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Penrhos College
Penrhos College is a Uniting Church day and boarding school for girls, Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, located in Perth, Western Australia.
6 Morrison Street
Perth Central
08 9368 9500
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Inspiring girls to become extraordinary women

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From the youngest girl in Pre-Kindergarten to the young woman in Year 12, we ensure a positive and inclusive culture in which each individual student can thrive. We invite you to contact our College and discover the warmth and energy of the Penrhos experi
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Kalea Haran
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Inspiring girls to become extraordinary women

From the youngest girl in Pre-Kindergarten to the young woman in Year 12, we ensure a positive and inclusive culture in which each individual student can thrive. 

Inspiring girls since 1952

Our purpose is clear – to inspire girls to become extraordinary women.

This notion of ‘extraordinary’ means helping support each girl to become the best she can be, as she grows in character and uses her unique gifts, talents and passions to their full potential. Our ethos is grounded in the belief that each Penrhos student will graduate equipped to make a meaningful contribution in the world, at whatever level and in whatever particular way she can. The verb ‘to inspire’ means to ‘breathe life into’ – Penrhos is committed to providing an exceptionally stimulating learning environment and an array of exciting opportunities to ensure each student is inspired to achieve her personal goals and to realise her ambition.

As one of the top independent girls school in Perth, the Penrhos educational philosophy acknowledges student phases of development, across which we provide a balanced and diverse learning experience.

To inspire girls to become extraordinary women, we are challenged to provide/be:

  • Inspirational Student Experiences
  • Inspirational Staff
  • An Inspirational Environment
  • An Inspirational and Enduring Community

These four key areas provide a clear focus for current priorities and so that we can plan effectively.

Learn Strong

A Penrhos girl is independent and resilient. She is the girl of today, well-prepared and equipped for the challenges of tomorrow.

Penrhos College is an all girls’ school, in the faith of the Uniting Church. We are committed to educating our students for respectful and responsible participation in an increasingly diverse and fast-evolving global community. Equally, we are committed to the promotion of justice and equity in learning, working and social environments that are affirming and inclusive, where each individual feels safe and valued.

Girls of all religious, cultural and gender identities are warmly welcomed here. Our community respects and honours diversity, including (but not limited to) age, ethnicity, family structure, identity, race, culture, physical ability and religion.

The Penrhos learning experience is designed to empower each girl to be true to herself, kind to others and bold in the pursuit of her dreams. We are proud that our College brings together people of diverse backgrounds in a vibrant community that supports each student on her individual journey; together, we strive for the highest and become the best we can be.

We warmly invite you to discover Penrhos.

Academic opportunities for every individual
Penrhos students consistently achieve excellent academic results and our record speaks for itself.

Our inspirational teaching staff, academic opportunities and outstanding facilities combine to create an environment in which every girl is encouraged to shine.

Our pathways offer something for every individual – from girls studying the WACE, to those on Alternate Pathways, from girls who require bespoke additional support, to those whose high potential requires more tailored extension, every girl is encouraged to grow and is supported to achieve her personal best.

We are consistently recognised for our comprehensive and integrated STEM program, as well as for growing leadership and engagement in STEM matters across the education sector.
Anglesey House
Colwyn Centre
Creative Arts and Design Centre
Early Learning Centre
Fandry Sports Centre
Laurie Packham Oval
Llew Woodford Function Centre
Meg Melville Science Innovation Centre
Menai Boarding House
Multipurpose Sports Courts
Rixon Theatre
Uniform Shop

Powering personal bests

The Penrhos College co-curricular program is a comprehensive range of sporting, academic, cultural and performance arts activities that align with the Penrhos Whole Person Paradigm (Mind, Heart Body and Spirit) as well as the Round Square IDEALS.

Penrhos is proud to be a member of Round Square, an internationally diverse network of 200 like-minded schools in 50 countries on six continents. Round Square schools connect and collaborate to offer world-class programmes and experiences, developing global competence, character and confidence in students.

These activities provide a balance to the rigorous academic program, giving girls opportunities to explore interests and untapped talents outside the classroom. Activities vary from term to term and from year to year and are encouraged, not compulsory. There is something for everyone at Penrhos, across all areas of the whole person paradigm; Mind, Heart, Body, Spirit.

The range of activities available at Penrhos College ensures our girls are given opportunities to thrive and achieve their personal best, in a way that suits their individual strengths and interests.


At Penrhos we believe that personal wellbeing and effective relationships underpin every girl’s success and achievements. Each girl’s ability to strive for her highest must be supported by a strong pastoral care framework, which is what thrive is all about.

We promote a positive and inclusive culture where every student is encouraged to actively model our core shared values. thrive describes the range of programs, experiences and connections that support the wellbeing and personal growth of our girls in an ever-changing world.

Our programs and practices aim to graduate our students as independent, resilient young women who have a strong sense of self and a meaningful and enduring connection to Penrhos and the wider community.

Our core shared values define the very essence of Penrhos College, what we believe in and what we stand for as staff, as students, and as a community.

Values are commonly defined as intangible, deeply held beliefs that guide actions and interactions. Our core shared values bind us together in a common focus and guide our behaviours in everything we do.

