As I write my last newsletter at Perth College, and as we come to the end of an extremely rewarding and full year, I am very grateful to have been a part of this wonderful school and the Mount Lawley community. I hope you are proud of how your daughters have grown in their learning and understanding of themselves and their place in the world.

The Senior School Presentation Night on Monday was a lovely celebration of the girls’ achievements and a fantastic display of the talents of our Performing Arts students. It is always wonderful to witness the rapturous and heartfelt applause when the Dux of the Senior School and Dux of the Junior School are announced at the respective events. Congratulations to Tara Denman and Stella Freeman on achieving the highest awards for the year. I would also like to congratulate all of the prize winners on their well-deserved awards.

I was, again, humbled by the well wishes from so many parents as Dougall and I prepare to move interstate. The legacy of the Wulili Scholarship and my work with the Perth College Foundation will mean an ongoing opportunity for indigenous girls to benefit from a PC education.


I congratulate inaugural recipients Isabella Slade and Emily Kimm on being selected for this scholarship in Years 11 and 12. The scholarship has been named after the Wulili people, who are the traditional family group to which our son-in-law and grandchildren belong. It is also the area in Queensland where Dougall grew up. My dream is that others might feel the same passion and help build this corpus of funds to more than $1 million by giving to the Foundation so other indigenous girls can have the same opportunity as our daughters in gaining an education at PC. Please contact Natalie Swannell, Director of Development, on 94712100 should you wish to make a donation. We are halfway to my dream!

All parents should have received an email outlining Perth College fees for 2019. In setting the two per cent increase, our School Council members were mindful of the challenging economic climate and the impact it has had on many of our families. The increase considers these conditions and ensures the delivery of our education programme is not compromised.

As announced at our Junior and Senior School Presentation events, the 2019 Fees Raffle was drawn on Monday morning. Alisa Stone, whose daughter is in Year 7, won first prize (ticket number 188), while Kindergarten parent Vanee Manikkam was second (ticket number 246) and Sharon Sheppeard, whose daughter is in Year 6, won third prize (ticket number 326).

The surplus funds raised after prizes are distributed will help provide greater sun shade across the School. Thank you to everyone who supported this initiative.

In addition to a refurbishment of the Boarding House bedrooms during the summer holidays, work has been planned, as the final stage of Excelsior House, to create a slip lane alongside the Theatre and also add parallel parking bays. Jacaranda trees will be planted along a median strip to clearly define both sides of Lawley Crescent.

The project will improve traffic flow in both directions of the street, therefore improving safety for students, staff and parents, particularly during drop-off and pick-up times. Our buses will also have better – and safer – access.

The works, which were budgeted for last year, will begin on Monday and have been timed for the summer break to ensure minimal disruption and that the project can be completed before Term One begins.

Parents who are dropping children off to musical rehearsals or picking them up should be aware that access to Lawley Crescent next week may be restricted.

As I mentioned at Presentation Night on Monday, it is time to say goodbye to several staff, in particular three who have been at Perth College for a significant period: Tony Gooey (Director of Finance and Administration), Terry Sullivan (Property Manager) and Jane Murray (Acting Dean of Students, Dance and Drama Co-ordinator, Year Co-ordinator).

Additionally, Health and Physical Education Teacher Kate Malpass is moving overseas, while the short-term contracts of several staff have come to an end. I thank Emma Dawbin (HASS), Kerise Delcoure (Visual Arts), McKenzie Goldsmith (Dance and Drama), Scott Vidler (Digital Technologies), Grace Yu (Languages), Kimberley Jones (Mathematics), Nicolette Celinski (Junior School), Marilyn Garbin (VET) and Reverend Pat Deeny for their service to Perth College and wish them well in the new year.

Bek Duyckers (Imaginarium), Lynn Mudie (Visual Art) and Caroline Philogene (Languages) are all taking long service leave in Term One.

Science teacher James Cameron competed at Ironman 70.3 Western Australia in Busselton last weekend, placing first in the 30-34 age division of the half ironman and third overall. He completed all three legs (swim 1.9km, bike 90km, run 21.1km) in a total time of 4:14:11!

The final bell for 2018 will ring at 1.00 pm tomorrow, with the Hills buses leaving at 1.30 pm. The administration office will remain open right until 3.00 pm on Thursday 20 December.

The Uniform Shop will close at 5.00 pm this afternoon. During January, it will be open between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm from Tuesday 15 January to Friday 18 January, as well as from Monday 21 to Friday 25 January.

