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									            Perth College

            An Anglican School for Girls

September 2007
Print Post No. 602669/1053                 to hold with Care
              With courage you will dare to take risks,
              have the strength to be compassionate, and
              the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the
              foundation of integrity.
              Keshavan Nair

                                                                                        Jenny Ethell, Principal

Dear Friends,
Gracing our front cover of Heritage to Hold with Care for September is the Archbishop of York, the most Reverend Dr
Sentamu. This image is most appropriate for an issue where we celebrate the theme of courage. The Archbishop was the
guest speaker for a youth forum hosted by Perth College and further information on his visit can be read on page nine.
Courage comes in all shapes and sizes - the courage to live life to the fullest, the courage to follow your dreams, even the
courage to admit when you are wrong. It is also one of the values we hold very dear at PC. Through courage we are able to
take risks and ultimately achieve success and in this issue of Heritage, this is highlighted by the stories of perseverance,
strength and passion. From Jim Nicholson’s inspirational story, and Old Girl Margaret Feilman who was the first female
town planner in Western Australia through to Betsy Buchanan – a solicitor who has worked in a voluntary capacity for her
entire career to date to help fight for equality for Aboriginal people. Each and every part of this magazine celebrates
the courage in our community.
There has been slow progress with the development of our new Junior School and we seek our community’s support to
rezone the land on Queens Crescent to help address traffic issues. A full article appears on page five of this magazine.
Our students past and present continue to show courage with their commitment to study and co-curricular events and
have successfully won prizes and various honours through their courage. We are proud to share just a few of these
honours and our everyday stories of courage in this issue of Heritage.
Thank you to the many people who have given such lovely feedback on our first issue of Heritage in April. One thing I
would like to point out is that the Heritage is not replacing the Myalla, it is instead designed to complement it. The
Heritage is proudly celebrating our past, present and future to a wide audience.
As always, we welcome your comments and thoughts on our magazine. All correspondence should be directed to heritage@ or alternatively to Heritage to Hold with Care, C/- Perth College, PO Box 25, Mount Lawley 6929.
Best wishes


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     Confident                   Competent
                                 Competent              Caring
                                                        Caring               Courageous
                                                                             Courageous               Community

