We are delighted to share with you the news that we have appointed a new Head of Junior School to succeed Trish Somers, who retired at the end of the 2019 school year. As always, our goal is to identify and appoint the best possible candidate for the role and I am pleased to announce that Mr Wayne Revitt joined Penrhos in January 2020.
Wayne has worked within the independent education sector in different settings over the last 18 years. His professional credentials are impeccable – joining us from his most recent role as Head of Primary at John Wollaston Anglican Community School, Wayne is also the President of the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) WA and the inaugural Vice-Chair of the Positive Education Schools Association (PESA) WA Branch. Previously, Wayne was Director of Pastoral Care, Planning and Co-curricular (Deputy Head of Primary) in the Preparatory School at Christ Church Grammar School.
Wayne’s background and achievements are grounded in inclusive and innovative practice. He believes all students and community members should feel safe and supported in their aspirations to lead purposeful lives. Furthermore, he appreciates that strong leadership is fundamental to the provision of a stimulating learning environment. “I am looking forward to meeting the girls and working with their families to further evolve and enhance what is already a caring and progressive culture. From my perspective as a parent, and my experience as an educator, the early years of education are critical in laying the social, emotional and cognitive foundation for lifelong learning and development,” said Wayne.
As a stand-out candidate, we were extremely pleased to establish that Wayne shares both Penrhos’ vision for positive psychology in education, across the phases of development, and Penrhos’ passion for student wellbeing. In accepting the role, Wayne said, “I am fortunate to have worked in both single gender and coeducational schools. I believe there are benefits in choosing the right school to suit the needs of each child.”
Wayne is proud to be a co-founder and long-serving Chairperson of the Kids Are Kids Therapy and Education Centre, a not-for-profit organisation that has provided a caring, expert range of services to children with additional needs and their families (including allied health services such as Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Clinical Psychology) for more than 20 years.
“I am delighted to be the new Head of Junior School at Penrhos and I am grateful to join a team that is clearly committed to a strong set of values and to developing the character of each student across the school journey, from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12.”
We will formally welcome Wayne, his wife Sally and their two daughters Madeleine and Katie and son Jerah to the Penrhos community at his commissioning service the beginning of Term 1, 2020.
“My two daughters are strong, independent young women and I learn from them every day. I look forward to learning from the girls at Penrhos and to playing my part in slaying some stereotypes, as we work together to foster the skills needed to flourish in a rapidly changing world”, said Wayne.
We look forward to Wayne’s commissioning at our first assembly back in Term 1 on Friday, 7 February. Parents are invited to join us for this special occasion, to be followed by a meet and greet morning tea hosted by P&F in the Rixon Foyer following the assembly.