Learning

Primary School

The Primary School is a dynamic environment where students are challenged to develop a lifelong love of learning, to know themselves well as learners, and to strive to achieve personal excellence through Christ. The staff are committed to providing a rigorous and differentiated learning experience for each student in an environment that is safe and supportive, defined by engagement and a personal approach.

The Primary School is comprised of classes from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6. Currently, the Pre-Kindergarten offers two and three-day programs, with plans to offer a five-day program commencing in 2018.

The Primary School has three streams of classes from Kindergarten to Year 6, with an additional literacy and numeracy teacher in Years 1 to 4. Teachers are supported by Learning Support Teachers’ Aides as required.

The Primary School has a well-established reputation for its caring and supportive environment. It is characterised by the importance it places on the development of relationships amongst members of the College Community.

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At Penrith Anglican College, every student is encouraged to strive for personal excellence. The key learning areas include English, Mathematics, Science, Creative Arts, History and Geography (Human Society and Its Environment) and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

In addition, students from Years 3 to 6 receive specialist instruction in the areas of Visual Arts, Music, Divinity and Band.

The individual needs of students are further supported by the School’s Gifted and Talented Program, as well as specialist Learning Support Staff, who assist students in developing their core literacy and numeracy skills.

Chess, Debating, Choir, Band, Drama, Dance, Science Club, Robotics, Excursions, Camps, Incursions, Leadership, Service and an extensive Sport Program add to the richness that is the Primary School experience at Penrith Anglican College.

Penrith Anglican College endeavours to foster in all students an appreciation of the creative arts. Students are taken for lessons in music and visual arts by dedicated visual art and music teachers from the Senior School or a professional tutors, and are given the opportunity to perform throughout the College year. Our new Performing Arts Centre, due to be opened mid 2018, will continue to enrich the creative arts curriculum throughout the Primary and moving into Senior School.

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Music

Penrith Anglican College is committed to offering students the opportunity to experience music of a high standard. Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 participate in weekly music lessons with specialist music teachers. During these lessons they develop a rich musical background and experience a wide range of instruments and activities. Students from Year 3 to Year 6 participate in the College Band program each learning an instrument during their weekly lesson and have the opportunity for additional private tuition.

Other co-curricular music opportunities available for Primary School students include: Junior String Ensemble, Flute Choir and Development Band. These music groups meet each week at lunch time to rehearse and have opportunity to perform at various events through the year. The program is an opportunity for every child to experience the benefits of music education and. participating in College life.

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Drama

Students in the Primary School undertake drama activities as part of their general curriculum work. Some of these are presented at assemblies, chapels and other occasions. Activities aim to provide students with learning opportunities including team work, public speaking, performance and back stage skills.

The College's Lighthouse Theatre provides state of the art lighting, sound and staging opportunities with Primary students regularly performing in a variety of ways including the inclusion in whole College productions.

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Visual Arts

Primary students participate in weekly visual arts lessons with specialist teachers. They have the opportunity to learn skills to explore their creativity through a variety of visual arts styles. An annual College Art exhibition showcases the students work in Visual Arts lessons

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The Primary students are extremely enthusiastic about playing sports and they have extensive opportunities. They are encouraged to do their best, to learn new skills and to be valuable team members showing sportsmanship and applauding others for their success.

A wide variety of sports and activities are offered during the sequential program from Kindergarten to Year 6 and include fundamental movement skills, ball skills, dance, skipping, handball, gymnastics, swimming, cross country, athletics, netball, basketball, rugby union, AFL, soccer, touch football and oz tag.

Penrith Anglican College belongs to NASSA ( New Anglican Schools Sports Association) which facilitates competitions and gala days in a range of sports. Primary students have the opportunity to represent the College in these competitions. Penrith Anglican College has has students represent at state and national levels in a range of these sports through the NASSA. Primary students can also represent the College in the local PSSA competition playing soccer, netball and AFL.

For more information on Penrith Anglican College’s sport programs, please contact the Junior School’s Director of Sport.

Learning Support

Learning Support is part of a Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 Response to Intervention (RTI) framework based on Macquarie University programs. The focus is on early intervention for students who need assistance in acquiring literacy and numeracy skills in Kindergarten to Year 2.

Students who need assistance with acquisition of literacy skills may participate in PreLit and Minilit programs from Pre-Primary to Year 2. Reading Tutor and MacLit follow in Years 3 to 6. Disability provisions are provided for exams where needed.

A co-teaching model operates in Years 1 to 4. Two teachers work collaboratively in English and Mathematics classes to offer assistance to students with learning needs. Students benefit from low student to teacher ratios and the experiences two teachers bring to a classroom.

Learning Support staff regularly liaise with classroom teachers and parents so that each student is given the opportunity to achieve their best educational outcome and personal excellence.

Gifted and Talented

The College uses Gagné’s ‘Differentiated Model of Giftedness’ as the cornerstone for its Gifted and Talented program in developing our students’ gifts into talents. Students are identified as gifted through a range of methods including quantitative and qualitative assessment, classroom observation and parent insights.

Students in Prep are encouraged to develop special talents within mainstream classrooms. The Gifted and Talented Coordinator works with teachers and parents to ensure students who need enrichment and extension are catered for.

English and Mathematics classes from Years 1 to 6 are ability grouped. The Primary School Gifted and Talented Coordinator works with classroom teachers to provide an inquiry-based collaborative experience for students within subject areas.

Students may participate in the Maths Olympiad and competitions such as the da Vinci Decathlon and Gateway 8, as well as Key Learning Areas or class-based extension groups. Acceleration, grade skipping and curriculum compacting are considered.

The College holds an annual Enrichment Day (PACED) for gifted and talented students each September. Designed to challenge students in their thinking and learning, courses are run for Years 1 to 6 in the areas of Science, Art, Music, Creative Writing and Drama.