A boarding parent’s perspective - by Lisa Marquis
23 July 2020
Penrhos College is a Uniting Church day and boarding school for girls, Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, located in Perth, Western Australia. We believe girls are given the best opportunity to thrive in a single-sex environment, free from gender stereotypes and expectations.
"I truly believe that Penrhos College has nurtured, developed and enabled me to be the best version of myself. Penrhos is an environment where girls are supported by staff who care for them and surrounded by inspirational young women. When you join Penrhos you not only join a school, but you join a community, a family for life."
Stella McLaughlin (2018 School Captain)
"Penrhos and boarding provided our daughter with a great social, educational and sporting environment in which to grow and succeed. She had many amazing life experiences along the way, with the journey yet to end."
Laura Nicholls, Kellerberrin (Mother of Montana Nicholls 2016)
Our daughter’s excitement, nervousness, friendships & determination have all been growing since Year 7. She has loved her time at Penrhos, and despite rare stumbles has grown from all her experiences into a gorgeous young woman who knows she will look back with treasured memories and friendships from six years of being with the same girls. In her own words – she has “loved her teachers and their genuine commitment, caring and giving - more this year than ever.”
Lisa and Greg Pampling (Parents of Sarah Pampling 2018)
We would just like to take this opportunity to congratulate Penrhos College on the magnificent job that you all do to create such a memorable, warm, inspiring experience for our girls – particularly the Year 12s on their graduation. As an old girl, I myself hold treasured memories from Penrhos, so obviously the many traditions, ceremonies and experiences just keep getting better.
Lisa Wilson (1990) Alum
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for Orientation day. Mollie, though nervous and very apprehensive thoroughly enjoyed herself. She was kept busy and so wasn't thinking about how worried she was. Thank you. Looking forward to next year!
Pennie Stewart (parent of new student starting in 2019)
Penrhos College has provided the perfect home & school for us in every way. From the single rooms at the boarding house, to the dedication of the teachers, to the facilities, and co-curricular activities on offer. Our two girls have thrived and matured in ways we could have never imagined.
Tracey & Damien Schlink Condingup, Esperance (Boarding parents)
I would like to thank you for the amazing journey you and the other Maths teachers have taken Addie on since Year 7. It has been wonderful to see her discover that she is in fact a mathematical being. Her confidence has increased so much and she really is quite passionate about the subject. We couldn’t be more delighted. We’re looking forward to more Maths fun this year.
Toby Watkins (Parent of a student in the Math's Mentor Program)
Whenever I take time to reflect on my time at Penrhos I am overwhelmingly grateful to my parents for providing me with the opportunity to leave home and develop my independence. I am thankful to the College and staff for ingraining the “Strive For The Highest” motto. I call it the Penrhos Effect, whereby students who attended the College are enabled to believe in themselves and aspire to any goal.
Jessie Dixon (2007) Alum Boarder
The number one value in life that I like to impart on people, especially my children, is the value of giving! I was not brought up with this value from my home life, but from my school life at Penrhos College where they have a philosophy of “For Others”.
Tracey Dodds (1991) Alum
Social justice has always been a large part of our lives as a family and a focus through Penrhos. Penrhos has facilitated the determination for equity over three generations of our family. I hope that it will continue to empower transformative practices in the future.
Janene Sproul (1987) Alum
Whist Sophie will admit there are days on which she’d love to be a day girl, because she misses home so much, we wouldn’t change the Penrhos boarding experience for anything. We absolutely believe it gives girls the opportunity to grow, to become more resilient, to experience new things and create bonds that will last for ever.
Veronica McPhail, boarding parent.
Penrhos has taught me about the girl I am, and the woman I want to become. It has widened my world view and shown me the exciting possibilities that lie ahead.
Emily O’Leary (2020) current student
We respectfully acknowledge the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation as the traditional owners of the land on which we stand and pay our respects to elders past, present and future. Together, we acknowledge the contributions of Aboriginal Australians and non-Aboriginal Australians to the education of all children and people in this country we all live in and share together – Australia.