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Strategic direction

Penrhos has an audacious vision for the future. 

To revolutionise girls’ education so we can all live a future without boundaries. 

Building on a strong foundation of excellence, and a history of inspiring girls to become extraordinary women, in 2021 we began a process of reviewing our strategic direction to expand and enhance it, to build a school for the future. 

This process led us to the understanding that our purpose is quite simply limitless, and with our students at the centre of all we do, we can work together to create, and prepare them for, a future without boundaries. 

The key to achieving this is built upon five pillars: 

Embrace – we nurture timeless connections 

Create – we build learning adventures for life 

Soar – we advance a culture of learning and growth 

Blaze – we empower positive rebels to lead the way 

Impact – we forge new futures in girls’ education 

While working to achieve tangible outcomes against each of these pillars, we also make the following commitments to our students: 

No ceilings – we display vision, determination and growth 

Make your own adventure – we are bold, curious and resourceful 

Find the fun – we see a world filled with wonder, joy and optimism 

Be a force for good – we love, lead and unite. 

Penrhos – Courage starts here.


Core Shared Values

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.

We are committed to the following set of core shared values, as developed by Penrhos staff.

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.

The Whole Person Paradigm

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.