As a school of the Uniting Church, inspired by the motto “Strive for the Highest”, Penrhos College provides a learning and working environment that is conducive to the nurturing of Christian faith and the adoption of sound moral and ethical values. Our educational philosophy spans the whole person paradigm of mind, heart, body and spirit, each of which is valued in equal measure – our students are encouraged to ask big life questions and to consider the direction offered by their faith in pursuit of personal meaning. We also encourage our girls (and our staff) to participate in various community service initiatives, to nurture the dimensions of both heart and spirit and to meaningfully give back to others.

In consideration of our core shared values, we are compelled by the universal and timeless resonance of ‘Respect’, ‘Integrity’ and ‘Empathy’.

‘Knowledge’, ‘Growth’ and ‘Synergy’ enhance our values proposition by helping to underpin what defines our institutional character and they remind us of our reason for being, the premise on which we base our educational framework and the partnerships we forge to secure our future success.

In keeping with our core shared values, our perspective is diverse and all-embracing; staff and students of all religious denominations are welcome at Penrhos.
Our purpose is clear – to inspire girls to become extraordinary women.

This notion of ‘extraordinary’ means helping support each girl to become the best she can be, as she grows in character and uses her unique gifts, talents and passions to their full potential.
Our educational philosophy of ‘the whole person paradigm’ is founded in the need to nurture the mind, heart, body and spirit of each girl for a complete, rounded and balanced education in preparation for life. Our philosophy is integral to all programs and is implemented across the phases of development, helping to shape the growth of each individual student, from the young child in Kindergarten to the young adult in Year 12.
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Kalea Haran joined Penrhos College in January 2021 from the Australian International School (AIS) in Singapore, where she was the Head of Secondary School. “I was attracted to Penrhos for its pioneering spirit”, says Kalea, “we are proud to challenge convention and constructively test the status quo in empowering our girls to pursue their dreams, in whatever direction.

“Penrhos College is committed to inspiring students to achieve their personal bests in all aspects of growth and development – in academics, wellbeing and good citizenship. We help nurture a sense of belonging from the very beginning, which we hope will lead our girls to always remain connected with the College and with each other.”

“Outstanding teachers and facilities should go without saying in an excellent private school. Penrhos offers far more – our students learn to identify their strengths and passions; they grow character and ambition. Penrhos prepares them with the mental toughness they need to thrive in our ever-evolving and fast-changing environment. Penrhosians are positive rebels and change makers, set to make a positive difference in the world, for themselves and for others.”


Inspiring girls to become extraordinary women

From the youngest girl in Pre-Kindergarten to the young woman in Year 12, we ensure a positive and inclusive culture in which each individual student can thrive. We invite you to visit our College and discover the warmth and energy of the Penrhos experience for yourself. Find out more.


There are a number of bus services available to students travelling to and from Penrhos College.

Using a bus service is a great way for students to develop independence and support parents who manage multiple school runs or need to commute to work. It also has the added benefits of reducing traffic congestion and environmental impact.

Did you know that Penrhos College is easily accessible from the Perth Hills? Our expanded bus services connect students from Kalamunda, Forrestfield, Lesmurdie and Wattle Grove with our vibrant and diverse community. Find out more.

Engineering the future for women in STEM

Engineering is the cornerstone of the infrastructure, services, products and systems that serve Australia’s diverse population, yet still only 12% of the engineering workforce is female

Penrhos Principal Kalea Haran says breaking down gender stereotypes and inspiring girls to discover joy and curiosity in exploring all the world has to offer is part of the College ethos. “We are reshaping perceptions of STEM – including Maths - as a journey of discovery, to be embraced with fascination and wonder. Students respond to challenges most successfully when they are surrounded by positive and passionate peers, mentors and teachers.”

Find out more.


More than just a classroom: How Penrhos College prepares our girls for the future of work

Our world is changing at the speed of information. Technological innovations touch every part of our lives, forcing a shift in how we approach everything from primary education to employment.

By the time today’s students enter the workforce, they will be pursuing careers that didn’t exist a decade ago and using technologies that don’t exist yet either. 

So how do we prepare our girls for a world where work, life, and success will be defined differently from what we know today?

This existential question is driving change across the education sector. Here at Penrhos College, an all-girls private school in Perth, we are creating flexible learning environments where critical thinking and spontaneous collaboration encourage the pursuit of discovery. 

A generation ago, these spaces were called ‘classrooms’. Now Perth’s best high schools are evolving physical learning spaces to meet the needs of the next generation.  Find out more.

Life at Penrhos is enriched by diversity – we welcome enrolments from different cultures, religions and backgrounds. The experience of sharing and developing life skills with fellow students from overseas fosters the qualities of understanding, tolerance, awareness and respect. Friendships formed at Penrhos are often friendships that last for life.

Unless parents are moving to Perth with the student, it if the College’s preference that secondary school students live in our Boarding House, where we provide a nurturing and safe environment for each and every girl. Living as a boarder also enables the College to more closely monitor academic progress and involvement in co-curricular activities.

Further information to assist prospective overseas students in learning about accommodation options and indicative costs of living in Australia, please visit Study Australia. Additional resources can also be located via Study Perth or Visit Perth, which provide a snapshot into the wonderful city of Perth, where Penrhos College is located.  Find out more.

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