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School Captains Book for our 70th Anniversary

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the school in 2020, the school's History Club set about collecting details and messages from the past school captains.

After almost two years of work, and with the help of many generous and inspiring contributions from former Captains representing all seven decades of the school's history, this chronicle is now available for purchase.

With the additional time that COVID lockdowns afforded us to research further into the archives, the project expanded to include:

  • A gallery of the 11 former Principals
  • A full list of all Vice Captains and Senior Prefects (where elected)
  • A full list of Prefects from 1950-1983 (when the position was paused) and all groups since the reinstitution of Prefects in 2017
  • A collection of special images from around the school, including a colour image of the Towers Mansion (courtesy of old boy, Derek Thompson)
  • The original Prefect Pledge from 1950 that is still used at the annual Prefect Induction Ceremony
  • High resolution images of the Captains' Honour Boards located in the School Hall alongside the full collection of school honour boards

Below is the front cover of this collectable item and an example of the page layout, featuring our first School Captains in 1950.

This 100 page, full colour, first edition is currently available as a softcover.

The first edition of the Captains Book is $40 and postage within Australia is complimentary. Please follow the instructions below to order your copy now:

  1. Visit the school’s website and make your $40 payment via this link: Captains Book Payment
  2. Fill out the questions marked in an asterisk *
  3. Keep a record of your payment
  4. Contact the school via email with proof of purchase and mailing address.

Note: For overseas mail, you will need to contact the school and emails/calls can be directed to the Accounts Office.

It is anticipated that a second edition will be published to mark the 80th Anniversary in 2030. Past school captains (or their family members) who are not included in this edition are invited to send their contribution (answering the 4 key questions below) along with a past school photo and current image. The school has images of most past Captains photos in our archives if a family member cannot find a copy. Please send your responses to the school via email:

1. What is your best memory of Penrith High School?

2. What did you think you would be doing after you left high school?

3. What are you doing now?

4. What is the best advice you could give to current Penrith students?

Captains Book Cover