Co-Curricular

Other Learning Experiences

Other Learning Experiences!

OLE! Week is a compulsory and unique multi-day/overnight College event held during Week 1 Term 4, and OLE! stands for Other Learning Experiences. OLE! Week is a wonderful opportunity for Oxley students to explore new experiences with their peers in a supervised and supportive environment, and immerse themselves in activities we hope will extend and enrich their lives beyond the classroom, particularly with an outdoor, service or cultural focus.

K – Year 2

During OLE! Week our most junior students will Rule the School! Kindergarten to Year 2 students will be involved in a diverse range of activities including short trips off-campus (eg train trip excursion to Bowral’s Corbett Gardens for a Teddy Bears Picnic!). K – 2 will keep regular school hours during OLE! Week and specifics of their programme will be confirmed closer to the date. Just a reminder that the dress code is mufty for the week!

Year 3 & 4 – Coastal Diversity

This is a two day centre based programme incorporating surf awareness and surfing/beach day, canoeing escapades and exploration of the Kiama coast.  Just a reminder that the dress code is mufty for the week!

OLE! Week 2016:

Visit the Land’s Edge website for further details.

Years 5 & 6 – Discovering Yarramundi, Discovering Me

Set in natural bushland at Yarramundi in the Hawkesbury Valley, this four day programme offers a range of activities designed to build confidence and resilience, encourage team work and communication, and inspire initiative and critical thinking.  Just a reminder that the dress code is mufty for the week!

OLE! Week 2016:

Visit the YMCA NSW website for further details: http://camping.ymcansw.org.au/camp-Yarramundi

Year 7 – Outdoor Experience (OEG)

The 2016 programme is a five day canoe expedition through the beautiful Kangaroo Valley. It is designed to introduce the students to new skills as they begin their journey to independence. Students will learn to prepare for the elements, camp in tents, navigate, canoe, cook and clean for themselves while working in small teams to develop resilience.

OLE! Week 2016:

Click here to visit the OEG portal for more details about this camp.

Year 8 – Outdoor Experience (Land’s Edge) ‘Discovering Murramarang’

An interactive Aboriginal cultural session with Boolarng Nangamai provides students a chance to see and participate in traditional indigenous dance and hear the important roles that nature, earth, respect and language play in Aboriginal culture. Following this opportunity, students then move on to the larger component of their camp which invites them to flex both their ‘initiative and endurance’ muscles while exploring specific coastal areas on foot. Utilising teamwork, encouragement and resilience students together complete a series of hikes and camps, adopting the principle of ‘leave no trace’, while developing a deeper understanding of Murramarang’s individual characteristics and their importance to our own local surrounds and society as a whole. Building on from exposure to one main natural environment component on their previous year’s camp, Year 8 students move from the water to the land to explore hiking, mountain biking and camping based elements in the Murramarang area. While the Year 8 programme is primarily designed to encourage students to stretch, strive and stick through means of these land based activities, there is also a surfing opportunity included during the week to take advantage of the beautiful nearby beach environment in order to develop fundamental surfing skills.

OLE! Week 2016:

Visit the Land’s Edge website for further details.

Years 9 & 10 Programmes

Students in Year 9 and 10 will participate in small group, vertical activities according to choice.  Each activity will typically take place over five days:

ACTIVE: Duke of Edinburgh (DEA) compliant or other outdoor experiences eg. a hike that qualifies for the Silver Award Hike

COMMUNITY: serving the local and Oxley community

SERVICE: helping others

CULTURAL: an enrichment or extension experience based on immersion into a different cultural environment

Students will be involved in ONE experience during Term 4, Week 1 based on sufficient numbers. The activities for 2016, excluding our overseas service learning opportunities, are listed below:

Cross Country Skiing – Alpine Experience
*Unfortunately this activity is not running this year due to a number of factors. We apologise to students who may be disappointed by this decision.*

Surfing Safari (Girls)
Travelling South to Gerroa’s 7 Mile Beach, this exclusive girls’ adventure will stay beachside, hitting the waves by day with the option of a number of activities in the evening. Boards and wetsuits are supplied and no previous surfing experience is necessary. As well as daily surfing opportunities, students will also learn surf theory, practical techniques and key beach safety.

OLE! Week 2016:

Surfing Safari (Boys)
Travelling North to Crescent Head this trip will follow the waves by day with the option of a number of activities in the evening. Boards and wetsuits are supplied and no previous surfing experience is necessary. Camping near the beach this is the ultimate boys’ adventure. As well as daily surfing opportunities, students will also learn surf theory, practical techniques and key beach safety.

OLE! Week 2016:

A Taste of Sydney
Students will travel to Sydney by train, staying in the heart of the city for four nights. During their stay students will experience a selection of food-related highlights in and around the city as well as visiting a number of culturally significant locations selected to broaden their horizons. We will travel around Sydney using public transport and on foot to enhance our experience of all Sydney has to offer. Among other things students will: visit the fine dining restaurant atop Sydney Tower for a guided tour through a professional kitchen as well as dine on site; make an early morning visit to the Flemington Markets; spend time exploring the foods on offer in a Vietnamese-dominated part of Sydney and also a predominantly Middle-Eastern area; attend a coffee tasting course at The Grounds of Alexandria; visit Sydney’s smallest café; explore Wendy Whitley’s Garden; and attend a hands-on bread making course at Brasserie Bread. Some of these activities are dependent on the weather and are therefore potentially subject to last minute change.

OLE! Week 2016:

Murray to the Mountains
This is a great opportunity to challenge yourself as you stretch or discover your cycling legs while exploring the beautiful countryside of Northern Victoria. You will ride out every day on special bike trails from your accommodation to visit various historic and picturesque village locations. All bikes will be hired from a company local to the area.

OLE! Week 2016:

Outback (Year 11)

The Year 11 Outback trip is a long standing tradition at Oxley College. Each year the Year 11 students spend two weeks on the road travelling to remote areas. The trip is long and at times made deliberately arduous. All students are expected to contribute to the success of the journey. Thus, cooking for and serving everyone is done by each team of six for a two-day period, as is packing and cleaning. The trip includes hikes in places such as Kata Tjuta and The Flinder’s Ranges, as well as a basketball game with the children of Ooodnadatta. The experience, coming as it does at the end of Term three, is meant to help the year group to be more cohesive and resilient before they begin their final year at Oxley.