Harmony Day was celebrated in the Secondary School yesterday. Students and staff were welcomed to the school day with an acknowledgement of country in Noongar language (Wadjuk dialect) and in English by Jilaya Collard of Year 7. Year 11 students sparked joy in the Margaret Way Courtyard with a vivid chalk mural. The proverb ‘all people smile in the same language’ was written on the MWC stage.
Students from a multitude of backgrounds translated this statement into a first language including; Farsi, Maori, Pidgin Motu, Japanese, Afrikaans, Korean, Noongar, Indonesian, Portuguese, Vietnamese, French and Italian.
Penrhos is a proudly multicultural community. After English, the most commonly spoken languages in our students’ homes are Mandarin, Japanese, Arabic and Punjabi. All secondary students were encouraged to contribute to the mural during recess and lunch, while they listened to music from around the world. It was a day full of positivity and energy, and there was a genuine sense of connectedness amongst the students and staff. Enjoy a few photos and video from Harmony Day below.
Head of Year 11
We were treated to a fabulous musical feast at the annual 2019 Friends of Music Eisteddfod, with outstanding musical performances from our talented girls across Years 7-12. This year, the event was held across two venues; the Rixon Theatre foyer and the College Chapel, allowing us to run the eisteddfod over one day. Our adjudicators, Mr Kim Harrison, Head of Music-Curriculum at St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School and Stephanie Nicholls, Director of Piano and Keyboard at Wesley College provided a wealth of experience offering valuable feedback for the girls.
Highlights were the prize-winning Year 11 and 12 trio consisting of Helena O’Sullivan, Tiffany Lee and Jocelyn Kwok, performing Dvorak’s Dumky Trio Op.90, mvt 1, and an amazing arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody by Year 12 student Morgan May for pipe organ, violin and cello! Other prize winners for each of the sections will be announced shortly and presented at an assembly.
The winning house was Sparta with 122 points, followed closely by Rome with 118 points, and Athens and Troy both on 95. Special thanks to Ms Chua for her outstanding contribution and performances, co-ordinating rehearsals and performances for 60 girls across both venues, and to the Friends of Music for their support and assistance on the day. Congratulations to all our performers for their contribution to an entertaining and outstanding day of music making!
Ticketing is now live for the upcoming Dramafest, an Interhouse festival of Drama and Dance. Students involved have the opportunity to perform in a One Act play, an Originals self-devised script, and a dance work, each directed/choreographed by a Year 12 student. There are several awards presented on the night by 2 adjudicators. We hope you can join us in supporting the girls for what is always a highly anticipated and fun-filled evening. Book your tickets now, only $10 per ticket.
Book now: penrhos.wa.edu.au/dramafest/
We are very proud of our Swim Squad under the fantastic leadership of our 2019 Year 12 Swim Captains Meesha Rothnie and Kiana Mepham. It was fantastic to see a sell-out of our available spectator tickets and to also see a group of Year 12 students who chose to give up their Friday night to form a cheer squad in support of our swimmers. Whilst we finished seventh overall, an outstanding night of PB’s was achieved by the majority of our swim squad — that is, they swam faster on the carnival night than they ever had done before — we are very proud to celebrate these personal milestones of our swim squad.
Congratulations is extended to the following place getters on the evening:
I would like to extend my thanks to all our squad for their outstanding commitment and personal improvement they have demonstrated this year, and to our coaching team of Mat Lyons, Eliza Stewart, Charlotte Harvey-Lissienko and Jess Plewright.
The running of the Cross country Interhouse event signals the commencement of our IGSSA Cross Country Training squad, which trains both Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6.30am, starting at the Sports Centre with Mrs Lampard and the running coaches. Everyone is welcome to join these pre-season sessions, before training moves to four sessions per week in Term 2.
Save the date: This year, Penrhos will be hosting the 2019 IGSSA Cross Country event held on Friday, 21 June at Alderbury Reserve in Floreat.
Our Year 11 geographers made a visit to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, where they learnt about the possible dangers and weather patterns throughout WA. The next stop was Buckland Hill in Mosman Park to collect weather measurements, analyse the weather and cloud patterns and measure the slope up Buckland Hill. The girls would like to thank Susan Martin for such an enjoyable experience.
The Penrhos Tech Team participated in the Global Mystery 3D Print. It’s a fun challenge where students receive a “mystery” 3D printing design that represents another school/place in the world. Our students put on their ‘design thinking hats’ to send a 3D object in return. The designed the Penrhos red dragon with the latitude and longitude of Perth. We’re sure the student detectives on the other side of the world will enjoy learning about Penrhos!
Learning Technologies Specialist
Politics and Law students, accompanied by Mr Griffin and Mrs Armitage, had the opportunity embark on a tour of Parliament House. The tour featured a detailed history of democracy in Western Australia and Australia as a whole, as well as a rich explanation of the achievements of female. The tour also featured some fortuitous and rewarding run-ins with Premier Mark McGowan, President of the Legislative Council Kate Doust, Education Minister Sue Ellery, Terry Healy, MLA and an address from John McGrath, MLA for South Perth. Observing politicians going about their business in Parliament was an instructive experience and will no doubt aid them in their studies.
Teacher of Humanities and Social Sciences
Penrhos College’s sister school of 30 years, Hakata Girls’ School, has sent a group of 18 students and 2 accompanying teachers from Japan to Perth on a two-week program. The Japanese students are billeted out to the Penrhos community to experience life in a typical Australian house, whilst spending two weeks attending the College like a ‘Penrhosian’. During their time here, they will cook lamingtons, rock climb ‘the wall’, visit Junior School, travel over to Rottnest, take part in a tour of Fremantle Prison and, of course, go shopping! Thank you to all the families and students who have generously agreed to look after the group during their stay in Perth.
Head of Department – Languages
We would like to thank all guests who joined us on Monday evening for the presentation on Anxiety and Perfectionism in Gifted Girls. Guest speaker Dr Kate Burton was a major draw card during national Gifted Awareness Week and we thank her for taking the time to talk to our community. Kate presented strategies for students who suffer from anxiety and techniques on how to offer therapeutic support to gifted and creative children, adolescents and their families. We agree that recognising a student’s individual passions and strengths is the key to her reaching her academic potential. We hope you found the session informative and useful. Read more about Gifted Awareness Week here: www.giftedwa.org.au
If you have any questions or would like any further information, key contact details are provided below.
Dr Kate Burton
Our Head of Library Amanda Stewart was recently sponsored by AISWA to attend the inaugural Australian Children’s Laureate summit in Sydney, on the importance of story-telling in the enrichment and development of children's lives.
Amanda was also recently published in the Alliance of Girls Schools Magazine where our Library facilities are recognised nationally. Read how our Library has evolved into an innovative teaching and learning space for 21st Century Learners at our blog: Penrhos College Library: Providing an innovative teaching space for 21st Century Learning