College Life

Facilities

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The Penrith Anglican College Libraries offer dynamic spaces for staff and students to read, research and collaborate. They are the centre of learning spaces in the junior and senior schools, and can host classes or individual students throughout the day.

Our Libraries are interactive, from the physical and digital resources available through to the flexible design of seating, study spaces and shelving. The Library catalogue and other reference materials can be accessed via the web.

The new Senior Library provides an innovative and progressive learning environment where students can engage with each other, with the assistance of the Library and Teaching staff.

Our libraries have been designed to prepare students for a bright future, through the acquisition of literacy skills for research and reading enjoyment. Research skills are a key focus of the Library, preparing students for tertiary study and the increasingly dynamic and globalised world.

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The Senior Learning Hub is a student centred learning space specifically designed for our Year 11 and 12 students as an opportunity for them to collaborate and actively engage in their learning.

The room consists of moveable, modern furniture, white boards and writable desks. Every piece is able to be adapted to change the room configuration enabling the students to choose the way in which they want to study: alone or in groups. It enables students to take control of their learning, share information, acquire and apply knowledge and creatively problem solve, preparing them with skills to necessary for living with purpose in their local, national or global community.

Teachers are accessible in the study centre at all times, available to facilitate discussion, challenge assumptions and enabling students to learn how to learn.

The Learning Hub was developed in response to a global shift toward more student centred learning spaces, after recent ongoing academic research concluded that well designed, flexible spaces not only increase academic achievement (Clever Classroom, University of Salford Manchester), but also foster skills in students, necessary for an increasingly global future.

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On 19th August 2011, Penrith Anglican College officially opened the Lighthouse Theatre. The theatre is a 570-seat performing arts centre with a café and VIP lounge.

The theatre features professional industry standard facilities including an orchestra pit to comfortably sit 25 players, audio and lighting equipment as well as projection facilities for presentations. The stage is a built basket-weave spring floor and includes a proscenium arch and thrust stage; ideal for theatrical drama and musical performances.

Since its opening, it has hosted a number of College and professional productions including the Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, The Blue Mountains Musical Society’s production of Cats, James Morrison in concert, and the album launch concert of the Idea of North’s Extraordinary Tale.

The theatre is also home to Christ Church at the College which holds services at 9.30am each Sunday.

The Lighthouse Café is an intimate café overlooking the spectacular Blue Mountains. The café serves delicious coffee and a selection of cakes and meals to parents, staff, students and visitors to the College, and is open Monday to Thursday from 8.00 till 1.30pm and Fridays 8.30 am – 4.00pm.

For more information on the Lighthouse Theatre, its facilities and availability for hire, please contact our Theatre Manager at lighthouse@penrith.nsw.edu.au.

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Scheduled to open in mid 2018, the College’s new Performing Arts Centre will be an exciting state-of-the-art performance centre designed to deliver outstanding facilities for current and future musicians, dancers and performing arts students.

Sitting high on the hill overlooking the Blue Mountains and Penrith valley, the Centre will incorporate the current 570 seat Lighthouse Theatre, as well as a variety of new spaces for performance, rehearsal and training.

A 190-seat tiered lecture theatre and recital room will be housed at one end of the Centre, with extensive classroom and rehearsal space between the two performance spaces.

The Centre will feature three purpose built music classrooms, two fully equipped drama studios and a full sprung dance studio. There will be 10 peripatetic rehearsal studios, with one equipped as a recording studio.

The facility will also feature a fully equipped Hospitality Training Centre and hospitality area, with stunning views to the Blue Mountains.

The new Performing Arts Centre will open new opportunities for study and performance as the College prepares students for a bright future.

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TAS and Design includes many significant learning areas: Design and Technology, Computing, Textiles and Food Technology.

In Design and Techology, students have access to a Materials Technology room, which is home to industry standard materials, resources and equipment. Students have access to Adobe software and use this to construct and manipulate designs for the laser cutter for application to materials. Computer-aided design drawing programs are used to acquire industry-based skills and allow students to experiment with prototyping through use of 3D printers.

The College boats a fully equipped Food Technology room located in TAS building. After completion of the new Performing Arts Centre in 2018, the College will also boast a state-of-the-art equipped professional catering kitchen and serving area.