Our History

Our history

Perth College is one of the oldest independent girls’ schools in Western Australia, and one of many schools founded worldwide by the Community of the Sisters of the Church, an Anglican religious order established in 1870. From its original site in West Perth in 1902, Perth College grew rapidly and moved during 1916 to its current location in Mount Lawley.

From the very beginning, Perth College was determined to do things differently. The Sisters’ vision for what women could do challenged the accepted ideas at the time. From this, a strong belief system was born: that women should work hard to make the most of their opportunities and use these advantages to make a difference.

Perth College has continued to go from strength to strength over many generations. Milestone events included the building of our Chapel in 1927, the 1968 handover of the School from the Sisters to the Anglican Province of Western Australia, and our 2002 centenary celebrations.

Today, Perth College boasts a student population exceeding 1,000 girls, including over 100 boarders from regional WA and overseas. Recently, the School has added a number of landmark projects including the purpose-built Founders Centre for Early Learning (Kindergarten to Year 4) and Excelsior House, a facility for Year 12 Students that prepares girls for university and life outside school.

More than 13,000 students have been educated at Perth College since 1902. While much has changed since then, the determination of our girls has never wavered.