Senior School (Years 9-12)
In Senior School we actively prepare young adults for life beyond school by helping them develop academically, socially and spiritually so they can impact the world for good.
Developing leaders & preparing emerging adults
Senior School is a diverse learning environment where we believe that building strong relationships and truly knowing each young person is fundamental to their academic progress. Our students are understood, supported and extended in their learning to make sure they are engaged and challenged.
Since 1981, we’ve delivered a holistic Christian education to hundreds of children and families in Orange.
Real-world learning opportunities
Alongside our broad subject offering and Distance Learning opportunities, Senior School students take part in our Mentor Program, where they can thrive in their special interest area and develop a project, paired with a professional in that field. With the HSC and ATAR in mind, we also offer Vocational Education & Training so students can work towards a nationally recognised qualification as part of their HSC. Some subjects are offered as a compressed HSC course, allowing students to complete an HSC subject prior to Year 12.
Staying connected through the teen years
Clear communication between home and school enables us to care for your young person in the best possible way. We let parents know what’s happening through Parent Information Nights, Parent Teacher Interviews, written reports each semester and Schoolstream app. Good communication is always two-way, and we value parent feedback, and parent involvement in supporting students, particularly in their senior years.
Being the hands and feet of Jesus
Students are taught the values of respect, humility, integrity and service. Senior school students have the opportunity to be involved in an annual mission trip as an expression of Christian service.
Building genuine relationships
Our wellbeing program includes Vertical Homerooms, where students in Years 9-12 interact daily to establish cohesive connections. Stage 5 students see first-hand the rigours of Senior study and develop relationships with students outside their immediate cohort. We intentionally develop leadership skills through the Student Leadership Team. The school’s strength program incorporates the Duke of Edinburgh Award, developing students leadership skills and resilience.
Developing skills and boosting performance
Our homework and study centre STAR (Students Taking an Active Role) is a structured environment where students can study with the support of qualified staff. Importantly for senior students, we see a clear correlation between participation in STAR and improved HSC performance.
Music and drama-minded Senior School students have the opportunity to participate in Worship Band, Senior Singers, Senior Band and our school musicals. Our musicals are a significant time of building musical skills, confidence, and teamwork, culminating in sell-out performances in the Orange Civic Theatre.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
What outdoor education and camping experiences are offered in Senior School?
Senior students participate in a range of overnight and day experiences. Experiences in Stage 5 include a Homelessness camp, an Urban experience for 2 nights in Sydney, an Aboriginal experience day with Indigenous elders, and a day with Orange’s Wontama Aged Care facility, developing awareness and empathy with Senior community members.
Stage 6 students undertake the Rite of Passage leadership retreat each year and an academic tour, which alternates each year between Sydney and Canberra.
We also run academic excursions overseas such as the Ancient History Tour to Pompeii, Herculaneum, the British Museum and other locations.
Are there mission trips in Senior School?
Stage 5 and 6 students have a wonderful opportunity to go on a mission trip each year. OCS teams up with a mission focused organisation such as YWAM or Scripture Union and the students become part of facilitating mission programs such as kids clubs, beach missions and outreach activities, along with specific mission training including sharing testimonies, learning how to speak to different age groups about Jesus and praying for the mission field. Mission trips are not included in our school fees, however, every effort is made to include those Senior students who have a desire to attend. Previous mission trips have been to Fiji, Broken Hill and Byron Bay.
What subjects are available in Senior School?
- English (Standard and Advanced)
- English Extension 1
- Mathematics (Advanced)
- Mathematics Extension 1
- Mathematics Extension 2
- Visual Arts
- Ancient History
- Modern History
- Design and Technology
- Legal Studies
- Construction (VET)
- Hospitality (VET)
There is also a wide range of Distance Education subjects available.
What Careers support is available in Senior School?
Student can explore a wide range of post-school options through guest speakers, excursions, and access to information sessions. Careers guidance is given on an individual basis, whether it be looking at university options, apprenticeships, or other programs such as overseas missions. As a child’s first and most important teacher, parents are valued advisers helping to consider each choice along with the Careers Adviser.
How are students oriented into Senior School?
New Senior School students coming in to OCS are assigned a buddy when they enrol and have ongoing follow-up with their Homeroom teacher, Chaplain and Senior Coordinator to make sure they are settling in well. Our vertical Homeroom structure means that new students interact with current students from the whole Senior School, not just their own cohort.
Are VET courses run at OCS?
We run Construction and Hospitality Vocational Education & Training (VET) courses in our purpose-built commercial kitchen and workshop facilities. These are available to Stage 5 and 6. Stage 5 students can choose a VET course as an elective that counts as 2 elective units and can sit their VET HSC examinations in Year 10, 11 or 12. This allows more flexibility in Stage 6 for those wanting to focus on extension subjects, and can also allow those practical, hands-on learners to find a balance and improve focus in other subjects.
What opportunities in the Creative & Performing Arts are available?
Senior School students have opportunities to strengthen their performance skills in various groups, including Concert and Stage Bands, school musicals, worship team, choir and string ensemble.
How are students oriented into Senior School?
By the time students are at the end of Year 8 they are very familiar with the rhythms and structures of secondary school. One of the key points of transition is subject selection for electives in Stage 5. Students have many elective options including VET and Distance subjects to increase their choices.