Cover Photography - David Phillips Protography
Courage in the face of adversity - The Jim Nicholson Story
The roar of a motorbike set the scene for the first Assembly      to urgent requests for involvement. Once a week a letter is
of Term 2. The room was softly lit when a sole headlight          sent to the School outlining a specific case of human rights
appeared in view – all eyes focussed as Jim Nicholson, Mr         abuse and each member of the group writes a letter to be
Nic to the girls, appeared on stage with recently drawn           sent via airmail. Jim believes the involvement in Amnesty
tattoos complementing the muscle shirt – riding his               encourages dedication, good heart and diversity.
motorised gopher of course.
                                                                  The Amnesty group now has a new global fight – to support
What could have been a sad occasion for the girls instead         a Sudanese man, Clement Deng, who has lived in Australia
became an inspirational one with Jim describing the               for the past six years and is now an Australian citizen. Deng
illness he had recently been diagnosed with and what it           was himself a ‘lost boy’ – a child who became a soldier from
would mean for his role at the School, particularly that he       age nine – and he now wants to return to Sudan to provide
was unable to continue in the role of woodwork teacher.           education to the country’s new lost boys. The Amnesty
Laughter abounded as Jim spoke to the girls, not the usual        group is supporting Deng in his fund raising efforts.
reaction you would expect when someone delivers the
                                                                  The motivation behind Jim’s continual fight for basic human
news that they have Motor Neurone Disease. However, it
                                                                  rights comes from within. When asked why he has been so
was typical of Jim – making the people around him feel
                                                                  active for so many years, Jim commented, ‘Sometimes I
comfortable in an uncomfortable situation.
                                                                  have to lead because I am the adult. I don’t look to the
Jim has been inspiring the PC                                                                         leading role.’
community in much the same
                                                                                                         Jim also appreciates
way for the last 18 years through
                                                                                                         that through providing
his passion for the environment
                                                                                                         basic          information
and human rights, combined
                                                                                                         about human rights
with a deep spirituality and
                                                                                                         his      students       can
strength of character.
                                                                                                         find an outlet for
When Jim first started with                                                                              expressing            their
PC in 1989 all male teachers                                                                             thoughts and feelings.
were required to coach a                                                                                 Jim        likens      this
sporting team. An avid fan of                                                                            to finding the humanity
cricket, Jim volunteered as a                                                                            inside       –     treating
coach although he had little                                                                             the     issue     seriously
experience in the field. The                                                                             but treating one’s self
emphasis for his team was                                                                                lightly. It is a great
always on having fun and for the                                                                         learning process.
last ten years enjoyment of the         Jim Nicholson with the founding members of the Greenies
                                                                                                          The recent surge of the
game has regularly coincided
                                                                                                          Greenies group at PC
with grand final appearances. With nine PC teams now
                                                                  is thanks to another passion of Jim’s – the environment.
in the competition, Jim has been grateful for the many
                                                                  Following a screening of the Al Gore movie ‘An inconvenient
parents who have given freely of their time to ensure the
                                                                  truth’ some Amnesty members wanted to start a spin-off
girls are well supported in this sport.
                                                                  group directed at environmental issues. For Jim it was an
Cricket is just one of the co-curricular pursuits Jim has opportunity to play a part in getting things right.
been involved in throughout the years – others have seen
                                                                  The Greenies group aims to make the school carbon neutral
his passion for the environment and interest in basic
                                                                  by the year 2009. To start this process, 2000 trees are being
human rights offer opportunities to inform the girls and
                                                                  seeded in the atrium of the new science building later this
enable them to develop their own belief systems. This was
                                                                  year and when the timing is appropriate the developed
how both the Amnesty International and Greenies groups
                                                                  seedlings will be planted on a farm north of Esperence.
developed at Perth College.
                                                                  Already a grant has been secured for $5000 for a shade
Amnesty International first commenced operation at
                                                                  house which will enable the group to be more ambitious.
PC in 1996 when Jim’s Year 10 Form group were looking
                                                                  The aim is to plant 10500 trees in total.
for a project. The common link within the Form was an
interest in human rights, and with this in mind, Amnesty The Greenies are involved in a number of initiatives at
International became the logical group to link activities the school already including recycling and a large scale
with. The project soon expanded to encompass the entire compost system. Every initiative the group is involved in
Year 10 Beliefs and Values curriculum – ten years on and is aimed at conserving energy and using green energy. The
Amnesty is still very much an active force in the School.         group is charging every student and staff member with the
                                                                  responsibility of helping in their quest - even simple items
Through Amnesty International the girls have involved
                                                                  such as turning lights off when leaving a classroom.
themselves in global issues such as helping East Timorese
through fund raising initiatives. Locally the girls have been From the way he establishes a personal connection, treats
active supporting Anawim, a refuge for Aboriginal women, each person as an individual and always offers an alternative
through the donation of household goods and clothing.             outlook Jim continues to be a wonderful inspiration to our
                                                                  School community.
A regular commitment of the Amnesty business is responding
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Ground breaking research - rowing study
You might already know about the ground breaking research conducted into the incidence of Lower Back Pain (LBP) in
rowers by Director of Co-curricular at Perth College, Debra Perich with the support of Dr Angus Burnett and Associate
Professor Peter O’Sullivan from Curtin University School of Physiotherapy. The need for this study was initially identified
by the Principals of the Independent Girls’ Schools’ Sports Association (IGSSA) in 1999.
Debra commenced the study in 2005 to determine the incidence of LBP amongst the IGSSA rowing population and to
see if this differed to the non-rowing population. Interestingly, the prevalence of low back pain amongst rowers was
determined to be 47.5% and the prevalence amongst non-rowers was 15.5%. A second study in 2005 was used to determine
the differences that exist between rowers who were experiencing LBP and those who were not, in a range of physical
tests and psycho-social variables.
In 2006 the Perth College rowing teams were put through an intervention programme to try and decrease the number
of girls experiencing LBP when rowing. In effect this meant less time was spent training on water and more time
was spent on land. The land training concentrated on increasing leg and back muscle endurance as well as the girls
aerobic capacity. Furthermore, the girls undertook a specific posture intervention program conducted by experienced
musculoskeletal physiotherapists.
The results of the intervention programme were extremely positive with a significantly reduced incidence of LBP compared
to schools not participating in the programme. Other outcomes included improved lower limb and back muscle endurance
and better sitting posture.
An added bonus of the 2006 intervention
programme at Perth College was the
improved performance of the rowing
Prior to the 2007 rowing season feedback
regarding this programme was passed on
to IGSSA schools. The recommendations
included: commencing land training in
week seven of term one for all rowers;
water training to commence in April school
holidays; all girls to receive at least four
weeks pre-season training prior to getting
into a boat; and a musculo-skeletal
screening and individual programmes
devised for all new girls to rowing.
Perth College is extremely excited to be at
the forefront of this cutting edge research.
In 2007 our teams have continued to
improve and have remained in top positions
throughout the season. However, the most
beneficial part of this programme has
undoubtedly been the improved physical
health of our rowers.                                           A physiotherapist working with a member of the
                                                                          Perth College Rowing Team

