At Penrith Anglican College we endeavour to model the Christian faith and students are encouraged to adopt Christian values. All students attend weekly Chapel services and are involved in our Divinity program. Pastoral care groups meet weekly in the Senior School.
Students in Years 11 and 12 take part in the Tabitha program (HSC students) or the CAS Program (IB Students). The College teaches that there are absolutes in life, that there is right and wrong, true and false, and that there are consequences for the decisions that students make.
We require conformity to the highest possible standards of courtesy, public behaviour and uniform. Corporal punishment is not administered at Penrith Anglican College.
All students participate in weekly chapel services. Each class from Kindergarten to Year 12 has the responsibility to organise and present chapel services throughout the year. All members of the College community are encouraged to attend chapel services. Chapels are held each Friday morning.
Junior and Senior Christian fellowship groups operate at the College. All students are welcome to attend the fellowship groups. The Years 10-12 fellowship group is called “Senior ROCK”. The Years 7-9 fellowship group is called “ROCK” (Receivers of God’s Kingdom) and the Junior fellowship group is called “B.I.G” (Believers in God). Each fellowship group meets weekly, is organised by members of staff and is lead by students. The purpose of these groups is to offer a time of fun, encouragement and learning about the Christian faith, with an emphasis on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
The Senior Fellowship groups also offer a twice-yearly House Party to provide a time of fellowship for a whole weekend, and to enable the group to enjoy activities and campsites as part of God’s creation.
The College employs a full-time counsellor. Parents may contact the counsellor at any time to seek advice and to address concerns they may have about their child/ren. Students are also invited to contact the counsellor directly if they so wish.
John Lambert Award
As part of the College’s student Welfare Policy awards are earned by students for achievement, effort and participation in College based activities and for involvement in activities, which include service to others, both inside and outside the College. The Awards are at three levels:
- The Teacher’s Award
- The Headmaster’s Award
- The John Lambert Award
To achieve an Award students earn:
- 15 points – this earns a student a Teacher’s Award
- 30 points – this earns a student a Headmaster’s award
- 40 points – this earns a student a John Lambert Award
The Award period is one school year.
Meet our Pastoral Care Staff
M.Min, B.Min, Dip Div Mission, Dip Ed
George has work as Chaplain for 14 years at Penrith Anglican College. Previously he has worked as a Youth Minister and as a Trainer for Anglican Youth works. He has a real passion for working for teenagers because he became a Christian when he was 18. He is married to Dimity and has two children and they live in the Blue Mountains. George’s job involves him running chapels, teaching Divinity as well as running Christian groups in the school. He is heavily involved in school sport especially in Athletics, cross-country and soccer.
BA Dip Ed (English/History), Grad Dip (Counselling)
Jon Wright is the College Counsellor. He has worked at Penrith Anglican College for the past 12 years, counselling students and families. Previously, Jon taught English and History at Cranebrook High School and Blue Mountains Christian School. Jon enjoys the opportunities that present themselves in his role at The College. He loves dealing with students whether they are in Pre-K or Year 12 or in any of the years in between. Jon has many opportunities to support students and their families through difficult and challenging times. He also relishes the chance to be involved in the life of the College in other capacities, particularly Sport, Christian Fellowship Groups and Drama/Musical productions.