Penrhos Community News

23 March 2018

Head of Junior School

Ms Trish Somers

Dear Parents,

Harmony Day

On Tuesday 20 March, Year 1s had Anri’s mother, Mrs Nakamura, and family visit to teach them more about Japanese culture to complement their term theme of ‘Relationships’ where they have been comparing and contrasting family heritage. The visit also coincided with Harmony Day celebrations. They learnt about where Japan is on the globe, the size of the country, its population and school-life. The students distinguished similarities and differences in their own lives to life in Japan.

Finally, Mrs Nakamura taught them how to make a Japanese kimono out of beautiful, patterned paper using the folding art of origami which is a popular hobby for Japanese children.

Earlier this term, Year 1 also had some Year 10 students visit to interview them about where they were born and where their parents were born in preparation for the Secondary School Harmony Day assembly. The students thoroughly enjoyed this learning experience, and we are very thankful to Mrs Nakamura.

Exchange Student Visit, Year 3

The Year 3 students welcomed the Hakata exchange students to visit their classroom this week. It was a rich and rewarding experience for both our students and the visiting students from Japan.

The Hakata girls thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the girls, playing games, interacting and making origami. Mr Haddrell commented that our girls were beautifully mannered, very respectful and extremely enthusiastic, and indeed were a real credit to Ms Anderson and Miss Ciccatosto’s teaching and commitment to them! Thank you to Mr Haddrell from the Languages department in the Secondary School for providing the Junior School students with this wonderful cross-cultural experience which also tied in beautifully with Harmony Day.

Jewellery Designers of the Future

Each year to coincide with the Angelo Street Market on the 25th March, Soklich & Co. (a South Perth store that specializes in unique bespoke jewellery), run a Jewellery Designing competition for primary and secondary students from local schools.

As an introduction to the commencement of a jewellery project with class 3R, following a discussion on the process of designing, the students were encouraged to design one or more pieces that fitted the philosophy of the store, taking into consideration their previous research into feathers and birdlife. The studio was a hub of excited drawing and colouring as individual ideas emerged into designs.

After completed designs were delivered by 7th March, the waiting time commenced until 9 students were chosen for the next stage of the competition. Two of our students, Alexa Kelly and Lauren Ioannou’s artwork met the judges criteria and technical drawings were created by Soklich’s designers. The designs were placed on Soklich & Co.’s Facebook page for voting, with the overall winning design being created in front of the store surrounded by a display of all the entries during the Angelo street festival. If you have a moment, hop onto the page and hit ‘like’ and support our students.

The competition has been an enjoyable process for the students which has inspired them to engage in their current jewellery designing and making project with the confidence to share their ideas with an audience.

Interschool Swimming Carnival & JIGSSA Carnival

Thursday 15 was a wonderful day for all of our Years 4, 5 and 6 students who participated in the Interschool Swimming Carnivals. The purpose of the carnival is to promote maximum participation whilst also enjoying exercise and building fitness. The girls who swim in swim squads and who train with clubs are offered other opportunities for competitive experience through such meets as the Twilight Carnivals. The Year 4 students hosted St Mary’s, Perth College, Iona, PLC, MLC, and St Hilda’s at Penrhos, and our Year 5 and 6 travelled to Santa Maria and St Mary’s, respectively.

Thank you to Mr Kenrick Armitage, Mrs Sam Corbett and Mrs Jo Elphick who did amazing work in their organisation and support of the students, and also to the Watkins Swim club coaches and our Year 9 students who were invaluable marshals at the Penrhos Carnival. A big thank you to the Year 4 parents who baked and provided a wonderful food and drink staff at the Year 4 carnival held at Penrhos. The conclusion of the carnival was a joy to behold with the girls from the participating schools breaking into an impromptu Conga Line!

Clarification regarding the wearing of the Penrhos ‘rashie'

As there was some discussion about the wearing of the Penrhos ‘rashie’, I would like to clarify that the Junior School policy is that the girls wear the rashie when they are competing, with the exception of the butterfly races. This was put into place as a Health and Safety measure some years ago and built in to our policies, as a direct result of when the Junior School experienced several of our girls returning with bad sunburn due to being kept in the sun waiting for race commencement. It was pointed out that other schools did not insist on the wearing of these, however, I feel confident that with the current knowledge of skin cancers and the vulnerability of the girls at these early ages, that it will become common practice, especially as it is ‘best’ practice for the students safety from sun damage.

