Welcome to Penryn

Where we make a difference and enable one and all to soar on eagles' wings



Executive Head's Welcome

Welcome to Penryn College’s website – I hope that you enjoy learning more about our unique school.

Penryn College was founded in 1991 through a partnership between private enterprise, key members of the Mpumalanga community – including the late Dr Enos Mabuza – and St Stithians College in Gauteng.

The original vision was to establish a community centre that would act as a ‘beacon school’; a centre of excellence from which an educational community initiative (now called Penreach) would reach out into the surrounding disadvantaged school system.

This vision still holds true today.

This initiative, begun in 1994, was to be a powerful force in the reconstruction and development of education in the Mpumalanga Lowveld, by striving in real and practical ways to meet the educational needs of partner communities, and has achieved this.

Today, Penryn College is a top independent, co-educational school situated between Nelspruit and White River that provides quality holistic education from Pre-school through to Grade 12.  A Christian ethos pervades all that takes place at the primary and high school and as such its links to the Methodist Church of South Africa are all the more valued.

Scholars and staff are still involved in the outreach activities of Penreach, now a fully-fledged NGO that annually reaches between 300 000 and 500 000 learners across Mpumalanga.

Penryn’s unique and spectacular setting overlooking the Crocodile River valley provides an idyllic space for its scholars to grow and learn. The school’s innovative approach to nurturing the intellectual, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being of our scholars sets it apart as a leader in education in the area and beyond.

From the youngest 3-year-old to those about to move on to tertiary education, our scholars are challenged to step beyond their comfort zones in order to develop into strong, independent-minded, responsible, global citizens. We focus on all aspects that make up a vibrant school life including academics, sport, drama, art and leadership activities. Our boarding houses offer a unique experience, filled with opportunities for personal development and establishing life-long friendships.

The respective sections on this website contain more information about each of these 3 entities that constitute Penryn College.

This year we celebrate 25 years as a beacon school in Mpumalanga and we encourage one and all to join us in celebrating the successes of our exceptional school through the special events taking place during the course of  2016.  Please visit the Quick View page for a link to our dedicated 25 year webpage.

Christian Erasmus
Executive Head of Penryn College

Parent Information

General Ethos

Penryn College believes that children inherently want to do the right thing, and as such positive behaviour is reinforced and encouraged.

Every scholar entering Penryn College is expected to follow the guidelines of the Courtesy Charter, a set of guidelines that outline the values and behaviours that we hold as revered, and abide by the behavioural expectations of the Disciplinary Policy. They are based on Christian principles.

Copies of the policy documents are available on the Quick View page under Downloadable Documents.

Making an Impact

The school continues to produce young men and women who will make a contribution to our country across a broad range of professions. Scholars are encouraged to involve themselves in the many outreach opportunities available, including those through Penreach.

The education offered at Penryn is not limiting and dogmatic, but 
rather encourages scholars to engage, debate and form opinions of their own.

Read the article about two Penryn Alumni that received the prestigious Mandela-Rhodes scholarship in 2015. Tessa Ware and Natasha Ashley were selected out of 5 000 applicants across the continent and are among 50 candidates who have received the scholarship. 


Penryn College provides a contemporary education which challenges, stimulates and excites. Scholars are taught by enthusiastic, passionate experts in their field, producing outstanding results.

Foundation Phase

The Foundation Phase curriculum gives prominence to the improvement of each child’s English skills, stresses the importance of play in learning, and provides a balanced age-appropriate curriculum.
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Preparatory School Phase

The Senior Primary Phase curriculum is broad-based and encourages experiential learning, while at the same time preparing children for the academic standards expected of them in College.
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College Phase

Scholars are taught in an environment centred on individual academic excellence. The focus is not only on achieving fine results, but on expanding minds.
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At the heart of life at Penryn is the expectation that all will strive towards activities and behaviour that follow Christian principles.

A Chaplain is seconded from the Methodist Church of South Africa, who is employed to provide guidance and counselling for the Penryn family.

All scholars at Penryn attend Divinity/Religious Education lessons and Christian chapel services twice a week. Prayer meetings are held regularly during break times as are communion classes.

Visits to neighbouring churches, along with Christian camps and activities, add to the Christian ethos of the school.

Penryn College is an inclusive school and we welcome all religions. 



Penryn's latest news

This week has seen a return to reality for our Matrics after they celebrated their matric year at the dance this past Saturday. It was a truly enchanting evening and I would like to thank Mes Booysen and McKenzie as well as their team of Grade 11 parents and scholars for all their efforts they put into making the evening successful.


A number of Penryn scholars, chaperoned by Mes Booysen, Smith, Hardie, van Hardenbroek and Peel attended the Grahamstown Festival and had a wonderful time. They attended a number of different awe-inspiring productions and exhibitions and were spoilt for choice. Theatre visits were interspersed with time spent marveling at the magnificent art on display. The group immersed themselves in culture and came away enriched by what they had witnessed and seen. 


A group of Penryn scholars, accompanied by Ms de Villiers and Stuart Skinner, an Expedition Leader from World Challenge in the UK, had the good fortune to spend two weeks in Thailand over the July holidays. It proved to be an unforgettable experience. They started their adventure in bustling Bangkok, staying just off the Khao San Road, widely regarded as the backpacker capital of the world. They explored the Grand Palace, saw the magnificent reclining Buddha and experienced the labyrinthine waterways of the city’s canal system before heading north on the overnight train to the beautiful city of Chiang Mai. After exploring the city and enjoying all the night markets had to offer, they began a challenging four-day trek from hill tribe to hill tribe through mountainous jungle. Three days spent at an orphanage living with community members, planting crops and interacting with the local children proved to be a very rewarding second phase of the expedition. Saying goodbye was difficult! After all the challenges faced by the group, it was wonderful to end with the “Rest and Relaxation” phase on the unspoilt island of Ko Samet where sun tanning and swimming in the lukewarm sea were the most ‘challenging’ activities encountered. The World Challenge adventure proved to be a life-changing experience for the scholars who took part. Click on the following URL link to view the Thailand World Challenge photographs: www.penrynthailand.weebly.com

 Penryn College hosted the 3rd annual T20 Tournament from 2nd to 6th July 2017. Five schools participated in the tournament, with Northwood High School being crowned the 2017 Champions. Penryn U/14s won 1 out of 4 games. A big thank you to the Penryn staff involved in ensuring that the tournament was a great success.