Oxley College (Burradoo, NSW)
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
Type Independent, Co-educational, Day school
Denomination Non-denominational
Established 1983
Chairman Murray Walker
Deputy Headmasters Steven Armstrong and Stuart Bollom
Headmaster Grant Williamson
Employees ~50[2]
Key people
Grant Williamson (head of college)
Murray Walker (chairman)
Stuart Bollom (deputy head - pastoral), Steven Armstrong (deputy head - academic)
Enrolment ~500 (7-12)[1]
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). The college now has a total enrolment of about 500.

The head since January 2008 has been Grant Williamson, formerly deputy headmaster and head of Stanmore at Newington College.


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, and athletic and swimming carnivals.

Notable alumni

Australian rugby union player Al Kanaar attended Oxley. Melanie Tait, author of The Vegemite Tales and Fat Chance: My Big Fat Gastric Band Adventure, was also a student there.


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

See also


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

Further reading

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

External links

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