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Coronavirus: community update 6


March 25, 2020

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Penrhos College

Communication to the Penrhos Community Wednesday 25 March, 2020.

As you are well aware, the effects of COVID-19 are having an increasingly significant impact on our daily lives and more broadly on the local, national and global landscape. The following changes will be taking effect at the College, in response to the evolving circumstances:

  • Our Boarding House will close as of 5pm this Friday 27 March. It has become increasingly apparent that parents wish to have their daughters at home during these times of uncertainty; we do understand this. Our Boarding House community – parents, students and staff – were informed at 8am this morning. Head of Boarding Michele Hay and Boarding House Administrator Kris Callaway will be on hand to assist with transitioning students out of the Boarding House, to their families and guardians. Boarding families may choose for their daughters to continue as day students.
  • The College will remain open for the remainder of Term 1, closing as scheduled on Thursday 9 April at 3.30pm. Our attendance rates remain high and we are more than happy for this to continue until the College is closed as of 10 April, Good Friday.
  • Face-to-face lessons will continue from Pre-K through to Year 12 from today, Wednesday 25 March to Friday 27 March.
  • As of Monday 30 March, staff will deliver remote learning from the College to both those students who are still in attendance and those who remain at home. Students in attendance will be supervised in reconfigured classes dependent on numbers, to ensure that appropriate physical distancing is observed during lesson times.
  • We acknowledge that the remaining 10 days of Term 1, following our move to remote learning delivery on Monday 30 March, will be a period of adjustment for everyone. There will inevitably be some fine-tuning of our changed learning environment, as we prepare for what might be a long-haul.
  • If your daughter will continue to attend school in person from Monday 30 March to Thursday 9 April, we would appreciate it if you could please advise the College by email ssabsentees@penrhos.wa.edu.au or jsabsentees@penrhos.wa.edu.au so that we can appropriately cater for their learning and wellbeing requirements.
  • The Penrhos Café will continue to operate as usual from 7.00am to 2.00pm to cater for lunch orders and takeaways.

At this time, we cannot be sure about the start date for Term 2; we will confirm our plans as more information becomes available.

Please see the summary below, which encapsulates this information:

Wednesday 25 March to Friday 27 March
  • Face-to-face learning continues
Friday 27 March
  • Boarding House closes at 5pm
  • Face-to-face learning ceases
Monday 30 March
  • Commencement of transition to remote learning, delivered on site
  • Students may still attend the College
Thursday 9 April
  • Term 1 concludes at 3.30pm
Friday 10 April
  • College is closed – Good Friday
Tuesday 28 April
  • Staff Professional Development Day
Wednesday 29 April
  • Scheduled Term 2 return for students


My sincere gratitude to our College community for your cooperation and patience, whilst we navigate through these uncertain times. It is imperative that our students remain engaged in their learning and that we monitor their wellbeing and connectedness to our College.

We appreciate that some families may be experiencing financial hardship at present. The College is committed to helping families find solutions.  To discuss options, please email Director of Finance and Administration Stephen Cooper via coopes@penrhos.wa.edu.au.

We will continue to update our dedicated COVID-19 blog space on the website and, if you are seeking further information or clarification, please contact the following staff:

Wayne Revitt, Head of Junior School  revitw@penrhos.wa.edu.au

Rob Taylor, Dean of Academic Administration  taylor@penrhos.wa.edu.au

Nicole Blyth, Dean of Teaching and Learning  blythn@penrhos.wa.edu.au

Michelle Taylor, Dean of Pastoral Care  taylom@penrhos.wa.edu.au

Neil Mullally, Director of ICT  mullan@penrhos.wa.edu.au

Paul McCarthy, Dean of Co-curricular  mccarp@penrhos.wa.edu.au

Kind regards
Meg Melville