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message from the principal

Visitors to PLC Armidale often remark on the beautiful gardens and expansive facilities providing a unique setting in which girls flourish. A specialist in girls’ education, the College has a long history and well-earned reputation of equipping girls to strive and achieve across a range of endeavours; academic, sporting, music and the performing arts along with community service.

A leader in girls’ education located in the beautiful New England region of NSW, PLC Armidale in strategic alliance with its sister school in Sydney, provides  students many of the opportunities of a larger city school within a smaller school context. Every girl is known as an individual and has the opportunity to participate in a wide range of programs and activities on offer which build confidence, develop skills and foster personal growth along the way.

The rich heritage of Christian and Presbyterian Education with its strong emphasis on academic endeavour and community engagement remains a key focus of the college. Girls are encouraged to be active participants in the learning journey from Pre-Kinder through to Year 12.  A culture of excellence and commitment to learning sees girls strive, achieve and succeed. Perseverance, enthusiasm and curiosity are encouraged through the breadth of subjects studied as well as the extensive co-curricular program. The small class size and caring, committed staff help to ensure that girls across a range of abilities are supported to become active participants in a learning community.

The commitment to partner with families in the education of their daughters provides a framework to nurture the growth of the whole person - mind, body and spirit. The academic program, sporting opportunities, a sequential outdoor education program and an emphasis on pastoral care are the means by which this holistic approach is undertaken. Students of the College actively participate in programs such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, overseas service learning trips, and school exchange experiences developing an informed global perspective.

At PLC Armidale, our size is a strength. Girls thrive in an environment where participation is expected, perseverance is encouraged and accomplishment is celebrated. A strong performance culture exists at the College, expressed through numerous music ensembles and choral groups. Drama, public speaking and debating  enable the girls to refine communication and presentation skills building confidence and critical thinking along the way.

Sport and physical activity are valued at the College. Pathways exist for girls to participate and compete at  a local, regional, state and national level. Teamwork, commitment and a sense of fair play are developed which equip students for life.

PLC Armidale graduates are known as young women of character and substance. Leadership skills fostered and developed in the Junior School  are exercised and applied throughout the Senior School.

Courage, resilience, compassion and humility feature in the leadership through service model of the College.

PLC Armidale is a unique school with a unique charm. We trust a visit to this site conveys a sense of that. We welcome the opportunity to have you visit and experience it for yourself.

Mrs Nicola Taylor