Whole School Newsletter

Term 1 Week 11

What a Great Term!

Principal’s Press 

Melissa Brown


From Glen Gray our Deputy

                                      “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger                                                                              who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!”

                                                                                                                                                        Isaiah 52:7 (NLT)


The end of Term is fast approaching and there is so much to reflect on with all the activities that have kept us busy so far this year. As so much has happened this term, I seek your forgiveness as I focus on aspects that have been highlights for me.

I really enjoy checking in on the Prep and Kindergarten classes as they get used to new routines and the relational challenges they face as they realise that structure is required even when creative play is the focus and group engagement is about give and take. A stressful day can quickly be put into perspective as you see evidence of the growth that takes place at this end of the school with students delighting in their achievements.

At the other end of the School, it is great to see the new Student Leadership Team step up to shape the direction of student led initiatives within our School. The sense of team work that is being developed is a real credit to our senior leaders and staff who work with our student leaders. The introduction of Middle School Leaders is proving to be a very positive move that has provided additional opportunities for students to develop leadership skills.

As outdoor education is an area in which I have personally invested over the years, I like to reflect on the events of Week 6 (Camp Week for Stages 4 and 5) and Week 8 (Stage 2 Sleepover). The challenges faced by Stage 4 as they walked part of the Six Foot Track and Stage 2 spending the night away from home, would not be possible without the teacher-parent partnership that takes place for these events. Seeing the modelling of teamwork and cooperation that is so obvious on these occasions, is always a highlight for me, as we endeavour to teach students resilience and other vital lessons that are difficult to replicate when limited by classroom walls and a timetable that begins at 9am and concludes at 3:10pm.

Sports Carnivals are other areas where teacher-parent involvement is vital to the life of our school. While the swimming events have come and gone, the Athletics and Cross Country events are just around the corner. While watching your child compete, please look for opportunities to assist with timekeeping duties, or helping to run field events. While some events require a level of expertise, a willing hand can make a difference in a number of areas, so please let staff know of your availability.

It has also been exciting to see the Fiji mission team take shape as they prepare for July, however as you pray for those going to Fiji, please also join us to pray for the whole OCS community, as it is our hope that a growing mission mentality will not be limited to that team.

Easter provides a great opportunity for each of us to speak to others about Jesus as we remember, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!” Isaiah 52:7 (NLT). I pray that these holidays will give the entire OCS community the opportunity to enjoy positive family time and share the news that God reigns.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to making Term 1 such a positive experience at OCS.

Glen Gray for…

Melissa Brown / Principal


Peter Cooper

Looking Back @ Term 1

Pausing long enough to reflect on the term that has just about passed, is most rewarding. Students, parents and staff can, I’m sure, bring to mind some of the highlights of a great term. As I cast my mind back, I am once again blown away by the ever-growing parent/school partnerships I witness daily. My quick list of highlight events from the term below, represents parent partnerships in many very different forms…but whether your involvement has been on-site conversations with staff, preparing your child at home to participate well in an upcoming event, or somewhere in between, we have partnered together.

As you cast your eye down my list and refresh your memory looking at the photos…think about the many ways you and your family have partnered with OCS already this year. Are there further opportunities you would like to take…or other school community members you would like to encourage to be more involved? As always I would be very happy to speak with you, so please contact me through the front office or email: pcooper@ocs.nsw.edu.au

Looking Back from Now to the start of Term

Friday Pie Day; Hosting Primary English Teachers Australia (PETAA) Writing Workshop for local teachers; Yr 7 Experience Day and Info Night

Crazy Hair Day/Blue and Yellow Day for Cancer Council; Hosting Early Learning Years Educators Breakfast for local early childhood educators; Stage 2 Sleep Over; Secondary Chess Team Debut;

Science and Engineering Challenge; Australian Defence Force Visit; Hosting Musical Madness for local preschools; Stage 4 Six Foot Track; Bullying No-Way! Day

Clean Up Australia Day; Secondary Social; Makerspace Beebot City; Freya Blackwood (Illustrator) visit; State Swimming Carnival; Yr 10 Wontama Experience; Yr 9 Slum Survivor Camp

PiP Day Projects; Fiji Mission Trip preparations; Woolworths generous deliveries of fruit to Prep; Opening of OCS’s Remembrance Wall; Fantastic Zone Swimming @ Wagga (& ducks)

University of Sydney STEM Academy for Primary staff; After School Sports Coaching Program; OCS Swimming Carnival; Dedication Service; Mary Poppins Musical preparations

Launch of New Ties for all Secondary students; Staff preparations in Professional Development Week

More Feedback from our Parent Forum…on School Identity and the Vlog and Coaching Projects

Identity:-Not strong…diluted in Orange; Good reports on behaviour and good character when our students are away from the OCS site; Strong identity in our church groups-our kids are leaders in this area; We have recently had an increase in media presence with a strong connection with the local TV; Seen as a small school, where students come that would not cope in a large school environment (particulary for year 7 and above); Not seen as an academic school; Compressed courses are putting off those who do not understand them; A school with good quality kids; Any Anglican families from Sydney may see public schools as where they would send their children.

