Presbyterian Ladies’ College in Perth was founded in 1915 and has since sustained an international reputation for academic excellence and outstanding success in preparing students to lead active, purposeful lives.
Catering for students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, PLC is also proud to offer boarding facilities for Senior School students. In the Junior School, the Australian curriculum is taught through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. In the Senior School, students have the option of three tertiary pathways: vocational education and training, WA Certificate of Education ATAR and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Evidence of our Scottish heritage is apparent throughout the beautiful Peppermint Grove campus as well as in the distinctive Blackwatch tartan uniform and PLC Pipe Band. However, perhaps the most significant legacy of our Scottish tradition is a belief in educational excellence, combined with a whole-of-person approach to intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual development.
Today this continues to be the philosophical foundation on which a PLC education is based.
- a school for a diverse and exceptional education that is innovative, vibrant, challenging and fosters personal excellence
- a community of friends, which is secure, inclusive and valuing of the individual
- an enduring legacy of values such as integrity, learning, community and effort
- a culture of learning for life and spiritual enquiry where character and leadership are nurtured to serve and shape the world. At PLC girls discover their uniqueness, live by their convictions and realise their potential.
PLC is a values-based community. Staff, students and parents subscribe to our values upon becoming members of the college.
Strong ethical values make truth, compassion, respect and moral courage highly-valued attitudes which are modeled every day. Integrity and a strong sense of social justice is particularly demonstrated through a commitment to celebrating diversity including reconciliation for Indigenous peoples of Australia and striving for equal opportunities for women.
We gain knowledge and explore intellectual challenges and are inspired to value learning as inquirers, thinkers, risk-takers, communicators and through self-reflection. Students develop an understanding of themselves, their community and the world around them through a balance of academic, social, cultural and spiritual enquiry and physical pursuits.
We value participation as an active means of making friends and building mutual understanding, showing care, support, respect and an open mind to recognise everyone’s value and contributions. The value of belonging to a community is in accepting rights and responsibilities and recognising that with privilege comes an individual and collective responsibility for the common good.
We recognise that little is achieved without effort and we encourage students to strive and achieve their best. Confidence, resilience and boldness develop through a culture of participation, a get-up-and-go attitude, having the courage to try new things, managing unfamiliar situations, learning from mistakes in a supportive environment and having opportunities to discover personal strengths.
At PLC, it’s personal
PLC consistently enjoys outstanding academic results, which reflect the hard work of our girls and the committed staff who support them each day.
Ensuring each girl feels known and valued provides the strong foundation of what makes PLC so special. Our dedicated teachers provide a world-class education, inspiring and developing each student’s individual gifts and talents.
Boarding at PLC
At PLC our Boarders are very important members of our community. Coming to PLC as a boarder is an exciting, yet daunting prospect. To help ease the transition, the school has developed About Being Connected @ PLC, or ABC@PLC. The programme used technology to facilitate connections between the Boarders, Boarding House staff and teachers.