Penrhos Community News

30 November 2018

From the Principal

Mrs Meg Melville

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.

Staff Farewells

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:

  • Beverley Bell, Head of the Art Department, Secondary School, retiring after 30 years. Bev has been a visionary and innovative educator, introducing the Artist in Residence Program and overseeing the design of the Creative Arts and Design Centre.
  • Vicki Djordjevic, Cleaning at the College, resigning after 23 years to spend time with her family in Serbia.
  • Edgar Cooper, Secondary School Science, resigning after 18 years to take up a new challenge in Biology at Applecross SHS.
  • Shelley Farrow, Junior School Counsellor, retiring after 15 years to enjoy life after Penrhos. Shelley will however, be in Secondary School for Term 1, 2019.
  • Scott McDonnell, Secondary School Assistant Dean Academic Administration, resigning after 11 years to take up the promotional position of Deputy Principal at CBC Fremantle.
  • Max Leech, Secondary School Teacher of Drama and Head of Year, resigning after 10 years to take up the promotional position of Principal Consultant for Drama and Examination Development with the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA).
  • Samantha Corbett, Junior and Secondary Teacher of Physical Education, resigning after 8 years to devote her time to her family.
  • Natasha Hofmeyer, Secondary School Teacher of Mathematics, resigning after 6 years to take up a new challenge at MLC.
  • Misty Waters, ELC Teacher, resigning after 4 years to take up a promotional position at Christ Church Preparatory School.
  • Kay Warwick, Secondary School Administrative Assistant, resigning after 4 years to relocate to Tasmania.
  • Kelly Ilich, Secondary School Teacher of HASS, resigning after 3 ½ years to devote her time to her family.
  • Paul De Cinque, Secondary School Head of Music, resigning after 1 year to commence lecturing in the UWA Conservatorium of Music.

We also thank the following staff whose contracts to cover leave have come to a conclusion:

  • Anne Marie Moyle, Secondary School Teacher of Mathematics
  • Jessica Fowles, Secondary School Teacher of HASS
  • Miranda Smith, Secondary School Boarding House Tutor
  • Jodie Field, Junior School Liaison
  • Kiara Reddingius, Secondary School teacher of Science
  • Andrew Creelman, Secondary School Teacher of Mathematics
  • Jenny Kirk, Junior School Teacher
  • Rachael Elliot, Junior School Teacher

Firsts for Penrhos College!

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:

Read more about cyber security on our blog:

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:

Departing Tours

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.

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