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Quick reminders 

23 October             Year 7 & 8 Have Sum Fun Maths Competition in Rockingham  

23 October             Year 9 & 10 Have Sum Fun Maths Competition at All Saints 

26 October             Year 7 Penrhos Wesley Collaboration Day  

30 October             Variety Night  

7 November            SS Interhouse Music Eisteddfod  

10 November          MathsNight@Penrhos 

11 November          Remembrance Day service on JS oval 

18 November          Working Group meeting 1: Reconciliation Action Plan 

16 November          Year 7 Celebration of Learning 4.30-7pm 

20 November          Picnic and Pictures, screening ELF (G) 

Cashless bus ticketing service introduced for Horizons West services 

Penrhos is pleased to announce that the College is implementing an E-Ticketing Platform for bus services operated by Horizons West for the routes servicing the Rossmoyne, Bicton and Hills areas. 

To use E-Ticketing, students will require a Smart Rider card – the same tap and go system currently used for Transperth services.  Application forms can be obtained from either Junior or Secondary School receptions. 

The E-Ticketing system will remove the need for cash handling and allow Penrhos College to know how many students are boarding the buses to ensure appropriate services are used for each route. 

All Secondary School parents have been emailed a How to Guide which explains how to set up an account on the Horizons West website, add funds to your account and will answer any questions you may have.  Please note that the minimum deposit is $50.  Please ensure that you enter a valid email address when you set up your account as you will receive notifications when the funds need topping up. 

The new e-ticketing system will be implemented from Monday, 2 November 2020.  The paper tickets will still be accepted during the transition period for Term 4 2020.  From Term 1, 2021 the new cashless system will be fully operational, and paper tickets will no longer be accepted. 

Should you have any questions that are not addressed in the attached information, please contact Finance Officer Helen Thompson on 9368 9566 or email receipts@penrhos.wa.edu.au. 

Full Circle Raising Teens in 2020 (repeat) – Thursday, 5 November 

Due to high demand, Penrhos Full Circle Psychologist Tracy Hart is offering a repeat session for Year 5 – 8 parents and caregivers to the popular one-hour seminar: Raising Teens in 2020: Same Same but Different. 

Join us for coffee, tea and pastries at 8.15am for an 8.45am start in the Llew Woodford Function Centre. 

Secondary School Interhouse Eisteddfod – Saturday, 7 November 

Term 4 has already seen performances this week from Chorale, Coltrane Jazz and String Orchestra as part of the Year 12 farewell ceremonies and events.  Just around the corner is our 2020 Secondary School Interhouse Eisteddfod on Saturday, 7 November with strong entries across Vocal, Instrumental and Ensemble categories.  Planning for 2021 is well underway with some very exciting events on the calendar – we can’t wait to share them with you! 

Year 7 Celebration of Learning Monday, 16 November 

The Year 7 Celebration of Learning evening provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to view and participate in their daughter’s development and growth as the girls’ showcase their favourite work from the year from key learning and co-curricular areas 

4.30pm student led tour to showcase their selected area of work from 2020  

6pm – 7pm Parent Sundowner in the Rixon Foyer beverages and platters to be served. Students will participate in games and activities while parents mingle at the Sundowner. 

Keep an eye out for an invite via Consent2Go from Laura Rutherford, Head of HASS.

Painting pictures with words – Year 9 

Andy Wright, an internationally renowned storyteller, told a version of the gothic French folktale ‘Bluebeard’ to the Year 9s recently. The story tells the tale of a wealthy man who is in the habit of murdering his wives and delves into the story of one brides narrow escape. Andy has all the qualities of a great storyteller and his delivery was not diminished by video conferencing from New Zealand. Opportunities like this remind us how great it is that we have learnt to overcome distance and COVID restrictions with technology.  

Journey around the human body – Year 8 

Our Year 8 Science students used virtual reality to explore the human body systems. These headsets take on a new level of engagement and understanding when you can shrink yourself down and take a look inside the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems!  


Year 9 Enterprise Management High Tea 

Year 9 Enterprise Management students finally had the opportunity to host a fabulous high tea for family members under the shade of the Margaret Way Courtyard.  We are delighted to have been able to reschedule the event, which usually takes place in Term 1, but had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. The weather was perfect and guests thoroughly enjoyed being waited on and being served mouth-watering treats and refreshments made by the students. 

