All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.' Walt Disney
  • Motivated - 'Motivation is the single most important factor in any sort of success.' Sir Edmund Hillary
  • Responsible - 'We must exchange the philosophy of excuse for the philosophy of responsibility.' Barbara Jordan

Being diligent also includes being productive,  hard working, showing initiative, cooperative, and enquiring.

Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. Proverbs 10:4

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21: 5

Hope filled

The dictionary defines hope as 'the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best (noun); to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence (verb)'

A hope-filled person has:

  • Optimism 'The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity.' Winston Churchill
  • A sense of purpose - 'We are all designed for a specific purpose; we all have something for which each of us, and each of us alone, is responsible.'  Naomi Stephan
  • Joy - 'Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible.' Norman Vincent Peale
  • Enjoyment of life - 'We sometimes forget that we are God-beings, and that the intent of the Creator was for us to enjoy this thing called Life!' Louise L. Hay
  • A sense of destiny - 'God does not roll dice.' Albert Einstein
    'The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realise that you control your own destiny.' Albert Ellis
  • Confidence - 'Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.' Stan Smith
    'Your success depends mainly upon what you think of yourself and whether you believe in yourself.' William J H Boetcker
  • Faith - 'The foundation stones for a balanced character are honesty, success, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.' Zig Ziglar

So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in Him. Romans 15:13a

Our Heritage

In the early 1980s Dr Phil Pringle (Senior Minister, C3 Church Oxford Falls) had the vision to start a Christian school that was intentional in its spiritual direction and exemplified strong Christian characteristics whilst offering contemporary, quality education. In 1984 Northside Christian School (now Oxford Falls Grammar School) opened its doors and by the end of that year, 24 students were enrolled.

Through their diligence and perseverance, Dr Pringle and the original School Board established Oxford Falls Grammar School, and later released it to run under an independent, autonomous Board.

Today, with more than 1050 students and 150 staff, and over 30 years of educating young lives, we continue in our commitment to our vision  to see the whole child developed in preparation for a successful Christ-centred life.

'OFGS has equipped us with a belief in our own self worth, a belief in the worth of others and a belief in Christ. These values are built up through an environment where every student has the opportunity to shine, the opportunity to be generous and the opportunity to love God. For this I am extremely grateful,' 2009 School Captain

Our Vision

Our Ethos

For Greatness, For Excellence, For Christ

Our Vision Statement

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

Our Mission Statement

To provide Christ-centred educational excellence, encompassing the spiritual, physical, emotional and academic development of each student.

Our Statement of Faith

Our beliefs are in accordance with the Bible, which is the infallible and authoritative Word of God.

As a summary of our faith, we believe:

  • There is one God the Creator, externally existing in three Persons God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit
  • In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God; we believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious (enduring death for all men) and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father.

Our Leadership

School Board

Dr Phil Pringle

OAM PhD, President and Founding Member

Board Member since 1984, Senior Minister of C3 Church

Pam O’Flaherty

Chairman

Board Member since 2000, Chairman since 2002

Marcello Forestieri

Director

Board Member since 1999

Paul Macken

BA LLB, Director

Board Member since 2006

Tracey Berry

Director

Board Member since 2007

Ian Harry

BBus, CPA, Director

Board Member since 2011

Clyde Daish

Director

Board Member since 2014

Craig Stanmore

Director

Board Member since 2014 (also 2004 to 2009)

Senior Executives

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.

 

Amy Corrigan

Head of Junior School, BEd (Primary)

Mrs Amy Corrigan has been a passionate part of the Oxford Falls Grammar School community for seventeen years as both a student and teacher. Prior to leading the Junior School, Mrs Corrigan’s interest for creative curriculum propelled her to lead her grade and in an executive role overseeing the K-6 Curriculum. In 2014 she was appointed the Dean of Stage 3, which included the professional and pastoral care of both staff and students. As a leader she holds a strong belief in the importance of rich learning experiences for all students and the vital role of wellbeing in education. Mrs Corrigan brings this experience to her role as Head of Junior School, having lead the staff to implement changes in literacy programming and instruction across Kindergarten to Year 6. She is an advocate for differentiated learning and is passionate about the importance of a high quality Junior School education. 

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.

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.

Annual School Report

Click here for our 2016 Annual School Report