The pursuit of high academic standards is a top priority at Orange Christian School. OCS employs Christian teachers who are experts in their field and are passionate about encouraging young people to develop a life-long love of learning.
A passion for learning is ultimately the goal of a sound education. At OCS we want our students to become proficient in the academic areas they pursue. We also want them to understand the nature of learning and the process of acquiring knowledge.
Therefore, it is not only the accumulation of facts and figures that is our aim. Students from their earliest years need to understand how they can acquire knowledge, and to be taught specific strategies for both meaningful research and analysis of that information.
Opportunities for academic advancement are programmed into all that we do both inside and outside the classrooms at OCS. In addition to academically rigorous studies across all age groups and key learning areas, OCS offers many other opportunities for students to experience a rich culture of strong academic achievement.
Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan (LNAP)
Orange Christian School has been fortunate to be part of the Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan, which has provided specific Professional Development in both Literacy and Numeracy, including grading expectations, differentiation and quality pedagogy. OCS is working on this initiative in conjunction with the AIS with the generous assistance of Government funding.
Instructional Leaders work collegially with class teachers to oversee the progress of all students. Together they analyse data to identify areas of weakness and then develop an action plan for improvement.
Specific regular assessments for both Literacy and Numeracy, such as DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills); the Number Knowledge Test; JEMM (Junior Elementary Maths Mastery) PAT (Progressive Assessment Tests) and NAPLAN are used to monitor students’ progress.
This is managed through a three tiered literacy and numeracy intervention system based on initial (diagnostic) assessments and personalised learning. [Tier +1, Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3] Extension lessons specifically cater for students who are identified at Tier +1 and Tier 1 level, while booster sessions cater for students at Tier 2, with Individual Plans addressing the needs of our Tier 3 students.
Students are grouped at specific levels; through differentiation they are taught in a manner to inspire and nurture achievement. Regular assessment challenges students in a way that is both supportive while nurturing them to aim higher in their academic development.
Teacher Aides work with the Kindergarten to Year 2 classes, either assisting the class teacher or specifically with groups of students in Booster sessions.
The Junior School focus is unapologetically on Literacy and Numeracy. Regular assessments for both Literacy and Numeracy, such as DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills); the Number Knowledge Test; JEMM (Junior Elementary Maths Mastery) PAT (Progressive Assessment Tests) and NAPLAN are used to monitor students’ progress.
These enable teachers to place students into groups targeting their specific needs. Extension programs specifically cater for students who are identified at Tier +1 and Tier 1 level, including: extension lessons by class teachers, literacy and numeracy groups plus involvement in ICAS testing which provides measurement against students further afield. To this end Library books are organised in genres to assist students to select stories which target their interests.
Stemming from our differentiation in the classroom, students are also encouraged to participate in enrichment opportunities and extra-curricular programs, such as Public Speaking and Writing competitions throughout the year.
The SEEKERS program for Stages 2 and 3 provides exciting opportunities for students to experience enriching knowledge by engaging in real life skills. Robotics, Chess and Visual Arts are the focus, with strategic moves, dynamic programming, computer knowledge, creativity, inventiveness, visual effects and collaboration all coming into play.
Creative Arts is a special focus with students given the opportunity to participate in the Stage 1 Singers or the Primary Singers. Specialist music lessons are delivered on a weekly basis helping to create future musicians. Individual instrumental tuition is available, offering a wide range of instruments at affordable rates.
Primary Assembly provides opportunity for students to enjoy singing together each week. Musicals are conducted every two years which involve all students in the Junior School. These provide wonderful opportunities for students to work collaboratively together from Kindergarten to Year 6, appreciating the diversity of skills within the primary school.
Secondary School Innovations
Some of the ways in which the academic focus continues beyond the classroom in the secondary section of our school, are opportunities such as:
- CWA public speaking competitions
- Year 10, 11 & 12 iPad Program
- Showcase Week and Showcase Extravaganza
- Twilight Arts Display and Performances
- Extension Writers’ and Mathematicians’ Camps
- Science and Engineering Challenge
- Year 11 & 12 University visits to Sydney and Canberra
- Year 11 & 12 after school/lunch-time and occasional holiday extension lessons
- University Competitions
- Extension classes for HSC Maths & English
- Extended hours of opening of our Library Learning Centre