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Matilda opened this week and what a brilliant production it is! Congratulations to all involved. Our students have been brilliant onstage, backstage and in the orchestra pit. A huge thank you to the staff of the Drama and Dance Departments, Rixon Theatre Team, and Musical Director for bringing this to fruition with our students.

Thank you to all the Junior School parents who attended our Principal’s Coffee Morning this week at which Junior School Psychologist, Kath Russell-Smith, gave an insightful perspective into “Staying Ahead of Your Children on Social Media”. Kath’s talk was very well received and prompted some lively discussion. Keep an eye out for other topics that will be presented this term.

Our students and staff have settled back into the rhythm of Term 3 and already we have:

  • Conducted our Year 10 Interviews-preparing for course selection for course selection for Year 11 2020
  • Inducted our Year 11s into the Profs@Perkins Program at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research- a program to experience medical research with PhD researchers in the Labs
  • Hosted our Laos Day Fundraiser for the upcoming Service Learning Expedition to Laos in December-fabulous lunchtime activities to raise funds to resource communities in Laos
  • Received edition #71 of the Penrhosian Magazine with wonderful highlights from Semester 1

This week we have been celebrating NAIDOC Week at Penrhos. The theme for this year is, “Voice, Treaty Truth”. For more information on what this means, please visit the NAIDOC website. Understanding the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the Makarrata are central to this theme.

Our Secondary School NAIDOC assembly took place in the Fandry Sports Centre on Tuesday. Assembly included Aboriginal Alumni member Della-Rae Morrison, who shared her reflections on her days as a student at Penrhos. Nyoongar Yorga, Robyn Collard, conducted the Welcome to Country and was joined by Madjitil Moorna, a community choir from the Walyalup (Fremantle) area in sharing a powerful message through language with students and staff. It was wonderful to see our Aboriginal students taking the lead with the NAIDOC assembly which followed the theme of Voice, Treaty, Truth.

During the July holiday break, I was privileged to attend the Flag Raising Ceremony at the City of South Perth Chambers to celebrate NAIDOC Week. This year’s theme highlights the need for the First Nations People of Australia to have a voice and for all Australians to speak the truth of our history in race relations as we continue our journey to Reconciliation.

Our Year 9 students are viewing the recent documentary, The Final Quarter, on Adam Goodes, Australian of the Year in 2014 and AFL footballer, in their Learn Live Give classes. The purpose of sharing this with our students is to highlight cultural understandings. thefinalquarterfilm.com.au

Please be reminded of our Service for Recognition, Apology and Healing, in reference to the National Redress Scheme for people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

Saturday, 17 August at 10.30am Penrhos College Chapel.
RSVP: principalpa@penrhos.wa.edu.au  by August 5.

The 2018 School Performance Information report has now been published on our website.

Read it here: School Performance Information

 Please enjoy the snapshots of the busy life of Penrhos College.



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