Pembroke School, Adelaide
|Kensington Park, SA
|Type||Independent, co-educational, day and boarding|
|Motto||Latin: Ex Unitate Vires
(Out of Unity, Strength)
|Established||1915 (Girton Girls' School)
1923 (King's College)
|Colour(s)||Royal Blue, Green & Gold
Pembroke School is an Australian independent co-educational and non-denominational day and boarding school located in Kensington Park, a suburb 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) east of the centre of Adelaide, South Australia.
The school is on two campuses catering for approximately 1700 students from the Early Learning Centre (ELC) to Year 12, including up to 125 boarders in Years 7 to 12. Pembroke provides specialist education for a small number of hearing-impaired students, with the school's "Hearing Unit".
Pembroke School is affiliated with the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia, the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), and is a member of the Independent Schools Sport Association (ISSA).
Girton Girls' School
Girton Girls' School was an independent school for girls established in 1915. Pembroke's junior and senior schools are located on what is now called the Girton campus.
King's College was an independent school for boys founded in 1923 as a joint venture between the Congregational Church and the Baptist Union in South Australia. Pembroke's middle school is located on what is now called the King's campus.
In October 2003, arsonists targeted the school's drama building. The structure was damaged and students' art and drama projects destroyed.
In 2006, Pembroke became the first school in South Australia to be granted an exemption from anti-discrimination laws in order to accept a greater number of girls than boys. The exemption was required because a gender imbalance which had arisen in lower year levels had to be redressed. The exemption was extended for a further three years in August 2009.
Pembroke continues to embark upon ambitious building projects, funded in part by donations and fundraising. In November 2007, plans to build a multimillion-dollar visual arts and centre and auditorium were announced. The building was completed in March 2009 and officially opened in May.
With the advent of the Building Education Revolution, the heritage-listed Angove House on the Girton campus was refurbished and restored. Work on the junior school established new classrooms and the new Early Learning Centre.
Pembroke is divided into three "sub-schools":
- Junior School (Early Learning Centre - Year 6)
- Middle School (Years 7-10)
- Senior School (Years 11-12)
In the junior school, students are allocated into one of four "houses", Torrens (Blue), Yorke (Yellow), Spencer (Green) and Flinders (Red), which are used for sporting events.
Upon entry into either the middle or senior schools, students are allocated one of the school's eight houses: Hill (Red), Wright (Dark Green), Smith (Light Blue), Yates (Yellow), Mellor (Dark Blue), Medlin (Purple), Reeves (Orange) and the school's newest house, Oats (Lime Green).
In the middle school, houses define tutorial groups and have a significant effect on students' subject teachers.
The houses play an important role in the organisation of pastoral care, intra-school sport and other activities.
Upon entry into the senior school students remain in the house allocated to them in middle school but do not remain in the same house allocated tutorial groups. Students are placed in a tutorial with one of their subject teachers. Students stay in this group for their two years in senior school, even if their tutor is no longer their subject teacher.
The Pembroke School curriculum follows a framework covering the eight nationally recognised key learning areas: English, mathematics, science, humanities, languages, arts, health and physical education and technology. Within each of Pembroke's sub-schools there exists a branch of the "Hearing Unit" which offers specialist assistance and support for hearing-impaired students.
From the ELC to Year 6, students follow the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) and commence studies of a second language with Spanish. Foreign language studies continue with a broader range of options in the middle school up to Year 10.
In the senior school, a full range of South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are offered, as are a select and broadening number of Vocational Education and Training (VET) modules. The VET component allows students to gain double credit for work completed at school and may be applied towards Technical and Further Education(TAFE) certificates.
Pembroke has an outdoor education program designed to promote respect for the outdoors and provide students with skills and knowledge of the environment.
The base of the program in the middle school is "Old Watulunga", a 17 hectares (42 acres) property on the Finniss River, 75 kilometres (47 mi) south of Adelaide. Students participate in camps based at "Old Watulunga" and participate in activities such as canoeing, sailing, bushwalking, rock climbing and orienteering.
The sporting program at Pembroke is designed to encourage participation at all skill levels. Students may participate as members of teams in inter-house and inter-school competitions. Inter-school sporting competitions are facilitated through Pembroke's membership of the Independent Schools Sports Association (ISSA), the Independent Girls' Schools Sports Association (IGSSA) and the Junior School Heads Association of Australia. Pembroke has competed in inter-school matches against Westminster School since 2005.
Sports on offer include athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, cross country running, Australian rules football, hockey, Australian HPV Super Series, netball, orienteering, rowing, Rugby Union, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, touch football, triathlon, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
Since 1986, when then teacher Campbell Whalley began the program, Pembroke students have participated in teddy bear making classes. Students construct bears by hand and donate the products to disadvantaged individuals. Over 3000 bears have been made over 20 years. By 2002 the program had spread as far as the Aboriginal community in Marree.