Past Students take out multiple awards at UWA
Perth College has received word of the achievements of many of their past students in recent times. We congratulate the
following women on their accomplishments to date:
Julijana Baltinas – gained top place in her year in Optometry for 2006 at the University of Melbourne
Natalie Garcia-De Heer – won the Berndt Memorial Prize in Anthropology at the University of Western Australia
Danielle Marsland – won three awards at the University of Western Australia in 2006: Amy Jane Best Prize in English
Literature; HS Thompson Prize in English; and James Bourke Memorial Prize in English
Claire Molinari – received the Hackett Foundation Alumni Honours Scholarship and won the Associate Professor Patrick
O’Brien Prize in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Western Australia
Haylie Pepper – won the Pynt and Partners Prize in Contemporary Australian Literature at the University of Western
Chloe Rossetti – won a part scholarship to study at Yale University
Henrietta Smith – elected as National President of the United Nation Youth Association
Rezoning for our future
The Perth College Masterplan as unveiled in 2003 identified the need for a new Junior School to reflect the changing
educational environment. All School owned land was assessed to find the most appropriate location while factoring in
areas which are sympathetic to new technology and more spacious learning environments.
School owned land in Queens Crescent offers the perfect location for this new development and in December 2006 the
School commenced the process of applying to the City of Stirling to have the land re-zoned as private institution.
The planning for our new Junior School has now stalled due to the concerns of a group of residents who believe the
relocation of our Junior School will cause traffic problems in the area at drop off and pick up times during the school
Perth College has been working with architects to plan a new Junior School that will take into account the lack of parking
in the School’s periphery and will incorporate staff parking, ‘kiss and drive’ bays and short term parking opportunities
for parents and school visitors.
The safety of our students and the children and residents in neighbouring streets is of paramount concern to us and as a
School we now have an excellent opportunity to address current and future traffic issues. Perth College, in conjunction
with the City of Stirling and residents, is carrying out a traffic management study to identify and resolve issues.
We also need to ensure that our students are offered every opportunity for academic advancement and the need to
update our Junior School environment to reflect the changing technology is becoming increasingly urgent.
The relocation of our Junior School offers the opportunity to increase outdoor spaces for children to interact and play
outside of the classroom.
We are enlisting the support of all people who share in our opinion that the rezoning of the land in Queens Crescent
provides the School with the opportunity to address the traffic concerns of residents and enhance the educational
facilities for our girls. We ask that current and prospective parents, past students and friends of the School write to the
City of Stirling to show support for this rezoning application.
As a School we pride ourselves on our values, one of which is ‘Community’. Now is the time to show your support for the
community we are all proudly part of - our combined voice will be strong and will be hard to ignore.
You can contact the City of Stirling by email, fax or letter through the following addresses – or write to your local City
of Stirling Councillor:

Facsimile: (08) 9345 8822

City of Stirling
PO Box 1533
Osborne Park WA 6916

Creative Arts Festival
For many weeks the cryptic catch-cry ‘Have you been invited?’ was adorning
vacant spaces around the School. At assembly on the 9 August it was announced
to a delighted audience via a play on a Cinderella theme that each and every
girl and staff member at the School was invited to the Masquerade Ball on the
31 August to celebrate the 2007 Creative Arts Festival.
The Creative Arts Festival celebrates the diverse and exciting visual and performing
arts on offer at the School with the Arts Captains focussing their combined talent
on a day to remember. The day builds School spirit and camaraderie and offers
each individual the opportunity to shine.
The 2007 Creative Arts Festival was a day to be remembered with the School
celebrating the diverse talent of our students and the strong bonds and friendships
within the PC community.

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Judith White Community Farewell
The Perth College Community farewelled Judith White at an afternoon tea on
Sunday 27 May 2007, with Joanna Ho and Flavia Todea performing violin solos, the
Year 8-9 College Chorale singing, and the School’s Chorale Specialist Jane Artelaris
performing two solos. Speeches by past student Bree Shilkin, past colleague and
teacher at the School Anne Hairsine, past Principal Judith Cottier and current
Principal Jenny Ethell paid tribute to the amazing career of Judith White.