Not strong on subject choice and academics; When asked where do you work – have to explain which school we are and where we are; Known as the small school; Feel that people do not know we exist; Christian School – ‘where is that?’ They don’t know about Orange Christian School; When people do drive by they say it looks very small; Known for not having sporting teams in the Orange Community.

Video Vlog:-Love that it’s collaborative learning…parents & children learning together; Parents & children watching together; Could be that children teach the parents – how empowering/encouraging for children; Can break the tension in          ‘ how to do it’ according to class teacher; Parents like idea that they can learn/teach the right way; Parents do have arguments about the ‘how’/ the technique; They do want to know how their child is learning it at school…so this is good; Currently everyone ‘googles’ Youtube, so this could be good; Different audience needs different approach; Need to be age appropriate in style too; Need to also differentiate with ability; Some serious, some entertaining; So maybe eventually move to students teaching concept – a class peer teaching; Good because it uses concept of google – which is fun, but it would use terminology & steps that the school uses in class; Able to eventually open this program up to a range of topics that could help absent children, or activities we can’t do at school; Looking forward to seeing it used.

Coaching:– make it okay to be coached…make it fun; Help parents to feel that this is a good thing; Don’t tell what to do; Make it okay to try; Help adults feel comfortable to learn; Not something for all parents…okay to opt in or opt out; Can we get people to share positive experiences together? Needs to empower parents; Help parents feel that they can do more; How can we advertise the success of the program? Find those with the ‘voice’ to promote it; Maybe Parents Connect can be the place for this; Find a way to support parents on this journey; Some parents may be reticent to start; Difficult concept…feels foreign; Depends on relationship; If you have a good relationship it may work better; What is the practical application? How do we start ? It’s changing a culture; Depends on how well the coaches ‘do’ this… if they are awkward it will be difficult; How will we advertise this? How will we get parents to sign up? How do we break this between traditional role of teacher/parents & this coach/coachee approach? Honours our 3rd pillar-CEN pillar-the parent partnership-coaching can celebrate this; Think its unlikely children’s learning will decrease…might just stay same-but highly likely they will improve just because a parent has invested in the child; Maybe almost like a therapy session; Might measure both academic and other outcomes; Also should have measurement of parent engagement; Hopefully improve parent partnership.

Many thanks to those who took part in our Parent Forum and to all who have given feedback regarding our proposed On-Line Discussion Forum. Please contact me…pcooper@ocs.nsw.edu.au if you would like to have your say on any of these topics.

Term 1 2019…From Now to Then!




From our Registrar

Jenni Da Silva

Term 2 sees a change in uniform from summer to winter uniform. Please ensure your child is wearing the correct items of clothing as per our uniform guide which is available on our OCS website or a hard copy for pick up at the front office. A reminder that the OCS Anorak is available for students from Year 7 to Year 12 to wear over their existing school uniform.

Uniform Change:

From 2019, for terms 2 and 3, our senior secondary students ( Year 11 and Year 12 ) will now wear their navy blazer each day.  Please do not hesitate to contact Jenni in the front office for more details regarding our 2019 rebate offer.

Any additional item of clothing , for example a scarf or beanie must be navy in colour. School shoes – black leather lace up school shoes are to be worn. Please note that a soft black canvas type shoe is NOT school uniform. These shoes do not provide sturdy enough protection for a day’s activities at school. In addition black shoes with white or coloured soles are also not permitted. Please ensure socks worn with the sports uniform are white in colour. The wearing of black socks is not permitted.

Uniform items should be clearly and appropriately labelled with the owner’s name. Printed labels are highly recommended. Sadly we have many items of unlabelled clothing in lost property.


Last year Orange Christian School introduced a new School Stream App which can assist with your notifying the school when your child is absent due to illness. If you use the App attendance notification (under Forms category ), there is no need to complete a written note to the school.

The App will also let you access all notes which are sent home, our Whole School (odd weeks) and Section (even weeks) Newsletters and send you notifications of Reminders for upcoming school events.

I encourage you download the App today and find how user friendly and convenient it is .

Orange City ANZAC Day March


On ANZAC Day we have the opportunity to march as a school as part of the Orange City ANZAC March. This is a wonderful way for us to commemorate the sacrifice of so many men and women in past and present conflicts. All students are welcome to join us, to march together with our staff. We meet at 10:00am outside the Memorial Hall in Anson Street. Students should be picked up from Robertson Park at the conclusion of the March at 10:45am. Students are to wear full school winter uniform.




