Mission and Philosophy


Members of the school community share and promote core values. The school curriculum is underpinned and shaped by these shared values which are integrated into the school’s learning opportunities.

Members of the school community share, model and promote the following core values:

The Priorities of Perth Modern School:

  • Quality teaching and Learning Practice
  • Quality Learning Environment
  • Staff Development and Leadership

Purpose Statement:

Perth Modern School's purpose is to nurture a love of learning so as to develop academically gifted and talented students to their full academic, social and physical potential. We aspire to develop engaged, creative, independent, life long learners who will be contributing and responsible members of the school community.

School Emblem and Motto:

The Sphinx was a legendary creature considered to possess great knowledge. The school motto, Savoir C’est Pouvoir (Knowledge is Power) acknowledges the value of knowledge within our society. Both reflect the way the school strives to empower its students through fostering a love of learning.


The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people, bringing together practical experiences and life skills to create committed global citizens and equipping young people for life.

Perth Modern School – Award Unit

Perth Modern School is an Award Unit of this internationally recognised Award for young people. Coordinated by Samantha Bennett-Bremner, the Award enables our young people to take full advantage of the diverse opportunities offered by the Organisation. The Award is designed to be an individual challenge based on the unique interests of each Participant in the areas of Physical Recreation, Skill, Service and an Adventurous Journey.

Visit www.dukeofedwa.org.au for more information.


In 2014, Perth Modern School underwent an Independent Public School Review, which is mandatory within two years of gaining independent school status. The external panel issued a very complimentary report, in which the school received a commendation (the highest possible grading) in each category assessed.

To view the Independent Public School report, please click here.