SPIN From the Outside In – Closing Night
For three spectacular nights PC girls from Years 9 – 12 graced the stage of the
Judith Cottier Theatre with a dazzling display of dancing and choreography
accompanied by a vast array of music, props and lighting. Congratulations to the
Artistic Director Jane Murray, Dance Captains Olivia Day and Sophie Carrell, and
the huge team of choreographers, dancers and backstage crew that ensured the
success of the evening.
Staff Welcome - New Head of Junior Secondary
New Head of Junior Secondary Michael Comber commenced his career as a Maths teacher
with a flair for thinking creatively. In fact it was his great love for the subject area
that encouraged him in his quest to find a range of teaching styles for this traditional
subject area. The key to his success involved gaining the attention of the students and
then developing their skills and confidence.
Michael has worked in a variety of schools both in the government and private sector,
progressing through to the roles of Head of Mathematics and House Co-ordinator and
later the Dean of Administration at MLC, and more recently in a similar role as the
Co-ordinator of Curriculum Services at St Hilda’s. In both Schools, Michael gained
experience in building Year 7 transition programmes.
With PC moving to a Junior Secondary approach in 2009, Michael is coordinating the
development a programme that suits the School and is quick to point out that it is
definitely not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. ‘We need to build our own programme
rather than model on other schools – in doing this the new Junior Secondary will offer            Michael Comber - Head of
a great transition from Junior to Senior School,’ commented Michael.                                  Junior Secondary
As girls will now be older when they approach Year 7 due to the recent change in age
of entry, the Year 7 curriculum will need to reflect the different needs of the students, with specialist teachers taking
some classes.
There are many advantages for students in moving to this new system including building resilience and gaining the
confidence to make good decisions. The School also will benefit with improved communication and linkages between
Junior and Senior Schools.
From a teaching perspective, teachers will have more opportunities for growth and a new Year 7 and 8 curriculum will
mean staff will have a greater creative input.
Michael is excited about the move to the new model and believes the key to the success of the programme delivery will
rest with out teaching staff – with the whole School reaping the benefits.

Walking School Bus
The Perth College Junior School is currently investigating the option of a Walking School Bus. All Junior School
students have provided data on how they currently arrive and leave school and whether they would be interested in
The initiative is lead by the City of Stirling and they are currently analysing the data to see if there is sufficient interest
to start up the programme at Perth College.
The Walking School Bus programme is a great way for younger children to walk to school without parents worrying about
their safety. The City of Stirling has found the programme extremely popular with children. Often the children have
so much fun that many schools start out with one bus which runs once or twice each week and end up with four buses
that operate every day.
The Walking School Bus is run by volunteer parents who walk along a set route picking up children at timed stops with
the children delivered safely to school. Two trained volunteer parents are present at all times, so children are fully
supervised and are never left to walk alone.
Bus routes are around 1km in length or 20 minutes walk time, and are audited for safety and suitability before being
approved. Children who live further than 1km from the school are able to join the Bus at one of the designated stops
or pick-up points and the program can be adapted to overcome school-specific problems such as large quantities of
‘luggage’ that students sometime have to carry.
Participation in the Walking School Bus is a great way to help children develop and practice their road safety skills in a
safe and supervised environment. Participation has many other benefits including:
- reduced traffic congestion around schools
- increased community safety - more ‘eyes on the street’ and less car on the roads
- increased physical activity
- increased independence and self-confidence
Students who participate can also earn some great rewards such as pencils, rulers and cinema tickets.
Walking School Buses rely on volunteer parents to operate. Volunteers can commit as much or a little time as they are
comfortable with, and they receive comprehensive training and full liability cover from the Department for Planning
and Infrastructure.
The Junior School hopes to have its very first Walking School Bus later this year.

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A Rising Star
Congratulations to Junior School Music Teacher Jared Furtado who recently
performed alongside Robert Mills, Nikki Webster and Cosima De Vito to sell
out crowds in the stage production of Hair.
A write up in The West Australian on 11 May 2007 commented on his
performance, ‘. . . a scene-stealing turn from Jared Furtado as the cross-
dressing Margaret Mead in his falsetto rendition of My Conviction, based on
Mead’s anthropological observations of the male of the species.’
Jared’s solo delighted staff and parents who attended the performance.
However, most remarkable was that during the months of rehearsals, Jared
did not miss a beat with his continual standard of excellence with the music     Jared is second from right in back row
tuition at PC.
If you missed Hair, you will get another opportunity to see Jared in his upcoming performance in Rent: The Musical. In this
production Jared will work alongside Anthony Callea (Australian Idol) and Tim Campbell (Home and Away). The Musical
will be staged at the Bunbury Entertainment Centre from 1-3 November and the Regal Theatre from 9-25 November.

