At Penrith Anglican College, every student is encouraged to find their niche and strive for personal excellence. The College has a range of diverse opportunities for students to explore different areas of interests and talents outside the classroom.
Debating and Public Speaking
Debating is available to both Primary and Senior students. Students are given the opportunity to take part in internal and external competitions. Students develop a sound understanding of the debating process, in competitive and fun environments. They have the opportunity to develop their skills as speakers, timekeepers and chairperson.
Students from Years 7 to 12 are invited to participate in the College’s Public Speaking Program. Competitions include ROSTRUM Public Speaking, Legacy Public Speaking, Plain English Public Speaking or Lions Club Youth of the Year Quest. Students learn the skills of planning, writing and confidently delivering a speech, while develop strong bonds with their co-speakers.
Chess Club provides students with the opportunity to use and develop their analytical and problem solving skills, while fostering relationships with like-minded peers. Students in the Senior School participate in the annual RSL Penrith Chess Competition where they compete with students from a wide cross section of the Penrith Region.
DARE Lunch Club
Dare Lunch Club challenges Senior School students to DARE to be stretched, determined and themselves, as they undertake activities in the form of games and puzzles. Meeting weekly, students foster relationships in a less formal setting, engage as communicators, stretch their brains to undertake challenges and tap into their creative and thinking skills.
Tournament of the Minds
This is a school-based activity giving gifted and talented students the opportunity to work as a team in solving problems. It encourages lateral thinking, teamwork and problem solving skills. Students in Stages 2 and 3 and in the Senior School have the opportunity to participate in this activity.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
This well-known program, combining physical activity, as well as community service, has three levels of awards – bronze, silver and gold. Each level involves the learning and practicing of a variety of skills. The program is offered to Senior School students each year.
Penrith Anglican College recognise that Co-curricular Music is essential for the ongoing music education of students, we believe that Music should be regarded alongside other subjects as part of the development of the whole student, hence the term co-curricular.
The benefits of being part of a music ensemble are many. The social and emotional well-being of students is essential to the development of children and adolescents. The benefits of developing team work and interacting with other students with a common goal of producing excellent music are paramount to the co-curricular program. On a personal level, students are encouraged to implement the skills and abilities they have learned on their instrument both with their tutor and as part of their music classes enhancing their ensemble skills along with their personal playing ability.
Students may choose to study music as a subject, but those who choose subjects other than music in Years 9-12 have the opportunity to participate alongside music students in the co-curricular program.
There are many opportunities for students from Years 4-12 to participate in groups including the following:
Development, Intermediate, Concert and Jazz bands, string ensembles, choirs, ukulele club, percussion group, flute choir.
In addition to this, there are opportunities to learn an instrument individually with the help of a tutor. Instruments offered at the College include flute, piano, trumpet, French horn, trombone, cello, clarinet, saxophone, guitar. These lessons take place throughout the school day and provide a convenient way for students to learn an instrument without adding to busy family schedules outside of school hours. Students are expected to catch up on any work missed by attending these lessons and arrangements are made between parents and the tutor in regards to the timing of these lessons.
Senior Choir: Open to students in Years 7 to 12.
Junior Choir: Open to interested students in Years 3 to 6.
Developmental Band: Open to interested students.
Intermediate Band: Open to students who meet an appropriate music standard. This may require an audition.
Senior Concert Band: Open to students who meet an appropriate music standard. This may require an audition.
Jazz Band: Auditioned players only (Wind instrument players must be members of the Senior Concert Band).
Beginner String Ensemble: Open to beginner violin and cello players from Years 3 to 6.
Intermediate String Ensemble: Open to students who meet an appropriate music standard. This may require an audition.
Senior String Ensemble: Open to students who meet an appropriate music standard. This may require an audition.
Ukulele Group (Uke-Alypts): Open to students who meet an appropriate music standard. This may require an audition.
Specialist Groups and Tutoring
Chapel Band: Auditioned students from Years 7-11 (any instrument or vocal).
Dixieland Jazz Band: Interested students apply for this unique jazz style.
