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Alumni Committee

Being a member of the Penrhos College Alumni Committee can involve guiding decision-making around alumni engagement initiatives and activity, planning events, managing budget and volunteering your time for a range of activities.

One of the areas we’d most like to develop is our involvement with current students before they graduate, paving the way for their welcome into our alumni community.

Getting involved with the Alumni Committee is a fun and social way to stay active in College community life, with a little work on the side.

Message from the President of the Alumni Committee

What an eventful year 2021 has been so far, my second in the role of President of the Alumni Committee.

In the Term 1 holidays, we were proud to host another successful Shakers and Stirrers networking evening with the Old Wesley Collegians, on Friday 16 April at the Windsor Hotel in South Perth. With more than 200 guests, this was our biggest turnout in the event’s history – it was particularly lovely to see members of multigenerational families attending the event together.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Penrhos College Foundation hosted a fun and interactive evening with our newest extraordinary woman, Principal Kalea Haran. With this year’s theme ‘Choose to Challenge’ closely aligning with the Penrhos ethos, Kalea described what being a positive challenger and a change maker means to her. Guests were inspired to consider what they can each challenge as individuals, to collectively create a more inclusive and equitable world, free from gender stereotypes.

We have held many wonderful reunion events through the year. We welcomed more than 100 of our youngest alumni back to campus for their 18-month reunion – the Class of 2019 enjoyed a fun-filled evening catching up with friends and staff, sipping on mimosas and sampling delicious canapés.

The Class of 2011 then celebrated their 10-year reunion – some with their beautiful brand-new babies in arms!

Our Class of 1981 returned to campus to enjoy their 40-year reunion – our Old Girls re-traced their footsteps, explored new parts of the campus and admired the new Meg Melville Science Innovation Centre. It was wonderful to hear many of our 1981 leavers express their interest in connecting with and mentoring our current students and young alumni through our alumni mentoring program in 2022!

In May, we welcomed back members of the Class of 1991 for their 30-year reunion. It was wonderful to have them back and to hear their excited feedback on how much the campus has changed.

We look forward to a busy second half of the year, with more events including the Alumni Soirée on the opening night of the College Production Shrek the Musical, Founders’ Day, the 20-year reunion for the Class of 2001, the 50-year reunion for the Class of 1971 and our first-ever 60-year reunion for the Class of 1961.

Boarding alumni from 1971 will additionally be invited to attend a very special event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Penrhos Boarding House, and we hope to see a great turnout for our five yearly boarding reunion too.

If you are attending an event on campus, we encourage you to register for the campus tours which we offer prior to each event. We are also delighted to host groups of friends for private tours – a great opportunity to reflect on your days together on campus, and to share laughs and memories which may be prompted as you visit locations of special significance to you.

Each tour ends at the rooftop deck of the new Meg Melville Science Innovation Centre, a space we hope to secure the naming rights for, with the help of our alumni community – we very much hope to name this space as the Alumni Lookout. To help us achieve this vision and to have your name feature on a plaque at the top of the Penrhos world, please contact Caroline Jenkins (Windsor, Class of 1991) at jenkic@penrhos.wa.edu.au – the contribution to secure your spot is $300 (or $30 over 10 months) and donations are fully tax-deductible.

Penrhos College Alumni Committee

Current Penrhos College Alumni Committee representatives are:

Helen Carr, President

Margot Michailides, Vice-President

Amanda Gould, Treasurer

Natalie Freeman, Secretary

Molly Delaney, Assistant Secretary

Amanda Yaksich, Committee Member

Gina Cacho, Committee Member

Loretta Dease, Committee Member

Maria Caraiscos, Committee Member

Sue Hampson, Committee Member

Vicki Doherty, Committee Member

If you would like to become involved with the activities of the Alumni Association or help to guide the direction of the Association by serving on the Alumni Committee, we invite you to get in touch – please email Community Engagement Coordinator, Caroline Jenkins at alumni@penrhos.wa.edu.au or phone (08) 9368 9539.