Penrhos Community News

2 November 2018

From the Principal

Mrs Meg Melville

We have always known that the most significant single influence on student learning is the calibre of the teacher they are working with through relationships formed and engagement in the learning process. Last Friday was World Teachers’ Day — a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the truly inspirational teaching staff of Penrhos College.

I would particularly like to thank the Penrhos Auxiliary for providing such delicious cakes for the staff to enjoy at morning tea; a wonderful gesture of appreciation. I was also delighted to hear that students and parents took the opportunity to send through notes of appreciation to those teachers who they believe are making a significant difference in the learning process. Teaching is an enormously rewarding profession and though never expected, it is highly affirming for a teacher to receive a note of thanks. And, we don’t need to wait until World Teachers’ Day to do this!

In the spirit of acknowledging our fabulous teachers, congratulations to:

  • Tracy Hart, Secondary School Psychologist, in being awarded the NGS Scholarship of $5,000 to travel to London to undertake training with Dr Paul Flaxman to pursue her studies in Acceptance Commitment Therapy-a framework for living a psychologically healthy life through connecting with our values and finding a sense of meaning to guide us in our life and work.
  • Julie Kenny, Secondary School Photography, a finalist in the ATOM Tertiary and Industry Awards Night in the Photography Open Category to be held in Melbourne in November.
  • Tina Russell, Head of Learning Technologies, for coordinating the highly successful Microsoft EduMeet at Penrhos. This was a professional learning opportunity for over 100 teachers and support staff from schools around WA to learn about Microsoft ideas on innovative learning strategies and tools to use with students.
  • Peter Chandler, Maths Mentor Coordinator, for successfully mentoring our Year 9 teams to our best results ever in the UWA Junior Mathematics Contest. One of our teams came 2nd -the first time since 2010 that an all-girl team has been in the top 5! Peter and Sandra Rowden, Head of Secondary School Mathematics, will accompany a team of 8 students in Years 7/8/9 to Varna, Bulgaria for the World Team Mathematics Championship, in November.
  • Kerry Jenke, Award Winner Individual Category of the Australia-China Friendship Association
  • Helen Hepworth, Deputy Junior School and Nathan Ducker, Technology Coordinator, Junior School, for accepting a request from International Educator Lee Watanabe Crockett to showcase the best practice of our Junior School teaching staff in the Solution Fluencies approach to Teaching and Learning, with local primary and secondary schools.

On Wednesday of this week, a fabulous activity initiated by our 2019 Student Leadership team took place in Secondary School. Students have been asked via an online survey, to complete the sentence, “Penrhos would not be the same without...".

The responses thus far have been fantastic! No surprise that teachers featured prominently. The Margaret Way Courtyard was ablaze with colour as our Values Flower took shape with post-it notes on the same theme. We have loved the feedback on what it is that our girls value the most about our Penrhos community. Full credit must go to the Student Leaders for setting such an inclusive and positive theme from the “get go”.

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