Penrhos is fortunate to have leading Australian educator, Dr Lloyd Dawe, as our visiting Mathematician in residence. Dr Dawe has a PhD in Mathematics from Cambridge University, as well as a MEd, BSc and Dip Ed. Travelling from Sydney to be with us, Dr Dawe has spent two weeks each year here since 2014, staying on campus in Anglesey House as he works with students and staff to share his deep knowledge and love of Mathematics.
With an inspirational ability to bring real world mathematical problems to life, Dr Dawe shows students new ways to approach solving problems; he has the skills to make complex mathematics look easy and accessible – students enjoy working with him on a range of practical activities, such as making and using sundials to calculate the latitude of Perth via trigonometry. Dr Dawe works with staff to prepare and run classroom activities for all secondary students, to challenge and extend the girls beyond the school curriculum – students from the Maths Mentor Program are always keen to additionally attend his before and after-school master-classes.
Dr Dawe tells us he thoroughly enjoys being involved in College life, joining the odd dinner at the Boarding House and attending the Head of the River rowing event whenever possible. “I am consistently impressed with all the activities and opportunities the students have at Penrhos. I am particularly excited by the Maths Mentor Program for the girls to develop and apply highly valuable analytical and problem solving skills.”
As a major influence on many of our girls, we were particularly excited to welcome Dr Dawe this year on his 80th birthday. To mark the special occasion, past and present students joined staff to celebrate with a party and a lovely cake, both of which were extremely well received by Dr Dawe (who is, after all, very much a part of the Penrhos family!).
Dr Dawe’s visits are always an enriching experience for all the students and staff he spends time with – we are looking forward to him returning for one more year.