Music to our ears
Perth College choral specialist Jane Artelaris won
a scholarship in the inaugural Emerging Artists
Programme. Auditions were held in November
2006 by The Lieder Society of Western Australia
and Jane was one of three talented musicians
selected from the many singers who applied.
This programme aims to assist young performers
in the transition from student to accomplished
Through      this   programme      Jane   receives
specialist coaching from an impressive array of
professionals including the Director of the WASO
chorus, Marilyn Phillips, and the Head of Music at
the WA Opera Company, Francis Greep.
Young artists also gain valuable concert exposure
through the programme and Jane will perform at
five recitals in total throughout 2007.
The Perth College community was treated to
Jane’s beautiful Soprano voice at Judith White’s
community farewell where she performed O Mio
Babbino Caro (Puccini) and Think of Me (Lloyd
                                                           Alexandra Bak (soprano), Antony Hutchings (baritone),
                                                                 Marilyn Phillips, Jane Artelaris (soprano)

    10.00am - 4.00pm Sunday 28 October 2007
        31 Lawley Crescent, Mount Lawley
       The Perth College Fete is a fantastic family day with stalls,
              food, entertainment, activities and games.
    Your family & friends are welcome to join us for this great day.

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Java Earthquake Appeal
On 27 May 2006 a powerful earthquake shook the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, killing
nearly 3000 people and destroyed many government buildings and homes. This was the
third major seismic event in 18 months.
Many aid organisations carried out fund raising efforts to help the people of this already
impoverished country. Perth College conducted its own fund raising aimed at helping
a school in the region. With funds raised the school was able to purchase desperately
needed school supplies including a classroom desk.

Youth Forum
                                                    The Archbishop of York, the most Reverend Dr Sentamu, was the guest
                                                    speaker at a youth forum hosted by Perth College for school and
                                                    university students.
                                                    The Archbishop was born in Uganda and became a High Court Judge at
                                                    the age of 24 years during the rule of President Idi Amin. Dr Sentamu
                                                    fled to the UK after earning the dictator’s ire for criticising the regime
                                                    and its human rights violations.
                                                    In the UK he studied theology and after a series of parish appointments
                                                    he was appointed Bishop. In 2005 he became the 97th Archbishop of
                                                    At the Youth Forum the Archbishop spoke of his experiences of justice
                                                    and faith under a regime of tyranny and the problems of racism and
     The Archbishop of York delivering his          prejudice within the justice system today.
         address at the youth forum
                                                   The PC girls who attended the youth forum were greatly impressed
                                                   with the Archbishop’s story.

Singapore Music Tour
The Inaugural Singapore Music Tour took place during the July holidays with fifty-six students and six accompanying staff
members enjoying the humid warmth of Singapore.
There were many highlights for students and staff alike, with an overwhelming favourite being the performance at
the Hwa Chong Institution. This Institution is a school of 4000 students, with 1000 boarders from all over Asia. Despite
cultural diffences, the girls found common ground with the students from the Institution by listening to their band and
playing in concert together.
The girls were also excited at the tour of Singapore’s concert hall and theatre at the Esplanade. The 1600 seat concert
hall boasts superb acoustics featuring reverberation chambers and an acoustic canopy that can be adapted for different
musical performances. The 2000 seat theatre houses Singapore’s largest stage and creates an intimate setting with its
audience by spreading seats over four levels.
Performing at a variety of venues while on tour offered many benefits such as developing teamwork skills. On an individual
level each student gained confidence through this experience. Due to its success a music tour will now be offered every
two years with the next tour set for 2009.

