I have come to view my time at Perth College as an incredibly special period of my life. For me, it was the place where my dreams never fell on deaf ears and, as a student, that was a lifeline.

PC opened my mind and my future to an abundance of different paths and afforded me the time to explore each and all of them. In doing so, this experience has brought me to where I am now – a student at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts pursuing a career in Stage Management.

This is a highly specialised course and, as a newly graduated high school student, I expected to be nervous entering such a course. However, once I stepped in I felt assured with the skills, resources and support I was gifted at PC. Personally, I found my jump from high school to university not to be as cavernous as I expected.

My typical day consists of a morning class from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm and then I attend rehearsals from 1.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Going forth, I aim to work in the live performance industry with hopes of securing a secondment opportunity in Europe by 2023. Perhaps someday I would like to work on the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.

Spanning over all three years, my course only has 27 people – most of whom come from across Australia. Thus, I was shocked to find, of that 27, two others are PC Old Girls! This allowed me to find a certain comfort in another connection with the School.

I attended Perth College on the Joan and George Lefroy Scholarship for girls who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential, and have a desire to make a difference in society. This is a highly prestigious scholarship and what drew me to it was Perth College’s well-known culture of inspiring its girls in the pursuit of growth, development and success. I can say without a doubt this scholarship set me up for a future in an industry I could have only dreamed of.

Further, I feel my time at Perth College allowed me to achieve the scholarship expectations. While PC provided me with an unprecedented amount of opportunities, I gave so much of myself into everything I did from PCNA to IGSSA, debating, Mock Trials, community service, Senior and Junior School musicals, SPIN and my role as Deputy Head Girl.

My scholarship allowed me to spend three years surrounded by incredible people, students, teachers, coaches and staff alike. Not much can ever compare to the unbridled sense of belonging I felt when learning alongside people with similar values, work ethics and an unwavering goal to make the world a better place.

Without my scholarship I can honestly say I have no idea where I would be. The generosity shown to me by Joan, George and the Perth College community is unparalleled. I will go to any lengths to show them how thankful I am for their support, but at the end of the day, I think the best way to show them is in how I am learning and growing.

I carry so much respect for everyone who has been a part of my Perth College journey. It only propels me to forever hold up their teachings and to be someone Joan and George would be proud of – a Remarkable Woman.