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The need for a low fee, academically excellent Christian school

How it all began.

In 1994, John Lambert, the NSW Assistant Director General of Education, recognised a need in the rapidly growing Penrith area, for a low fee, academically excellent Christian school and felt the Anglican Church could fill this gap.

1994

In February 1994, Mr Lambert was appointed Director of Schools in the Sydney Anglican Schools Corporation. After much research, Mr Lambert purchased the land in Orchard Hills. 

1996

The Corporation engaged award-winning Sydney architect, the late Ridley Smith and approval for the innovative earth shelter designs were finally given and construction began in 1996.

1997

Mr Barry Roots was appointed Headmaster in 1997.

1998

The Governors built a team of 12 staff to start the College in 1998.

In January 1998, Penrith Anglican College opened its doors to 137 students from Kindergarten to Year 7 and their families.

Original summer uniforms

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First Presentation Night 1998

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One of the first whole school photos 1998

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1999

College Staff grows to 16.

Staff College Presentation Evening 1999

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2000

The College expands, opening the newly built C block

Early assembly celebrating the opening of C Block

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2014

Foundation Headmaster, Mr Barry Roots retires and Mr Mark Lewis takes on the position of Headmaster from 2015.

2018

The College celebrates 20 years of serving Christ in the Penrith Area.

Cutting the 20th Anniversary cake

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2019

Mrs Felicity Grima is commissioned as Principal taking the College into the next decade.

The Most Revered Dr Glenn Davies congratulates Mrs Felicity Grima at her commissioning.

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Today 2021

Today the College is attended by almost 1000 students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 and the College remains an inclusive and nurturing environment with strong links between parents and community.

Almost 1000 students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12

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