  The Senior Wind Ensemble playing at Sentosa Island             The College Chorale singing at the Hwa Chong Institute
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                                      Cathedral Art
                                      Year 9 student Sarah Wood might not have won an award at the recent Cathedral Art
                                      Awards but she did gain a great honour when the Archbishop of York announced he
                                      was extremely impressed with her artwork, a charcoal self portrait.
                                      The Archbishop was delighted when he was contacted to say that Sarah would donate
                                      the piece to him and stated that he would hang the artwork in his study and pray
                                      for her every day.
                                   Following the Cathedral Art Show Sarah’s parents Corrine and Michael Wood
                                   thanked Perth College Head of Visual and Performing Arts Janet Hummerston for her
‘enthusiasm, encouragement and wonderful mentoring of Sarah in her art journey.’
In total eight girls from Years 9 – 12 exhibited artwork at this show and each girl should be extremely proud of their
contribution. Congratulations to Lara Benwell, Ella McDonald, Melissa James, Megan Shaw, Hannah Fewson, Cassandra
Ho, Freya Smith and Sarah Wood.

Shaun Tan Awards
Three Perth College students did extremely well in the Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists 2007. Faresha Feisol won first
prize for her painting entitled ‘Wonderful Things’, Grace Booker won second prize for her entry ‘The Juggler’ and Maegan
Brown was highly commended for her piece ‘embodiment’.
Shaun Tan was in attendance to present the awards and we have included an excerpt from the speech he presented on
the night.
‘Not everyone will, of course, even want to go on to become an artist, and the world would be in chaos if everyone did.
Yet the encouragement we gain from sharing our very personal expressions is a valuable thing, and an exhibition such as
this one at the library reminds us that we are all creative and imaginative in some way. Even those people who lament
“I can’t even draw a straight line” – surely one of the most irrelevant prerequisites for artistic practice. I certainly can’t
draw a straight line – I use a ruler for that. At the moment at least, anyone here with work on the walls is an artist, and
I’d like to thank you again for contributing to this event, letting us see your work in all its variety, its careful thinking and
happy accidents. Congratulations, and I hope you all go away from this knowing that you’ve achieved something quite
special, and keep drawing and painting’.

Memory Grid
Last year our Year 11 Art students developed a series of artworks for the Johanna Sewell Adolescent Oncology Unit at
Princess Margaret Hospital. The project titled Memory Grid focused on presenting the art students’ feelings and thoughts
associated with memorable moments in their lives. The girls designs were manipulated and developed into works by Audrey
Fernandes-Satar and Arif Satar. The School has purchased copies of Nicola Ball’s and Chondelle McKay’s work to be part
of the Perth College collection. Nicola’s work is based on her childhood memories of fishing and has been installed in the
stairwell on the southern side of the Theatre. Chondelle’s work tells the story of her final time show jumping with her
horse and the piece is installed in the Year 8 Quad.

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From the Archives - Grace Lefroy
As one of the early graduates and
prefects of Perth College, Grace Lefroy
completed her Leaving in 1917 and went
on to complete a Bachelor of Arts with
Honours. Grace was an active member of
the university community where she was
Vice President of the Council of the Guild
of Undergraduates and of the Women’s
Club and also the sole female member of
the Anthology Committee. She completed
a Diploma of Education at St Hughes
College in Oxford and returned to Perth
in 1925.
Grace was delighted to accept the post
of Assistant Mistress at PC in 1926 and
she became a valued fellow worker and a
beloved friend to the Sisters and a much
loved teacher to the girls.
Her promising career was short lived as
she contracted tuberculosis in 1930 and
after a long period of rest and treatment,
she died on 1 September 1931.                      This photo depicts Perth College undergraduates in 1921. Grace Lefroy is at the
A legacy left by Grace was the School song                            far left in the middle row - archive ref. 292P
she penned to celebrate 20 years of Perth
College. These lyrics were set to music by
Miss Johnson, the music teacher, and are
                                                  Can you help?
reproduced on this page.                          A photograph has surfaced in our
                                                  Archives with very little information
                                                  accompanying it.
                                                  The photograph of a young bride was
   The School Song - Grace Lefroy
                                                  taken in December 1946 by Leicart
   Twenty years have passed away,                 Photographs and our school Archivist
   Full from the beginning.                       Trish Montgomery would love to hear
   Twenty years of glorious life,
                                                  from you if you have any information
   With their burdens and their strife
               And laurels for the winning.       regarding this young woman.
   Twenty years have come and gone                Trish can be contacted by telephone on
   Countless blessings given,                     9471 2100 for this or any other archival
   Friendships too have come and gone;            matter.
   Some were brief, but some were strong,
             And never to be riven.
   Many too the things we learn’d
   Taught not in the classes;
   How to take rebuffs and smile –
                                                  Parent Forums
   How to play the game awhile
             Take pleasure as it passes.
                                                   PC will soon introduce Parent Forums to offer opportunities for our
                                                   current parents to network and discuss issues facing our children today.
   We have drawn from small to great               The School will source experts in the relevant field to lead the discussion
   We must keep extending;
   We shall guard our School from ill,
                                                   and offer practical tips and advice for dealing with issues that arise.
   Make her great and greater still,               The topic for the first planned forum will focus on the subject of alcohol
              Ours be her defending.
                                                   and will enable the audience to explore issues such as a parent’s legal
   This our cry to after years                     responsibility, and the latest research and medical evidence on the effect
   And younger generations;                        that drinking has on a developing brain. This forum will be aimed at the
   Love her for the love she bears
   Make her greater with the years,
                                                   Parents of children in Years 6 – 9.
              And honour’d thro’ the nations.      The programme co-ordinator Lynda Giglia is working alongside the Friends
   ‘Let her name ring far and wide                 of PC to ensure the forums are relevant to the needs of our parents and
   Follow up to praise her;                        offer greater insight into the issues facing children and opportunities to
   Love the school as we have done,                collectively work on issues that are relevant for all.
   Then when you your time have run,
              Find others still to praise her!’    Lynda would welcome any feedback from parents and can be contacted
                                                   by email:

