About Us - Head of College

To those who are currently members of the Shellharbour Anglican College community and those visiting this site for the first time, welcome. Our first families joined the College in 2004 at which point we had an enrolment of 93 students. Our first Year 12 cohort graduated in 2009, at which time our community had grown to 510 students coming from just over 400 families and drawing from Gerringong through to Thirroul. 

We have grown in numbers and diversity and each new year brings challenges and opportunities that draw out the very best in our students and staff. The growth of the College is seen not just in the buildings but in the lives of the people who contribute daily. When I speak to parents for the first time at information evenings or when I address community events I emphasise often that our most valuable resource is the people who make up this community.

As we grow to a College of just over 900 students, I feel very blessed to serve this community as we continue to establish traditions and practices that will equip the young people in our care to serve their communities. I look forward to meeting you in person and sharing with you as you consider this very significant decision for your family.

Curriculum

The College is Registered and Accredited with the NSW Board of Studies (BOS) from Kindergarten through to Year 12. Curriculum offerings from Kindergarten through to Year 8 are largely determined by the BOS syllabi. 

The introduction of electives in Years 9 and 10 sees a range of BOS approved subjects offered with final choices being determined by student interest. Elective offerings are considerably broader in Years 11 and 12.

Cocurricular

Students of the College are encouraged to be involved in a range of cocurricular activities. After our own hotly contested carnivals, the students compete in the Southern Anglican Schools Sports Association (SASSA) events. In swimming, cross country and athletics we have consistently shown the importance of teamwork and commitment and have regularly “punched above our weight.” Students of the College have gone on to compete at AICES (Senior School only), CIS, All Schools and national competitions. 

While we are not a school with Saturday teams we have sought to provide opportunities for students with specific sporting interests. In a range of events and competitions there are opportunities for students to participate in football, Rugby, AFL, netball, basketball, touch rugby, hockey, tennis, golf, equestrian and skiing. In some instances we compete as teams while students with proven expertise in a particular sport are encouraged to participate either individually or as part of “barbarian” teams at AICES and CIS. The Duke of Edinburgh program regularly has in excess of 50 participants in any given year. 

Our first Gold Award students qualified in 2012/13 and ten students achieved this considerable milestone. The Bronze Award is available to students in Year 9. While debating has much growth ahead we are pleased with the interest of students in both the Junior and Senior Schools. During our early The House Public Speaking competition has contributed to developing the skills of our students and debating is a natural progression Our music program continues to grow in student numbers and provides opportunities for students through a number of ensembles and choirs who have performed at assemblies, Presentation Evenings, Eisteddfods and, in one instance, alongside a touring artist at the IPAC. 

That growth and the regular inclusion of elective Music from Years 9 to 12 has seen the establishment of Music Scholarships from 2012. Three Crusader groups offer weekly opportunities for students from a faith background and those wishing to know more to meet. Student leadership and participation is encouraged under the guidance of staff members of the College and youth worker from Harbour Church. Drama has been a component of curriculum activities since the College opened and 2011 saw our first and very successful Junior School production. Staffing and facilities now enable us to plan for a range of performance events in the years ahead.

The House System

The ‘House’ system is strongly linked to Tutor groups and students are encouraged to find ways to be involved in a wide range of cocurricular activities including sport, music, drama and public speaking. Each House has a staff member to coordinate, staff assigned to assist and senior leaders to organise and enthuse students. The aim of House activities is to enable students to feel they belong and can contribute in a variety of ways to the success of their House and to build House and school spirit. We have been fortunate to locate four contemporary Christian Australians who have accepted the invitation to become our house names. They have all made a valuable contribution to Australian society in a diverse range of ways.

Carol Allen 

Carol grew up in the Sutherland Shire where she still attends St Phillip’s Anglican Church at Caringbah. She trained as a nurse at Sutherland and Wollongong Hospital before studying the Bible for 2 years at Deaconess House. 

Carol then joined the Bush Church Aid Society working as a nurse for them in Cook and Coober Pedy. She then returned to Sydney and joined Anglicare, becoming Director of Nursing at Chesalon Nursing Home at Malabar and is now Pastoral Care Manager for the Hammond Care Group. 

Brian Booth 

Brian grew up near Bathurst. He was a PE teacher for 12 years before becoming a University Lecturer and Head of Department at Sydney Teacher’s College. He is a dual international, representing Australia in Test Cricket (captaining the team on two occasions against England) and a member of the first Olympic men’s hockey team. He has written three Christian books, worked for the Bible Society during the Sydney 2000 Olympics and was Director of Teen Ranch at Cobbity. 

John Chapman 

John began his career as an Industrial Arts teacher in several NSW schools. He was then ordained as an Anglican Minister and served in the Armidale Diocese. He started preaching overseas in places as diverse as London, Vancouver, Karachi, Hong Kong, Brussels and Dallas. He became Director of the Department of Evangelism for the Sydney Diocese and has preached in a wide range of places in Australia. He has written three books and was most recently a part time lecturer at Moore Theological College and the Sydney Missionary and Bible Training College. Sadly John passed away in 2012.

Nicky Chiswell 

Nicky Chiswell was born in London and moved to Sydney in 1969 with her family. Nicky began writing songs after leaving school and later wrote the song “Behold the Lamb of God” with Rob Smith. Another song she became well known for was a new tune to “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”. In more recent years Nicky has also become well known for her evangelistic solo/acoustic music ministry. Nicky studied Psychology and Philosophy at University after leaving school. She has worked as a Psychologist and in ministry positions. She currently is working as a School Counsellor 2 days a week.

Tony Cummings Dip Teach, B Ed, M Ed Studies, MACE, MACEL