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10 February 2012
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Principal's Report

The connection of Penrhos College to Wales is a significant one, as evidenced by the Welsh red dragon in our College crest and in the names of Anglesey Centre, Menai Boarding House and Colwyn Centre - all deriving from bays on the north coast of Wales. Penrhos is actually a Welsh name meaning 'end of the marsh' or 'peak of the moor'. The original Penrhos College in Colwyn Bay, Wales is pictured below.

Penrhos College Wales

Penrhos Wales began in 1880, the second school to be started by the Wesleyans, just as Penrhos College South Perth was the second school after Methodist Ladies' College in Claremont. Penrhos Wales was a forward thinking school in its day, as it sought to educate the girls in mind, body and spirit, rather than just focusing on how to become young ladies. The girls were encouraged to take a strong interest in 'foreign mission' or what we refer to today as community service and service learning. They raised funds and supplies for the National Children’s Orphanage, Welsh Fusiliers and soldiers in the Boer and First World Wars. The girls were encouraged to undertake tasks that they had not previously done and to debate also. Early topics included, 'Cycling for Women' and 'Should Women Speak in Public?' We have certainly come a long way since then! In the ensuing decades, Penrhos continued to broaden the academic, cultural and sporting pursuits of the girls in preparing them for the challenges and opportunities beyond school, notably entrance to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

The name Penrhos was chosen to succeed Methodist Ladies' College South Perth in 1963, after a visiting minister, Reverend Watson spoke of the much loved school that his wife had attended in Wales, that being Penrhos.

So it is fitting that in this, our 60th year, and remembering our Welsh connections, particularly in our crest with the Welsh red dragon, that it is also the Chinese Year of the Dragon, a year that promises 'great deeds, innovative ideas and big projects'. There is much evidence of all three of these within the day to day operations of the College, demonstration of our strategic planning in action.

I do encourage parents to attend our Parent Information Evenings to hear our staff presentations on the programs offered at each year level. Both Year 12 and Junior School Information Evenings have been extremely well attended by parents.

Meg Melville

From the Head of Junior School

Our year has started off in a really vibrant and celebratory mood - Junior School is abuzz with great initiatives and wonderful work from the staff to fashion excellence in their curriculum design and delivery.  We extend a big thank you to the teaching staff for their dedication and enthusiasm which demonstrates their passion for teaching.

The Year 5 students have had the excitement of their new notebooks as well as a great team building experience at the Big Day Out. It was such a pleasure to see the girls building their confidence, supporting their peers and working as teams. I was intimidated looking at the flying fox, but many of the girls whizzed past doing aerial acrobatics.

Our Kindergarten Parent Information Evening was well attended, as was the Pre-Primary to Year 6 Pareng Information Evening. The feedback from parents has been really positive and it is such a great opportunity to meet our teachers, see your daughter’s classroom and find out the expectations and routines that will be attendant to the Year level. Thank you all for your attendance and your engagement in these community building opportunities.

At the start of the year, parking always creates some tension until all parents have clarity around the procedures. I would urge you to visit the Penrhos Portal - Parent Information - Policy and Traffic Flow and Traffic Map. This is an invaluable guide to where parents are required to park and drop off their daughters. I would draw special attention to the Year 1 parents, as the drop off area in the morning, which is on the Access Road, is different to the collection point in the afternoon, which is the Morrison Street Car Park.  Please be accommodating of other parents and if you have any queries, Brian is always ready to assist you with directions.

As we have Valentine’s Day looming this week, our quote is from the great French artist March Chagall."In our life there is a single colour, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the colour of love."

Best wishes and many blessings.

Trish Somers

From the Dean of Teaching & Learning

As the Dean of Teaching and Learning, along with the Assistant Dean, Melinda Italiano, the Dean for Professional Learning, Development and Growth, David Hunter, and all of the Heads of Department in the Secondary School, it is our role to ensure that we deliver inspirational student experiences by working with the talented team of teaching and support staff at the College.

As teachers we aim to inspire and engage students by sharing our knowledge and skills within our individual subject areas. We empower the girls to take responsibility for their learning with high expectations. Teachers support the girls to strive to achieve their academic goals to ensure they progress in developing key academic behaviours.