The Green and Gold Cookery Book is a heritage icon for both Pembroke School and Australia. The book was first compiled in 1923 as a form of fundraising for King's College. The school community contributed recipes and purchased advertising space in the book in order to cover the cost of publishing its first edition.
The book is now in its 36th edition and more than 400,000 copies have been sold in Australia, Canada, the United States of America and the United Kingdom. The book is regarded as a classic Australian recipe book.
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Former students of Pembroke School, Girton Girls' School and King's College are known as "Old Scholars" and may elect to join the Pembroke Old Scholars’ Association. Some notable Old Scholars include:
- Richard H. Allert AO, prominent Australian businessman
- Neil Balnaves AO, Director of Southern Cross Broadcasting, formerly executive chairman of Southern Star Group
- Jamie McPhee, CEO ME Bank, former Australian U-19 Cricket captain (1983/4)
- Basil Sellers AM, businessman, philanthropist and art collector
- Joseph Ian Norman Winter AO, prominent South Australian businessman associated with a number of companies including SA Brewing and Coopers Brewery.
- Fulbright Scholars
- Angas Holmes, Headmaster Caulfield Grammar School, Melbourne 1977-92
- Entertainment, media and the arts
- Adele Anthony, Violinist
- Margaret Barbalet, Author
- Melissa Bergland, Actress, Winners and Losers
- Sally Cooper, Violinist
- Heather Croall, Documentary & Digital Filmmaker, previous director of Australian International Documentary Conference, currently director of Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK
- Anna Goldsworthy, Concert Pianist
- Nuala Hafner, Former weather presenter for Seven News, Sydney, now working freelance in London
- Kamahl, Baritone
- Justin Kurzel, Film Director
- Clive Mathieson, Editor of The Australian
- Grace McClure, Model 
- Glenn McMillan, Actor
- Marcie Muir, Illustrator and Author of children's books 
- Kelly Preston, Actress, wife of John Travolta 
- Sally Sara AM, Foreign Correspondent and National Regional Correspondent with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- Victoria Taylor, Artist
- Clayton Watson, Actor
- Chris Winter, Television Presenter
- David Lewis Jones, First medical statistician in the New South Wales State Health Department; known for his contribution to the advancement of Aboriginal health
- Politics and the law
- Malcolm Blue QC, Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia
- Vickie Chapman MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition & Member for Bragg, Parliament of South Australia 
- Natasha Stott Despoja, former senator and leader of the Australian Democrats
- Stephen Wade MLC, Shadow Minister for Correctional Services, Disability, Emergency Services & Road Safety 
- Wendy Schaeffer OAM, Olympic gold medallist in equestrian events
- Sophie Edington, swimmer, Olympian, world champion and world record holder
- Amber Halliday, world champion lightweight rower and Olympian
- Rafael Sterk, three-time Australian Olympic water polo goal-keeper
- Matt Welsh, swimmer, Olympian
- Commonwealth Games
- Roger Rasheed, former professional tennis player, tennis coach and tennis commentator
- Ethan Arthurs, fencing, Australian International Fencing squad 1976-1987 (AIF)
- Ken Bagshaw, former state cricketer
- James Brayshaw, former state cricketer, now an Australian rules football commentator and Footy Show host
- Ross Hiern, former state cricketer
- Dudley Jamieson, former state cricketer
- Tom Moody, former state and Australian cricketer
- David Parkinson, former state cricketer
- Sam Parkinson, former state cricketer
- Rex Sellers OAM, former state and Australian cricketer
- Andrew Sincock, former State Cricketer
- Caroline Ward, former state and Australian cricketer
- Cameron Williamson, former state cricketer
- Jace Bode, former AFL footballer with Melbourne Football Club
- Nicholas Duigan, AFL footballer with Carlton Football Club
- Alex Forster, AFL footballer with Fremantle Football Club
- Barnaby French, former AFL footballer with Port Adelaide Football Club and Carlton Football Club
- George Horlin-Smith, AFL footballer with Geelong Football Club
- Anthony Ingerson, former AFL footballer with Melbourne Football Club and Adelaide Football Club
- Angus Monfries, AFL footballer with Essendon Football Club and Port Adelaide Football Club
- Tom Read, AFL footballer for Geelong Football Club
- Justin Staritski, former AFL footballer with North Melbourne Football Club and Collingwood Football Club
- Jay Viney, former AFL footballer with Melbourne Football Club
- Todd Viney, former AFL footballer with Melbourne Football Club
- John Moody AM, former Co Principal Pembroke School and Headmaster Guildford Grammar School, Perth 1979-95
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