Pymble Ladies' College

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Pymble Ladies' College
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Pymble, New South Wales
Coordinates 33°44′54″S 151°08′05″E / 33.7484072°S 151.1347526°E / -33.7484072; 151.1347526
Type Independent, Day and Boarding
Motto All'Ultimo Lavoro
("Strive for the highest"
Denomination Uniting Church
Established 1916
Chairman Braith Williams
Principal Vicki Waters
Chaplain Reverend Lorenzo Rodriguez Torres, Reverend Punam Bent
Employees ~210[1]
Gender Girls
Enrolment ~2,100 (K–12)[1]
Colour(s) Scarlet, Navy Blue and White
Affiliations AHIGS

Pymble Ladies' College is an independent, non-selective, day and boarding school for girls, located in Pymble, a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Twenty hectares in size, the grounds of the College feature a 25m swimming pool, gymnasium, several fields, tennis courts, an agriculture plot, library, buildings dedicated to specific subjects: an art building, a technology and applied studies building, a languages building, and a science block. There is also a music building, a chapel, healthcare centre, three boarding houses (Lang, Goodlet and Marden) and the most recent additions - the Gillian Moore Centre for Performing Arts in 2005, the Senior School Centre - Kate Mason Building in 2011, and the Centenary Sports Precinct in 2016.[2]

The college, formerly a school of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, is now administered by the Uniting Church in Australia, and is a founding member of the Association of Heads of Independent Girls' Schools (AHIGS). Girls of any faith may attend the school, although they are expected to also attend a fortnightly chapel service. The school caters for all classes from Kindergarten to Year 12.

There are eight houses in the secondary school, including the original three, Lang, Goodlet and Marden, and five more added in 2009, Wylie, Bennett, Ingleholme, Hammond and Thomas.[3] There are three houses in the Preparatory and Junior Schools named after famous Australian authors, Gibbs (after May Gibbs), Mackellar (after Dorothea Mackellar) and Turner (after Ethel Turner).


Pymble Ladies' College was founded in 1916 by Dr John Marden.


In 2014 the school participated in the Community Development and Leadership Summit in India, hosted by the Modern School, New Delhi.[4]


Period Details[5]
1916–1920 John Marden, Principal of Croydon 1887 – 1920, Principal of both Colleges from 1916
1920–1921 G. Gordon Everett
1922–1933 Nancy Jobson
1936–1966 Dorothy Knox
1967–1989 Jeanette Buckham
1989–2007 Gillian Moore
2008–present Vicki Waters

Notable alumnae[edit]

Entertainment, media and the arts
Politics, public service and the law
  • Sophie Ferguson – Professional Tennis Player
  • Ellyse Perry – member of Australian women's national football team and cricket team
  • Edwina Tops-Alexander – equestrian athlete representative to 2012 London Olympics[11]
  • Kathleen Chua – Australian Floorball Team for 2015 World Floorball Championships[12]
  • Brittany O'Brien – Australian Olympic Diving Team 2016[13]
  • Chloe Dalton OAM – Australian Women's Rugby Sevens Team (2014–present), Olympic gold medalists


  • ^ P.L.C council had acquired further land between 1916 and 1924. The reason for the sale is unknown.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Pymble Ladies' College Annual Report 2005". Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2007. 
  2. ^ "PLC - New Senior School Centre". Archived from the original on 7 April 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  3. ^ 2009 - Year in Review, p. 9, archived from the original on 2 March 2011, retrieved 19 April 2011 
  4. ^ "Community Development and Leadership Summit". Pymble Ladies' College. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Heads of New South Wales Independent Girls' Schools". Retrieved 23 July 2007. 
  6. ^ "NSW Rhodes Scholars" Archived 24 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine. — University of Sydney list, (retrieved 27 June 2007)
  7. ^ "Principals of P.L.C Sydney". History. Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney. Archived from the original on 2 July 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2007. 
  8. ^ Papers of Dame Joan Hammond (1912- ). National Library of Australia
  9. ^ "Anita Jacoby: Why my success would surprise my former teachers". Women's Agenda. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Marie Byles: A Spirited Life" (PDF). National Trust Online Exhibition. The National Trust of Australia (NSW). 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 November 2006. Retrieved 1 August 2007. 
  11. ^ "London 2012 - Edwina Tops-Alexander Athlete Profile". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "International Floorball Federation - Kathleen Chua Player Card". Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Sydney Schoolgirl Brittany O'Brien dives into first Olympics after late call". The Daily Telegraph. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Coleman, M. 1991. This is Pymble College: The First 75 years, 1916-1991. Pymble Ladies' College.
  • McFarlane, J. 1998. The Golden Hope: Presbyterian Ladies' College, 1888-1988. P.L.C Council, Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney. ISBN 0-9597340-1-5.

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