Oxley College (Burradoo)

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Oxley College
Oxley College crest. Source: www.oxley.nsw.edu.au (Oxley website)
Latin: Patientia Et Fortitudine
("Patience and Fortitude")
Burradoo, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 34°29′56″S 150°23′29″E / 34.49889°S 150.39139°E / -34.49889; 150.39139
Type Independent, Co-educational, Day school
Denomination Non-denominational
Established 1983
Chairman Frank Conroy AM
Deputy Headmasters Kathryn Cunich and Peter Ayling
Headmaster Michael Parker
Employees ~50[1]
Key people
Michael Parker(headmaster)
Frank Conroy (chairman)
Peter Ayling (deputy head - pastoral), Kathryn Cunich (deputy head - academic)
Grades K-12
Enrolment ~500 (7-12)[2]
Colour(s) Blue & Gold

Oxley College is an independent, co-educational, secondary day school, founded on Christian principles.

The college takes its name from the early Australian explorer John Oxley and nestles at the foot of a hill named after him. His descendants gave permission for his family crest to be used as the basis of the college badge.


The college first opened to students in 1983, with an initial enrolment of 234. Its founding headmaster was David Wright (an Oxford Rhodes Scholar), followed by Christopher Welsh (1995–2007), and Grant Williamson (2008 - 2014). The college now has a total enrolment of about 500.

The head since April 2014 has been Michael Parker.

In 2012 enrolments were opened for Kindergarten through to Year 6, in addition to the Years 7 through to 12 already taught.


Oxley College has six houses: Dobell, Durack, Florey, Mawson, Monash and Oodgeroo. All are named after high-achieving Australians. All have tutor groups and compete against each other in music, drama, public speaking, cross country, athletic and swimming carnivals. In addition there are three k-6 houses: Chisholm, Flynn and Walton.

Notable alumni[edit]


Oxley regularly competes in ISA and also has a fierce rivalry with the neighbouring Chevalier College.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oxley College Annual Report 2006 (accessed:16-08-2007)
  2. ^ Australian School Choice- NSW Schools (accessed:24-04-2006)

Further reading[edit]

  • Emery, L. 2006. A Lovingly Woven Tapestry: Oxley College, Bowral. Oxley College, Burradoo.

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