Our team is passionate about what we believe a classroom should offer our girls. It is our aim that lessons provide variety, are engaging, have each individual girl appropriately supported and challenged in their learning and finally, ensure girls make excellent progress. Our outcome is clear in the Strategic Direction of the College: ‘to provide inspirational student experiences'.

Often, parents have queries about classes, courses, homework, how the Portal can be used, how you can access study support materials, how you can best support your daughter with her learning, and what to do if you are worried about her progress. We encourage you to be proactive in contacting your daughter’s classroom teacher if you have a concern. We can also assist you in all of these areas or make connections within the College to help you find appropriate solutions for your daughter. 

Our common goal to support each individual student to achieve her personal best at the College is even more achievable when parents, teachers and students work together in a partnership. Often, we need to reflect on and evaluate what we do. The best way to do this is to receive feedback from all involved in the learning community - so we may ask for your valuable feedback and you can be sure that we'll use this information to improve our work with the girls.

The Teaching and Learning team is approachable and friendly. We love to chat with students about what they are learning and how. Please encourage your daughters to set learning goals, share them and seek feedback on their progress. 

We look forward to a year where effort influences achievement!

 Nicole Blyth

K - 12 News and Awards

Year 8 Speech and Drama

Places are still available for Year 8 Speech and Drama lessons this year. The enrolment deadline has been extended to Friday, 10 February and lessons will commence next week.

Further information about this very popular and fun co-curricular subject is available on the Penrhos Portal. Enrolment forms can also be downloaded from the Portal.

For enquiries about Year 8 Speech and Drama, please email or phone 0405 085 024.

Womens Under 15 National Indoor Hockey Championships

The following Penrhos girls were selected in the Womens Under 15 National Indoor Hockey Championships which were played in Perth in January:

Dannielle Bestall
Grace Cohn
Katelyn Kalajzic
Emma Reid

The team came third. Well done, girls.

Year 8 Picasso Inspired Ceramics Exhibition

The Art Department ran a small but wonderful exhibition of the Year 8 Picasso inspired ceramics from Semester 2, 2011. Mrs Meg Melville opened the exhibition and awarded the following students for their achievements:

Courteney Home - Highly Commended
Selina Yu - Highly Commended
Greta Mangano - Highly Commended
Lucy Morgan - Best Work in Show

Congratulations to all students involved.

2011 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools Results

As mentioned in a previous edition of the PCN, we had a number of girls achieve highly in the 2011 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS). Penrhos College student Bianca Masters attended an award ceremony late last year where she received the medal for Year 3 Writing. A medal is awarded in each subject, in each Year level for the participating states when the top score is judged to be sufficiently meritorious. Well done, Bianca!

John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarships

Congratulations to 2011 leavers Aimee Hughes, Moira O’Brien Smith, who are featured in this week’s Southern Gazette for receiving highly coveted John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarships. Click here to view the article: Page 4 in February 07, 2012 issue of Southern Gazette - South Perth

Website changes

Please note some small updates have been made to the Penrhos College homepage. Parents wishing to access the portal may now do so via the green button in the top right-hand corner. Other additions include social media buttons, a Twitter feed and the 60th anniversary logo.

After School Library Protocols

  1. Students are required to sign in and out of the Resource Centre if they are staying in the library after hours. Please remind your daughters to do this.
  2. Hours: Monday to Thursday from 8am to 5.30pm/ Friday from 8am to 4pm (closed at 5pm for Mid Term Breaks).
  3. If you are not coming to the Resource Centre to pick up your daughter, please arrange for them to be picked up outside the Sports Centre. This is for their own personal safety as it is well lit and close to the Boarding House.
  4. The direct library number after school is 9368 9583.

Penrhos College After School Care

For an update from Camp Australia about After School Care, please download the PDF.

Secondary School Lost Property

Lost Property is now located in the Uniform Shop. Uniform Shop hours are as follows:

Uniform Shop Opening Hours
Term 1 & 4
Tuesday: 8am - 4.15pm
Wednesday: 12noon - 4.15pm
Thursday: 10am - 4.30pm

Term 2 & 3
Tuesday: 8am - 4.15pm
Thursday: 10am - 4.30pm

Our aims are to:

  • Encourage students and parents to label items of uniform and other property
  • Locate and notify students and parents when an item of their property has been found

We will aim to contact parents or students directly when named items are found. There is a 50 cent charge to claim items. Lists will no longer be supplied on the Penrhos Portal.

