Thank you for everyone’s patience and understanding as the school manages the frequent updates surrounding Coronavirus, particularly around the IGSSA Swimming Carnival, which was scheduled for later today and which has unfortunately been cancelled. Please click here to hear my personal address to the community at this difficult time.
Community Spirit at Penrhos
Today, 15 very brave young students and one staff member sacrificed their locks in the World’s Greatest Shave to raise funds towards medical research into Blood Cancer for the Leukemia Foundation.
Our community have been brilliant at supporting our student’s annual fundraising efforts by donating almost $16,000 to the Penrhos page (https://bit.ly/2vtpYpz) – all funds raised will go towards life-saving research and emotional / practical support for those with blood cancer.
In addition to this, the Year 12s will host the Amanda Young Fair on Friday, March 27. The theme this year is Heroes and Villains and I know that the Years 3 to 12 students and staff are very excited about this annual event. The funds raised will go toward medical research into meningococcal disease via The Amanda Young Foundation.
The focus on Contributions for Others in Junior School Chapel is giving students the choice to support four different organisations over the course of the year, through the Piggybank Project:
- Birdlife Australia
- Wheelchairs for Kids
- Royal Flying Doctors’ Service
- Compassion Australia
Secondary School Chaplaincy is focusing on the World Wildlife Fund Bushfire Appeal and I am enormously proud of the manner in which the Penrhos students and staff so generously support these organisations; equally important is the understanding of the work carried out by these organisations, that sits behind the donations.
National Day of Action Against Bullying
On 20 March, we will recognise National Day of Action Against Bullying where Pastoral Care will be leading our Secondary School assembly to convey the theme for 2020; Take Action Together. Our Year 10s will deliver the importance of solidarity in such matters.
Junior School Parent Forums and Principal’s Coffee Morning
Our community is full of busy parents and regional families who are often unable to attend events on campus as much as they’d like. To ensure everyone has the opportunity to join in, we have set up WebEx live streaming through Facebook. Thank you to all parents who have attended in person or joined our Facebook live stream for events this week:
- Pastoral Care in Junior School with Wayne Revitt, Head of Junior School and
- The Meaning of Spirit with Chaplain Claire Pickering
Both sessions were designed to give parents a greater insight into the heart and spirit elements of our philosophy on educating the whole person. Parents can access these presentations on our Facebook video album.