OCS was founded out of a passionate commitment to the belief that parent partnership in education, is an essential ingredient in excellent Christian education. In December 1980, a group of parents felt so compelled by this notion, that they sought the assistance of Christian Education National (then known as Christian Parent Controlled Schools), to establish such a school, where an academically rigorous curriculum could be taught by Christian staff and critiqued through a Christian worldview.
After firstly establishing the OCS Association and following government approval, classes commenced in January 1981 with 17 students. Miss Anne Pagot was the first teacher and classes were held in the premises of the Church of Christ in March Road (currently Burrendong Way) Orange.
Enrolments, staff numbers and facilities gradually increased and, through faith, and God’s goodness the current site was purchased in 1988. Classes began at the Cecil Road site with 123 students in September 1989. In 2006, OCS purchased an additional property at 542 Cecil Rd, which is currently being repurposed for the 2019 introduction of Primary Industries, as well as for future development projects.
In 2011 the school also purchased the adjacent block of land to allow for further site development over the full 11 hectares. This has allowed for significant development of sports fields and facilities, as well as the building of a commercial kitchen and café, fully equipped construction workshop and the multipurpose hall, scheduled for building during 2019/2020.
From one teacher in 1980, we now have a staff of over 70 teachers and support staff. From 17 students, we now have around 370 students from Prep to Year 12. We give thanks to our faithful God, for the growth in both size and substance, of our school, recognising that it is through prayer and dedicated service that such development has occurred. It is with hearts full of gratitude that we thank the pioneering parents for their vision and steadfast commitment. It is with equal gratitude that we thank our current community – families, staff and students – for their continued dedication and commitment to seeing the OCS vision in action…
‘To raise effective leaders of godly character, who will blend academics with biblical truth, to influence society for the glory of God.’