This year, 2024, Oxford Falls Grammar proudly commemorates 40 years of providing Christian education. Over this time, OFG has positively influenced the lives of countless students, staff, and their families.
As part of our 40th year celebrations, we are inviting current and past students, staff, parents and friends of the school to share a favorite or lasting memory of your time at OFG.
Whether stories of lifelong friendship, victories on the sporting fields, the inspiration you felt being a part of a production or pieces of advice that positively influenced your life, we want to hear from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
A 40 Year Anniversary Story:
In the early 1980s, two young pastors of a fledgling local church had a vision to start a school for northern beaches students and families, providing quality education embedded in a Christian foundation. Oxford Falls Grammar (then ‘Northside Christian School’) was born in 1984 under the vision of Pastors Phil and Chris Pringle and with the backing of a young C3 Church. The school ethos was “For Greatness, For Excellence” and the logo, a child, a book and a flame. Meeting in a hall in Belrose, a team of dedicated and brave parents enrolled their children into the great unknown, and by the end of the year the school had a population of 24 students and a staff of two. The students played in a dusty playground with a swing and a climbing frame, and undertook their lessons using the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) program out of the USA. The students were wonderfully happy and blissfully unaware of the challenges the adults faced in those early days. The pioneering parents and staff all mucked in to run the school and held regular prayer meetings. The staff worked with few resources and for many years it was a labour of love, with wages below award. The Manual Arts Workshop was a set of tools in the back of a station wagon. The first iteration of Year 7 (the entire Senior School) had a population of five students. The school was nomadic, moving next to the Salvation Army Centre in Collaroy and then to C3’s premises in an industrial estate in Brookvale. It was clear that the growing school needed its own land and a place to call its own. 40 Year Stories…
Securing a new site
OFG began its humble days as ‘Northside Christian School’ in the back of a church hall in Belrose. It then moved to the Salvation Army Centre in Collaroy and then to C3’s premises in an industrial estate in Brookvale. As the years went on it was clear that the growing school needed land and a place to call its own. The School and Church Boards spied a patch of land out in the boondocks on the Wakehurst Parkway. It had once belonged to the Anglican diocese and was named “Jerusalem Park”. Owned by the Sutherland family and operating as a pig farm, the school accepted an offer on generous no-interest terms over four years, with a small deposit.
But there was a problem. Times were financially very tough and at the last minute, it appeared that the school would not be able to make the payments, but along with fervent prayer, a generous church member wrote a cheque for $140 000 and the land was secured. (This is the equivalent of half a million in today’s terms). There was another problem: the school owned the land but Warringah Council were stone-walling the school’s Development Applications. The school battled for many years to get their building plans approved, but with the eventual sacking of Warringah Council over bribery and corruption allegations, the school’s plans fell to the bottom of the pile. After years of perseverance and petitioning and earnest prayer from church and school members, however, the school’s plans were finally approved and the way was paved for a fleet of portable buildings to be trucked onto the site. Taking on the new name ‘Wakehurst Christian School’ to reflect its new location, a new era was about to begin…To be continued…