Unnamed items will be kept for a period of time, then returned to the Uniform Shop for resale as pre-loved items.

For all enquiries, please contact Coordinator Camilla Holt at

Upcoming Events

Week 3, Term 1

Monday, 13 February, Day 1
Junior School Chapel, Penrhos Chapel, 8.35am - 9.15am
Year 11 Parent Information Evening, Llew Woodford Function Centre, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Penrhos Rowing Support Group Meeting, Penrhos College Boat Shed, 7.30pm - 9pm
Tuesday, 14 February, Day 2
Year 8 - 12 Student Representative Assembly
Foundation Meeting, Main Administration, Conference Room, 8am - 10am
Penrhos College Alumni (Inc) Committee Meeting, Alumni Boardroom, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friends of Music Meeting, Rixon Theatre, 7pm - 9pm
Wednesday, 15 February, Day 3
Junior School Photo Day
'Beautiful Burnout' - Year 11 and 12 Drama and Dance
Friday, 17 February, Day 5
Junior School Assembly, Rixon Theatre, 8.45am - 9.30am
Penrhos College Alumni Shakers and Stirrers, The Windsor Hotel, 7pm - 9pm
Sunday, 19 February
P & F Annual Family Barbecue, Laurie Packham Oval, 3.30pm - 7.30pm

Week 4, Term 1

Monday, 20 February, Day 1
Junior School Chapel, Penrhos Chapel, 8.35am - 9.15am
Year 10 Parent Information Evening, Llew Woodford Function Centre, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Years 7 - 12 Pastoral Period
Parents and Friends' Association Meeting, Conference Room, 7pm - 9pm
Tuesday, 21 February, Day 2
Year 8 Camp, until Friday, 24 February
Shrove Tuesday
Auxiliary Meeting, Conference Room, 8.30am - 10.30am
'Raoul' - Year 11 and 12 Drama
Year 9 Parent Information Evening, Llew Woodford Function Centre, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Wednesday, 22 February, Day 3
Ash Wednesday Service, Penrhos Chapel, 7.45am - 8.15am
Friends of Drama and Dance Meeting, Drama Studio, 7.30pm
Junior School Parent BOOST Presentation, Conference Room, 9am - 2.30pm
Friday, 24 February, Day 5
Junior School Assembly, Rixon Theatre, 8.45am - 9.30am
Saturday, 25 February
Scholarship Testing Day


Support Groups


Next Meeting
Date: Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Alumni Boardroom, Main Administration

Shakers and Stirrers Networking Evening

Join us for our first Shakers & Stirrers networking event for 2012!

It’s a night to develop fantastic professional relationships and social connections!

Enjoy complimentary canapés and a few after-work drinks at:
Singapore Room of the Windsor Hotel, 112 Mill Point Road, South Perth
7-9pm on Friday, 17 February 2012

Places are limited so please send your RSVP, or any queries, to Emma Cornwall, Alumni Relations & Events Officer, at or (08) 9368 9539 by Friday, 10 February 2012.

A bar tab will be provided after which a cash bar will be in operation.

This is a free event.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Download the invitation or register online.


Next Meeting
Date: Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Time: 8.30am
Venue: Conference Room, Main Administration

Friends of Drama and Dance

Is your daughter involved in either Drama or Dance or both?

Any parents interested in supporting their daughter's theatrical endeavours, are invited to join Friends of Drama and Dance. We encourage parents to come along to any of our monthly meetings.

Special Meeting:
Following the Annual General Meeting held on 9 November 2011, notice is hereby given by Friends of Drama and Dance of the intention to convene a special meeting prior to the ordinary meeting to be held on 22 February 2012 at 7.30pm in the Drama Studio.

The purpose of this special meeting is to discuss and amend Clause 8.1.2 of the Friends of Drama and Dance Constitution, specifically to extend the maximum tenure of office bearers beyond the current three year limit.

Next Meeting
Date: Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Drama Studio

Friends of Music

Friends of Music is an enthusiastic group who assist and support the Penrhos Music Department to provide inspiring and challenging musical experiences for our girls. Parents of both Junior and Secondary students who are interested in music are invited to our first general meeting on Tuesday 14 February in the Rixon Foyer at 7 pm (please note the earlier time for 2012). The Penrhos Piano Trio will be performing and the Music Department will provide a report on initiatives for 2012.

