The College is committed to developing leadership skills and values in its students so that they can make positive contributions to both the College and to the wider community. The model of service leadership provides both formal and informal leadership opportunities.
Primary student leadership positions are open to all students in Years 3 to 6. Captains, Vice Captains and House Captains are appointed from Year 6 and Year Captains are appointed from Years 3 to 5.
Students interested in leadership positions submit a written application and are involved in an interview process. Primary student leaders represent the student body at formal College and community occasions, assist in a variety of College activities, and promote and facilitate student-led service initiatives. The Primary House Captains lead students in their House to foster and build house spirit for each of the four houses: Cranmer, Latimer, Ridley and Ryle.
In the Senior School, many opportunities are provided for leadership and service. Senior Leaders, including Captains, Vice Captains, House Captains and Prefects are appointed after a process of nomination and interview and work on goals aimed at fulfilling the College’s Mission statement. Senior Student Leaders represent staff and students at College and community events; undertake responsibilities at the College; organise service and fundraising events and promote initiatives which foster Primary/ Senior School connections. House Captains actively lead in promoting House Spirit and are an integral part of the College’s Mentor system.
Another avenue for formal leadership opportunities in the Senior School is within the House based Mentor Groups. At the beginning of each year, each Mentor group votes in a Mentor Group Representative. Throughout the year this student helps to run some Mentor Group activities, assist in the organisation and running of some House events, and is also the student voice for the students in their Mentor group. Through this position, students can raise ideas, concerns and help to build up the community at Penrith Anglican College.
A major focus of student leadership in both Primary and Senior School is facilitating student voice across the College. Students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 have the opportunity to provide feedback on learning and College initiatives and to participate in decision making in a variety of areas. Senior School Captains and Vice-Captains meet regularly with the Headmaster for discussion of issues and leadership development.
Our Senior Student Leaders engage in training programs and meet regularly with Primary leaders to share ideas and develop their leadership skills.
As leaders, our students model honesty, integrity, teamwork and commitment, and are given opportunities to put these into practice. Student Leadership and voice are a valued feature of the College.