The administration building will re-open on Monday 7 January at 9.00 am and Term One begins for students in all year levels on Tuesday 29 January.

Thank you for being a part of the Perth College community during 2018; I wish you and your family a peaceful and joyous Christmas and holiday. I hope you have a restful and enjoyable time during the holiday break. I know the School will be in good hands with Helen Aguiar next year and wish her and Perth College every success.

“Goodbyes are not forever,
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I’ll miss you,
Until we meet again.”

Best wishes

Jenny Ethell

Dear Parents

Wow, what a way to end the school year! This week we farewelled our Year 12s as the graduating class of 2018, recognised and celebrated the achievements of award winners at Presentation Night, and filled the remainder of the week with our inaugural Alternative Learning Programme.

Staff and students have enjoyed a full programme of alternative learning activities over the past few days. Our Year 7s have entered ‘the learning pit’ and been challenged to use the design thinking process to present a solution to a sustainability issue. The level of critical thinking, deep learning and collaboration that has occurred has been impressive.

Our Year 8s have brought an Old Girl’s or grandparent’s recollections of the past to life through narrative and accompanying artwork. Year 9s have explored the importance of living generously in assisting others less fortunate through service learning. And our Year 10s, fresh home from camp, have commenced a leadership and study skills programme to assist with their transition into Year 11.

Given it’s the first time we’ve run a programme such as this, it is affirming to see plenty of engagement and joy among students as well as positive feedback from staff. We welcome parent feedback to assist us in reviewing the programme and its possible inclusion into the calendar for future years.

“Service learning is an experience where learning occurs from action and reflection.”

On Tuesday, Esben, an Anglicare Youth worker, opened our minds to the reality of youth homelessness. Although we were surprised by the confronting statistics, we are all inspired to give a helping hand and volunteer. We explored this concept by brainstorming ideas on how we can embed service learning into our everyday lives and to the wider school community.

The following day, 19 Year 9 students ventured out to the Anglicare offices in West Perth. We all worked together to wrap presents for the less fortunate. Everyone completed different roles ranging from wrapping the gifts to organising them into groups. The presents will now be distributed out to various locations around WA such as Mandurah and East Perth. We all had so much fun and it felt great to take part in the process of creating joy for children this Christmas, even if we don’t get to meet them personally.

Ruby and Breanna, Year 9


Yesterday was the last day for the AIME programme that our Aboriginal students have participated in this year. The programme helps build a world of mentoring and a bridge between university and high school as well as a sense of cultural connection and identity. In its third year, the programme has proven to be successful and popular among our girls who look forward to their workshops at Edith Cowan as well as visits from their AIME mentors. The girls were surprised with a visit from their mentor, Ms Andrews. Reverend Lisa also attended and joined them for lunch.

Maria Dzubiel, Indigenous Liaison Officer


On Monday, Ainsley, Sarah, Genevieve and I, accompanied by Mrs Pateman, went on a little excursion to Perth Children’s Hospital to deliver the stationery and art supplies that the Year 8s collected earlier this semester. It was a really good experience for all of us to see what it is like in the new hospital. We met Andy Wahid, Co-ordinator of Volunteer Services, and he showed us to his office and introduced us to Gemma, an Occupational Therapist who would be one of the people who would benefit from our donations, using the items to engage children at the hospital. Andy explained to us how it was such a charitable thing we had done and expressed how much they truly appreciated our work.

We also got to go on a small tour of the hospital and learnt about many of the different facilities and equipment they have to help their patients during their treatment. We learnt about the different therapies, the different floors and what they are used for, and the very charitable networks they have and how they try to make it the best experience for all who visit.

“As an Oncology patient, it was a really nice experience to go to the hospital and not have to worry about what tests I had to take or my next appointment; it was a nice time to just tour and relax,” Ainsley commented. Overall, we were all very grateful for the experience and were very proud of the Year 8’s work, as was Andy, who asked us to pass our thanks on to our whole year group. THANK YOU EVERYONE from PCH 😊

Ruby, Year 8


Year 11 ATAR and General classes visited the Juniper Galleries in Darlington and undertook a glass workshop with Jill Yelland on Friday 30 November.

The excursion included a viewing of the private collection of Robert Juniper’s works, the annual collection featuring prominent Australian artists, and a visit to abstract painter Ric Burkitt’s studio within the gallery.

Once the Year 11 students returned to school, the incursion commenced with a workshop by West Australian glass designer Jill Yelland, who visited Perth College earlier in November to conduct a glass workshop with the Year 10 Specialist Art students.

