Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School

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Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School
Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School is located in Melbourne
Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School
Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School

Coordinates37°43′52″S 144°52′12″E / 37.73111°S 144.87000°E / -37.73111; 144.87000Coordinates: 37°43′52″S 144°52′12″E / 37.73111°S 144.87000°E / -37.73111; 144.87000
TypeIndependent comprehensive co-educational early learning, primary and secondary day school
MottoesEssendon: Latin: Sapienter ac Viriliter
Penleigh: Latin: Ad Altiora
(Essendon: Strength through knowledge;
Penleigh: To higher things)
DenominationUniting Church
  • 1871; 148 years ago (1871)
    (as Penleigh Ladies College)
  • 1872; 147 years ago (1872)
    (as Essendon Grammar)
  • 1977; 42 years ago (1977)
    (Amalgamated schools)[1]
PrincipalTony Larkin (until 2020, where Kate Dullard replaces.)
Enrolmentc. 2,243
Campus typeSuburban
Colour(s)Navy, maroon, pale blue, bottle green and gold
AffiliationAssociated Grammar Schools of Victoria

Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (abbreviated as PEGS) is a multi-campus independent Uniting Church comprehensive co-educational early learning, primary and secondary day school, with three campuses located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The school is the product of an amalgamation of two schools, Penleigh Presbyterian Ladies' College and Essendon Grammar School, which was completed in 1977. Uniforms were different for boys and girls until Term 3 2006 when a new combined school uniform was launched. The school's campuses are located in Essendon, Moonee Ponds and Keilor East.

The school is a member of the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria and competes against the other member schools in a range of sports.


The history of Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School is the history of two schools, Penleigh Ladies' College and Essendon Grammar School. Each of these schools has its origins in the early years of Melbourne. Essendon Grammar School was established for boys in 1934 following the amalgamation of Northern Grammar School and St. Thomas' Grammar School.[2] Northern Grammar School commenced in 1921 in the Moonee Ponds area but soon moved to new premises on the site of St. John's Church in Essendon.

In 1924, the school acquired the present site at 59 Raleigh Street, Essendon. Carlton College opened in 1872 and this school occupied several premises in the Parkville area. This school combined with St Thomas' Grammar in 1910, when they moved to a larger property in Essendon. In 1948 Essendon Grammar School began its affiliation with the Presbyterian Church. The site of the senior school in Keilor East was purchased in 1956 and this new campus of the school was officially opened by the Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Robert Menzies in 1960. Penleigh was originally established in 1871 as Dorset House, Mrs. Tulloch's School for Young Ladies.[3] The school occupied several sites in the Moonee Ponds area. The school developed and expanded particularly under the guidance of the Limerock sisters. The school was renamed Penleigh Ladies' College during the First World War and it moved to the present site at 83 Park Street, Moonee Ponds in 1921. After the Second World War Penleigh was purchased from the Limerock sisters by the Presbyterian Church.

The first links between Essendon Grammar School and Penleigh Ladies' College were established in 1952 when Intermediate and Leaving students participated in some common classes. By 1969, the councils of the two schools agreed to integrate the two schools at the senior levels. In 1973, the co-educational senior college, McNab House, was established on the Keilor East site. The two schools were amalgamated in 1977 to form Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School; the school also joined the Uniting Church in 1977 and became an incorporated body in 1982. In the following year, the school purchased property at Lake Eildon to develop an Outdoor Education Programme.[4]

In 2010 the school commenced a substantial, multi-campus redevelopment to run over several years. Another site of approximately 40 acres (160,000 m2) was purchased in the Keilor Park area in 2006 and has been developed as the school's sporting grounds. The four sporting houses for in-school boys' competition are Bradman, Elliot, Reynolds and Rose; those for the girls are Limerock, Park, Chaucer and Dorset.

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  1. ^ "Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School". Victoria. School Choice. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-10.
  2. ^ Unknown. "Anglican Parish of St. Thomas, Moonee Ponds, History". Anglican Parish of St. Thomas, Moonee Ponds. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  3. ^ raaen99. ""Penleigh" a former Victorian Mansion, now Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School - Moonee Ponds". Flickr. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Eildon Camp". Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  5. ^ Hawley, Janet (2007-05-07). "Executive Style: Lucky Eric". The Age. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
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  7. ^ Fletcher set to reach unique milestone, Sports Australia, 23 June 2005
  8. ^ About Robert Gottliebsen The Australian – Australia's national daily newspaper
  9. ^ "Joan Kirner" (PDF). Education. Australian Workers Heritage Centre. Retrieved 2008-02-24.
  10. ^ a b PEGS versus Assumption A Classic Game, Altior et Sapientior, September 2005, Edition 19, pp.3–4
  11. ^ Glazner, J., PEGS Restaurateurs Rule, Altior et Sapientior, September, 2004, Edition 16, p. 3
  12. ^ [1] Labor Party Information Website
  13. ^ [2] The 7.30 Report – ABC
  14. ^ Madge and Lily: The Titheradge Girls,
  15. ^ Jolly, Laura (19 May 2010). "In Toy's world". Hume Leader. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  16. ^ Class of 1981 reunionAltior et Sapientior, December, 2006, Edition 23, p. 4
  17. ^ Tweed feeds on the vulnerable Article from Melbourne daily newspaper The Age, December 2004

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