Oxley College is an independent, co-educational, non-denominational K-12 day school founded in 1983 in Bowral.
The school is set in expansive grounds of great beauty, providing a wonderful setting in which to educate young people.
At Oxley College our students have access to an intimate and caring school that is recognised as a school of choice for excellence in education from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Our view is that education should prepare young people for the life ahead of them, and that means encouraging them to take on the challenge of being human to the best and fullest extent of their ability.
Academic learning is understandably at the very heart of our task at Oxley College and we are proud to claim that Oxley College is a learning community, where we encourage our students to be intellectually curious, strong and independent thinkers.
The quality of teaching in the classroom is the most important factor in achieving these educational outcomes. The Oxley College staff is dedicated, capable and focused on achieving quality learning outcomes for each student.
At Oxley College pastoral care is concerned with the academic, spiritual, emotional and physical welfare of individual students. The College aims to ensure that every student is known in depth by at least one member of staff and that there is one adult in whom each student can confide. Regular appraisal of individuals is designed to assist in their academic and social development, and to seek out, make known and develop special interests which may not emerge through the academic program.
The physical setting of Oxley College provides students with space and beauty. A master plan has been developed to make the best use of the space available and to exploit the openness of the grounds.
Specialist facilities at Oxley College enhance opportunities for learning in Science, Visual Art, Design & Technology, Food Technology, Graphics Technology and Computing. Oxley College students use an integrated ICT network which runs throughout the College.
There is ready access to online resources and a speedy connection enables students to transport their work electronically between the home and the school. The Hoskins Hall is used extensively as a theatre space, both for teaching and productions.
Specialist accommodation for Music includes purpose-designed teaching spaces, instrumental rooms for personal lessons, practice and ensemble work.
The Sports grounds include two full-sized ovals, the Founders and Governors fields. There is a 400-metre running track, netball and tennis courts and pitches for Hockey, Rugby Union and Cricket as well as the indoor facilities in the PE Centre.
Students at Oxley College enjoy the Creative and Performing Arts which are wide in choice and high in standard. In Visual Arts and Design & Technology, students exhibit their course work and often submit works for external exhibitions and competition. Similarly, Music and Drama students perform as an integral part of their learning.
Wider opportunities for performance are not limited to students of Drama or Music. There are regular dramatic productions exploring a wide range of style, idiom and performance dynamic. Oxley College has maintained its interest in Fast & Fresh, a state-wide competition for short plays.
A comprehensive range of team and individual sports reflects Oxley College's commitment to developing the physical growth of students and those personal and affective aspects of human development.
Boys can join teams to play Cricket, Basketball, Football (Soccer), Rugby Union and Tennis. Girls compete in Hockey, Softball, Netball, Basketball and Tennis. Annual competitions in Athletics, Swimming and Cross-Country are part of the ISA programme.
The College also trains students to compete in Kayaking, often at a very high level. There are College teams in Equestrian competitions and in Snow Sports. Informal teams often compete locally in Water Polo, Basketball and Touch Football.
The Outdoor Education Program is designed to foster an awareness in students of the beauty of the natural world. It also exposes them to personal challenge and intersects with the academic curriculum. With the assistance of highly trained professionals, this program offers a wide variety of activities including bush walking, abseiling, navigation and remote survival skills.