Penshurst team 2018


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 Zahrah 12D
Deputy House Captain Daniella 12F
Deputy House Captain Nicole 12E

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

The minutes flew by on the coach as everybody sang in excitement. Soon enough we were hushed by the breath taking view as we arrived at Penshurst place. The house was inhabited by the wealthy Sidney family.

As we clambered off the coach, we were shocked to discover an adventure playground; we wolfed down our lunches and were soon sliding down the mountainous steep slide.

We then split into three groups and set off to the Toy museum where we saw the Drinking Bear (2p a go) porcelain dolls and much more. It gave us an idea of what it would have been like to be a child in the 1900s.

We then went into the House to see huge tapestries on the walls and hand crafted chairs and quilts. There was a lot of information for us to read about the royal nobles who had lived there.  Our last stop was at the shop where we bought many different gifts for ourselves and family.

We had a lot of fun learning about the history of our house and thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Penshurst Place.

Jaya, Chioma and Grace 7P