Penrhos College, Perth

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Penrhos College
Penrhos College crest. Source: www.penrhos.wa.edu.au (Penrhos College website)
Strive for the Highest
Location
Como, Western Australia, Australia
Coordinates 31°59′50″S 115°52′21″E / 31.99722°S 115.87250°E / -31.99722; 115.87250Coordinates: 31°59′50″S 115°52′21″E / 31.99722°S 115.87250°E / -31.99722; 115.87250
Information
Type Independent, Single-sex, Day and Boarding
Denomination Uniting Church
Established 1952
Principal Meg Melville
Employees ~121[1]
Enrolment ~1,400 (K–12)[2]
Colour(s) Green, Gold and White
              
Website

Penrhos College is an independent, Uniting Church, day and boarding school for girls, located in Como, a southern suburb of Perth, Western Australia.

Founded in 1952 as the Methodist Ladies' College, South Perth, Penrhos has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1,400 students from Kindergarten to Year 12, including 105 boarders in Years 7 to 12.[2]

The college is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[3] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[4] the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA),[2] the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA),[5] and is a member of the Independent Girls Schools Sports Association (IGSSA). The school takes pride in its 17 consecutive wins in the IGSSA athletics, and almost as many in the cross country and swimming events.[citation needed] However, this winning streak was broken when Perth College won the IGSSA athletics in 2011.

History[edit]

Penrhos College was established in 1952 as the Methodist Ladies' College, South Perth. The school moved to its present site in Como, six kilometres south of Perth, in 1971. The school was originally a subdivision of the Methodist Ladies' College, Claremont (1907), but both now operate independently. It educates from pre-kindergarten to year 12.

In 1977, the Methodist Ladies' College, South Perth was awarded to the Uniting Church of Australia following Church Union, and became known as Penrhos College. The school's new name was drawn from Penrhos College, in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, which was established in 1880 by the Methodist Church, for the special education of girls. Penrhos is a Welsh word meaning ""Peak of the Moor".

Campus[edit]

Penrhos College is situated on a single suburban campus in an elevated position, on a former pine plantation. The school is 8 hectares (20 acres) in size, featuring a parkland setting and modern cream brick and terracotta-tiled buildings.[6]

Academics[edit]

The school has had consistently good WACE results and appears regularly in the top 30 schools for the WACE.

Year % +75 in WACE[i] State ranking[ii] % +65 in WACE[iii] State ranking % graduation[iv]
2013 20.79 9 52.06 9 99.33[7]
2012 27.64 6 57.76 9 100[8]
2011 16.24 29 56.75 16 100[9]
2010 29.77 7 66.83 7 100[10]
2009 3 9 100[11]
  1. ^ Based on the number of Stage 3 course enrolments in the school where a WACE course score of 75 or above was achieved
  2. ^ Ranking of school compared to other schools in the state
  3. ^ Based on the number of Stage 3 course enrolments in the school where a WACE course score of 65 or above was achieved
  4. ^ Percentage of Year 12 cohort that graduated with a WACE certificate

Alumni[edit]

Alumnae of Penrhos College are known as Old Girls and may elect to join the school's alumni association, The Penrhos College Alumni Inc.[12] Some notable Penrhos Old Girls include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "School Performance Information 2006". Introducing Penrhos. Penrhos College. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b c "Penrhos College". Schools. Australian Boarding Schools' Association. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  3. ^ "AHISA Schools". Western Australia. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. November 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  4. ^ "Members' Schools". Western Australia Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  5. ^ Butler, Jan (2006). "Member Schools". Members. The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia. Retrieved 2007-12-18. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Location". Introducing Penrhos. Penrhos College. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  7. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data". Government of Western Australia. 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data". Government of Western Australia. 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data". Government of Western Australia. 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data". Government of Western Australia. 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data". Government of Western Australia. 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Membership Application". Alumni. Penrhos College. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  13. ^ Haylie Ecker Website (accessed:27-07-2007) Archived 8 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "McDIVEN (Chris) Christine Ann". Who's Who in Business Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 

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