We believe having positivity, optimism and faith are an important part of each student’s journey to becoming the best version of herself.
Perth College was founded by the Community of the Sisters of the Church, based on the traditions of the Anglican Church; prayer was at the heart of the Sisters’ full and active lives. We assist all of our students to develop an awareness of faith and a willingness to work, learn, lead and serve in society.
Spirituality is an important part of the whole person and helps shape the girls and their attitudes to life. We nurture our students’ spirituality through regular services in the Chapel of St Michael and All Angels as well as a robust and intriguing Beliefs and Values curriculum tailored for the Junior and Senior Schools.
Our Chapel is the spiritual heart of the School and provides a place for worship as well as quiet contemplation. It was consecrated on 14 December 1927 and was the crowning of the Sisters’ educational work, marking the true completion of the School at the Mount Lawley site.
Perth College receives frequent requests for weddings and baptisms in the Chapel; use is reserved for Old Girls, staff members and the broader Perth College community. More information is available here.
Beliefs and Values
Our Beliefs and Values department works hard to encourage all of our girls to be aware of their body, mind, heart and spirit and develop their own spirituality through challenging yet enlightening programmes appropriate to each year level.
We believe it’s important each girl is equipped with skills and knowledge in religion, philosophy and ethics to ensure they make capable decisions in life with care, courage and confidence. To do this, we blend theory and practice, and our Chaplaincy team assists in providing liturgical and counselling services.
At the Junior level, we instill the basics of Christianity, while at a Senior level our programme becomes much richer, focusing on global Anglicanism, faith and spirituality. Years 7 to 10 students participate in subjects including Bible Studies, Philosophy, Social Justice and Spirituality, while Year 11 girls study Philosophy and Ethics 2A as a mandatory subject over the year. Students who complete this course have the opportunity to undertake Philosophy and Ethics 3A/3B in Year 12.
Perth College takes a team approach to its Chaplaincy services. Our Senior Chaplain is Reverend Lisa Ahuja, while Reverend Pat Deeny leads Junior School services and Clare Hackett provides pastoral support.
Reverend Lisa and Mrs Hackett work full-time while Reverend Pat is part-time; together, they provide spiritual guidance, worship and pastoral care to students, staff and school families. The Chaplaincy team is also responsible for the preparation of girls for Baptism, Admission to Communion, and Confirmation within the Anglican Church of Australia’s guidelines. Weddings and Baptisms may be conducted in the School Chapel for members of our Perth College family.
Reverend Lisa joined Perth College in 2018. Ordained a Priest in Washington DC in 2007, she has led parishes in Wisconsin and Texas – preaching in both English and Spanish. In 2015, she began working as the Pathway School Chaplain at the University of Melbourne’s Trinity College, assisting teenagers from more than 30 countries.
Reverend Lisa is responsible for all Eucharistic Chapel services, Old Girls’ Association reunions and weddings held in the School Chapel. She is part of the InsideOut team and also leads worship with the boarding students.
Reverend Pat came to Perth College in February 2017 as a locum Chaplain, leading Chapel services for our Junior School students and assisting with Beliefs and Values classes. Born in Ireland, she has lived in Wales and South Africa and moved to Australia seven years ago with her husband and their two youngest daughters. A trained nurse, midwife and counsellor who has also worked as a Chaplain with YouthCARE and in the mining sector, she was ordained a Deacon in 2016 and a Priest in late 2017.
Mrs Hackett is a well-qualified and experienced Beliefs and Values teacher and counsellor. She works alongside our Chaplains to support staff, students and their families.