I am in receipt of several suggestions, including the option to wear the rashie inside the bathers, and we will discuss suggestions such as these moving forward. Please be assured that at all times, the safety and health of your daughters is paramount in the articulation and implementation of school policy.

Year 4 – 6 Twilight Swimming Team

Congratulations to our Y4-6 Penrhos Twilight Swimming Team that competed at the JIGSSA Meet on Tuesday night at HBF Stadium. All 25 swimmers represented Penrhos with pride and competed extremely well with some fantastic results. Well done girls it was amazing to watch you swim with such passion. This brings our swimming carnivals to a close and the year 1-6 in term swimming near an end as well. The girls will finish swim lessons at the end of week 10 the 6th April. As the swim season comes to an end I would like to thank some great supporters of the Penrhos College Junior School Swimming Program. Mat Lyons and Lee Watkins from Watkins Southside Swim School have worked closely with Mr Kenrick Armitage to develop a leading Junior School swimming program. Their professionalism and commitment are second to none. Helen Harding who every year donates her time and expertise to run our timing and scoring programs for our trials and carnivals, which is a massive job. We are very appreciative that she can share with us expertise to make sure our carnivals run without a hitch. Finally, a huge thank you to our amazing Physical Education teachers for their efforts in such a busy, but extremely beneficial term for our girls.

Year 3 Excursion to Perth Observatory in Bickley

On Monday 19 March, the Year 3s excitedly hopped on the bus for a long drive out to the Perth Observatory in Bickley, where we spent the whole day doing a whole range of activities relating to space.

During the day we learnt a lot about space and the solar system. We looked at two big telescopes which need to be moved as the Earth rotates so the photo is not blurry. We talked about shadows and made a paper sundial. Light and the rainbows that can be made by reflecting light were investigated, learning the acronym for the spectrum of light is ROY-G-BIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet). We were able to learn about the phases of the moon, as well as touching a real meteorite. A variety of rocks were dropped from different heights - estimating and measuring the crater that was created. We also acted out the role of the Sun, Earth and moon as they rotate and revolve around. The different sizes of the planets were explored and we discussed asteroid belts.

We had a fun day doing all of the activities and learning so much about space! The Year 3 students would highly recommend people go and visit the Perth Observatory (and we would love to go at night time with our families to look at the stars)!

Year 4 ‘It’s Rocket Science’ Incursion

On Tuesday, 20th March, Year 4 students participated in an incursion facilitated by Go For Altitude Water Rocket Adventures.

Prior to the incursion, students followed the principles of rocket science to construct their own bottle rocket from recycled items. Students then experienced science in action, exploring the awesome world of rockets, flight, and space.

They observed how the laws of motion, forces, friction and propulsion interact, and used scaled instruments to measure angles and distance.

All students experienced the thrill of launching their own rocket creations.

Overall this was a fun and engaging experience that challenged the Year 4’s to think critically and work collaboratively, applying the Solutions Fluency into their work to best achieve success in a practical setting.

Kindy Chickens ‘U Can Hatch Us’ & Playgroup Visit 21/3/18

Please enjoy the images below of the visit of our playgroup children to the Kindergarten classroom where they thoroughly enjoyed looking at our newly hatched chickens. Please also see the list of rules drawn up by the class to ensure that the little ones are well looked after and treated with respect and care.

Year 6 Tea Time Concert - 8 March 2018

On Thursday 8 March the Year 6 Teatime Concert took place in the Chapel. A number of performers from Year 6 performed on a range of instruments including Voice, Piano, Violin and Flute. The Concert was enjoyed by all that attended.

Year 5 Scitech Incursion

As part of our Science studies this term on the Solar System, Year 5 students attended an on-campus Scitech Science Program which included a display of the Scitech Spacedome, an inflatable planetarium. The girls were presented with multimedia show which allowed them to ‘travel through our solar system and get up close to planets and stars’. Engineering skills to the test as they designed, build and tested a way to land a fragile robot rover on the surface of another planet.

Amanda Young Day

A very excited group of students arrived on Friday 16 March to participate in the annual Amanda Young Fair.The creativity and colour that was evident in the costumes for the theme of Australiana was amazing.There were Steve Irwins, lamington, gum nut babies, Merve Hughes, Tim Tams, Koalas and lots of other fabulous costumes. Well done to all for the great participation for such a wonderful cause.’

