There’s no denying growing minds are directly impacted by the environments, situations, and contexts in which they are nurtured. In the case of Perth College, every stage of our girls’ journeys from Kindergarten through to Year 12 is filled with stimulating and diverse environments. For our girls it all starts at Kindergarten in a modern facility that does just that. The Founders Centre for Early Learning - home to students from Kindergarten to Year 4 – is architecturally-designed around the Reggio Emilia teaching philosophy, where the learning space itself is considered the third teacher. This purpose-built facility provides spaces for encouraging creativity, imagination, social interaction and the development of motor skills; all very necessary foundations for nurturing confident and determined girls.
The Kindergarten and Prep classes are located in heritage buildings, while the Years 1 to 4 classrooms are in an adjacent building. Here there’s an art room and a large multi-purpose space. From the Founders Centre, we also operate a licensed Out of School Hours and Vacation Care programme, which has been accredited as exceeding the national quality standards for child care.
Our Junior School has its own library and central computer pod, with plenty of space for young curious minds to think and be stimulated. We also have beautiful playgrounds and open spaces to burn off energy, or relax and reflect.
As our students enter the Senior School in Year 7, they are exposed to a world of opportunity and get to try everything so they can grow their passions further.
Our newest learning space, Excelsior House, will be used by girls across the Senior School and serves as a base for our Year 12 students as they prepare for life beyond Perth College. It incorporates flexible spaces that mirror universities and modern workplaces. Eleven classrooms across two levels have retractable walls to allow for collaborative learning and large groups to come together for guest speakers, year group meetings, exams and InsideOut workshops.
For girls exploring Music and Drama, our 650-seat Judith Cottier Theatre is used for community and School concerts and productions, as well as generally for our assemblies. A great place to learn and rehearse is the Anne Hairsine Drama Studio, with retractable seating for classes and more intimate performances. For the musicians among us, the Opus rooms are perfect for individual tuition. Our Art department caters to a variety of disciplines like ceramics, glass, textiles, graphic design and painting.
Our premium facilities go beyond the Arts. The leading-edge Jean Rogerson Science Centre is fully equipped with wet labs attached to each classroom as well as a photography darkroom.
Our Library encourages a lifelong appreciation of learning and reading and equips students and staff to become effective users of ideas, information and technology. Its Junior and Senior School collections comprise more than 30,000 resources; as well as traditional print materials, the Library provides access to DVDs, digital video programmes, audiobooks, eBooks and pre-evaluated websites.
We also pride ourselves on our sporting facilities and equipment. Our gymnasium is equipped with cardio and weight equipment, and there’s even a heated 50m swimming pool. Girls also have the chance to train on our full size netball and tennis courts, which are now equipped with floodlights.
The annual community and student art exhibitions are held in our large Pavilion, which is also used for various incursions and functions.
After all that mental and physical exercise, the girls can visit our recently renovated canteen (known as Affie’s Café) for refreshments. To worship and reflect, we have the beautiful Chapel of St Michael and All Angels, built in 1927 from locally manufactured stone – the perfect welcoming point for visitors to the School.
Opposite the main entrance of the School is our Boarding House, home to boarders in Years 7 to 12 who hail from across regional Western Australia. The Boarding House comprises three areas named after Sisters Rosalie, Karina and Emily – women who hold a special place in Perth College history. With new bathrooms, kitchenettes and dining areas, laundries and lounges, plus access to the School’s information technology network, the girls have a contemporary and homelike environment to study and relax in.
There’s also Myalla House, home to the Old Girls’ Association and a wonderful environment for functions, meetings and events for past students.
All of these quality facilities help our girls graduate as independent, confident and determined people who know who they are and are proud of it.
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