A warm welcome to Term 2 at the College. My name is Rob Taylor, Dean of Academic Administration. I am pleased to be writing today’s opening PCN in place of Meg Melville while she is on long service leave. We are all looking forward to another productive term across all areas.
The College may have been officially closed for two weeks but there has still plenty of activity happening in our community. Our school captain Esha Jessy and Lucy Ford from Year 12 along with Ben Roshkov, Wesley School Captain, took part in a significant personal challenge to raise funds for research to help the fight against childhood brain cancer. They participated in the QV1 Descent by abseiling down 43 stories (160 metres), a mighty challenge made all that more difficult by being completed as darkness fell. Well done to all three – not just for taking on this personal challenge, but for stepping way out of their comfort zone to help others.
On Anzac Day, I was fortunate enough to attend the City of South Perth Service along with several hundred other members of the community. This was one of many services held, not just across Western Australia but Australia and the world to honour those men and women who served their country in war and conflict and who are still doing so today. Three of our students participated in the service and did themselves and the College proud. Monique Rossi from Year 10 performed the Last Post and Rouse on trumpet, a very solemn and moving piece. She did so beautifully and was the first female to do so. Charlie Simpson and Emily O’Leary from Year 11 shared their thoughts on the meaning and importance of peace with those in attendance. Both girls spoke with great confidence and showed great insight in their reflections.
The annual tour to NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts) in Sydney took place with the girls participating in a range of workshops and presentations, as well as attending a number of professional performances. Thanks to David Ballantyne, Head of Drama for once again organising and attending the tour with Edna Searle.
I would like to bring to your attention to an exciting opportunity that may interest to some of our students.
IGSSA WA is calling for player nominations to trial for a position in a combined representative team to travel to China (Huai’an & Beijing) in April 2020 for Basketball, Hockey & Soccer. A separate IGSSA WA tour to Singapore for Netball is also on offer for a combined representative team to travel in April 2020.
Nominations are open to current Year 9 or 10 students and will close on the 24 May. Please head to the IGSSA WA website for further details on eligibility and nomination: www.igssa.org.au
Any Year 9 and 10 students interested in learning more about these tour opportunities and the nomination and trials process, Paul McCarthy, Dean of Co-Curricular will be holding an information session and showing a short promotional video of the last IGSSA tours for students, on Monday, 13 May at lunchtime in Sports Classroom 2. Applications close on Friday 24 May.
Dean of Academic Administration