Join Us In Prayer

Thanks God For…

  • a fantastic term of learning
  • new students at the Yr 7 Experience Day
  • continued growth in enrolments
  • ongoing preparations for the 2019 Fiji Mission Trip


Please Pray For…

  • a wonderful celebration at Easter for all our families
  • a relaxing, refreshing and peaceful holiday break for our school community
  • Mary Poppins rehearsals and plans during the holidays
  • a big turn out at the ANZAC March


From Our Chaplain

Jann Osborn

The tomb was found empty on the Sunday and He had risen…

So, here we are in the last week of school with the holidays rapidly approaching. How quickly the term has gone! Here at OCS, we have had a very busy and exciting Term 1. It is such a joy and privilege to be involved in a Prep to 12 school and to share in the journey of families as we partner together to educate each child. I consider my position as Chaplain to be a great honour, as I sometimes assist students and their families through difficult circumstances. Working across the whole school as I do, allows students be accustomed to me and makes it easier for them to connect with me.

The important thing when we are experiencing challenges in life is to find a way forward. Steps moving forward may be small, but there is always a way forward. As we approach Easter, we can reflect on the submission of Jesus to the cross and the price that He paid. We know that the tomb was found empty on the Sunday and He had risen. He had conquered death and we have the invitation for a personal relationship with God because of that. As Christians, life will have difficulties but we know that we have an endless hope. The Bible tells us that God will never leave us or forsake us. I pray that this Easter will be an opportunity for us all to consider these things as we celebrate the good news of Jesus.

Please contact me through the Front Office if I can be of any assistance with any concern that you may have with your child.



Student Thoughts

Dylan McHatton

Using Our Gifts for God

Everyone has a talent, whether it be a simple trick like spinning a basketball on your finger or as big as being a world class writer. The big question is… how do we use our talents to glorify God? This is a big question for some of us, particularly myself, liking a subject which doesn’t have much of an impact that people recognise. Soon to be studying 4 unit Mathematics, my mind ponders… ‘how do I use my talent in a way that brings glory to God?’ There’s a simple answer to this question. What message are we trying to spread? No matter what talent you have, Jesus has told us ‘love one another as I have loved you’ and this is certainly something to think about. Just like athletes at the Olympics representing their countries, everyday we represent God, and what we do reflects on him. When we spread our love and talents people notice, and when we claim to follow God, that spreads an impression. So to use your talents to glorify God, use your talents to show your love towards others and give credit to God. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who gives me strength”. And as for me? Well I’ll be sharing the beauty of the precision-crafted earth that God created, through the mathematics that helps us make sense of it all.

Where Are They Now?

Adam Osborn

It’s lovely to work in the very environment I believe helped me to develop in my early Christian years

After graduating yr 12 at OCS in 2001 I left my home town of Molong for Brisbane. Whilst initially my move to QLD was to facilitate the study of a Primary School Teaching degree, I soon found myself in a position where my volunteer work at the local church (Citipointe COC) led into amazing opportunities within the realm of Children’s Ministry. At this point I shifted from teaching and attained an internship and completed my Bachelors degree in Children’s ministry.

This opened many doors for me over the next few years. Between Sunday services, scripture and itinerant preaching (QLD and NSW) I was blessed enough to be sharing Christ with around 1200 children on a weekly basis. Around this time I also got involved with School Chaplaincy. This has been a passion of mine for the last 10 years and was something I have continued to do since I decided to move back to the Central West. I’ve always been a big believer in the fact that it’s easier to build a man rather than fix one, and that there is no ‘junior’ Holy Spirit. After 12 years in Brisbane I felt led to return to the local area of Orange. Since then I have worked as a Chaplain at Orange East, Nashdale and Cudal Public schools. I also work here at OCS and help facilitate the ‘Multi-lit’ and ‘After School Care’ programs.

It’s lovely to work in the very environment I believe helped me to develop in my early Christian years. I’m passionate about developing the future leaders of the church and community.


Coming Up @ OCS

Week 11:

  • Yr 11/12 Exams – Monday, 8th April & Tuesday, 9th April
  • World of Maths – Wednesday, 10th April @ Hall
  • Yr 11/12 Canberra Trip – Wednesday, 10th April – Friday, 12th April
  • Stage 1 Easter Picnic – Thursday, 11th April @ 9:30am @ Elephant Park
  • K/Prep Easter Hat Parade – Thursday, 11th April @ 10:00am @ The Learning Hub
  • Parents Connect – Friday, 12th April @ 9:00am @ Bembooka
  • Easter Assembly – Friday, 12th April @ 9:30am @ The Learning Hub
  • K-2 Sports Carnival – Friday, 12th April @ 1:40pm @ OCS Back Oval

Orange City ANZAC March – Thursday, 25th April: Meet at Anson St outside Memorial Hall @ 10:00am

