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This term has flown by with both students and staff ready for a well-deserved break. Our students have been fully engaged during the term be it in their academic studies, sporting pursuits, co-curricular music, drama or dance activities. Year 12 students have danced and dined at the Mother Daughter and Father Daughter Dinners. Year 7s have collaborated with Wesley and Year 10s explored the Kimberly and challenged themselves on camp.  Students have worked together in presenting the school production, Music Gala Night and Junior School Artsfest or representing the College as a team at the IGSSA Athletics carnival. Lunchtimes have been spent together in House groups on Wellbeing Day or getting involved in staff sponsored activities for Maths, Language and Science days.  

All these activities show that school life extends far beyond the classroom. Students are provided with a vast array of activities to cater for all interest and passions across Mind, Heart, Body and Spirit. Involvement and participation creates a great sense of school community, of school pride and the opportunity to demonstrate our school values.  

Saturday night’s Mother Daughter Dinner was a wonderful opportunity for our girls to relax and show appreciation for their mums before Year 12 Mock Exams start on 7 October. Read our latest blog from Secondary School Psychologist, Jane Clarke, about how best to support your daughter during her exams. https://penrhos.wa.edu.au/news/support-during-exams/   

Staff were excited to meet incoming Principal Kalea Haran through a live Q&A which was streamed to the Rixon Theatre last week. We encourage our entire community to learn a little more about Kalea and her vision for Penrhos via a series of videos hosted on our website here https://penrhos.wa.edu.au/about/principal/     

Enrolments Manager Courtney Silverthorne and College Psychologist Tracy Hart spent three days touring the Wheatbelt this week. We know how important it is to remain connected with our boarding families, both past and present – it’s very exciting to be able to share the Full Circle wellbeing initiative with prospective families who are considering Penrhos boarding for their daughter. I’m pleased to let everyone know the Full Circle support initiative for parents and caregivers was very well received in Newdegate, Narembeen and Quairading.   

For those of you with a keen eye on the building works, I can confirm we are still on track to open our fabulous new Science Innovation Centre to students from the beginning of Term 1 2021. The central roof skylight has now been installed, along with tiered seating to the group presentation space, plus cabinetry and floor coverings in the labs. Timber decking has also been installed on the rooftop lookout – the views from up there are just incredible.  

We are pleased to be able to offer our end of Year 12 celebrations; however, due to current COVID-19 restrictions being in place until October 24, we have had to modify some of our planned events to ensure that we abide by government regulations. We are very fortunate for our Year 12s to be able to finish their time at the College following the established and loved traditions. To be able to do so successfully, we seek understanding and cooperation from our community.  

  • Wednesday October 21, Valedictory Service, 5pm, Rixon Theatre – each Year 12 student is permitted 2 guests. 
  • Wednesday October 21, Valedictory Dinner, 6.15pm Fandry Sports Centre – as in previous years, each student is permitted 2 guests  
  • Thursday October 22, Flower Day, 8.30am – we request that only immediate family attend this unique experience in the Margaret Way Courtyard. As iconic as this event is, we strongly request that attendance is limited to immediate family and not friends. We understand the significance of this event but to be able to hold it as planned it is important that we restrict attendance. 
  • Thursday October 22, Year 12 Prize Giving Ceremony, 9.15am 
  • This will remain in the Rixon Theatre and be live streamed.  It will now be a free ticketed event to comply with the COVID safety plan.  Two tickets will be available for each Year 12 student. 
  • If you have a younger daughter enrolled at Penrhos, she may attend the Ceremony.  You will need to email Michelle Taylor, Dean of Pastoral Care and your daughter’s Head of Year, to confirm that your daughter will attend.  If your daughter is in the Junior School, please email Michelle Taylor and Wayne Revitt, the Head of Junior School. 

Wishing everyone a happy holiday, and our boarding families a well-earned break before harvest starts for some. If you are looking for local entertainment and activities these school holidays – check out the City of South Perth’s Youth Week schedule.   

A reminder that the first day back for students in Term 4 is WEDNESDAY 14 OCTOBER.