History of Penshurst Place:
Penshurst Place was the birthplace of Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586), soldier, poet and statesman. It is a medieval manor house that was greatly enlarged in Tutor times. At its heart is the spectacular Baron’s Hall built in 1340. It has a 60-foot high chestnut roof and a rare octagonal hearth which would have been the focal point of the household. The servants and estate workers would have lived there, whilst the Lord of the Manor and his family resided upstairs in the solar. Descendants of the Sidney family still live in the house today.
House Colour: Yellow
Yellow is the colour of the mind and the intellect. It is optimistic and cheerful.
Yellow is the colour of sunshine. It is associated with joy, happiness and energy.
Yellow indicates honour and loyalty.
Your Penshurst House Team for 2017-2018:
|Senior House Leader||Mrs C Foley|
|House Captain||Alice Goodwin|
|Deputy House Captain||Eve Moseby|
|Deputy House Captain||Salaka Somasundaramoorthy|
Our Charity Last Year:
Penshurst Charity Week; 24th – 28th November 2014
Last year, the House voted to support our local branch of Mencap. The Society works towards enabling people with learning disabilities to develop self-fulfilment and independence and covers the local area of North Kent.
Each Form took one day of the week as their focus day and tried to raise as much as they could towards our very good cause. Year 7 dressed as their favourite characters and ran a travelling fair, nail painting and Henna tattoos and a rather messy “I’m a student get me out of here” competition whilst Year 8’s dress was on the theme of “Where’s Wally” to go with their giant Gummy Bear raffle. Year 9 wore a variety of mad hat accessories and carried out a friend’s photo-shoot. Year 10 had a wonderful “Miranda Christmas special” Cinema experience, complete with drinks and popcorn and Year 11 sold a range of sweetie treats. Year 12 sold charity Krispy Kreme doughnuts (Low fat low sugar healthy options!!) and Year 13 finished off the week with a highly amusing Movember Moustaches competition, which saw a number of students from all year groups parading in moustaches for the day. The outright winner of the competition was Isabel Arias from 7P with this fantastic flashing moustache! It was really pleasing to see every Year group taking part this year and our current total stands at over £700, which is excellent.
Penshurst house mascot is Little Miss Sunshine and was chosen by a house vote carried out by a previous team.
Always cheerful and bright, she tries to cheer up everyone around her and is everyone’s best friend”
For us, she represents qualities of selflessness and positivity, which we aim to reflect as members of Penshurst house.
As well as showcasing our house colour, our mascot helps to encourage unity and motivation across the house, throughout the whole school year as well as during interhouse competitions and events.
Year 7 House visit:
We all started our House trip to Penshurst Place with high expectations and excitement. The coach was comfortable with lots of singing from 7P.
As we arrived we caught our first glimpse of Penshurst Place; it was beautiful . We started with a tour of the House where we learnt a lot of cool facts and history about our house; we learnt about the people who lived there including Henry VIII and Sir William Sidney. We found out that Penshurst Place was built 1341, and the symbol of Penshurst Place is a Porcupine.
After the tour we were able to roam the gorgeous gardens with trees, pretty flowers and in the heart of the garden there was a fountain. Finally, we had fun in the adventure playgroup and a visit to the gift shop. 7P had a brilliant visit to Penshurst Place.
Harriet Maclean and Ola Nguyen ,7P