At OCS we have a clear focus on assisting students to know what it means to live a life dedicated to serving Jesus Christ.
At OCS we have a clear focus on assisting students to know what it means to live a life dedicated to serving Jesus Christ. This is intentionally modelled by every member of the school’s staff, but opportunity is also given to discuss matters of faith and practice.
Christian discipleship of our students is embedded in our vision statement… “To raise up effective leaders of godly character who will blend academic achievement and biblical truth, to influence society for the glory of God.”
Staff and regular visitors to the school engage our students, from the youngest to the oldest, in discussion about what it means to follow Jesus in the world in which we live. This is the very serious task that our school has undertaken: to assist young men and women to know about Christ and to know Him.
While Christian discipleship training is part of the very DNA of our school, and has been from the school’s inception, there are several specific aspects of the program of the school which are designed to encourage faith and Christian outlook.
2013 saw the inaugural OCS Mission Trip to Fiji. The whole school was involved in fundraising and awareness programs connected with this outreach, as Year 11 and 12 students went to Fiji to reach out to others with God’s great love. Our school community saw the students going to Fiji as our representatives, reaching out to needy communities on our behalf. This was a wonderful way to involve our whole school community in meeting the needs of others.
In 2014 we held our inaugural stage 5 mission outreach to Byron Bay, focussing on mission in our own nation. This outreach was also most successful, with many students discovering a heart for serving others. The Byron Bay trip will be held in the alternate year to the overseas mission trip.
By involving the whole school community in these outreach programs through planning, information giving, fund-raising and prayer, we aim to build into our students a heart for God and a heart for others.
The primary students have a Missions Focus for each term. Discipling children and having them understand that their faith is actually an outward expression, is a crucial part of a Christian education. Each term all students are involved in a social justice, or gospel-focussed, activity. Students learn to see themselves as people who can contribute to the well-being of others and be part of God’s mission.
It is our aim at OCS to build rapport and therefore a genuine understanding of community, with all of our students from the youngest through to the oldest. To this end we conduct several Buddy Programs across the school as part of our regular curriculum: Year 6 partner with our new Kinders each year to help them adjust to school; Year 9 develop physical activity programs with Years 1 & 2, and Year 12 conduct Primary Projects with Years 3 & 4.
Over the past few years our Year 9 classes have developed a very special relationship with the staff and residents at Wontama aged care facility. This program has included weekly visits by students who are keen to spend time with the elderly, brightening their day however they can. We also hold an annual day where Wontama residents are brought to the school and are treated to a meal, entertainment and a very special day out, all designed and run by our Year 9’s. This program has received a great deal of very positive feedback from the residents and staff of Wontama, and continues to provide wonderful opportunities for our students to learn the value of serving others.
Middle school students support a Compassion sponsor-child, jointly collecting and bringing in their own money to support him each month, and writing to him.
Our Student Service Committee (SSC) among their many roles, look after all fundraising and select various causes for the school to support. Money is used to assist local and overseas causes.
Each year the school is generously supported financially by the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.
Through this the Australian Government provides a Chaplain at the school. We appreciate and are grateful for their continued support and contribution to our school community.
Our School Chaplain Jann Osborn is available from Monday to Thursday to speak with students and parents. For appointments please call school office.