History of the House System
Town - 1961 (blue)
Country - 1961 (gold)
Newton - 1965, previously New House (green)
Clarke - 1976, previously Shore House (red)
Ansett - 1990 (purple)
Carr - 1994, previously School House (navy)
When Peninsula Grammar first opened in 1961 the Foundation students were divided into two Houses; those from in and around Frankston went into Town House
and the others into Country House
In 1964 all new students were allocated to New House
which was renamed Newton House
in 1965 in memory of Founder and first President of the School Board, Mr John Newton.
was created in 1968 and named to represent the other geographical feature associated with the School besides town and country, but that name too was short lived as it was renamed Clarke House
in 1976 in honour of the Foundation Headmaster, Rev Dudley Clarke.
and Ansett House
were added in 1990 in a bid to reduce the size of the Houses and to allow greater participation in the inter-House activities that range from sport to debating and drama.
was named after Sir Reginald Ansett who served on the School Finance Committee when the School opened and was Chairman of the Board of Governors from1965 to1974.
was renamed Carr House
in 1994 in honour of Jim Carr, one of the original five founders of the School and Chairman of the Board of Governors from 1987 to 1990.
In 2006 each House was assigned a motif and symbol after a lengthy consultation process with students.
Ansett has a Coronet symbolising Leadership
Carr has the Scales of Justice symbolising Fairness
Clarke has the Leopard, symbol of Courage
Country has the Tree of Knowledge
Newton has a Wyvern or dragon with pointy tail symbolising Determination
Town has a Castle, symbol of Strength.
However, it is the combination of these character strengths that makes an ideal person. A leader should have justice and courage, strength is best when it is combined with knowledge and determination. The House competition is a metaphor for life, and in life you need a combination of these many attributes to be truly successful.
The Colours chosen for the Houses
Blue was chosen as the colour for Town House to represent the sea of the Mornington Peninsula.
Gold was chosen for Country House to represent Australia’s sunburnt countryside.
Green was chosen for New/Newton House because it reflected the park-like setting of the School which was originally a golf course.