Subjects at Perth College are designed to deliver a well-rounded education, develop world-ready youth, and equip girls with the skills to make a difference in the community.
An inquiry approach to learning is utilised in the Junior School, and the girls benefit from specialist teachers in Music, Physical Education, Art, Languages (Indonesian in Years 1 and 2; French in Year 3) and Library.
In the Senior School, girls from Years 7 to 12 are afforded an academically-rich curriculum to meet the needs of each phase of their development, allowing them to discover their capabilities in a range of learning areas.
Learning Enrichment commences in the Junior School and continues across the Senior School, recognising each girl’s skills and talents.
Perth College is active in the development of education in Western Australia through providing advice, trialling the curriculum and contributing work and programme samples.
• Founders Centre for Early Learning
• Judith Cottier Theatre (660 seating capacity)
• Anne Hairsine Drama Studio with retractable seating
• Opus rooms for private music lessons
• Library Resource Centre
• Modern Science Centre with wet labs attached to each classroom
• 50m heated swimming pool
• Chapel of St Michael and All Angels
• Fully-equipped gymnasium
• Myalla House, home to our Old Girls' Association and a wonderful environment for functions and events for our past students
Technology supports the curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12.
In the Junior School, all girls have access to networked computers, iPods and iPads. There are interactive whiteboards in all classrooms and students have access to notebook computers.
Personal Learning Devices (PLDs) have value-added to the curriculum for not only students in Years 7 to 10 but also their teachers. The Learning Powered by Technology project will be rolled out until 2015, when every Senior School student has their own PLD.
The PLD is considered to be the student's mobile classroom and the School's portal/intranet the virtual classroom, enabling the 'anywhere, any time' learning concept to becoming a reality.
Perth College has invested in state-of-the-art infrastructure including wireless technology, smart boards, industry standard and educational software and systems.
These technologies in conjunction with traditional classroom best practices provide our girls with a 21st Century education.
Students look forward to representing Perth College at a range of events and also participating in school-based activities each year such as the Creative Arts Festival, music recitals, a student art exhibition, and IPSHA/IGGSA sporting carnivals.
A diverse co-curricular programme complements teaching and learning and includes membership of sporting teams, year group camps, clubs, and local and national competitions in writing, art, music, drama, mathematics, science and problem-solving.
In the Senior School, co-curricular opportunities include private speech and drama lessons, dance, music, debating and the publication of the School’s yearbook, mock law trials, photography, the Duke of Edinburgh programme, Outdoor Education and local, state and national competitions such as the Tournament of Minds, Da Vinci Decathlon, Titration Stakes, BioGENEius and Alliance Francaise.
Sports within the IPSHA and IGSSA competitions include swimming, tennis, volleyball, cross country, netball, hockey, rowing, soccer, basketball, water polo, softball and athletics.
From Years 10 to 12, students are expected to complete at least 20 hours of community service, although many of the girls willingly commit to helping charitable causes and local projects by volunteering or fundraising.
Perth College has long instilled a culture of 'giving back' through which the girls gain a greater appreciation of their own circumstances and privileges.
The Boarding House is home to 110 students in Years 7 to 12 from across regional WA.
The School understands the move to the city for young girls is a momentous occasion and its custom-designed On Board programme helps students transition into boarding life and settle into their new surroundings.
A variety of practical experiences, projects and activities is tailored to each year level and Perth College’s core values – Capable, Courageous, Caring – permeate throughout.
The course includes camps, environmental projects, domestic skills such as cooking, sewing and etiquette, event organisation, mentoring and community service. Each activity is as interactive and practical as possible, guided by enthusiastic, skilled members of the Boarding House team.
The development of responsibility and the value placed on community service and challenge are strong features of the Boarding House.
Boarders form the heart of Perth College and with extensive academic and co-curricular opportunities, the girls become independent and resilient, and reap the rewards of investing themselves in boarding life.
Staff work hard to create and maintain a happy, supportive environment for the girls and the Boarding House is vibrant and welcoming.
The Old Girls' Association (OGA) proudly boasts an active membership of 3,500 members and, in 2013, celebrated 100 years as a social and fundraising body.
The OGA is based on the Perth College Campus within Myalla House, and arranges regular fundraising and social functions throughout the year. This includes 18-month and 5, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 year reunions held in WA, interstate and overseas.