During the 13 years I spent at the College, I was taught invaluable lessons both in and out of the classroom. My teachers aided me to work towards personal excellence through goals they knew I was capable of achieving, while also encouraging me to pursue my passions that extended outside of any syllabus. Through the support continually given by my year group, as well as the sense of community embodied in all aspects of college life, I was able to achieve the best version of myself.
Nina Carrasco (’16)
Penrith Anglican College was my home away from home for the 10 years that I spent there. Not only did staff and fellow students help me to grow academically, my musical career was shaped by mentors like Mervyn Lawrence and the plethora of ensembles and music groups available to me. My time at Penrith Anglican College helped me to mature as a man and taught me valuable life skills that I still use every day.
After graduating from Penrith Anglican College, I spent two years studying a Bachelor of Film and Television at JMC Academy and I am currently a full-time salesman and 2IC at Autobarn Mt Druitt.
I am currently pursuing a career in corporate sales, new car sales or as a sales representative. I also play drums in two bands that play regularly in the Blue Mountains and the inner city.
Marcus Graham (’13)
Being a student at Penrith Anglican College meant that I had some amazing opportunities to get involved in a variety of causes and develop skills and talents that have helped me later in life.
My teachers encouraged me to pursue my passion for politics and social justice which is now where I have found myself working professionally. My teachers were always available 24/7 and ensured I got the best results possible to pursue tertiary studies in political science and the law.
I am currently a Councillor in the Penrith City Council and finishing my law studies.
Aaron Duke (’08)
Penrith Anglican College’s inclusive and dedicated community are the heartbeat of our College. The College’s Parents and Friends’ Association (P&F) has been an active part of the College for more than 18 years. In that time, the dedication and passion of its members has contributed positively to our community.
Each year the P&F organises a variety of opportunities for parents and carers to come together and connect as a community.
The Trivia night, Winter Dinner and Spring Fair bring our parents and wider community together socially, while raising valuable funds to purchase additional resources for the College.
Projects funded by the Parents and Friends’ Association include the covered walkways; covered bus bay shelter; an electronic sign at the College entrance; classroom resources and equipment such as books, microscopes and cameras; and the replacement of the soundboard in the Lighthouse Theatre.
In 2017, the P&Fs fundraising efforts will see the inclusion of an orchestra pit in The Lighthouse Theatre performing space.
President: Garth Nolan
Vice President: Ruth Pedley
Treasurer: Sally Lee
Secretary: Zoe Van-Stolk and Bronwyn Goodwin
Volunteer Coordinator: Sunny Hunt
All parents are encouraged to become members. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month during school term (with the exception of July and October) in the College’s Administration Block from 7:30pm.
Penrith Anglican College is proud to have an inclusive and nurturing community which is the heartbeat of the College, with parent involvement in daily college life encouraged.
There are many opportunities for parents to be involved both inside and outside the classrooms. In our younger grades parent helpers are invaluable, assisting with Literacy lessons during Reading Groups each morning and during our Kindergarten Sport program each week.
Parents are welcomed to help in Visual Arts lessons in Kindergarten to Year 6, assisting the teacher during this very hands-on lesson.
An important part of the Primary Creative Arts Program is performance and parents regularly help the staff with costume requirements, including sewing and sourcing costumes for our annual Performing Arts Celebrations.
Parents also assist in the running of our Swimming and Athletics carnivals through timekeeping and supporting staff managing field events.
The College Canteen benefits from the assistance of parents to help prepare and pack lunches to deliver to classes and to work behind the counter at recess and lunch.
All parent volunteers must have a Working with Children Check number, this can be obtained here. For further information on volunteering opportunities at the College please speak to your class teacher, or contact the College on 02 4736 8100 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Christ Church at the College
Christ Church at the College began in August 2004 to serve the community of Penrith Anglican College and the wider Penrith area.
Its overarching goal has been to serve and connect with the students, families and staff of Penrith Anglican College. The minister at Christ Church, Daniel Arthur, is one of the Chaplains at the College and works closely with the other College Chaplains, George Statheos and Emily Heath in the College’s Divinity Program, Rock lunchtime groups and School Chapel services and general pastoral care to students and families.
Christ Church aims to be a church that invests time, energy and resources into all of its members, from all ages and backgrounds, yet at the same time there is a special focus on ministry to young people and their families. We believe that it is our responsibility, with Penrith Anglican College to pass on the great news of the Gospel into the minds and lives of the next generation who God has placed in our care.
Christ Church at the College take children and youth seriously, because God takes them seriously. They are loved, valued and precious to Him and He desires for them to grow in their knowledge and love of Him, growing to be healthy, mature and influential members of society as they come to an authentic knowledge of the person of Jesus.
Christ Church wants to be a church that passes on the knowledge of the one true God to those within our school and local community, and to the next generation.
Christ Church at the College meets in The Lighthouse Theatre every Sunday morning at 9:30am. The service is a contemporary Christian service, with a kids church program that runs for infants and primary age children. All are welcome to join us.
To find out more, please visit our website. There you will be able to sign up to our E-newsletter and find out more about our children’s programs, youth programs and other events catering for adults.