Jill Yelland is the key benefactor of the inaugural Jill Yelland Design Award to be received by a Year 9 student in 2019, followed by a Year 11 and Junior School recipient in subsequent years.

The girls and staff involved in the 2019 Cambodian Odyssey are seeking donations of books and bags in good condition to sell at the Hyde Park Fair in March.

They are happy to accept books of all genres (both fiction and non-fiction) and for all age ranges (but please – no textbooks, magazines, dictionaries or encyclopaedias). Please use the summer break to have a look to see if you, or your family and friends, have any that are collecting dust that you think might be appreciated.

Likewise, please look for good quality handbags, sports bags, purses, clutches etc that are wallowing at the backs of cupboards getting no love.

All book and bag donations (and empty banana boxes) can be dropped off at a collection point (to be announced in the first newsletter of 2019) from the start of the new school year.

Students will receive their 2019 subject lists tomorrow and book lists for next year will be available via SPACE. Parents will be notified when Semester Two reports are ready for viewing, also via SPACE.

Thank you to staff, students and families for a wonderful 2018. I hope you will agree with me that this year has been a rewarding and successful year across all facets of the Senior School – in the classroom as well as across the many co-curricular activities that have occurred. I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas with friends and loved ones, and a restful summer holiday, and I look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.

Kind regards

Shani Andrews

Dear Parents

Well, we have almost made it to the end of the school year and, quite amazingly, we are all still breathing calmly, thanks to our mindfulness practices. What a busy time it has been with lots of exciting things still to come.

Last Thursday, the Kindergarten and Preparatory choir visited Second Avenue Age Care Facility. The girls presented a Christmas concert to the residents featuring songs from yesterday’s nativity performance and some favourite Christmas carols. Their Christmas spirit was tangible and it spread very quickly, with everyone in the room singing together. After the concert, the girls presented handmade Christmas cards and wishes to the residents; it was a beautiful exchange.

Christina Hebiton, Music Teacher

The Kindergarten and the Preparatory classes recently participated in a waste audit with Daniel from the Waste Wise Schools Programme. Using gloves, they sorted the collected Junior School rubbish from one day into labelled buckets and then weighed, counted and recorded the amounts collected in each category. The items for recycling and reusing were then washed and dried. The students were amazed by the types of waste thrown away in just one day. Their message is to have a waste-free lunch box every day:

  • Be brave - try out lunch order food before throwing it away.
  • Say goodbye to little juice boxes, individual pouches of yogurt and single use plastic packaging; use reusable containers instead.

Why not try out some of these ideas over the holidays to reduce lunchbox waste?


Our final events for the term are:

  • Friday 7 December - The Year 6s are having their Thoughtful Christmas Fair. There will be Christmas biscuits and treasures (stationery, jewellery, ornaments plus more) for sale. If you would like to buy things from the fair you will need a reuseable bag and a container for the biscuits. Items will be priced from 10c. Please bring money in a named purse or similar. All proceeds to charity.
  • Final day of term on Friday 7 December. Girls dismissed at 1.00 pm. Reports available on SPACE.

As the year draws to a close, please check our lost property boxes in Junior School Reception and at Founders. Please also check items at home, in cars and in school bags, to ensure your daughters have not brought home someone else’s property by accident. If that is the case, please return the item to school and we will return it to its rightful owner.

The Perth College OSHC Holiday Programme will operate from Friday 7 December at 1.00 pm until Friday 21 December. OSHC will reopen on Wednesday 9 January 2019 until Friday 25 January 2019. After School Care will finish on Thursday 6 December 2018 and commence in Term One 2019, on Tuesday 29 January.

Please note the Centre will be closed for:

  • Christmas and New Year from Saturday 22 December 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019
  • Staff Preparation Day – Monday 7 January 2019
  • Centre Preparation Day – Tuesday 8 January 2019
  • Australia Day Holiday – Monday 28 January 2019

If you would like to register your son or daughter, please do so online at

For any queries please contact OSHClub on 8564 9000 or Tam Nguyen at OSHC on 9471 2210 or

Fees for our Outside School Hours Care offerings in 2019 – including before school care for girls from Kindergarten to Year 6 – can be found on our website.

