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.

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Your Penshurst House Team for 2019-2020:

Senior House Leader Mrs C Foley
House Captain Amelia 12F
Deputy House Captain Natasha 12D
Deputy House Captain Aiswarya 12G

House motto - In all our selflessness and positivity

Our Charity Last Year: Dartford and Gravesham Cancer

Penshurst Charity days

On Thursday 27th and Friday 28th April, Penshurst House put on a variety of events in order to collect money for Dartford and Gravesham Cancer Trust.  Events included a chocolate tombola, an obstacle course set of challenges and a bake sale. Members of the house also dressed up in themed clothing, the Year 7s being particularly notable in their Disney dress up. We are very pleased that we have so far raised £253.12, and we hope that this will make a difference to those locally who are suffering.  A big congratulations to all of those involved, and thank you to the members of Penshurst House who put time and effort into raising money for a very deserving charity.

House Mascot:

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

On the 20th September 7P went on a school trip to Penshurst Place and Gardens. We arrived by coach and when we first got there we were sorted into groups and then we all went to different places with our leaders. The toy museum was a very interesting gallery of old toys; there were china dolls, bears and even puppets. The staff were helpful giving us lots of fascinating facts about toys. In our groups, we were allowed to look around Penshurst; we were even allowed to look at some old outfits that were used in the films based on the house. Inside there were lots of paintings and tapestries, some quite small and some huge! There was old furniture that had been used, including a very long dining table with elegant china plates, also a large suitcase that looked like a chest of drawers. As we walked around the house, the staff were friendly and very informative. The trip helped us to get to know one another better and we learned a lot!

Finally we all visited the gift shop to buy souvenirs to help us remember our exciting day at Penshurst Place. 

Georgia 7P

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