- Best of luck to our 44 runners who will be competing in the IGSSA WA Cross Country Carnival, today from 1.30 – 4.30pm at Alderbury Reserve in Floreat. Penrhos is hosting this event and we would love to see parents and friends coming out to support our Cross Country Squad.
- Head of the River Rowing Regatta, Saturday June 29 at Champion Lakes. Penrhos is hosting this event and we would love to see a huge turnout by our Penrhos Community to support our Rowing Squad and our Friends of Rowing Support Group.
- Bon Voyage to the staff and students heading to Europe from July 3 to 21 on the Grand Music Tour, incorporating Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Ljubljana, Venice, Verona and Milan.
Penrhos is very proud to count a number of Olympians amongst our Alumni. Amber Bradley (1997 Leaver) returned to Penrhos last Monday to present an Olympic Flag to our most recent Olympian, Caitlin Cooper. Amber represented Australia in Rowing in 2004 in Athens and in 2008 in Beijing. Amber won Bronze in 2004 in the Women’s Quadruple Sculls. Caitlin Cooper (2018 Leaver) represented Australia in Hockey in the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was fantastic to see Amber present the Olympic Flag to Caitlin, with Secondary School students and staff present. The Flag will be proudly displayed in our Norbert Fandry Centre for Sporting Excellence. Amber took the time to share her very wise words on setbacks, successes and perseverance, with the students.
Penrhos Students Supporting Others – Multiple Sclerosis WA, StepUp Challenge
Members of our 2019 Student Council are taking part in the MSWA StepUp Challenge, which involves climbing over 1,103 steps of the Central Park Building in Perth to raise funds for MSWA on June 30. Multiple Sclerosis is the most common degenerative neurological condition diagnosed in young people aged 25 to 40 years and it affects three times as many women as men. Please support our Student Leaders in their fundraising endeavours by donating to their team page https://www.stepupformswa.org.au/champion/step-up-2019/PenrhosCollege
Act for Peace Ration Challenge
Penrhos Secondary students have been given the opportunity to take part in the Ration Challenge during Refugee Week, June 17 to 21. They will be eating the same rations as a Syrian refugee for one week – just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chickpeas, beans, fish and oil. Money raised will go towards food, medicine and education for vulnerable refugee communities. Part of this challenge is learning about the global issue of refugee people and all the associated issues while also providing our students with a framework to respond to this issue. You may support the students by donating to the following link:
The Uniting Church of Australia, Penrhos College, The National Redress Scheme and the Service of Recognition, Apology and Healing
You may remember that I wrote to the community on August 24, 2018 inviting those members of our Alumni who believed they had been inappropriately dealt with in the context of the Royal Commission into Institutionalised Child Sexual Abuse, as students during their time at the College, to come forward. This letter was followed up with a further communication on November 9, 2018.
Since then there have been two significant developments. The Uniting Church of Australia has met the requirements to commence participation in the National Redress Scheme for people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse. Penrhos College, as a Uniting Church school, is a signatory to this scheme. The Scheme, operated by the Commonwealth Government, allows survivors to apply for counselling, a Redress payment of up to $150,000 and a direct personal response from the institution involved. Information about who can apply is set out on the National Redress Scheme website. Additional information is also available on the UCA website UCA Redress website.
A series of fact sheets has also been published by The Department of Social Services, to assist those who would like to gain additional information. Please see below:
Following on from President of the UCA, Dr Deidre Palmer’s apology on behalf of the UCA, to the survivors of abuse, Penrhos College will be holding a service for all members of our community, past and present to attend. The Service will be attended by Members of the Uniting Church in Western Australia in Rev. Steve Francis, Moderator, Rev. Claire Pickering, Penrhos College Chaplain, Cindy Gorton, Church Safe Officer, Rev. Andrew Syme, Executive Officer: Schools and Residential Colleges Uniting Church in Western Australia and Prof Peta Sanderson, Chair of the Penrhos College Council. I look forward to welcoming those attending. The details are as follows:
Service of Recognition, Apology and Healing
Date: Saturday, 17 August
Location: Penrhos College Chapel
The Service will be followed by light refreshments in the Colwyn Staff Centre.
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