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News & Events

Remembrance

We will remember them. Every Armistice Day, our Year 8 pupils are taken to the Gilgil War Cemetery just a few miles away from Pembroke House.  This is one of the 38 cemeteries and memorials throughout Kenya that commemorate the service men and women of the Commonwealth forces that lost their ...

A Magical Musical Week

Pembroke House recognises the importance of having music in our lives.  Music not only brings people together, improves health & wellbeing, boosts confidence and provides a creative outlet but above all can be great fun.  And Pembroke does 'fun' with flying colours. Last week, the whole school embraced the power ...

Year 7 Exchange Programme

Pembrokian's are always keen to embrace new experiences and for the past fortnight, a group of twelve, Year 7 children were fortunate enough to do a 'life swop' with children from St.George's School Windsor Castle.  Spending three days a week with their new peers, the children joined a variety of ...

Chrome Books

As we kick started the new academic year in the usual Pembroke Spirit, our first chapel service of the term saw the Sorting Hat out in full force, busy 'sorting' all of our new pupils, gaps and staff into their respective houses. The end of the service also saw our ...

End of Term Round Up

Once Common Entrance exams were over, the energy around Pembroke House shifted up a gear.  Everywhere you turned, there was activity.  From Dorm Dinners, House Matches, the Widgery Tennis Cup to the final Boats, where 8 O were successful in maintaining their lead at the top of the league. Our ...

Ndume 7s Weekend

One of the highlights in the Pembroke House calendar has to be the annual Ndume 7s, the largest prep school rugby tournament in sub-saharan Africa.  Since its inception, back in 1977, the Ndume 7s have become a firm fixture and is now attended by 10 IAPS prep schools across Kenya, ...

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Throughout the academic year, all classes get their chance to shine by putting on an assembly in Friday's chapel service. Last week, it was the turn of our Year 3's who very confidently presented an assembly with an important environmental theme.  To the soundtrack of a 'Love Song To The ...

IAPS Cross Country Championships 2023

Pembroke House joined a field of 300 athletes competing in the IAPS Cross Country Championships 2023, kindly hosted by St.Andrew's Turi.  Despite a crack of dawn start and sacrificing their Exeat weekend to attend, all the Pembroke teams showed grit and determination in this endurance event. At an elevation of ...

Coronation Street Party

Pembroke House needs little excuse for a celebration. In honour of King Charles III Coronation, the school hosted an early morning 'Street Party'. Trestle tables were laid out, the bunting hung and the sun shone down on the whole school who got into the regal spirit of this historical weekend. ...

Colour Run 2023

Last Saturday Pembroke House hosted not one but two running events. First off was the Shrewsbury Cup Cross-Country which saw our U9 and U11 in a 3km race. In close pursuit were the U13 who competed over a 5km route around the school grounds and neighbouring golf course. Despite the ...

World Book Day 2023

The first Friday of Trinity Term launched with the whole school in costume to celebrate World Book Day, with a 'Hero and Villain' theme. The special chapel service was led by Mary Poppins (aka Ms Ronaldson) who read a selection of Seniors 'snap poems' written in just 15 minutes on ...

A Pembroke Night’s Dream?

Rounding up the end of the Lent term, were two outstanding showcases from our Music and Drama departments. The afternoon started with a moving musical performance - Where Worlds Meet - an orchestralcollaboration between our own Martlet Band and the Ghetto Classics from Nairobi. From theNational Anthem and Guide Me ...

Closed Weekends

Typically, Pembroke House has a 'Closed Weekend' at the beginning and end of each term, when allchildren are asked to stay in the boarding houses rather than head home. At the start of term, wefind that this helps settle the children back into boarding life and by the end, well, ...

Pembroke Poets

Thanks to our Head of English, Mrs Ronaldson, our Middles and Seniors have been on a poeticaljourney this Lent term. Culminating in a poetry presentation in our chapel, the children have studieda variety of forms and genres.Y6 have been thinking about different emotions and how these can be expressed through ...

Another Week; Another Adventure

At Pembroke House we recognise the importance of getting a balance between learning in the classroom and also out in the field. Accept, last week our 'fields' were actually mountains and wildlife conservancies. Our Y4 ventured off on a much anticipated adventure to the Maasai Mara for a two-night camp. ...

A Winning Formula

Pembroke House is a winner!  We are honoured to be ranked in the Spears 2022 Schools Index as a top 10 private school in the 'rest of the world category'  Spears states Pembroke House is "legendary for the characterful children it sends to top senior schools all over the world". ...
Mount Kenya 2023

Mount Kenya Expedition 2023

Pembroke House children are known for always being up for a challenge and this past half term was no exception.  34 children from Year 8 set off on an expedition of a lifetime, with the aim of climbing 4,985 metres (16,354 feet) up Mount Kenya, the second tallest mountain in ...

Making Music and Memories with the Ghetto Classics

This past weekend, Pembroke House, welcomed children from Ghetto Classics Orchestra to our school for their second residency of the year. An inspirational community initiative, founded by the Art of Music Foundation, the Ghetto Classics are a collective of musical young people who live in Korogocho, one of the largest ...

Boats – Lent Term

Every half term, all Pembroke House children from Y1 to Y8 compete in a free-style swimming gala that is affectionately known as 'Boats'. With an electric atmosphere and pumping music, the children swim in class teams (boats) of four, grouped by ability. None of us quite understand the rules, but ...