The Year 4 Teatime Concert will be held on Thursday, 15 March in the Chapel at 3.30pm.

Back to Broadway (which has been sold out in previous years), is on Saturday, 31 March in the Rixon Theatre at 7pm. Ticket information will be available shortly.

A reminder that the Music Scholarship Auditions will be held in the Music Department from Monday, 27 February to Thursday, 1 March.  The second USA Music Tour payment is due 1 March.


The first Menrhos sundowner for the year will be held on Friday, 9 March at Penrhos College. Please save the date and look out for more information soon.

Parents & Friends Association

Next Meeting
Date: Monday, 20 February 2012
Time: 7pm
Venue: Conference Room, Main Administration

Family BBQ

Date: Sunday, 19 February 2012
Time: 3.30pm - 7.30pm
Place: Laurie Packham Oval
(corner of Murray and Thelma Streets)
Price: $20 cash per family
Please RSVP by Friday, 3 February

Let’s celebrate the start of the 2012 school year by enjoying a picnic and some family fun.

Please bring your parent name badge, picnic rug/chairs, nibbles and let us prepare dinner for you. Hot beef rolls, a sausage sizzle, birthday cake and ice cream will be served.

Please download the flyer for the RSVP slip.

If you would like to lend a helping hand at the BBQ, please contact Susan March on

Penrhosian Club

Penrhosian Club meeting
Please note the Penrhosian Club meeting, previously advertised as 15 February, was held on Wednesday, 8 February at 1pm the Early Learning Centre. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Penrhos Rowing Support Group

Next Meeting
Date: Monday, 13 February 2012
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Penrhos College Boatshed

If your daughter is considering rowing in 2012 then the Penrhos Rowing Support Group would like to have your contact details so you can be updated with all rowing information for 2012.

Please forward your relevant contact details to the secretary of the Rowing Support Group, Evan Hillard at

The Rowing Support Group confirms your contact information will be used for rowing purposes only.

If you have any general queries about rowing at Penrhos or proposed rowing schedules or the calendar for 2012 please do not hesitate to contact the College’s Rowing Coordinator Keith Reynolds on 0403 466 682.

Parent Year Representatives

We are still seeking expressions of interest for Parent Year Representatives for 2012 for Kindy and Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. More information is available on the Penrhos Portal. To register your interest please contact Silke Losch, Communications Officer, on or 9368 9633.


Community Announcements

Amanda Young Foundation Charity Ball

The annual Amanda Young Foundation Charity Ball will be held on Saturday, 28 April 2012.

Where: Burswood Grand Ballroom commencing at 6.30pm
Theme: Out of This World
Dress: Be inspired by Star Wars, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Red Dwarf – wherever your imagination takes you!
Entertainment: 'Lady Gaga' cover and All Stars Tribute Band

You will be wined, dined and entertained for a wonderful cause – Fully inclusive tickets $175 each or $1750 table of 10. Bookings are available at

Please book and pay early for your table to avoid disappointment.

The Amanda Young Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to reducing deaths as a result of meningococcal disease as well as supporting survivors of the disease. The Foundation's mission is to increase awareness through education and fundraising events. Proceeds fund medical conferences, research into the disease, survivor assistance and the Annual Young Leaders Summit

This Ball is consistently voted in the top ten functions on the WA social calendar!

Thank you for your support in advance and we look forward to your company.

For further information, please contact Robyn Bowler, Amanda Young Foundation Ball Coordinator 2012, on 9313 3315.

Manning Rippers Junior Football Club

Manning Rippers offers a girls only Auskick competition complete with pink football jumpers and games against other all girls teams. It is available to all girls from Pre-Primary to Year 7.

Registration will take place from 10am to 12pm on Sunday, 26 February on the James Miller Oval, Jarman Ave, Manning. Please contact Brad Coopes on 0427 507 267 for further information.

Positive Parenting Workshop

For further information, please download the PDF.

'Connecting with our Children' Parent Conference 2012

For further information, please download the PDF.


The Penrhos College News page is updated fortnightly. To learn more about our Student and Alumni Achievements, please click here. If you are having any trouble logging in to the Penrhos Portal, do not know your password, or are a new Penrhos parent, please contact the Communications Officer via email or phone (08) 9368 9633.