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Peter Morton Moyes (9 July 1917 - 27 July 2007) was the fourth of six children born to John and Helen Moyes. He was educated at St Peter’s College in South Australia and The Armidale School in New South Wales. In 1939, he graduated with an Arts Degree from Sydney University.

His teaching appointments included:

  • Canberra Grammar School (Assistant Master) 
  • King’s School, Bruton, UK
  • Winchester College, UK (Latin and History Teacher)
  • Geelong Grammar School (Senior History Master) 
  • Christ Church Grammar School (Head Master from 1951 to 1981)

During the Second World War, Mr Moyes served with the Australian Army in Syria and Egypt and in New Guinea on the Kokoda Track. He attained the rank of Captain.

Mr Moyes served the wider educational community through Chairmanship of the Headmasters’ Conference in 1973- 75 and was three times President of the Association of Independent Schools of WA.

In 1982, after retiring from Christ Church Grammar School, Mr Moyes joined the Catholic Education Commission to develop programmes for handicapped and disadvantaged youth, a position he held in a part-time capacity until 1985. It was also at this time that Mr Moyes began to devote himself to the establishment of the Anglican Schools’ Commission. He was the Foundation Chairman in 1985 and his vision of co-educational, low-fee Anglican schools came to fruition in 1986 with the establishment of St Mark’s Anglican Community School.

In his time as Chairman, from 1985 until 1993, the Commission successfully established five low-fee Anglican schools. In 1999, Peter Moyes Anglican Community School in Mindarie, a northern beachside suburb of Perth, was named in his honour, becoming the fifth school established by the Anglican Schools Commission. Mr Moyes took an active interest in the development of the school until his death, regularly meeting over afternoon tea with Mr Allan Shaw, the Foundation Principal.

In recognition of his service to the community, Mr Moyes was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1982, a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1995 and Western Australian Citizen of the Year for the Professions in 1991. His professional awards include a Fellowship of the Australian College of Education (FACE) in 1969 and Life Membership of the Anglican Schools Commission in 1994

In honour of Mr Moyes, Peter Moyes Day is celebrated annually at the School on the first Friday of Term 3. 

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