As the school year concludes, I would like to thank you for the support you have extended to me and all the staff of the Junior School – it has been very much appreciated. We have had a happy and rewarding year working with you and your daughters. I hope you all have a joyful Christmas season and enjoy a peaceful holiday break with your families and loved ones. Teachers will be at school until Tuesday 11 December and I will be here until Tuesday 18 December. I will be taking some leave over Christmas and New Year and will return in mid-January 2019 all ready to go again! Final information on teachers and classes for 2019 will be sent to your daughters shortly after that.

With warmest wishes for a very Merry Christmas,

Jenny Dougan

Dear Parents

Christmas in the Boarding House was celebrated last Sunday with a special dinner and a visit from Father Christmas. The girls all dressed beautifully in either red, green and white or something festive. We were joined by Mrs Ethell as well as Reverend Lisa and Sarah Pemberton, who have both supported the boarding community in 2018.

Our Chef, Terri Canning, and her team served ‘festive food’ of turkey, ham, prawns and all the trimmings followed by an icecream Christmas cake. We farewelled the boarders and staff who are leaving and wished them well in 2019. We also had the opportunity to farewell Mrs Ethell with the Year 9 girls writing a special poem about Jenny’s time as Principal. The evening culminated with a visit from Father Christmas (Georgie Chambers) and the elves (Millie Ketvoravit, Evie Wilkinson and Dahna Lee), with Father Christmas distributing gifts to all the girls and posing for many photos. It was fantastic night and a wonderful way to finish the year in the boarding community.

A special thank you to the boarding staff who have supported and cared for the girls throughout the year. Thank you also to Terri and her team for providing wonderful meals and always going the extra mile to ensure the boarders are well fed and happy.

This week we say goodbye to Kirralee Dawson, who will be leaving us to take up a teaching position at John XXlll College in 2019. We sincerely thank Kirralee for all her commitment in caring for the girls; we will miss her and wish her well in her teaching career.

Farewell, Kirralee Dawson

“Change brings opportunity”

- Nido Qubein.

From the very beginning of my journey at Perth College, this quote has rung true. Moving from a small wheatbelt town to attend boarding school constituted a huge change, as did embarking on a year-long exchange to Germany through a Rotary Youth Exchange prior to pursuing my undergraduate degree. Both changes brought numerous opportunities, and so it was with this spirit that I began working as a Residential Supervisor in the Perth College Boarding House in August of 2016.

Over the past two-and-a-half years, I have had the opportunity to become acquainted with each person who has entered the Boarding House, whether they be a boarder, staff member, parent, family or friend. I have had the opportunity to support the boarders in vulnerable moments by listening intently and providing vaguely inspirational yet cheesy advice. I have also had the opportunity to grow professionally through tutoring the boarders during Prep and by working with the Perth College English department, both of which I am extremely grateful for.

Having now completed my Master of Teaching (Secondary), majoring in English and Religion, I have been able to secure a position at John XXIII College teaching full-time for 2019. This change will inevitably bring many new opportunities and challenges, however, thanks to my time at Perth College, I know that I am well and truly equipped to face them. A sincere thank you to the boarding community for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful establishment. I will miss seeing the girls every morning but hope they will similarly find that change goes hand in hand with opportunity.

Kirralee Dawson, Boarding House Supervisor

On Sunday, we took the girls to Adventure World and they were very excited to go down the slides and the rides. It was a warm day and the girls also spent time relaxing in the pools or lying under the shade on the lawn chatting to their friends. All the girls and staff enjoyed their day out and it was a wonderful way for the boarding community to celebrate the end of the year.

Before I went on camp, I was really nervous and had no idea what to expect. The first few days were definitely really tough but later in the course, my group worked so well together and I got to know so many girls I wouldn’t have otherwise. We made so many new relationships and memories that will last forever. It helped me develop my personal strengths as well as learn about leadership, teamwork, and independence. It was definitely worth it.


I wasn’t sure what to expect on camp and was quite nervous, but I had the best time! I made many friends and made a lot of memories that will last a lifetime. At first my group didn’t really talk, but after a few days we became an outstanding team. Being on camp has helped me become more independent and a better leader, but definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone.


Year 10 camp by far has to be the best camp PC has to offer. Yes, it’s challenging. Yes, you have to hike hills that I’m pretty sure were vertical. But the lifelong memories and friends I have made are what matter the most. I really encourage all Year 9s to look forward to it next year as it’s something we won’t ever forget or regret doing.



Lastly, I would like to wish all boarding families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May this time of giving and spending time with family bring you peace and joy throughout the holiday period; I am sure you will enjoy having your daughters home for the holidays.

Kind regards

Jill Miller