Our House System
Our six school Houses are:
- Town (est. 1961) - our blue House, represented by a castle, the symbol of strength
- Country (est. 1961) - our gold House, represented by a tree, the symbol of knowledge
- Newton (est. 1965) - our green House (previously New House), represented by a wyvern, a mythical dragon, the symbol of determination
- Clarke (est. 1976), - our red House (previously Shore House), represented by the leopard, the symbol of courage
- Ansett (est. 1990) - our purple House, represented by a coronet, the symbol of leadership
- Carr (est. 1994), our navy House (previously School House), represented by the scales of justice, the symbol of fairness.
At Peninsula Grammar, all six House symbols - character strengths - are nurtured in each student. Our school's House competition is a metaphor for life, as each student needs a combination of these six attributes to pursue their personal excellence.
The House system creates smaller communities where students form a connection and build a sense of belonging regardless of their year level.
At Peninsula Grammar the success of our House system is due to the extensive opportunities provided to students to interact in their House communities, to support each other and to work towards common goals. Our House activities include competitions in sports, music performance, debating, art, chess and many more.
House Foundation History
In 1961 Foundation students were divided into two Houses; students from in and around Frankston went into Town House and students from further afield went into Country House.
In 1964 all new students were allocated to New House which was renamed Newton House in 1965 in memory of Founder and first President of the School Board, Mr John Newton.
Shore House was created in 1968 and renamed Clarke House in 1976 in honour of the Foundation Headmaster, Rev Dudley Clarke.
School House and Ansett House were added in 1990 in a bid to reduce the size of the Houses and to allow greater participation in the inter-House activities. Ansett House was named after Sir Reginald Ansett who served on the School Finance Committee when the School opened and was Chairman of the Board of Governors from 1965 to 1974.
School House was renamed Carr House in 1994 in honour of Jim Carr, one of the original five Founders of the School and Chairman of the Board of Governors from 1987 to 1990.
In 2006 each House was assigned a motif and symbol to best represent their ethos, based on consultation with our students.