Year 11 Interviews Year 2 for Animation - 14 March 2018

Year 2 was recently selected to be the clients for a group of Year 11 Animation and Technology students. As part of the animation task, the Year 11s must design an animation that teaches younger students about computer hardware devices. The girls needed to have a client and design the animation to suit their clients likes and dislikes. The animation’s content will cover the Year 2 Digital Technology curriculum. The Year 2 students loved being interviewed and went into detail about their favourite animals, colours and music! They particularly loved visiting the Secondary School and watching all the ‘big girls’ move between classes! Once the animations are complete the Year 11 animators will visit the Junior School to showcase their productions. What a wonderful example of Secondary and Junior School collaboration!

Apology and Correction

We wish to send apologies for the incorrect spelling of our Dance Teacher Kate Pearce, whose married name is Kate De Palma, not as previously published.

Lee Watanabe-Crockett Information

As you have been made aware through various communications, the Junior School is working with Lee Watanabe Crockett, the founder of the Global Digital Citizen Foundation. We have been looking at the Essential Fluencies and the Big questions. I believe that it would be of interest to parents to know a little more about Lee, and about the Fluencies, so as well as including some questioning techniques for parents to work to build critical thinking skills each week, I will also outline for you each week one of the Essential Fluencies. The following is the biographic information about Lee from his website.

‘Lee is an optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together through connection and compassion.

He is an author, speaker, designer, inspirational thinker and the creative force behind some of the most exciting transformations in education happening worldwide today. But, that's all in a day's work. In life, Lee believes in creating balance in the reality of a digital present and future. As such, he has cultivated skills in Aikido, studied tea ceremony while living in Japan, as well as studied painting in Florence. He also studies traditional Zen Buddhist music which he performs on a Shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute.

Lee has a curiosity about life and the shared human experience. This curiosity is infectious, as anyone who has heard Lee speak can tell you. Joyful curiosity is the foundation of his approach to creating vital learning and corporate environments for groups around the world. He is the creative force behind the Solution Fluency Activity Planner—a social network which has created a culture of collaboration as educators around the world share and source unit plans aligning to the structure of a modern learning environment as outlined in his writing.

In addition to creating digital learning tools for the education sector, Lee has adapted his own corporate experience into a dynamic team-based training model. Lee sees and understands the current of endless exponential change that exists in corporate culture. Change which has created paradigm shifts for so many major industries. Lee's ability to sense trend, identify opportunity and pivot in response to adversity has been invaluable to his clients.

Lee is co-author of Understanding the Digital Generation, The Digital Diet, Living on the Future Edge, and the best-seller, Literacy is not Enough, and works with educators and corporations in several countries, helping them make the shift to regain relevance and establish a culture of excellence.’

Last week I included some ‘Who’ questions that parents could use to engage their daughters in discussion and conversation to promote critical thinking skills and this week I am extending this to the ‘What’ questions from his ‘Ultimate Cheatsheet for Critical Thinking.

What... are the strengths/weaknesses?
Is another perspective?
Is an alternative?
Would be a counter argument?
Is the best/worst case scenario?
Is most/least important?
Can we do to make a positive change?
Is getting in the way of our action?

Inner Mongolia Arts University Performance

We have also received some more photographs from the Inner Mongolia Arts University Performance which we thought you would enjoy as they capture beautifully the amazing performance in the Rixon Theatre for rhe Chinese New Year. Credit is also given to Richard Watson as the photographer and Walter McGuire who did the Welcome to Country.

Upcoming Holiday Club

School Holiday break is just around the corner! Our service will be running Holiday Club from Monday the 16th April – Tuesday the 1st May, and can be booked in at

Children will be able to take part in club based day activities which are planned by our staff and children, incursions such as decorating a sports jersey and painting mindfulness plates, and excursions of a visit to the movies to see Sherlock Gnomes and a visit to the Aviation Heritage Museum. (Please note that children in Pre-Kindy & Kindy are not able to attend excursions).

More information about Holiday Club can be found by visiting the above website or by speaking to our team!

Camp Australia Penrhos Team

The quote for this week is from the great Australian social Worker, Daisy Bates (1836-1915). ‘Surely the world we live in is but the world that lives in us.’

Best wishes
Trish Somers
Head of Junior School

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