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Past Students - London Reunion
One of the great advantages of a PC education is the confidence gained by our students. With this confidence our girls
leave school, seek further education and quite often fly off to pursue careers in exciting destinations throughout the
A number of our past students have settled in the UK, so from time to time the School holds a reunion in London to
connect with these women and listen to their stories. The reunions give the girls an opportunity to reflect on their
experiences at PC and how it had equipped them for their careers.
The connection our past students feel is extremely strong and spreads far and wide. One of the greatest supports our girls
find while living overseas is the help and friendship always available through this strong network.
Living and working in overseas countries offers not only the opportunity to develop careers but also the chance to
experience other cultures and lifestyles. A PC education ensures our girls are well prepared for the challenges that meet
them along the way.
On Tuesday 19 June 2007, School Principal Jenny Ethell met up with over forty women of varying ages at the Charlotte
Street Hotel in London. The Old Girl’s Association Secretary and School Receptionist Annetta Rowbotham was also in
attendance. With the group continuing the celebration into the wee hours, a great night was had by all.

(L to R) Emma Waldon (1993), Jenny Ethell,       (L to R) Erika McGreal (1993)     (L to R) Emma Krasenstein (1993) and
          Tamela Smith (1993), and                 and Georgia Bisley (1994)                 Jane Grieve (1995)
           Henrietta Farrell (1992)

It’s a Matter of Principals
Perth College has many fine traditions, one of which is undoubtedly the number of well respected principals that the
School turns out. Una Mitchell, Vera Summers, Nancy Russell and Val Mayger are all past principals at St Hilda’s, PLC
and Kolbeeya respectively. We recently received word that PC past student Glenda Parkin, currently the Principal at St
Stephen’s, will be the new Principal of Penrhos commencing in 2008. Glenda is maintaining the fine tradition of past
students by taking on this important role.

Equestrian Win for Junior School
Congratulations to the Perth College Junior School equestrian team
who won the Primary School Equestrian Championships at the State
Equestrian Centre last weekend. The Championships comprised
dressage events, showman events (hacking, show jumping and
showing the pony in hand), combined training (dressage and
show jumping) and show jumping. The team comprising Georgina
Bower, Courtney Bryant, Hayley Campbell and Stephanie Munro
competed in all phases of the competition and team members
were placed in the finals of all four disciplines. The team also won
the Junior Dressage Trophy and were runners-up in the Combined
Training Trophy. The team was also placed fourth and fifth in the
three and four Phase Showman Competitions respectively. This
was an excellent result with approximately forty primary school
teams competing and a total of 460 riders.

This is the first time Perth College has won the competition and it
was a very close finish with every point counting. The girls’ ability
to perform well in each discipline gave them the requisite points
to win the Championship.

