Orange Christian School has developed initiatives in partnership with many community organisations. These initiatives enable OCS to deliver a wide variety of engaging teaching programs across the school, providing our students with real-life experience and strong links to their community.
Below are listed the organisations that we are proud to partner with:
-Rural Fire Service – Stage 5 RFS Cadet Program
-Youth With a Mission – OCS has the wonderful opportunity to partner with YWAM in our overseas and intrastate mission trips. We have the privilege of expert trainers who work with our young people in preparation for these trips, as well as facilitating each mission experience. In Stage 5 our mission trip is to Byron Bay and in Stage 6 Mission to Fiji
-Kate Jones @ one nineteen – Chef Cate Jones provides Hospitality training opportunities for Senior Students for our Formal Fundraising Dinners catered at OCS in our VET Bembooka Kitchen. She works with our students to prepare and serve a formal 4 course meal.
-Wontama Homes – through the generous support of the Wontama Aged Care facility, our Year 10 students have the opportunity to visit and spend a day with the Wontama residents, and then the following day, to prepare for them a luncheon and morning of entertainment. We greatly appreciate this opportunity as it allows our students to learn from our older community citizens and show their gratitude by preparing a day where they can be the guests of honour.
-Orange Civic Theatre – OCT host our Annual Secondary Musicals and Thanksgiving Services. Their technicians provide professional theatre craft training for our back stage crew in sound, lighting and backstage management.
-Orange Regional Conservatorium – Providing various music opportunities for our musicians including visiting orchestra experiences and generous tuition scholarships for our young musicians.
-World Vision for 40 Hour Famine – Giving back to the community and learning more about the roles of NGO’s in these spaces, is an essential aspect in raising leaders of Godly character. Therefore we seek to partner with a number of such NGO’s. In this particular partnership, students raise money through 40 Hour Famine/Backpack Challenge, as well as learn more about the plight of many displaced groups in our world.
-Samaritan’s Purse for Operation Christmas Child – This NGO seeks to bring joy to children in need in overseas countries. Our students are able to learn that joy comes in giving, and this giving can be extended to those you may not ever meet! Students bring in contributions for Christmas Shoeboxes, that in turn are packaged and distributed to places of need.
-Cancer Council for Biggest Morning Tea and Crazy Hair/ Blue and Yellow Day Fundraising – another opportunity for fun, whilst assisting in this incredibly important cause. Again reminding students that the world is a bigger place than our own backyard, and that even though it is big, each person can do something to make a meaningful contribution.
-Compassion – Caritas Australia Project Compassion Middle School Sponsor Child. Our children have the blessing of a great education. This partnership allows our students to connect over a long period of time, with a student in another country. They have opportunity to not only sow in financial support for this sponsor child, but also share a little of their life journey. This gives opportunity for promoting empathy as well as service.
-Orange Community Christmas Lunch – Lolly Drive across whole school. Our students recognise that Christmas can be difficult for some in our own community too. Some find providing the ‘special treats’ at Christmas, financially impossible, so our students run this lolly drive to supply the contents of lolly bags that are distributed at the annual luncheon hosted at the Orange Function Centre. Other students and their families also work as volunteers on the day.
-Salvation Army – Red Shield Appeal door to door Collectors and Yr 9 Homelessness Camp. OCS has developed an ongoing relationship with the Orange Salvation Army. The annual assembly address, assists students to see the extensive work that this organisation undertakes, and the work of the local church. Students are then given the opportunity to step up further and participate in the Red Shield doorknock. Our Year 9 students get to experience this first hand, with an supervised experience of ‘sleeping rough’. Nothing like a personal experience to promote empathy and understanding! This accompanied by guest speakers from Salvation Army, and later in the year, Wesley Mission, is a powerful learning experience for our students in appreciating the plight of some of our homeless members of society.
-Wesley Mission – Provide our Yr 9 Sydney Urban Experience students with Homelessness Awareness Sessions. These including firsthand opportunity to purchase nutritional food for meals on a very limited budget and a means of understanding the stories and plights of Sydney’s homeless.
-Scripture Union – Another wonderful association with a highly experienced organisation. We are very blessed to have great guest speakers, resources and training workshops for students
-NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) – Meetings are held with Indigenous students from local schools to discuss issues which are relevant to our young indigenous students across the region.
-Orange Rotary – RYDA (Rotary Young Driver Awareness) Day for Senior Students provides our young and inexperienced drivers with first hand opportunity to see the negative effects of reckless driving on the lives of actual young people from the local area.
-University of Newcastle – Science and Engineering Challenge held annually in Orange, with participating students from all over the Central West Region. Challenging are devised by University staff and students work together in teams to work out practical solutions them.
-Orange Police – OCS is extremely grateful for the excellent work of the School Liaison police officer. Establishing a positive relationship and training program for students, is a proactive step in building sound relationships and sense of trust between students and the police.
-Western Student Connections (Bathurst) -Assist our students enrolled in our VET Courses to select suitable work placements to provide the necessary practical and real-world experience required to meet the rigorous requirements of VET.
-Cool Plants Nursery – another wonderful partnership that has been marked by great generosity. This business has assisted us to develop the horticultural arm of our Primary Industries program. We are very grateful.
-Woolworths – Our thanks go to Woolworths who regularly come to deliver fresh fruit to our youngest students. This partnership has also allowed many of our little ones to taste fruits that they had previously not tried, so broadening their palate, and helping them see that fresh fruit tastes great!
-Coles – another generous partnership offered here, with assistance being provided on occasion for school community events.
-Cunial Orchards – the Cunial family regularly provide apples for our students in After School Care and
-Orange Theatre Company – hiring costumes and sets
-Reliable IT– A generous and expert partnership with a well established IT business. Reliable IT provides IT support and advice, in addition to the professional services in consultation and system maintenance.
-Early Years Early Leaders (EYEL) – OCS is delighted to host the Early Learning years group holding term breakfast meetings on site here in the Bembooka Café. These are great opportunities for professional networking and professional development
-Ronald McDonald House – OCS students are quick to respond to the call to serve, and this time is to be wait staff for their annual fundraising dinner. These young people have the chance to volunteer their time and service in this excellent cause.
-Orange Culture Hub – Opportunities for students to be involved in regional multi-cultural celebrations
-Destiny Rescue Coffee – Our Bembooka Café exclusively uses Destiny Rescue Coffee which supports a valuable not-for-profit organisation dedicated to rescuing children from the slave trade.
OCS also develops a number of community partnerships through the interaction we have with organisations who wish to use our facilities; this may be as a regular practice, or a one off event. The following groups fit into this category, and through these relationships, many community initiative partnerships have been formed over the years:-
-Open Heavens Church, Orange – for weekly for Church Services
-Orange Evangelical Church – for weekly for Youth Activities and Men’s and Ladies Fellowship group events
–Central West Brass – for band rehearsals
-Matthew Gately – Hires our facilities weekly for private brass tuition
-Orange City Council – Environmental Sustainability Community Committee, and Sport and Recreation Community Committee
Partnering with our local churches is a priority for OCS. Many local pastors are regularly involved in our school events and at times lead seminars and workshops with our students. We are indebted to the following churches for their commitment to OCS:
– Mountain Hope Church
– Orange Baptist Church
– New Life City Church
– Christian Ministry Centre (AOG)
– Orange Evangelical Church
– Molong Baptist Church
– Orange Church of Christ
– Ever Upward Apostolic Church