Year 7 at Pembroke

A Holistic Approach: Learning – Belonging – Fun

We know that Year 7 is an important time in the context of your child’s emerging adolescence. Young people want to learn and they want to belong (they also want to have some fun). We know that when adolescents enjoy their learning, they thrive. This is at the forefront of our thinking in planning and providing the broad and deep education we offer at Year 7.

We develop a dynamic learning environment in which all students come to understand they can take risks and will be encouraged in their efforts to think, create, explore their curiosity, self-manage and reflect on their learning.  We believe our approach enables our young people to grow and develop academically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

Relationships: Small Classes

Central to student engagement and motivation at school are the strong relationships students develop with each other and with their teachers. Our Middle School classes are relatively small (in 2019 Year 7 classes will be 20-22 students). This enhances opportunities for our students to engage with their peers and teachers in a way that encourages trust and mutual respect. These relationships are fundamental to our students’ success throughout their education at Pembroke.

House System

At the tender ages of 12 and 13 young people focus on how they ‘fit in’. In essence, they desire to be accepted for who they are. Belonging to groups, whether a Tute, a team or a troupe, is integral to their wellbeing. This is why each child is allocated to a House at Year 7 and this House remains their ‘home base’ until they graduate. The Houses provide a welcoming, nurturing and reliable space for pastoral, service, inter-House sporting and cultural pursuits and Outdoor Education activities. The Heads of House assume overall responsibility for monitoring the intellectual and social development of the students in their House and the cohesion of the whole group.

Leadership in Year 7

Year 7 students are encouraged to recognise character strengths in their peers and to develop their own strengths. Year 7s are given two opportunities during the year to nominate themselves for roles in the Student Voice leadership group.

Our Year 7 Student Voice Representatives are integrally involved in student governance and leadership in the Middle School. They speak at weekly assemblies and in House meetings and tutorials, lead tour groups on Grandparents’ Day, assist at Junior School sport events and involve themselves in the Causes Project (advocacy, awareness-raising, philanthropy and action for those in need).


Our new world-class teaching facility at 3 Shipsters Road opens in 2019. This building has provoked our teachers to plan how to engage students in new ways, including introducing interdisciplinary units of study, and will bring the world in through an Expert in Residence programme.

Apply Now

If you are interested in making an application for enrolment of your child in Year 7 at Pembroke we encourage you to contact the Admissions Office on telephone +61 8 8366 6217 or email

You may also request an Online Information Package by completing the Request Online Information Package form.