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Girls flourish at PLC Armidale

cvi   Small regional school… No limits to opportunities… PLC Armidale has never been a big school, even since its inception way back in 1887. Yet its size is its real strength, with a total school enrolment of just over 300 girls from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 (day and boarding). It may be small by independent school standards, yet it is large in terms of the diverse selection of subjects, as well as the co and extra curricular activities on offer. An education at PLC Armidale may be distinguished by academic excellence, leadership, personal attention and an embracing community, but it is the graduates of the College who are the true testimony to the culture of the school and the opportunities it provides. Most of the College’s illustrious alumni have undertaken tertiary studies and around 40% and have gone on to pursue careers in Science or science related fields. Lucy McDonald from Yamba started at PLC Armidale in Year 7. Now about to complete Year 10, Lucy has gained as much from her experience as she has been willing to contribute and get involved in herself. She participates in the school’s fastest growing and challenging activity, the Duke of Edinburgh program, plays soccer, is involved in Speech & Drama, helps out in the Junior School and has recently just finished the gruelling 111km Hawkesbury Canoe Classic. Her experiences alone are indicative of the depth and breadth of extra-curricular offerings and opportunities currently available at the College. “The past four years have provided Lucy with so many positive experiences. She has independently embraced the whole boarding experience, which will prepare her well for life beyond school. As her parents, we are so comfortable with her being there as we know she is well cared for by the friendly boarding staff as well as assisted by the academic staff. We have no hesitation in recommending PLC Armidale as we think it’s possibly the best decision we have made for Lucy’s education and growth,” commented Deborah and Angus McDonald. Freya Bartlett is Year 11 and comes from Bellingen. She started at the College only last year and already has been elected to a number of key student leadership positions. She has immersed herself in the full life of the College participating in various activities including: basketball, soccer, school choir, and enjoys lending a helping hand with the various community service opportunities. “I love the family atmosphere here. You are never far from a friend! Whilst studying here I have noticed a huge improvement in my grades! The teachers push you, in a nice way, to be the best you can be and every student is just as passionate. I love the fact that every staff member knows your name and you are not just a number caught up in the crowd. I don’t think you would find a more welcoming and encouraging group of people anywhere,” concluded Freya. PLC Armidale provides a range of Scholarships and Bursaries, and currently has special financial assistance available to rural families until November 30. Please contact Enrolments Manager, Sally McCook for further details on 02 6770 1700 or email Shona Eichorn, Director of Development