Perth College is committed to partnerships with families and the wider community to embrace new approaches and achieve world-class educational excellence within an inclusive and vibrant community. Designed to support parents and caregivers, we are proud to bring you Conversations with Perth College, a series of events about relevant issues and best practice in supporting children and adolescents to thrive in today’s world.
Conversations with Paul Dillon – Monday 14 June from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Paul Dillon has been working in the area of drug education for more than 25 years. Through his own business, Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA), he works with many school communities across the country to ensure they have access to good quality information and best practice drug education. In 2009, his best-selling book for parents, Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs, was published and has since been translated into a number of languages and released internationally.
Paul will speak on the topic of Teens, alcohol and other drugs: What do parents in a post-COVID-19 world need to know? Bookings can be made here.
Conversations with Claire Orange – Friday 18 June from 7.00 am to 8.30 am
As parents, we are called to RAISE our children in a world that barely makes sense. Add to that, no one ever wrote a parenting book that actually explains just how to manage the ongoing complexities of child-raising across the ages and stages - or even just from this moment to the next! Together, let’s explore how we RAISE our children in a world that spins so fast, it’s hard to keep up. Yes, RAISE gives us five letters and five fundamentals on weathering the grand parenting adventure. Let’s take away the sugar-coating, the insta-perfect moments and get real about what our children need to flourish in the 21st century.
Taking place in the Judith Cottier Theatre, this conversation is suitable for all families of children aged zero to 18. A light breakfast will be provided and bookings can be made here.
Conversations with Lucy Peach – Monday 26 July from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm
Perth College is pleased to invite parents, guardians and students to Conversations with Lucy Peach, The Period Queen on Monday 26 July from 6.30 pm.
Lucy Peach is a former Human Biology teacher and Health Educator, turned period preacher, folk singer and theatre performer. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Biomedicine, a Graduate Diploma of Education in Human Biology and has spent ten years producing work about the menstrual cycle.
Parents, guardians and students are invited to the event, which will include a show and a Q&A session, aiming to teach you how to support your daughter/s through puberty and beyond.
Taking place in the Judith Cottier Theatre, stick around for tea and coffee after the event. Bookings can be made here and boarding parents who are unable to attend in person will be provided with a Zoom link to participate online.
Online Conversations with Body Safety Superstars – Thursday 29 July from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Body Safety Superstars will offer an interactive online workshop for families with children in the Junior School. Focused on supporting parents to learn about Protective Behaviours and consent in an age-appropriate manner, this session will outline the following.
- The Protective Behaviours program, including learning objectives
- What is ‘Body Safety’ and how can we support it at home?
- Identifying grooming behaviours on and offline
- Child sexual abuse: risks, myths, and facts
Bookings can be made here.
Online Conversations with Deanne Carson – Tuesday 3 August from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Deanne is a leading Australian sexuality educator, researcher, speaker and author. Approaching 'taboo' topics with compassion, understanding and factual information, Deanne's presentations are free of judgement, shame or shock tactics.
She has presented research papers at Australian and international conferences covering topics such as body safety, consent, body safety, sexuality education, and social media.
Respectful relationships will be covered in this online session for families with children aged 10 to 18. Practical advice and tips on how to parent tweens and adolescents, tackling the important topic of consent. In this #NakedTruths conversation, content will include:
- Informed consent
- Setting and respecting boundaries
- Empowering bystanders
- Legal rights and responsibilities: porn, sexting and nudes
Bookings can be made here.
Conversations with Grant Dusting - Thursday 12 August from 6.15 pm to 8.00 pm
Grant Dusting is a social researcher and the Director of Strategy at the internationally recognised McCrindle - an organisation that specialises in human behaviour.
Grant will speak about understanding and leading the next generation - Generation Alpha. Born between 2010 and 2024, these are the children of Generation Y, and often the younger siblings of Generation Z. There are more than 3 million Gen Alphas in Australia with more than 2.5 million born globally every week, putting them on track to outnumber Baby Boomers in four years and be the largest generation in the history of the world by 2025.
Some characteristics of this generation:
- Will likely live to see the 22nd century
- Have brand influence and purchasing power beyond their years
- Shape the social media landscape
- Are popular culture influencers and emerging consumers
Perth College Dean of Learning Innovations, Andrea Holloway, will start the presentation with an introduction to our sparc program and how it enables Gen Alpha students to develop characteristics that will prepare them for the world now, and into the future. Grant will then present his speech on Generation Alpha and how we can best understand and lead them in education before hosting a Q&A with parents and students. Bookings can be made here.
Future Jobs Roadshow for Women – Tuesday 31 August from 5.30 pm to 8.00 pm
The Innovation Institute presents the Future Industries, Future Jobs Roadshow which will focus on opportunities for women in emerging industries. A wonderful panel of female professionals from a variety of industries will inspire the next generation of young students as they work towards their future career opportunities.
Bookings can be made here.