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.


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. 


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.


Mr Barry Roots was appointed Headmaster in 1997.


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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College Staff grows to 16.

Staff College Presentation Evening 1999

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The College expands, opening the newly built C block

Early assembly celebrating the opening of C Block

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


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

Cutting the 20th Anniversary cake

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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 2024

Today the College is attended by 1250 students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 and the College remains an inclusive and nurturing environment with strong links between parents and community.

1250 students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12

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