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Discover the strength of the Penrhos red dragon


23 September 2020

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At Penrhos College, the purpose is clear – to inspire girls to become extraordinary women.

From the youngest girl in Pre-Kindergarten, who explores and learns through play-based discovery, to the young woman in Year 12 sitting her WACE exams, our private girls school delivers an inspirational learning environment in which each individual is encouraged to strive for the highest and achieve her personal best.

The College’s red 9th Century dragon is timeless and magnificent, strong-willed and indomitable, loyal and empathetic, ethical and kind. She sits at the heart of the Penrhos ethos, inspiring pride and confidence, resilience and determination across generations of girls. Penrhosians pursue growth in mind, heart, body and spirit; they value knowledge, empathy, integrity and respect; they are encouraged to demonstrate strength of character and to have the courage of their convictions. Penrhosians are committed to the tireless pursuit of their dreams, to supporting each other and to making a positive contribution in the world.

In these unprecedented times, Penrhos pays tribute to those extraordinary women who give of their time and skills in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic – to those College ‘Old Girls’ who are on the frontline around the world, in the proud Penrhos spirit of doing good.

When the UK National Health Service (NHS) called on health workers in one of the worst affected countries, senior critical care physiotherapist Natasha Lade (2010) stepped up to manage and upskill staff to treat Coronavirus patients; many hadn’t set foot in an ICU for 20 years or more.

Former Penrhos boarder Emma Hobley (Bushell, 2000) was part of the team that set up WA’s first regional COVID-19 clinic at Bunbury Hospital, where ‘closed lab’ conditions meant longer shifts in isolation to minimise any risk of transmission.

Rebecca Coetzee (2012) is at Linear Clinical Research, a Perth-based clinical research operation trialling a COVID-19 vaccine.

Penrhos College salutes everyone who is working in the fight against COVID-19. “In today’s ever more complex world, we recognise the next generation must be equipped for an increasingly fast-moving and challenging future” says Acting Principal Rob Taylor. “The Penrhos red dragon remains as relevant today as she has always been – a prevailing symbol of strength, inspiring generations of Penrhosians in preparation for their life journeys, come what may” adds Alumni Committee President Helen Carr (1995).