At Penrith Anglican College, we believe that caring for and developing the whole child within an environment of Christian care is essential. As well as nurturing excellence in academia, sports, the performing and creative arts, the College highly values the wellbeing of its students. The College believes that humans are made in the image of God and so all human life is valuable, deserving of care and respect. Motivated by the example of Jesus Christ, students are encouraged to value themselves, relationships with others and with God.
We believe the most effective way we can equip our students to strengthen their wellbeing is through implementing an evidence-based Pre K-12 Positive Education framework. Positive Education encompasses the science of Positive Psychology in conjunction with the best practice in teaching and learning within an educational setting (Green, Oades & Robinson, 2011). It encourages educators to look at the whole child, helping students to develop holistically through a proactive approach (Waters, 2011), building on the capabilities God has given humans.
We want our students to:
- Know and value themselves
- Know and value others
- Serve the wider community
The Senior School’s Mentor Groups are House-based groups of students with mentor teachers. There are between 17 and 22 students from either Years 7 to 9 (Junior) or Years 10 to 12 (Senior) in each group. Mentor Groups meet for 20 minutes, four days per week.
Every student has daily contact with their mentor, enabling the development of an authentic relationship and individualised care.
Regular interaction with students from different year groups allow new friendships to grow and in some cases, can aide in reducing peer pressure. In a way, Mentor Groups mirror the workplace and further education groups due to the wide range of ages, experiences, skills, opinions and expertise that combine to make each group.
Penrith Anglican College aims to educate the whole child through age appropriate, evidence based activities, proven to strengthen student wellbeing. Through a variety of activities, students have opportunities to develop new skills, while improving their ability to contribute to the College and wider community. For more information about Mentor Groups, download our FAQ document.