Broughton Anglican College continues to grow

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FACING THE CHALLENGE: Broughton College aims to develop well-rounded young Christian people whose lives have purpose and direction and are ready for a changing world.

FACING THE CHALLENGE: Broughton College aims to develop well-rounded young Christian people whose lives have purpose and direction and are ready for a changing world.

Broughton Anglican College was established in 1986 by St Peter's Anglican Church, which had a vision for quality Christian education in the Macarthur region.

It sits on 27 rural hectares in Menangle Park, just five minutes from Macarthur Square.

The co-educational school caters for students from pre-kindergarten through to Year 12.

Headmaster Don O'Connor said the school's motto "Life Through Christ" is at the centre of all that they do.

"Our motto is extremely important to us," he said. "All our staff are Christians and our mission is to develop in our students an understanding of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, together with the importance of serving God.

"Our goal is to develop well-rounded young Christian people whose lives have purpose and direction, and who are prepared for the challenges they face in a changing and uncertain world."

Mr O'Connor said development of the campus and school facilities is ongoing.

A building program began last year with the refurbishment of a central building to include a Student Services Centre with a fully purposed sick bay and a full-time nurse. It also houses a hospitality kitchen and classroom, canteen and cafeteria.

The senior school musical Wicked was the first event held in the newly refurbished hall in June. "The hall has a larger stage area, increased seating and a modern forecourt area with tiered seating and large screens for overflow or a creative teaching space," Mr O'Connor said.

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"Building of the new Junior School Teaching and Learning Facility has begun and is proposed to open in late 2020.

"It will have 16 classrooms specially designed to maximise educational outcomes as well as breakout spaces supporting 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity."

Mr O'Connor said the college had plenty of space for sporting activities with four ovals, tennis courts, netball courts and a Sports Centre.

The Junior School runs an innovative physical education program where students in Kindergarten to Year 6 have a term each of tennis, soccer and dance with qualified coaches.

Students in Years 3-6 have a term of gymnastics and Years K-2 attend a swimming program at Kings Swimming. These programs are all included in the school fees.

Students in Years 5 and 6 have technology (robotics) and science classes with senior school teachers in the senior classrooms.

In 2015 the college began Broughton Football Academy with Norm Boardman as head coach and the assistance of coaches from Macarthur Rams and Macarthur Football Association.

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