Oxley College is a private, co-educational Christian school, ranging from 3 year-old kindergarten to Year 12.
Oxley College is a day school with a total enrolment of around 1000 students. The Junior School includes the Early Childhood Centre; Kinderoo (3 Year olds) and Pre-School (4 Year Olds) through to Year 6; the Senior School encompasses Years 7 through 12.
In offering a complete educational experience - from Pre-School to Year 12, the College fosters a sense of community, security and belonging, where interaction between all age groups is encouraged as an important aspect of social development.
Each student is assigned to one of three competition groups called Houses. Friendly Inter-House competition in various sports fosters the qualities of co-operation and team loyalty, while roles of responsibility at all Year levels - Home Group Captains, Junior and Senior School House Captains, Prefects, and College Captains and Vice-Captains - nurture the development of leadership skills.
In 2008 Oxley became a member of the Eastern Independent Schools Melbourne (EISM) sporting competition.
OXLEY COLLEGE was founded in 1979 with two key objectives: to achieve the highest academic standards and to do so within a non-denominational, distinctively Christian environment. Still deeply committed to its founding principles, Oxley is widely recognised both for the excellence of its teaching and for the outstanding academic performance of its Year 12 students, of whom the majority gain entry each year into the university programs of their choice.
At the heart of the Oxley experience are Christian perspectives and values, which underpin all aspects of the College program. Every member of the highly qualified teaching staff is committed to the Christian ethos. Each student is encouraged in the development of a deep and enduring personal faith, accompanied by respect for oneself as a unique creation of God, and by respect and compassion for others.
The College seeks also to identify and nurture the individual student’s talents, which are valued, cherished and encouraged as special, God-given gifts.
Oxley College attracts students from diverse cultures and backgrounds - including a number of students from overseas. The College community welcomes all students and families who embrace the school’s ethos and objectives.
Oxley College values and promotes the principles and practices of Australian democracy, including a commitment to elected government, the rule of law and equal rights for all before the law. We are also committed to and enjoy freedom of religion, speech and association. Our College community practices and actively promotes the values of openness and tolerance.
The College campus is located in the Yarra Valley Shire, in eastern Melbourne. Set on thirty hectares of tranquil, semi-rural landscape at Chirnside Park, 25 km east of Melbourne, the school is readily accessible by public transport.
Surrounding suburbs of the school include: Lilydale, Croydon, Mooroolbark, Ringwood, Healesville, Kilsyth, Mount Evelyn, Montrose, Donvale, Ferntree Gully, Bayswater, Boronia, Mitcham, Heathmont and Wonga Park.