Empowering girls to reach their potential

Students with PLC Armidale Science Teacher Mrs Kate Fittler enjoying the bespoke learning offered at the College
13th Feb 2024

For more than 136 years, Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC) Armidale has provided an encouraging and empowering environment for girls to reach their potential and lead meaningful lives and you are invited to tour the campus with current principal, Mrs Nicola Taylor, on Thursday, February 22.
HSC results demonstrate the College’s academic advantage - it regularly has a higher percentage of its HSC cohort on the NESA Distinguished Achievers list than any other school in Armidale.
The spacious grounds and gardens of the 17-hectare property and the bright and airy classrooms provide an ideal place for young women to complete their academic journey in a tranquil, nurturing, Christian environment.
The College’s capacity was intentionally designed to ensure an environment of close connection where girls are individually known and nurtured. Class sizes allow students to receive one-on-one instruction from teaching staff, and the phenomenal average student-to-teacher ratio across the school is six to one, allowing for bespoke learning plans. 
A visit to the MySchool website shows PLC Armidale consistently scores above the national average in all areas of NAPLAN testing - the strongest results of any school in the region.
Principal Nicola Taylor said students educated in an all-girls environment are more confident about asking questions, particularly in mathematics and science.
“When girls become the focal point, there is greater opportunity for engagement and achievement,” Mrs Taylor said.
“Our students have higher occupational aspirations, which are fostered throughout their school career; they have higher participation rates in activities such as sport and PE, and they develop a greater sense of connectedness.
“And our Explore Serve Journey (ESJ) experiential learning program focuses on the growth and transformation of the individual in context with the community of learners around them. During Stage 5, it ramps up the time, experiences and challenges needed to touch hearts and minds.”
Boarders are well catered for at PLC Armidale from Year 5. There is a mix of full, weekly and casual boarding, with each girl given her own room within a room to decorate in whichever style she chooses. 
And they enjoy the many co-curricular opportunities on offer, including joining one of the most productive and successful school cattle teams in the region. 
For three years running, PLC Armidale has been chosen to prepare and lead the Schute Bell Victor Chang charity steers at the Sydney Royal Show.
The College offers tours at any time but is holding a Principal’s Tour and Afternoon tea on Thursday, February 22 and is currently accepting applications for 2025 scholarships.

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