Service learning at the heart of Year 9 at Peninsula Grammar

Year 9 at Peninsula Grammar is an exciting time for students, who take part in the innovative “Challenging Me” program based on extensive research on how best to cater for the needs of adolescent learners.


During Year 9, students have the opportunity to learn about and understand the importance of investing in social capital to benefit and support our community. This year with an increased focus on service learning across the School, the program grew to include an option to undertake a trip to Cambodia to help build a home for a local family.

“2017 saw the inaugural overseas service learning expedition to Cambodia,” said Sue Barlow, Head of Pre Senior Year 9, the driving force behind this new initiative.  “A few days enjoying the cultural delights of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh were superseded by an amazing five days spent in the floating village of Prek Toal.

“In this small village, the students stayed with local families and worked alongside tradesmen building a traditional house for a family in need, integrating with children in the village school playing games to help them with their English.”

Year 9 student Harry had a life-changing experience. “During and after the trip I saw and realised how much I had changed.  I have found new motivation; I now know how fortunate I am to have everything I have in my life and how lucky I am to have such an amazing education and teachers that are always willing to help. I am so much more grateful for everything in my life now and I wish that I could do more for others in the world.”

For more information about Peninsula Grammar and its unique service learning-based “Challenging Me” program, go to or call 9788 7777.


A: 20 Wooralla Drive, Mount Eliza

T: 9788 7777


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