To reach out into our community and achieve educational excellence – guided by ethics and the values of adaptability, inclusivity and globalism – to develop future-fit individuals who display integrity, responsibility and respect for themselves and their community and who are guardians of their environment and heritage.
The vision for Penryn has always been to be a model of best practice, the beacon school, to raise the bar and to allow for access to quality education for all children. This is how Penreach came to be.
Our staff and scholars are invested in Penreach through volunteer work, fundraising and development workshops. The campus was designed to be an educational institution, Monday through Friday and then a development centre on weekends for Penreach.
Penreach, which is entirely donor funded and has no impact on the fee structure of Penryn, has become one of the largest educational outreach programmes in South Africa.
Every Penryn scholar, from preschool to matric, signs and lives by our Honour Code. Even our alumni still live by it today – it has become part of their DNA and thus part of Penryn’s legacy.
01. Honour God
By taking every opportunity to develop our spiritual life through service and worship.
02. Honour Others
By discovering with respect, tolerance and humility the thoughts and ideas of others, irrespective of culture, race, creed or gender.
03. Honour Self
By taking pride in our actions and thoughts and striving at all times to act with honesty and integrity and to improve ourselves through moral courage and self-discipline.
04. Honour the School
By maintaining at all times, a high level of dignity, sportsmanship and behaviour. Remember the school motto ‘one and all’, that through our individual actions we bring honour and respect to the whole community.
05. Honour Society and the Environment
Penryn would not be here today if were not for our ‘twinning relationship’ with St Stithians College.
David Wylde, the then head of St Stithians College in Johannesburg, along with a group of like-minded South Africans, including Enos Mabuza, Bill Carter and Dr Simeon Selby Ripinga, had a vision in the late 1980s to form ‘a beacon school’ – now known as Penryn.
It was at Pretoria Boys High, as housemaster of Solomon House in 1988, that David first discussed the concept of Penryn with Peter Anderson. It was preordained that two old Andreans were talking about what St Stithians could do for the disadvantaged youth of South Africans.
Fast forward some 30 years and one can see the incredible journey Penryn and St. Stithians has taken to form this centre of excellence we call Penryn.
As the only school in Mpumalanga affiliated to St Stithians, Penryn’s scholars benefit from the link with this top-tier school and are provided with unique opportunities to attend its elite Johannesburg-based festivals and other events.
Penreach was initially modelled on St Stithians’ community service project, but has since grown to be one of the largest educational outreach programmes in South Africa. As a result, Penryn now offers its learnings to St Stithians, and the significant reciprocal relationship between the two schools continues.
Penryn’s scholars are part of the Penryn family for life. It does not matter who you are or where you came from, at Penryn we have a sense of belonging that enables our scholars to find themselves.
Our scholars realise the privilege of a private school education and are taught the responsibility to give back and set an example for others. They are able to assimilate with others with ease and thus break through stigmas and prejudice, believing whole heartedly in encouraging inclusivity. This not only brings our scholars together, but our parents and employees too.
We are one team, working together for the greater good of our school, community and our scholars who, from the first day that they arrive at Penryn, are provided with the age-appropriate skillsets and knowledge that they need to thrive and become the game-changers of tomorrow.
“Empowering the future-fit child for a world of opportunities.”
In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world, is your child in an appropriate, future-fit learning environment?
Does your child have the skillset and grit to thrive as a citizen in the African and Global context?
And, why should you act now to ensure that they are future-proof for this dynamic world of work?
You may apply to Penryn at any time following the birth of your child. We accept children from age two into Grade 0000, the year they turn three, up to children turning 18 in their Grade 11 year.