Peripatetic Music Program
Specialist instrumental tutors also operate in the College and offer tuition in a variety of instruments. These lessons attract a fee. For further information regarding the College’s Music program, please contact the Music Department at MusicAdmin@pac.nsw.edu.au.
Students at Penrith Anglican College have a range of Drama opportunities to participate in from Years 7 to 12.
Junior Drama Ensemble
The Junior Drama Ensemble is a co-curricular group run for students in Years 7 and 8 to develop their knowledge and understanding of theatre. Students work together, learning performance skills through practical activities, and participate in a number of different group work scenarios. Junior Ensemble is an excellent introduction to Drama and a taste of what elective Drama can offer.
The school musical has been a highlight on the calendar for Penrith Anglican College since the College’s opening, and is an amazing opportunity of students of varying ages and gifts to work together to produce a high quality event.
A large number of students are involved each year in all aspects of the musical and look forward to each new show.
The production provides many varied opportunites to be involved, learn new skills provides an opportunity for students not only to develop and showcase their skills in singing, dancing and acting, but also behind the scenes in Elements of Production. Teams of students collaborate in backstage production, lighting and sound technical team, costume and set design work collaboratively to bring the musical together.
Being involved with the musical allows students to mix with peers in other year groups and can provide older students the opportunity to mentor younger students. Students have developed not only confidence, performance skills and knowledge of technical elements, but have developed long lasting friendships as a result of being involved in the musical.
- Mary Poppins – 2017
- Beauty and the Beast – 2016
- Happily Ever After - 2014
- Calamity Jane - 2013
- Wizard of Oz – 2011
- Peter Pan - 2010
“I liked being able to become another person that I wouldn’t have the opportunity to otherwise.” – Jade Richards
“I enjoyed the ability to entertain people.” – Joshua Heins
Penrith Anglican College offers all students the opportunity to participate in both individual and team sports.
Students have the opportunity to represent the College in the following sports:
- Touch Football
- Rugby Union
Students can participate in sports-specific training programs such as football, triathlon, or basketball among others. These programs allow students to achieve personal excellence in a specific sport and further develop and enhance their skills. Students then also have the opportunity to trial for College teams and represent the College at inter-school competitions and gala days.
Students sporting interests outside the College are also supported and encouraged. Many of our students for example, who have been involved in Diving or Cricket outside the College or are developing their skills as an umpire or referee, have had the opportunity to represent the College through higher-level pathways such as through the Association of Independent Co-Educational Schools (AICES) and Combined Independent Schools (CIS).
Sport in the Senior School aims for students to gain a life-long appreciation for physical activity and to model sportsmanlike behaviour on the field and into all aspects of life.
Penrith Anglican College has an Australian Air Force Cadet (AAFC) squadron as part of the Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADFC) program. Part of the aim of the ADFC, which includes the AAFC is ‘to better equip young people for community life by fostering initiatives, leadership, discipline and loyalty through training programs which are also designed to stimulate an interest in a particular arm of the Defence Force.’ The activities undertaken by the cadets are varied, fun and instil life-long skills, such as leadership, community service and teamwork, all skills which prepare our students for a life of purpose.
Students from 13 to 18 years old can join the Penrith Anglican College squadron, which is run out of the RAAF Base in Glenbrook.
For further information on what students can expect when joining the Cadets can be found here.
Penrith Anglican College offers three Christian groups that provide students across the Primary and Senior School the opportunity to meet and encourage each other in their faith and journey through school. These groups are:
- BIG: Students in Years 3 to 6
- ROCK: Students in Years 7 to 9
- Senior ROCK for students in Years 10 to 12
The groups meet at lunch times once a week to discuss a weekly Bible topic, and participate in fun games, activities and music.
Senior ROCK also provides students with the opportunity to grow in leadership skills. The senior students have a vital role in encouraging and mentoring younger students who attend Junior ROCK to grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and build relationships with Him and each other.
A highlight of the year for students in Years 7 to 12 is the annual ROCK Camp, which is run over three days.