Penrhos Community News

16 November 2018

From the Principal

Mrs Meg Melville

Personal Best

I always feel enormous pride when I receive feedback from members of the broader community about the calibre of our wonderful students at Penrhos. We already know this of course, however, it is highly affirming to have this reinforced by external acknowledgement. I have received a number of emails of late and I would like to share the following email with you:

This team of young women, the senior A team, are the loveliest, most polite group of people I have ever had the pleasure to coach. They are a credit to themselves, their parents and their school. Their commitment and dedication to learn the game of softball has been outstanding and their achievements in just a few short weeks has been a joy to watch.

Even when we were being trounced by a couple of the schools the girls kept their cool and kept trying all through the game, taking the greatest joy from any small victories! The vast differences in all their personalities helped the entire process enormously!

I am very proud to have played a small part in their sporting education and wish all of the girls all the very best for the future.

Remembrance Day

On Monday morning, our Junior School Community came together for a truly beautiful Remembrance Day service to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI. We began in the Chapel with a Bible Reading from Mathew 5:1-12; Chaplain Claire gave her message on The Beatitudes around the theme of ‘Peace’, followed by Ella Brown speaking on the meaning of Remembrance Day.

We then moved out to the Junior School Oval where Andrea Burnett explained the significance of the red poppy symbol and provided a beautiful reading of the “Flanders Field” poem. Students and staff came forward to “plant” the poppies that they had so carefully made in Art Class with Mrs Clifton, to create a colourful installation.

I wish to acknowledge the wonderful work of Mrs Michelle Clifton, who organised and managed the service with Chaplain Claire and was pivotal to this event being so full of reverence and so meaningful to our students.

A huge thankyou to Monique Rossi who played the Last Post and the Rouse. Our guests, John McGrath, MLA and Sue Docherty, Mayor of the City of South Perth, were so impressed and have invited Monique to play at the 2019 ANZAC Day Service at the City of South Perth. It is definitely time for a female bugler!

MathsNight@Penrhos: A Celebration of STEM

MathsNight@Penrhos capped off another stellar year on Wednesday evening. This celebration is significant because it is just as much about passion as it is about high achievement. We celebrate those who come along to Maths Mentoring because they love maths, just as much as we do, our high flyers. When you consistently have girls coming along to cocurricular STEM in their own time-you must be doing something right!

This year, we celebrated 10 Years of Maths Mentor at Penrhos. We were inspired by guest speakers:

  • Dr Jane Gao (2012 Leaver) who now works as a doctor at Fiona Stanley Hospital. Jane studied at Monash University, completing a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours). She was also awarded the Monash Scholarship of Excellence.
  • Pilot Officer Aimee Ballon, trainee pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Aime qualified as an Oral Health Therapist before changing direction to Officer Training School with the RAAF, where she intends to qualify as a pilot and ultimately fly jets.

Though following very different pathways, both speakers emphasised passion and determination and never comparing yourself to others, in leading them to where they are today.

Major prize winners

2018 Dr Glenda Parkin Mathematician of the Year
Nahyun Kim

Outstanding Contribution to the Maths Mentor Program
Vivienne Holt, Huiwen Tan, Rebecca Gething, Elizabeth Arthur, Klaudia Oey

Dr Lloyd Dawe Encouragement Award
Hannah King

Volunteers Sundowner

Volunteers' Sundowner

Our Volunteers’ Sundowner on Wednesday was a beautiful evening to thank Parent Support Groups, Council, friends, families and all those who give of their time, ideas, and inspiration to help support our College and our students. Your dedication and hard work is what makes this Community so wonderful and we are sincerely grateful.

Speech Day and Speech Night

Junior School Speech Day
Friday, 7 December 2018
12.45pm for a 1pm start
Rixon Theatre

Secondary School Speech Night
Friday, December 7
6pm to 7.30pm
Rixon Theatre

Please see invitations here: Junior School Speech Day / Secondary School Speech Night

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