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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

COVID-19 has brought us a year like no other, but we tackled the challenges of lockdowns and restrictions in true Penrhosian style; with unwavering strength and determination. Our alumni have drawn upon newfound flexibility and creativity to bring our social events to fruition.

2022 is an especially significant year as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Penrhos College and the 100th anniversary of our former sister school, Kobeelya. With such rich histories, that began some 30 years apart, both College communities come together this year to commemorate their special milestones.

This year ahead is filled with festivities, tributes and events, providing us with opportunities to reflect and share memories together – we look forward to many more on the horizon.

Looking forward

To make the occasion of our 70th anniversary, we’re inviting our College community to give the gift of a Penrhos education to an aspirational student who would not otherwise be able to access it. We are appealing for donations of $70 (or more!) to contribute to our Red Dragon bursary fund, so we can give more girls the opportunity to experience the spirit of the Red Dragon and all Penrhos has to offer. The Red Dragon bursaries are awarded to students who demonstrate all-round good citizenship – girls who will flourish in Penrhos’ stimulating environment, but whose parents may be unable – for financial reasons – to consider Penrhos College for their daughter. To make a donation, please head to penrhos.wa.edu.au/giving.

The spirit of our alumni is stronger than ever – this is brought to life when multi-generational families (including sisters and brothers, parents and grandparents) come together to celebrate their shared educational legacy.

Our 18-month Leavers’ Reunion is an opportunity for our youngest alumni to reconnect with friends and College staff – this year’s event is scheduled to take place on Friday, 2 September at the Windsor Hotel. We look forward to hearing where our graduates’ journeys beyond the College gates have taken them since leaving!

This year, our annual Founders’ Day celebrations on Tuesday, 6 September will be extra significant as we will also be commemorating the 70th anniversary of the founding of Penrhos College (originally MLC South Perth). On this special day, the Penrhos community – past and present – will come together to acknowledge our College’s rich history and those who forged it.

This year also marks the 100-year anniversary of Kobeelya, a unique school in Katanning which operated as Kobeelya Church of England Girls’ School from 1922-1975 and Kobeelya Penrhos from 1976-1986. We value our shared history and special relationship with the Old Kobeelyans’ Association – made up of former students and staff of the school – and look forward to celebrating with Kobeelya both in Katanning and on campus here in Perth.

I’d like to most sincerely thank the members of our Alumni Committee, which has evolved immensely over recent years. We’ve welcomed seven new members this year and are grateful for their valuable contributions already. It is always refreshing to gain new perspectives from alumni, parents and recent College leavers – all are most welcome.

Although we haven’t let recent challenging times prevent us from staying connected, we have enjoyed resuming our face-to-face meetings. If you’d like to help our Committee strive for the highest in every respect, please email us at alumni@penrhos.wa.edu.au for details of how you can get involved (all new ideas are also welcome!). 

Penrhos College Alumni Committee

Current Penrhos College Alumni Committee representatives are:

President: Helen Carr – Class of 1995
Vice President: Caroline Jenkins (Windsor) – Class of 1991
Secretary: Natalie Freeman – Class of 1984
Treasurer: Amanda Gould – Class of 2012
Amanda Yaksich (Watson), Committee Member – Class of 1976
Margot Michailides (Gardner), Assistant Secretary – Class of 1978
Avina Tarom, Committee Member – Class of 2021
Gina Cacho (Fowler), Committee Member – Class of 1995
Maria Caraisos (Hajigabriel), Committee Member – Class of 1984
Loretta Dease, Committee Member – Class of 1961
Vicki Doherty, Committee Member – Class of 1970
Kate Guest, Committee Member – Class of 2002
Michelle de Kok (Giardina), Committee Member- Class of 1996
Maddi Taylor-Gillett, Committee Member – Class of 2014
Leanne Caruso (Giardina), Committee Member – Class of 1997
Grace Hirte, Committee Member – Class of 2018
Deborah Hirte (Strapp), Committee Member – Class of 1990
Molly Delaney, Committee Member – Class of 2011
Sarah Klahn-Jolley, Committee Member – Class of 1998
Sue Hampson (Edwards), Committee Member – Class of 1980

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.