Quod Bonum Tenete
Peninsula Grammar School is a day and boarding school for approximately 1440 students from three-year-old Kindergarten to Year 12. Our aim is to help each child in our school community reach their potential.
We achieve this by rigorous attention to academic outcomes combined with an extensive co-curricular program. Our Year 12 students consistently achieve above state averages at VCE.
Our Dux for 2019, Nguyen Ha Trang (Helen), achieved an outstanding ATAR of 99.7. Helen topped a remarkable group of 5 students, all of whom achieved above 99. In 2019:
Our international students benefit from the specialised facility of our English Language Centre, where they can hone their English skills before entering the mainstream classrooms.
Our co-curricular activities include an extensive Music and Drama program, sporting opportunities, a House program, unsurpassed pastoral care, a well-defined code of behaviour and a well-developed sense of community. Peninsula is a worldwide leader in the field of Positive Education.
Our students' achievements are testament to the dedication and expertise of our teachers, who enjoy a close relationship with their students at all year levels.
Every school wants to believe that it offers something special, something just a little bit different from other schools. At Peninsula, we too believe that we have a certain spirit, more than just camaraderie, that exists within the School. It's a shared set of values and a sense of all working together that is hard to define in words. We are not alone in this belief. Visitors to our School regularly comment on the congenial atmosphere on campus. This spirit encompasses all year levels and is the result of careful attention to a number of factors.
Peninsula follows sound Christian values. Whether or not families have religious affiliations, the results, as shown by the behaviour of our students, attest to the value of inculcating these ethics in the routines of school life. Through our pastoral care and Tutor systems, our teachers enjoy a close relationship with their students. This knowledge gives them a solid appreciation of what each student needs educationally and socially.
Building self-esteem and resilience is important to the development of all children. The breadth of our co-curricular programs and House activities is such that all students are able to find some activity in which they can find enjoyment and success. Sport, music and drama opportunities abound at Peninsula. Our Personal Development program flourishes in the Middle School. A major draw card is the popular Cadet Unit. We also provide a range of interest-based activities, life skill programs, sporting and hobby pursuits. Community service is also a feature of the program.
We welcome international students from all over the world to our School. Our students come from as far afield as China, Japan, Germany, France and elsewhere in Europe, South East Asia, the US and South America.
We can cater for 50 male and 20 female boarders, while other students choose Homestay.
Our international students become part of a vibrant and caring school community in which a broad range of interests are carefully catered for.
Peninsula is renowned for its Pastoral Care program whichis founded on the principles of Positive Psychology. We believe an effective approach to pastoral care involves: Ensuring that students have a sense of safety, security and well being. Developing in students an understanding of their physical, emotional and personal development. Being consistent in expectations placed on students. Engendering respect and tolerance for difference. Cultivating student leadership opportunities. Engaging students in appropriate career and vocational experiences. Encouraging a Christian consciousness and moral values. Nurturing resilience in students. Building self worth, confidence and responsibility. Developing positive social relationships and interpersonal skills.
The Outdoor Education program is an integral ingredient of the all round education offered at Peninsula. Its aims are:
Challenge: Takes students out of their comfort zones and encourages sensible risk taking.
Personal Development: Promotes resilience, initiative, self esteem, motivation, self-reliance.
Responsibility: For themselves, classmates and the environment.
Leadership: Helps to develop leadership skills in students in a different type of environment.
Teamwork: Relationship building, problem solving, respecting differences, communication, social skills.
Environmental: Brings students into contact with nature. Teaches minimum impact practices – local and global.
Health: Promotes healthy lifestyle choices.
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