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Senior Curriculum

The transition from Junior School can be daunting for some students, so we ensure that our students are supported and that their Senior Years are conducted in a nurturing environment. The first 2 years of Senior School is the beginning of students making important decisions about their study plans and career. Our Senior School follows the NSW Board of Studies Curricula.

Students in Years 7 & 8 study the Board’s mandatory subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, PD/Health/PE, Music, Design Technology, Visual Arts and Language (French)(Year 8 only).

In Years 9 & 10 students are offered elective choices for the first time.

There are four classes in each year and, as a general rule, class sizes are as follows:

  • Years 7-10 – 30 students
  • Years 11-12 – 24 students

Each Senior School subject has an experienced Subject Coordinator working with a dedicated team of staff. Learning Support staff, Gifted and Talented staff plus Chaplains also work in Senior School. Each Year in the Senior School has a Year Master who provides support and takes general oversight of the students in a particular cohort.

We aim to prepare students to be active and socially responsible community members beyond their school years. For this reason students are offered the opportunity to attend service trips. Language students are also given the opportunity to attend cultural exchange trips allowing them to fully immerse themselves in a different culture and learn to live in a community, whilst facing many challenges in terms of effective communication and cultural awareness, but students grow in maturity and social awareness, and come back with a variety of rich experiences and memories.

Years 11 and 12

There is much emphasis placed on the final two years of schooling at Penrith Anglican College. The College encourages students to make wise choices regarding their study path. For this reason students are offered the choice of either completing their Higher School Certificate (HSC) or the International Baccalaureate Diploma program (IB).

Students in Years 11 and 12 are offered co-curricular opportunities to enhance their sporting, artistic, musical and community passions.

Penrith Anglican College considers leadership an important part of the senior years and offers many leadership opportunities for students. These opportunities include Year Captains, Prefects, House Captains, School Vice Captains, School Captains, Student Mentors and Christian leaders. These positions are not elected positions. Students must apply and be interviewed for these positions.