Penrhos Community News

5 April 2019

Secondary School

Year 12 Geography camp

On 21 March, the Year 12 Geography class headed to the Wheatbelt. The two-day camp saw students visiting West Pingelly, Boyagin Rock and Northam where they gained knowledge into the rehabilitation, restoration and preservation of both farmlands and the natural environment to support their study of land cover change. Thank you to guest speakers Phil Vercoe, Brett Beecham and Chad Hunt and to Mrs Martin, Ms Powers and Bruce for this incredible camp.

Penrhos students on trial

On 27 March, the Penrhos Mock Trial Team attended the Supreme Court to compete in their first round of trials for the year. The Year 11 team “DB8” won their trial on verdict and on points (123 v 121) against a team from Joondalup Baptist College. The Year 12 Team “Justice Crew” won their trial on verdict but lost on points (143 v 138.5), also against Joondalup. Both teams played the role of the prosecution in a case of grievous bodily harm wherein the defendant argued self-defence. The first three rounds of the Mock Trial Competition are points-based, with the sixteen highest-scoring teams progressing to the knock-out stage. The Mock Trial Team are looking toward their second trial and hope to deliver more justice for Penrhos!

Brad Griffin
Mock Trial Co-ordinator

Solar Challenge

Penrhos students recently participated in the 2019 Synergy Schools Solar Challenge - an exciting event that allows students to create their own model solar powered cars. Well done to the Year 8 girls who came third in their division, and in doing so, have qualified for the grand final where they will compete against other divisional winners at Optus Stadium on 9 April. Congratulations and good luck to Maya Della Franca, Charlie Cormack, Hayah Yasir and Charlotte Best.

Mine Site Visit with Rio Tinto – Wednesday 10 April

Penrhos have been given the wonderful opportunity provided by Rio Tinto and UWA Girls in Engineering to fly three of our students to their mine site up north in Newman. Next Wednesday, Year 10 students Tayla Sedgwick, Sophie McPhail and Aleta Houden will travel to a mine site – Hope Downs 1 & 4 – for a tour of the facilities and to hear from real-life engineers.

Penrhos College Cabaret Night: ‘Standards and Showtunes’ – Monday, 6 May

The dynamic and diverse music program at Penrhos continues to flourish. Penrhos College is thrilled to be hosting their inaugural Cabaret Night: ‘Standards and Showtunes’ at The Ellington Jazz Club, on Monday, 6 May. The evening will feature a variety of performances from our Jazz Band, Jazz Voice Choir, Saxophone Quartets and selected vocal soloists.

Book your tickets here:

2019 Inaugural IGSSA Badminton competition – Friday, 29 March

Congratulations to ten students from Year 9 and 10, who represented Penrhos admirably at the first ever IGSSA Badminton evening, held at MLC last Friday night: Ebony Slyth, Anuoluwa Adebayo, Aleta Houden, Heidi Leow, Goly Tarom, Madison Tong, Joyce Wang, Dora Wan, Kiara Turner, and Nahyun Kim.

The busy evening saw our girls play 14 games of Badminton against the other IGSSA schools, with a number of winning fixtures, under the direction of our Badminton coach, Anita Diep. Badminton is now a year-round social sporting opportunity for girls from Year 7 to 12 at Penrhos, being played each Friday morning in the Sports Centre from 7am to 8am.

Last call for new rowers – especially Year 9s!

Rowing season is well underway, and the excitement is twofold as Penrhos is announced as hosts of the 2019 IGSSA (WA) HEAD OF THE RIVER, our senior rowers have just returned from their Melbourne rowing tour, and our attention now turns towards the Term 2 regattas.

Our increased numbers at rowing training down at the shared Penrhos/Wesley facility at the Coode Street boatshed, has been exciting to see, and we are very hopeful to field three Senior eight crews for the first time in many years. We are really hoping to secure eight more rowers, and a couple of coxwains to fill out our 2019 squad.

For any queries regarding Rowing and any potential involvement, please contact our Rowing Coordinator, Keith Reynolds via email:

Term 2 IGSSA – Hockey and Netball online registrations now open

As we come to the end of our successful Term 1 IGSSA seasons of Tennis and Volleyball, we now turn our attention to Hockey and Netball - our Term 2 competition sports. Online portal registrations are now open, with trials commencing next week. Make sure you register online before attending your first trial – and good luck in your Term 2 sporting endeavours! Trial dates for each year group as follows:

Are you a student who is qualified to umpire or co-coach IGSSA this season?

On occasion, there are opportunities for qualified/experienced students to umpire or co-coach a sporting team, be it for Duke of Edinburgh requirement fulfilment, community service hours or, on occasion - depending on qualifications, payment.

This opportunity is only open to students who are:

  1. representing Penrhos for that particular sport in IGSSA competition for their year/grade
  2. have the appropriate qualifications/experience
  3. can fit the Penrhos umpiring/coaching schedule

Current opportunities exist for Hockey and Netball. To apply, email Mrs Bailie (Sports Administration) directly on

Leavers Jackets

Our Year 12s were delighted to receive their brand spanking new and incredibly stylish Leavers jackets. If anyone needs alterations to be made during the holidays, Sean Ebert has started a list so register your name in G9. Looking good, girls!

City After Dark

Year 10 students were empowered on a City After Dark excursion into Northbridge this week. City After Dark is an evening safety educational walking tour for Secondary School students through the Perth CBD and entertainment precincts. These three-hour tours commence in the early evening, identifying areas which are largely safe during the day can become much riskier as evening turns to night. The tours are led by an off-duty WA Police Officer and supported by our Theatrical Response Group Tour Assistants. The program has a strong educational focus and uses participative, experiential learning. Two Year 10 groups have participated in the program this week. We will extend this opportunity to interested Year 9 students early in Term 2.


The Year 11 cohort attended the RAC bstreetsmart at Perth Arena on Thursday, 4 April. RAC bstreetsmart is a road safety event designed to show students the realities of risky behaviour on the roads. The day included the re-enactment of a crash scene, hearing from people whose lives have been affected by road trauma and the opportunity to participate in interactive road safety displays. RAC bstreetsmart is an initiative of the Trauma Service at Westmead Hospital in NSW and major contributors towards this event in WA included the RAC, the WA Police, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, St John Ambulance and Royal Perth Hospital.

Student Satisfaction Survey

In the first few weeks of Term 2, Secondary School students will complete a Student Satisfaction Survey. This Penrhos generated survey is used to garner a snapshot of student sentiment at a point in time. The survey questions cover three domains; relationship to the College, relationship with teachers and relationship with peers. Students are provided with the opportunity to respond to two open ended questions. Results are collated for each year group and an individual’s responses are not identifiable.

The results will provide the Pastoral Care Team with data used to assist with the evaluation of our social and emotional programs (thrive).

Distribution of Intimate Images Legislation

The College has been advised by the Department of Justice, that the Criminal Law Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill 2018 was recently passed by the WA parliament. The legislation is set for commencement from 15 April.

The new intimate images laws do three things:

  • create a new offence against distributing an intimate image of a person without their consent;
  • empower courts to make a rectification or ‘take down’ order in relation to the image; and
  • criminalise the threat to distribute an intimate image.

Please click here to read the full letter →

Focus groups

We are seeking expressions of interest for our 2019 Parent Focus Groups - these are one of the ways we invite parents to provide feedback to the College.

Boarding Parents (29 April – before/after Boarding parent teacher interviews)

Secondary School Parents (date tbc, in consultation with parents)

Expressions of interest and any questions you have should please be emailed to

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