About Odyssey College

Odyssey College is the education arm of Odyssey House NSW and provides all clients in the residential program a rich and worthwhile educational experience. You may well ask why we have included education into the program at Odyssey House. Research indicates that having a career path post rehabilitation, is a predictor of long-term success.

Barbara

Acting Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to Odyssey College. We take incredible pride in providing support and guidance to the residents of Odyssey House NSW through our educational programs. The College is a member of Association of Independent Schools, delivering the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Curriculum. Importantly, our Stage 6 Life Skills programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our students.  Coupled with that, we provide residents with vocational training courses and job readiness skills.

Our staff are passionate about the contributions they make to the lives of the students they teach each day. They view their work as a privilege; knowing they are making a difference.  Most people aspire to teach because they want to make a difference to the students in their care. There is so much to celebrate at Odyssey College where that contribution touches the lives of people in such a meaningful way. Our teachers aim to meet the unique needs and challenges of our students. This is at the core of our approach.

Odyssey College provides an educational setting that is enriching, encouraging and rewarding for students: a place where all students can experience success. We support that journey by staying true to our Mission, Vision, Values and Philosophy.

-Barbara Maxfield
MEd (Leadership), Dip Religion, B Ed (Mathematics), Dip Performance, Dip Business: School Compliance, Justice of Peace

Mission, Vision, Values and Philosophy

Our Mission

To build safe and healthy communities by reducing the impact of substance misuse on individuals, families, carers and communities.

Our Vision

A world free of addiction

Our Values

Professionalism

We are committed to excellence by maintaining our professional boundaries and fulfilling responsibilities in an accountable, inclusive and objective manner.

Integrity

We act with honesty and adhere to consistent moral and ethical values and principles through our personal and professional behaviours.

Respect

We demonstrate consideration and regard for the feelings, beliefs and rights of others.

Creativity

We trust in our limitless potential.

Our Philosophy

Odyssey College aims to deliver a relevant and worthwhile education whilst clients are in the Residential Program.

Teaching and learning are key to who we are as people. From birth, we are constantly learning and growing, and this is even more important as we move toward adulthood.

Research indicates that clients will be more likely to succeed in their therapy if they have a career post-rehabilitation.

Odyssey College provides all clients in the Residential Program and education and vocational pathway.

Staff

Acting Principal

  • Barbara Maxfield

Teachers

  • Kristina Cocchi
  • Julie Fillipis
  • Clara Hali
  • Greg Hughes
  • Nettie Locke
  • Hiba Zarour

Administrative Support

  • Jo Mauceri

History

Odyssey College was established in 1977, with the purpose of educating clients in residential rehabilitation to enable them to re-enter the workforce and gain meaningful employment. The school was originally called Odyssey House School and residents would attend classes in Mathematics, English, Science, Textiles and Design and Visual Art.

Students would attend Science classes at St Gregory’s College at Campbelltown and there were three streams of classes;

  • Adults
  • Young Adults
  • Adolescents

Facilities

Odyssey College has state-of-the-art facilities over two campuses. All residents begin their journey at Ingleburn which has an art studio, ceramics room and timber workshop. For outdoor activities, there is beach volleyball court and a basketball court.

At Eagle Vale, an outdoor, undercover basketball court has been constructed with an air-conditioned gymnasium and also a volleyball court.

The classrooms are all air-conditioned and have the latest technology to allow all residents to explore their learning journey.