Term 2:

  • Term 2 commences – Monday, 29th April
  • Elevate Student Study Seminars – Monday, 29th April
  • Elevate Parent Seminar – Monday, 29th April @ 7:00pm in H3
  • OCS ANZAC Service – Tuesday, 30th April @ 9:30am
  • OCS Yrs 3-12 Athletics Carnival – Friday, 10th May @ OCS
  • NAPLAN – Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th May
  • OCS K-12 Cross Cross Country – Friday, 17th May
  • CWA Public Speaking Competition – Tuesday, 21st May @ James Sheahan CHS
  •  CSSA Primary & Secondary State Cross Country – Friday, 31st May @ Sydney Equestrian Centre
  • OCS’s Mary Poppins – Friday, 7th June@ 7:00pm @ Orange Civic Theatre
  • OCS’s Mary Poppins – Saturday, 8th June @ 5 :00pm @ Orange Civic Theatre
  • OCS Fundraising Dinner – Friday, 28th June @ 6:00pm @ OCS
  • Junior STEAM Day – Friday, 5th July

Coming Up:

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS – Saturday 6th July to Sunday 28th July

  • Term 3 commences Monday 29th July
  • Parent Teacher Interviews – Tuesday 6th August – 3:30-8:00pm &  Wednesday 7th August – 3:30-6:00pm
  • Music Tuition Recital – Thursday 15th August – 3:30pm in the hall
  • CSSA Primary Stae Athletics Carnival – Friday 16th August – Blacktown Athletics Centre
  • PiP Day – Saturday 24th August – 9:00am-12noon
  • Kinder/Prep Ready Set Go class visits – Tuesday 27th August – 10:15am-10:45am
  • Orange Eisteddfod – Choir – Thursday 29th August
  • Orange Eisteddfod – Choir – Friday 30th August
  • ICAS Digital Technologies – Tuesday 3rd September
  • Orange Eisteddfod – Band – Wednesday 4th September
  • Kinder / Prep Ready Set Go class visits – Wednesday 4th September – 12:00-12:30pm
  • ICAS Science – Thursday 5th September
  • ICAS Writing – Monday 9th September
  • ICAS Spelling Bee – Thursday 12th September
  • Kinder / Prep Ready Set Go class visits – Thursday 12th September – 10:30am-11:00am
  • Stage 2 Camp @ Lake Canobolas – Thursday 12th & Friday 13th September
  • OCS on Show Week – Monday 16th – Friday 20th September
  • Adventure Fun Day – Tuesday 17th September – 9:30am-11:00am
  • OCS Showcase – Tuesday 17th September – 3:30-5:30pm
  • ICAS Mathematics – Thursday 19th September
  • OCS on Show – Music Assembly – Friday 20 September – 9:30am-10:00am
  • OCS on Show Book Parade – Friday 20 September – 10:00am-11:00am
  • OCS on Show Picnic K-4 with parents – Friday 20 September – 11:00am-11:45am
  • Year 12 Farewell Assembly – Wednesday 25 September – 9:30am-11:00am

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS – Saturday 28 September to Sunday 13 October


Save The Date!

Coding Camp – during the October school holidays from Tuesday 2nd to Friday 4th October @ OCS – run by CodeSpace

2020 Swimming Dates

OCS Swimming Carnival – Thursday, 13th February, 2020

Zone Swimming Carnival (to be held at Orange) – Friday, 28th February, 2020

Every Week @ OCS

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs: After School Learning Hub 3:15pm – 5:00pm 

Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri: After School Sport Activities with Coach Mr Snitch 3:20pm – 4:30pm

Mon – Fri: After School Care 3:10pm – 5:30pm

Mon: Worship Band @ Hall 1:30pm

Tues: String Ensemble @ Hall 1:30pm-2:00pm

Wed: Yrs 3-6 Chess Club @ H2 1:30pm

Thurs: Primary Band @ Hall 1:30pm-2:00pm

Thurs: Girls With God (GWG) Yr 5-8 Girls @ H3 @ 1:30pm-2:00pm

Thurs: Stage Band @ Hall 3:30pm-4:30pm

Fri: Parents Connect @ Bembooka @ 9:00am

Fri: Primary/Junior Assembly @ Hall 9:30am

Fri: Secondary Assembly/Senior Assembly @ Hall /Middle School Assembly @ H3 @ 10:50am

Afternoon Sport Activities with Sport Coach Mr Snitch

Mr Snitch will be conducting after school sport training on Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday & Fridays.

Term 2 Coaching Sessions will run from 3:20pm -4:30pm, and are available to all students from Years 3-12.

In term 2 Mr Snitch will be coaching:

– Cricket on Tuesday

– Athletics (Track) on Wednesday

– Netball on Thursday

– Athletics (Field) on Friday

Meet after school outside the Learning Hub



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