This is our final PCN for 2019! We do still have an action-packed couple of weeks ahead of us to enjoy until our Speech Day/Night celebrations and I do look forward to seeing as many parents as possible at these occasions.
It is always with sadness that we farewell staff at the conclusion of the school year but we do of course understand that significant decisions are made about life after Penrhos. This year we have two significant retirements from Penrhos:
Julie Shaw, Director of Strategy, 27 years. Julie has been integral to Penrhos College being at the forefront of education in Western Australia. Julie commenced at Penrhos initially in information technology and communication and over the ensuing years developed a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Synergetic, our laptop program, strategic planning, risk management and privacy. Julie has overseen the development of our risk and governance policies and programs to ensure that we meet all of our compliance requirements at the highest possible level. Julie’s skill set will be missed but her input to the College has set up the systems and structures that have established such strong foundations from which we have grown. Julie has been transitioning to retirement for several years now and it is time for us to finally let her go! We wish Julie much happiness and rest in her retirement.
Trish Somers, Head of Junior School, 8 ½ years. There is definitely only one Trish Somers! Trish has brought strong direction and a certain dynamism to Junior School and she is much loved by staff and students. She is a caring and compassionate leader; one full of positivity and optimism. Trish has also made a significant contribution to College Leadership during her time at Penrhos. Trish will be celebrated and farewelled in the final days of this term.
I would also like to acknowledge and thank the significant service to Penrhos of the following staff who have served for more than 5 years:
Jo Elphick, Junior School Sport, 6 years
Giselle Fabling, Secondary Japanese, 7 years
Anna Satti, Junior School Italian, 8 years
We have a number of staff leaving us at the conclusion of the school year. Many of these staff have been undertaking short term contracts with us ranging from one term to four years across all areas of the College’s operations. We sincerely thank these staff for their loyalty and professionalism and wish them well as they move into their next career phase. All staff will be acknowledged at our Staff Farewells on December 5.
Open Chapel: Liturgy of Acknowledgement and Lament
On the anniversary of the national apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, on 22 October 2019, the Uniting Church President, Dr Deidre Palmer reminded churches, schools and agencies of our commitment to be a safe place for all.
Dr Palmer said: “The Uniting Church has expressed its deep regret for the harm that was perpetrated on children who were abused in the care of our Church. We recognise the terrible breach of trust and the damage done to individuals, communities and relationships. This is part of our story that we will continue to acknowledge so that we never forget, and never become complacent, about the care and safety of all vulnerable people in our Church and wider community.”
In the spirit of acknowledgement and lament, Penrhos College will be opening the Chapel and Alumni Memorial Garden for a time of stillness, reflection, meditation and prayer, and for a symbolic act of remembrance and healing. All members of our community, past and present, are welcome to visit anytime during the afternoon. Mrs Meg Melville, Principal and Rev Claire Pickering, Chaplain will be available for pastoral conversation and prayer throughout the afternoon.
Date: Saturday, 14 December
Location: Penrhos College Chapel
There will be several publications provided to our community in the coming weeks. Please take the time to read about all that has happened in our College throughout 2019. The accomplishments of our students and staff-ably supported by parents and friends, are truly inspirational!
SAGA Magazine-hard copy distributed to students on December 6
The Penrhosian-on-line summer edition – penrhos.wa.edu.au/community/publications/
The Annual Report-on-line copy – penrhos.wa.edu.au/community/publications/
Please note – in line with our commitment to reduce paper and go digital wherever possible, our Speech Night program and list of award winners will not be printed for distribution at this year’s event. Members of the community are instead invited to download the program via this link and to print out and bring along, as required. The list of award winners will be published on the College website on the Monday following Speech Night and parents will be able to access the list via this link.
Neighbourhood Watch | Protective behaviour alert
All parents received communication this week regarding an incident that occurred in Bicton. We have received reports that an attempted abduction of a student (NOT a Penrhos student) occurred on Wednesday, 20 November 2019, in the suburb of Bicton. This incident is a timely reminder for our community to discuss ‘stranger danger’ with their children and grandchildren, and to reiterate important personal safety messages at home. I urge all families to take care and be alert whilst travelling to and from school; any suspicious behaviour should be reported to the College and to the WA Police on 131 444 or, in an emergency, by calling 000.