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

We have come to the end of another very busy term. A heartfelt thank you to the Penryn staff who have given so much of their time and effort. I cannot emphasise enough, what a special place Penryn is. Our teachers are valued and appreciated.  I wish you all a wonderful and restful holiday with your families and friends. Grades 8 to 11 scholars, take this time to rest and regather your strength.

At a special Inauguration Ceremony in the Penryn Chapel on Monday, the leaders of 2018 were announced to the school. We congratulate them and wish them an inspired and rich journey during their term of office.
Head Boy:                    James Goldschmidt   
Head Girl:                    Bongiwe Mdhluli    
Head of SRC:               Sphe Mavimbela 
Heads of Hostel:          James Goldschmidt and Sphe Mavimbela

If you did not attend the musical extravaganza “Night @ the Movies” you missed a vibrant and foot tapping show. Well done to Mes van der Merwe and Fisher Steyn, assistants and cast on a wonderfully entertaining evening.

From the Music Department
Congratulations to Yolanda Muller on achieving two Diplomas and 1 Gold at the recent National Eisteddfod with her vocal performances. Yolanda was also invited to sing at the Eisteddfod Gala evening.

IT Showcase:
Our Grade 12 IT scholars will be participating in the IT Showcase hosted by Crawford College in Bryanston.
Round Square International Pre-Conference tour and Conference:
Penryn will host 5 schools from around the world from the 25th to 30th September, in a build up to the Round Square International Conference 2017 in Cape Town. The Pre-Conference tour will include an overnight stay in the Kruger National Park, a visit to Chimp Eden and an Elephant Encounter in Sabie, to name just a few. Thereafter, five scholars chaperoned by Ms Hardie and Mr Pienaar will attend the conference in Cape Town from 30th September to 4th October.
Girls Cricket tour to Jeppe from 22nd to 26th September.
Boys Under 14 will participate in the 5th Annual Shaun Pollock Cricket Festival hosted by Northwood, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal from 29th September to 4th October.
Boys Under 16 Kookaburra tour to Westville, Kwa-Zulu Natal from 29th September to 7th October.

 Please see the latest College Newsletter for more details :College weekly 27 22 September



The third term has come to an end so quickly – they say time flies when you are having fun, and I’m sure that this is the reason for how fast this term has flown by.  The last two weeks have certainly been action-packed, but as we close for our two-week holiday, it is so important that we rest and recharge, ensuring that we are ready for the final term of 2017.

Last week all our Grade 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 scholars and their teachers enjoyed some special time away on their annual Field Trips.  I am sure that you were all regaled by the many stories and camp songs after this exciting week.

Our MTB Preppies have pulled it off again!  On Saturday, at an extremely hot Mankele, the Prep MTB team emerged as winners of the Spur Series for Mpumalanga 2017 – for the 5th consecutive year.  Well done to all our boys and girls who rode for Penryn, and to Mr and Mrs Clarke and Ms Granville for a wonderful season.  Special congratulations go to Mikayla Goelst who finished 1st overall for the series in the Sprog Girls category, and Emily Eva who finished 3rd  overall in the Sub-Nipper Girls category for the series.