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Co-Curricular Activities & Creative Arts

Sport

Penrith Anglican College offers all students the opportunity to participate in both individual and team sports. Students from Kindergarten to Year 10 participate in regular Physical Education lessons, and are members of the College’s four Houses – Cranmer, Latimer, Ridley and Ryle. Penrith Anglican College is a member of the P.S.S.A ((Primary Schools’ Sporting Association) and N.A.S.S.A (New Anglican Schools’ Sporting Association) giving students the opportunity to represent the College in sports including:

  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Rugby Union
  • Volleyball
  • Netball
  • Cricket
  • Soccer
  • Athletics
  • Cross-country
  • Swimming
  • Basketball

 Sporting Carnivals

Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country Carnivals are held annually. At both Junior and Senior School levels students may go on to represent the College at state and national levels.

For further information on Penrith Anglican College’s sporting programs, please contact our Director of Sports, Ms Amanda Houison in the Senior School or the Junior School Director of Sport, Mr Joe Rodgers.

Creative Arts

Penrith Anglican College endeavours to foster in all students an appreciation of the creative arts. Consequently Music and Visual Arts are taught to all students from Kindergarten to Year 8. All students in Years 3 – 6 learn a musical instrument as part of the Music program offered.

The College believes that each student has creative gifts and therefore invites all students to participate in the yearly school production.

Penrith Anglican College has a dedicated Drama faculty and through Drama students can showcase their writing and performance skills along with attending a myriad of workshops, productions and performances throughout the year.

Musical Activities

The 2017 Co-curricular Music Timetable will be available shortly.

Co-curricular Music Program Requirements

The College has an active music program that endeavours to foster in all students an appreciation of the creative and performing arts. Opportunities exist for students to realise their full potential through participation in both curricular and co-curricular music programs.

Opportunities exist for students to participate in PPP Workshops (Practice, Pizza, Performance) held each term, annual Music Camps and International & National Music Tours. Our next Music Tour in April 2015, is to New Zealand South Island.

Curricular Music Program

The mandatory curricular music program is based on Board of Studies criteria and taught to all students from Kindergarten to Year 8 by specialist music teachers. All students in Years 3 – 6 learn a musical instrument as part of the Music Program offered.

Elective music commences in Year 9 and carries through to year 12 where both Music 1, Music 2 HSC courses are conducted. Extension Music is only offered to outstanding applicants.

Co-curricular Music Program

Students have numerous opportunities throughout their school years to participate in any number of musical groups. These groups rehearse weekly to a set timetable.

Please check the Parent Portal on Edumate for the current Co-curricular Music Program Timetable for 2017

Choir

  • Senior Choir – open to students in Years 7 – 12.
  • Junior Choir – Open to interested students in Years 3-6.

Concert Band

  • Developmental Band – Open to interested students
  • Intermediate Band – Open to students who meet an appropriate music standard. This may require an audition.
  • Senior Concert Band – Open to students who meet an appropriate music standard. This may require an audition.

Jazz Band

  • Jazz Band – Auditioned players only (Wind instrument players must be members of the Senior Concert Band)

String Ensemble

  • Beginner String Ensemble – Open to beginner violin and cello players from Years 3 to 6.
  • Intermediate String Ensemble – Open to students who meet an appropriate music standard. This may require an audition.
  • Senior String Ensemble – Open to students who meet an appropriate music standard. This may require an audition.

Acoustic Groups

  • Ukulele Group (Uke-Alypts) – Open to students who meet an appropriate music standard. This may require an audition.

Specialist Groups and Tutoring

  • Chapel Band – Auditioned students from Years 7-11(any instrument or vocal)
  • Dixieland Jazz Band – Interested students apply for this unique jazz style.

Peripatetic Music Program

Specialist instrumental tutors also operate in the College and offer tuition in a variety of instruments. These lessons attract a fee. For further information regarding the College’s Music program, please contact the Music Department via MusicAdmin@pac.nsw.edu.au.

Debating and Public Speaking

Debating is a feature of College life, with both Junior and Senior students taking part in internal and external competitions. Most of our inter-school debating is done as part of the H.I.C.E.S competition. This competition involves independent schools from a wide range of religious and geographical backgrounds.

Tournament of the Minds

This is a school-based activity giving gifted and talented students the opportunity to work as a team in solving problems. It encourages lateral thinking, teamwork and problem solving skills. Students in Stages 2 and 3 and in the Senior School have the opportunity to participate in this activity.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

This well-known program, combining physical activity as well as community service has three levels of awards – bronze, silver and gold. Each level involves the learning and practicing of a variety of skills. The program was first offered in 2000 and due to its success is offered to Senior School students each year

Service Trips

Each year several groups of Senior students, teachers and parents attend school service trips during the holidays. These self-funded trips are ministry trips serving disadvantaged, isolated and overseas communities. Service trips provide services to Bush Church Aid (BCA), raise money and purchase supplies for remote communities and offer Christian ministry to communities including those in Fiji, Nepal and remote communities in Australia.

The Service trips provide College students, teachers and parents with remarkable memories and the opportunity to live by the College’s motto “to serve Christ”.