Hog Charge … Oink!

Pembroke House were delighted to participate, once again, in the much anticipated 24th edition of the Hog Charge. Hosted by Peponi Secondary School and the Northlands Ranch in Ruiru, we arranged for 100 Pembrokians to compete in this annual mountain bike race, that saw a 'sell out 'of 150 different ...

UK Sports Tour 2023

The first week of the Lent term saw four talented teams of hockey players from Y7 and Y8 head off to the UK for the Pembroke House biennial, overseas sports tour. Led by Mr Snow, our Director of Sport, 29 children flew to London Heathrow, ready to embrace a chilly ...

Learning in Lewa

For most, a school trip means an afternoon at a local museum. Not for our Pembroke children! Year 7 & 8 were invited to Lewa Conservancy  Laikipia, for an unforgettable, four day camping safari with Mt Kenya as their backdrop. In addition to spotting tree climbing Lions, countless Rhino and ...

Sorting Hat for School Joiners

  As is the school tradition, all new children and staff are sorting into one of the four school houses, with the help of the very knowledgeable, and reliable, Sorting Hat. Each person gets a chance to be sorted in this much beloved and fun tradition in the start of ...

Christmas Craft Fair

At the end of the Michaelmas term, Pembroke House School held its annual Christmas Craft Fair. It was a great success and we had exhibitors from all over Kenya join us. There were also lots of fun activities for children as well, with camel rides, guess the number of sweets ...

Shaggy Dog Show

  The last day of school was abuzz with excitement as children and adults alike brought their dogs to school to compete in the Shaggy Dog Show. There were lots of fun classes, including The Sausage Eating Relay, Musical Sit and Fancy Dress (the dog, not the owner). The Headmistress ...

Junior Nativity

The last day of school was packed with wonderful activities, one of which was the Nativity Play. The junior school children had worked very hard to pull this all together, with the support and guidance of their incredibly talented Drama teacher, and it was just lovely to watch the children's ...

Christingles

After partaking of some delicious homemade mince pies all the children and their parents joined in the theater for the final Christingles performance. This was, as always, a truly touching Carol Service and as we watched the candle light travel from one to the other, we could reflect on what ...

Girls Cricket Tournament Winners

Both the Girls under 11 and Senior teams performed so well over the course of the season and then managed to win their respective tournaments; very well done to these girls and their coaches - two tremendous victories!

?️Year 7 Camping and Team Building ?️

Our year 7s had a fun weekend of camping and team building, which is an annual tradition for our year 7 pupils. They made delicious damper bread over the fire for breakfast and then headed to Malewa for a day of team building and team work. Everybody really enjoyed the ...

Bonfire Night

As we celebrated our annual Bonfire Night, there was excitement in the air. The bonfire is always lit by the youngest full boarding boy and girl, along with the Head boy and Head girl. With sparklers and glow sticks for the children and delicious food, and a superb fireworks display, the Bonfire ...

Our Blog - Pembroke Posts

Senior Schools – The Big Dilemma

'Deciding upon the right senior school will be different for every family..'   In the blink of an eye, your child has gone from pre-prep to a pre-teen.  And senior ...

(Dinky) Safari Rally  

'What matters most is the children are still running, still competing and showing their Pembroke grit' The Safari Rally was first held in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Queen ...

Pembroke Quirks – A Glossary

'The resident guinea fowl can be found grazing here…'   For such a unique school, it's not surprising that we have our own 'quirky' terminology for the wide array of ...

A Happy Habitat

'It's not only our children that get to roam free…'   Given the school's geographical location in the Rift Valley, Kenya, it's not surprising that our campus is home to ...

The joy of letter writing

"Every wednesday morning all children take the time to put pen to paper" When was the last time you wrote a letter?  Not an email or text or What's App ...

A Day in the Life of a Pembroke Pupil

'Pembroke House is not a typical school.'   Pembroke House is not a typical school.  However, if we had to describe a 'typical' day in the life of Pembroke Pupil ...

Five practical ways that Pembroke House helps support the well-being of their children

'Our children are continually active.'     UNICEF defines a child's well-being by measuring their health & safety, their material security, their education and socialisation and their sense of being ...

Holding onto Childhood

'Their rites of passage include climbing Mount Kenya.'   Whist Pembroke House empowers our children to make their own decisions and instils independence from the onset, we maintain traditional values ...

Ten Top Reasons Why You Should Consider Making Gilgil Your Home

"A peaceful and safe natural environment"   At first glance, Gilgil, may not seem the obvious place in which to relocate however here are the top reasons why we think ...

Fortune Favours The Brave

"Our motto has resonated with students and staff, both past and present, for the last century"   Encapsulating the beliefs or ideals of a school in a single phrase isn't ...

Love is in the (Rift Valley) Air

This Valentine's we have asked 10 of our children the Top 10 Things they  most about being a pupil at Pembroke House; Being able to bring my pony to school ...

To Board or Not to Board?

'We take a flexible, sensible approach to boarding.'   Concerned about whether boarding school is right for your family?  Well, let us offer you some reassurance by answering three key ...

Post-Pandemic Pembroke

'Our core values include courage, a spirit of adventure, compassion and integrity.'   Now that the masks are off and long discarded, restrictions are fully lifted and our memories have ...

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Why Choose Pembroke House?

Rated by SIS for pupils personal development and effectiveness of boarding provision

Size of campus located in the Rift Valley

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