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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.

Be Part of the Penrhos Alumni Committee

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

The Penrhos Alumni Committee has enjoyed an exciting, rewarding, and successful year, keeping our alumni community well-connected through a busy calendar of 2022 events.

The much-loved Mother-Daughter Dinner is always a highlight of the Year 12 calendar and this year’s event was a truly memorable evening for our 2022 Leavers and their mums.  Beaumonde on the Point was ablaze with dresses of all colours, flowers and twinkling lights, as we welcomed the Year 12 girls into our alumni community.

In June, we greeted so many of you to our annual Shakers and Stirrers networking get-together, held in conjunction with the Wesley Old Boys at the Windsor Hotel. We look forward to another great night with old friends on Friday, 31 March 2023. Please keep an eye on social media for further details and be sure to RSVP. We are planning on making it the biggest and the best!

An Alumni Soiree on the opening night of the College Production gave Old Girls an opportunity to enjoy a pre-show drink and mingle with familiar faces before enjoying The Wizard of Oz. The production was truly amazing; our current students are so talented.

In September, we presented the daughters of our alumni who are attending Penrhos with a special badge to wear on their blazer, to symbolise the students’ multi-generational relationship with the College at a special presentation attended by their families. Founders’ Day was a wonderful event celebrating the College’s 70th Anniversary. The day included the 60 and 70-year reunions, a chapel service, commemorative assembly and delicious luncheon.

We have held many wonderful reunion events through the latter half of the year. The Classes of 2013, 2003, 1993, 1983 and 1973 will celebrate Reunions in 2023, and the Class of 2021 will come together for their 18-month Leavers’ Reunion.

Congratulations to recent graduate Brooke Nield, who was recipient of the Meg Melville Alumni Endeavour Award in 2022. This Alumni-funded award provides financial support to a Year 12 student who aspires to do something extraordinary for others.  Brooke’s project ‘Images of Sandakan’ involves using her skills in design and photography to produce a photobook to continue to commemorate those lost and educate future generations on the Sandakan Death Camp. Specifically, Brooke will be focusing on her home community in Boyup Brook assisting both the loyal high school and RSL. We look forward to hearing more on the outcomes of this thoughtful endeavour.

2023 heralds the launch of our greatly anticipated Mentoring Program.  We are looking for 50 mentors to guide and advise our alumni in their careers.  The program will allow digital connection among members of the alumni for the purpose of expanding or commencing their careers.  I am particularly passionate about this project, as I feel it is an important step forward for our Alumni Committee. It recognises the modern woman and forges our support of our alum to transition within or into the work force.  We are eagerly anticipating your interest.

I would like to say what an honour and privilege it has been to lead the Alumni Committee over the last 4 years. We have a wonderful and diverse group of committee members, and all positions of office filled for 2023 already. We always welcome new members, so if you have been thinking of joining come along to our next meeting on Tuesday, 14 March 2023 at 6.30pm in the Colwyn Centre.


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

Assistant Secretary:  Kate Guest – Class of  2002

Treasurer: Amanda Gould – Class of 2012

Amanda Yaksich (Watson) – Committee Member – Class of 1976

Avina Tarom – Committee Member – Class of 2021

Gina Cacho (Fowler) – Committee Member – Class of 1995

Maddi Taylor-Gillett – Committee Member – Class of 2014

Margot Michailides (Gardner) – Committee Member – Class of 1978

Maria Caraisos (Hajigabriel) – Committee Member – Class of 1984

Michelle de Kok (Giardina) – Committee Member – Class of 1996

Molly Delaney – Committee Member – Class of 2011

Vicki Doherty – Committee Member – Class of 1970

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.