Why Penrhos?
Specialising in the education of girls

We believe girls are given the best opportunity to thrive in a single-sex environment, free from gender stereotypes and expectations.

Research indicates that:

  • Girls in girls’ schools achieve significantly stronger academic results than any other group. Without the competition from boys, girls are free to pursue academic excellence and each achievement is celebrated.
  • Single-sex educated girls have less gender stereotyped development than co-educated girls. In girls’ schools all subjects are available to girls; they can lead the sporting team, experiment in robotics and develop a passion for literature.
  • Girls in girls’ schools don’t have to live up to expectations that they must be nice, quiet, non-athletic, and passive. They are comfortable being themselves and can live up to their full potential, in the classroom or on the sporting field.
  • Women are still under-represented in many of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields, however girls from girls’ schools are significantly bucking this trend by choosing to study and work in these ‘gender atypical’ areas.

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academic record

Penrhos College places strong emphasis on the quality of our teaching and learning, together with the assessment and moderation of our teaching and learning programs, particularly in Years 11 and 12. Our goal is to continuously improve the performance of all of our Year 12 students, whether taking the ATAR or alternative Vocational and Education Training pathway.

In 2017, Penrhos College ranked 4th in the League Tables with a median ATAR of 91.20 (Top 50 Median ATAR Schools) against a state median ATAR of 81.40.

We also celebrate 100% graduation of our Vocational and Educational Training (VET) students.

  2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
League Table Ranking 4 3 6 9 9 6
  2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Penrhos Median ATAR* 91.20 92.65 88.50 88.90  88.95  89.70
State Median ATAR* 81.40 80.85 79.10  79.00  79.10  80.10
*ATAR – every student sitting the WACE Examinations is awarded a ranking; the students achieving the highest score being awarded a ranking of 99.95.
Year Penrhos Median ATAR* State Median ATAR*
2017 91.20 81.40
2016 92.65 80.85
2015 88.50 79.10
2014 88.90 79.00 
2013 88.95 79.10 
2012 89.70 80.10
*ATAR – every student sitting the WACE Examinations is awarded a ranking; the students achieving the highest score being awarded a ranking of 99.95.

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Penrhos College won the primary and secondary school categories in the prestigious Governor’s School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Awards 2017, becoming the first school to win both categories. We are proud to be formally recognised for our comprehensive and integrated STEM program, as well as our growing leadership and engagement on STEM matters across the education sector.

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We believe the quality of our teaching staff has the single biggest impact on student achievement and engagement at school. We work hard to recruit, develop and retain the best teaching staff, placing strong emphasis on the following:

  • Internal and external professional development opportunities
  • Inspirational Teacher recognition program
  • Building Leadership Capacity program
  • Annual reflection of staff performance and development
  • Modern staff facilities and amenities

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support network

From her first day at Penrhos, your daughter will be supported by a strong network of Academic and Pastoral Care staff, and become part of a community that will endure well beyond her school days. The Penrhos College support network involves:

  • Academic and Pastoral Care staff, including Counsellors, the Chaplain, Health Centre Nurses, Boarding House staff, Careers Advisor and teaching staff.
  • Peer support programs, including Connect Form (which connects girls from Years 7-12, with a view to fostering friendships across different Year groups) and Big Sister.
  • Becoming part of the Penrhos College Alumni network, made up of 8,000+ women living locally and globally.

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opportunities and records

Our co-curricular program offers something for every girl, and provides opportunities for students to discover untapped talents, make new friends and ensure a balanced education. The program spans sporting, music, academic and community service activities, with recent highlights including:

  • The Penrhos College Athletics team continued their phenomenal success in IGSSA (Independent Girls Schools Sports Association) Athletics in 2015, claiming their 22nd Champion School trophy in 53 years of IGSSA competition.The Cross Country team won the IGSSA Cross Country Carnival in 2013, taking their record to an incredible 19 titles over the past 21 years.
  • The Penrhos College Chorale received an exclusive invitation to perform at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall in 2014, on personal recommendation of the Maestro Dr Cristian Grase to participate in a performance of ‘Choral Music for Treble Voices,’ as part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) Concert Series in New York City.
  • The Penrhos College Community Problem Solving team was selected to go to Melbourne for the National Finals in 2014 as a result of finishing in the top 15% of Junior, Middle and Senior Australian teams registered in the program.

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The Penrhos
Profs @ Perkins Program

This program is the result of an exciting new partnership between Penrhos College and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, and aims to offer a STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, Engineering) education program to capable Penrhos students by immersing them into a real life application of a typical STEM career pathway – medical research.

  • The program is the first of its kind in Western Australia.
  • It allows students a unique opportunity to work alongside real medical research scientists and be challenged to question, explore, think, collaborate and discover solutions to some of the most complex health issues affecting Western Australians, including cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • The course content is broad-ranging, with sessions focusing on everything from particular areas of medical research, to ‘Countless cool career options in medical research’ and ‘But should we? Ethical discussions around medical research’.

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  • From the 750-seat Rixon Theatre and the 50m heated swimming pool, to the purpose-built Early Learning Centre featuring a Nature Playground and Menai Boarding House featuring individual rooms for all girls, students at Penrhos College have access to world-class facilities.
  • Our video-conferencing room and newly-renovated Resource Centre ensure our teaching practices are supported by excellent facilities, designed to enhance student learning.
  • Our dynamic Master Building Plan will ensure the continued development and improvement of the campus to meet the needs of a progressive, modern College.

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and transport links

  • Located 7km from the CBD, Penrhos College is located on a sprawling eight-hectare campus, set among pine trees in Como, just off Canning Highway.
  • Our campus is in close proximity of the Swan River, Garden City Shopping Centre, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Fremantle and Kwinana Freeway, with excellent links to country roads used by boarding families.
  • We offer three privately operated bus services in partnership with Wesley College, including the Rossmoyne/Canning Vale, Bicton, and Hills bus runs, which also service surrounding areas. Students can also use a number of Transperth services that stop at Penrhos before and after school.

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  • Principal Meg Melville is well-known to the Penrhos community, having served as Head of Senior School from 2001 to 2010.
  • As a long-serving staff member, Mrs Melville joined the Penrhos College community as an economics teacher in 1979, was appointed Head of Social Science in 1985 and became Year 11 Coordinator in 2000 before accepting the position Head of Senior School in 2001.
  • Mrs Melville brings a wealth of knowledge of the College and its values and traditions to her position as Principal, while at the same time having been actively involved in designing the College's Strategic Directions and the College's administrative organisational restructure, launched in 2011.

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