Arden is a vibrant, Christian-based school providing a positive learning and caring environment that inspires girls and boys to thrive. Arden is small enough to nurture and care for each child individually. Arden is big enough to challenge and foster the individual talents of each student to help them fulfil their potential. The school’s dedicated and caring classroom and specialist staff pay attention to the individual needs of every student, encouraging them to be the best they can be — ensuring that, when students complete their education at Arden, they will have positive attitudes, sound values and skills to equip them for the future.
The co-educational aspect of Arden ensures that learning is embedded in the everyday practices of the school. It is seen that girls and boys learning together exposes the children to the strengths of the other gender’s typical learning style. The children learn how they can support, complement and indeed enrich each other’s learning experiences.
The Christian ethos of the school is foundational to the pastoral care and nurturing of each student. Arden works in partnership with parents to create a learning community of respect and participation. Parents are the initial educators of the children and the school strives to inform and work with parents so they can support and encourage their child’s development and learning. Two-way communication is a feature of this partnership. The parent community is also very supportive and involved in the school’s activities. Parents are offered opportunities to assist in the classrooms, visit assemblies, join in with carnivals and share as a family. The school’s community atmosphere is a strong feature of Arden’s culture.
Welfare and personal development: Student wellbeing is an integral part of the policies and practices of the school with a Director of Pastoral Care (K–12), a Pastoral care team, School chaplain and Junior School Chaplin, links to local parishes and three counsellors on staff. Careers guidance is offered for Years 8 to 12, while leadership training is provided from Year 5. At both campuses, there is an active Student Representative Council.
Facilities: On 30 January 2020, Arden Anglican School held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the first day of teaching and learning in ‘Essex’, a five-storey redevelopment of their Secondary Campus in Epping.
Features include new administration and student services centre, Science laboratories, Food Technology kitchen, Resource Centre, Technology workshops, Multimedia and Design laboratories, two multi-purpose courts and a rooftop passive recreation area. Located in the heart of this new building is the Arden Creative Arts Centre. This space, around which there is much community anticipation, can seat 600 guests and is designed to be utilised by all students from Pre-school to Year 12. “It is the space where we will gather as a community, where we will worship, celebrate, perform and entertain,” said Principal, Mr Graham Anderson. “It is the spiritual and cultural heart of Arden and we give thanks to God for the provision of our new vertical Secondary School,” he added.
Other great facilities available at Arden include Information technology resources, libraries, Music rooms, Basketball courts as well as access to sporting facilities close by. A large multipurpose hall opened in the Junior School in 2011. Before and After school as well as vacation care are offered at the Junior Campus.
Electives Years 9 and 10: Commerce, Design and Technology, Drama, Elective Geography, Elective History, Food Technology, French, Graphics Technology, IST, Music, PASS, Visual Arts, Chinese (offered through NSW School of Languages).
Electives Years 11 and 12: Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Community and Family Studies, Design and Technology, Drama, Engineering Studies, English Advanced, English Extension 1, English Extension 2, English Standard, Food Technology, French Continuers, French Extension, Geography, History Extension, Investigating Science, Industrial Technology: Multimedia Technologies, Legal Studies, Mathematics Standard, Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, Modern History, Music 1, Music 2, PDHPE, Physics, Software Design and Development, Studies of Religion I, Visual Arts.
Sport (Junior Campus): Representative swimming, athletics, cross-country.
Saturday IPSHA Sport: Rugby, basketball, hockey, minkey, football, softball, teeball, netball and swimming.
Midweek Sport: Termly involvement in Hills Zone Year Group Competition. Participation in Hills Zone Gala Days for a variety of sports.
Sport (Secondary Campus): AFL, athletics, basketball, indoor cricket, cross-country, fencing, futsal, hockey, golf, netball, rugby, soccer, swimming, tennis, touch football, triathlon, volleyball, water polo.
Co-curricular activities: Junior Campus — Arden Signers, Beginner Band, Chamber Strings, Concert Band, Guitar Ensemble, Junior Vocal Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Primary Jazz Ensemble, Sinfonietta, Cru Crew, Mini Cru, Chess, Debating, Fencing, Garden Club, Theatresports, Tournament of Minds, and Tech Club.
Senior Campus — Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Stage Band, Concert Band, Vocal Ensemble, String Ensemble, String Quartet, Jazz Ensemble, Ad Altissima Enrichment Program, Catering Club, Crusaders, da Vinci Decathlon, Dance, Debating, Drama Ensemble, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Environmental Group, Fencing, Public Speaking, Robotics Club, Sound and Tech Club, Students with a Mission, Science Club, Social Justice, Theatresports, Tournament of Minds, various tours, including European and music tours, mission tours to Cambodia and Vietnam.
Principal: Mr Graham Anderson, BA (Sydney), DipEd (SCAE), MA (Sydney) and MEd (Macquarie). MACE, MACEL.
|Years||Pre-Kindergarten - Year 12|
|Enrolment||Pre-school to Year 6: 397 students; Secondary School (Year 7 to Year 12): 547 students|
02 9484******* 02 9484 1146
02 9980******* 02 9980 6449
|Address||Secondary School: 6B Essex Street, Epping NSW 2121; Pre-school and Junior School: 39-43 Wongala Cres Beecroft, NSW 2119|