Perth Modern School

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Perth Modern School is an academically-selective co-educational public high school located in Subiaco, an inner city suburb of Perth, Western Australia.

The school, established in 1911, now caters for students with high academic ability. The first cohort of gifted and talented students commenced in 2007.

Perth Modern School has a specialised music programme for students in Years eight to twelve. The school also offers a specialised ballet course through its Graduate College of Dance.

In 2010 The Age reported that Perth Modern ranked equal fourth among Australian schools based on the number of alumni who had received a top Order of Australia honour.

Fourteen Perth Modern graduates have won Rhodes Scholarships from the University of Western Australia.


Perth Modern School was established as the first government senior secondary school in Western Australia in 1911, after lengthy representations to the State Government. Selection from 1912 was by scholarship. Both male and female students studied science and modern languages as part of their courses.

The sphinx, representing wisdom and knowledge, was adopted as the school symbol; together with the motto "Savoir c'est Pouvoir" ("Knowledge is Power").

In 1958 Perth Modern School ceased operating as an academic scholarship school and became a comprehensive high school. Academic standards, the traditions of the past and the establishment of the...
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