Welcome to our final edition of the PCN for 2018. Like me, I have no doubt that many of you are wondering where this year has gone! We all look forward to sharing the highlights of the year at our Junior and Secondary Speech occasions next week on Friday December 7.
You will receive a copy of the 2018 SAGA Student magazine on December 7, together with electronic copies of the 2018 Annual Report on December 7 and the Penrhosian on December 14, all of which will showcase the breadth and depth of the very rich life we lead at Penrhos College.
The end of year is a time for farewells. Our deepest gratitude to the following staff members for their outstanding contribution to the learning and teaching environment at the College:
We also thank the following staff whose contracts to cover leave have come to a conclusion:
Penrhos is the first school in WA to gain eSmart accreditation. Learning Technology Specialist, Will Horwood, first heard of this program run through the Alannah and Madeline Foundation whilst attending a PD session with renowned adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. Penrhos has worked through the 3 year accreditation process to bring a stronger focus to teaching the smart, safe and responsible use of online technology to enhance the wellbeing and safety of our students. Representatives from the Foundation will be coming to Penrhos on December 4 to run workshops with our Year 8s throughout the day and to host a Parent Workshop. This is highly recommended for parents to attend! Please follow the link to register your place: penrhos.wa.edu.au/whats-on/events/parent-workshop-cyber-safety/.
Read more about cyber security on our blog: penrhos.wa.edu.au/news/western-australias-first-esmart-school/
Penrhos Junior School has secured the Number 1 Ranking for Primary Schools in Australia, based on fitness and skill levels, as recently tested by Sports Challenge Australia. This is a fantastic result given that Sports Challenge has a data base of over 55,000 students and has been conducting testing of students for the past 7 years. In receiving the trophy on Tuesday, Kenrick Armitage, Junior School Sports Coordinator, said that what made him most proud, ‘was the growth in skill and fitness levels demonstrated by our Junior School students to achieve this brilliant outcome’.
Read the article in the Southern Gazette here: www.communitynews.com.au/southern-gazette/news/penrhos-college-has-top-junior-school-fitness-program-in-australia/
Best wishes to our students and staff departing on tours:
French Tour: departs November 30 and returns December 24
Italian Tour: departs November 30 and returns December 24
Japan Tour: departs December 1 and returns December 21
Melbourne Volleyball Tour: departs December 7 and returns December 13
I wish all members of our community a very peaceful and happy holiday break and festive season.