This event was complemented by the most recent task undertaken by students where they were challenged to design and create items out of recycled materials.  Students were briefed to create table decorations for their high tea table and a small gift for their guests which they had also upcycled or recycled. The students were extremely innovative, creating, among other things, a tiered cake stand out of old vinyl records, amazing flower arrangements out of plastic spoons and coasters from old CDs. The final results were not only attractive but also a great conversation piece for their guests. 

Barbara Payne 

Teacher of Accounting & Finance and Enterprise Management 


Year 8 e-Games 

Our Year 8 students completed a STEM project, which required the application of what they had been learning in their Science and Tech classes. Using a mini-computer (such as their Micro:bit) as the core of the project, students created a game aimed at the Year 4 audience. Students also had to apply what they had been learning about energy transformations in Science to their game design. At the end of term, the Year 4s came together with the Year 8s to road-test the games. Many thanks to our technology teachers for the skills they have taught our Year 8s, which were on display during what was a high-energy, fun meetup. 


Year 8 Walk  

During Pastoral Care Period on Tuesday, 20 October, the Year 8 students and Form teachers enjoyed a morning walk together.  The brisk 40-minute journey was full of laughter, stories and singing and was a fantastic way to start the day! 


IGSSA Dance Festival 

The IGSSA Dance Festival was an online event this year; following the audition process, Juniors (Year 7-9) and Seniors (Years 10-12) spent a term rehearsing before filming both dances on the Rixon Theatre stage. Past Penrhos Dance Captains, Kyah Kani (2018) and Adelle Masters (2017), returned to the College to choreograph for the Seniors; Mia Zito (2020 Performing Arts Captain) choreographed for the Juniors.  

The dancers and their families came together on Friday, 28 August to watch the Dance Festival on the big screen in the Llew Woodford Function Centre. I am incredibly proud of the dancers for working so consistently to create two fantastic dance works, despite not knowing if they would have the opportunity to perform for an audience. The Junior dancers have since performed at an assembly and the Seniors performed in the Margaret Way Courtyard for their student community.  

Thank you to Mardi Shaw for costuming all 50 dancers, Jamie Rutherford for making sure the dancers were performance ready and to Jamie Evans for creating impressive lighting effects to complement the dances.  We are also grateful to the Friends of Drama and Dance (FoDD) for organising a special filming day in the Rixon Theatre. We now have a highquality record of the dances that we would like to share with you.   

Penrhos – Junior – Don’t Start Now

Penrhos – Senior – Release

We look forward to the exciting Dance opportunities in 2021, including past Penrhos student and top 2019 ATAR Dance student in WA, Maris Seet, returning to the Penrhos to choreograph for the Senior IGSSA Dancers. 

Vanessa Best 

Dance Teacher 

Artist in Residence Bronwen Holding 

We are privileged to be hosting Bronwen Holding as our current Artist in Residence. Bronwen makes beautiful ceramic florals and will be in the Ceramics Studio of the CADC on Monday and Tuesdays in weeks 2-5. You are very welcome to visit and see our artist at work as she is busily preparing for the upcoming rush of Christmas markets. The Year 10 and 11 Art students are very much enjoying creating their own stems as they learn from Bronwen over the next few weeks. 

Engineering for Change Workshop at UWA 

During the school holidays, Year 10 students were given the opportunity to go to UWA and learn from university lecturers about the future of sustainable energy.  After listening to insightful talks about our energy consumption and various perspectives about sustainable energy (political, environmental, economic), we were tasked to create a pitch. Each group had to pitch ideas on possible ways to reach different energy requirements at different locations in Australia, thinking mostly about costs and emissions. We even managed to win prizes for some of our ideas. Following the pitches, we enjoyed a tour of the UWA campus. Overall, I’m grateful for the experience as it provided me with new insight into how many different types of jobs are involved in the creation of sustainable energy and a deeper understanding on how it actually works 

Kimberley Oey 

Year 10 

Grandparents and Friends Day 

What a beautiful day on which to welcome grandparents and friends of our Year 7 students – all enjoyed a special chapel service, afternoon tea and tour of the grounds. Thanks to everyone for coming along including our Penrhosian Club members Valrie Mayger and Margaret Logan who were delighted to attend as special guests for some of our Year 7 students.