12      HERITAGE to hold with care
Making a difference - Betsy Buchanan
Perth College Old Girl Betsy Buchanan is a woman                 that was just offering understanding and not contributing
                                                                 to the negative.
who shows the courage of her convictions. As a
                                                                 ‘Only just now as a society we are taking the first small
specialist in Poverty Law, Betsy has worked for the              steps towards reconciliation. The Aboriginal people have
past 30 years for the Aboriginal people of Western               been here for thousands of years and have their ancestors
                                                                 guiding them – this is the smallest amount of time for
Australia.                                                       them,’ said Betsy.
It takes a special person to spend the greater part of           One way in which people could work towards an
their career working in a voluntary capacity and for Betsy       understanding is through learning the language. Betsy
much of her inspiration came from her schooldays and the         believes it is a great shame that the Noongar language is
influence of the Sisters of the Church. During her years at      not taught in schools – if people understood the beauty of
Perth College, Betsy witnessed first hand the life these         the language it might help in the reconciliation process.
women led without the trappings of materialism. She
admired their dedication to the community in which they          Betsy is quite familiar with the concept of language holding
served.                                                          a key to cultural identity and furthered her knowledge in this
                                                                 area by completing post graduate studies in Comparative
Growing up in rural Gnowangerup also gave Betsy valuable         Literature.
insight into the importance of community and the
volunteers that are essential to service the community.          Betsy currently works at the Daydawn centre in Perth,
                                                                 offering legal and welfare advocacy to Aboriginal clients.
As the Aboriginal community also has a strong volunteer          Daydawn is an initiative of the Catholic Church on behalf
culture, Betsy believes that working in a voluntary capacity     of Aboriginal people, especially the Noongar people of
offers an opportunity to gain the trust of the people she        the South West. Betsy commented, ‘It meant a lot to the
is working with. Over time Betsy has forged a strong trust       indigenous people that Archbishop Hickey had declared the
with her clients and feels deeply honoured when she is           centre an offering of love’.
contacted at a time of great personal tragedy.
                                                                 Betsy’s husband has been a great support and has always
In Betsy’s varying roles she has seen many people exposed        encouraged her even through the community outrage when
to trauma and believes that society needs to reach out to        she has opposed an eviction. As devout Christians, they
see why people are embittered. She also points out that          meet each other on a spiritual as well as intellectual level.
while all children need to be protected they should also be      He has supported her decision to work in a solely voluntary
aware of the underlying issues in Australia.                     capacity as he knows it is important to Betsy to offer her
Betsy first commenced in an advocacy role in 1977 and            services as a gift of love.
since this time has made many friends. She has found the         Her work has now become a way of life – she not only loves
experience enriching and rewarding – most notably seeing         the work but also considers it an enormous privilege to be
people she has worked with obtaining housing and going           able to work with people she respects and admires. She
to university.                                                   readily admits she would never want to lose the connection
Betsy’s fight for equality for all Australians commenced         with the Aboriginal people.
with her spirituality and the sense that spirituality equates    In 2006 Betsy was awarded an honorary PHD for her work
with justice. She feels strongly that people should try to       with the Aboriginal people in legal and welfare advocacy.
feel empathy and make some attempt to understand the             She was sponsored by colleagues Professor Sandra Eades and
issues facing the indigenous community. Simply reading           Aboriginal Elder and Curtin University Associate Professor,
Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader’s Quest for Justice, or          Ted Wilkes and felt that although she normally wouldn’t
watching Rabbit Proof Fence, or just taking the time to          accept such an honour she did so to respect the intentions
get to know an indigenous family would be a great starting       of two people she holds in high esteem.
As Aboriginal people place great value on the smallest of        Betsy truly embodies the generosity of spirit that PC
gestures, Betsy believes that if each and every one of us        celebrates through the example of our founding Sisters.
did one small thing the impact would be massive – even if        Her work shines through as an example of one person who
                                                                 is making a huge difference to the lives of many.

Breaking News - Head of the River Win
                                                                In an exciting finale to the Head of the River, Perth College
                                                                won both main races, the first and second eight on the
                                                                18 August 2007.
                                                                The expert guidance of Physical Education teacher Gemma
                                                                De Knock, Coach of the First 8 and Rowing Co-ordinator David
                                                                Milne and Coach of the Second 8 Roland Warren ensured the
                                                                teams raced to victory in the trying conditions.
                                                                The last time PC won this coveted title was in 1989.
                                                                Congratulations to all girls who competed in this event.
Margaret Feilman - the first female town planner in WA
If Perth College Old Girl Margaret Feilman had her time        Margaret’s fellow students in this post graduate course were
over again she might have pursued a career in archaeology,     qualified as engineers and architects from various parts of
history or art, but being born female in 1921 did not offer    the world, and not unusually at that time, they were all
the same sort of choices available to women today. Instead     men. At the end of the two year course she graduated with
she became a pioneer first in the field of architecture        Honours.
and then town planning and now surrounds herself with a
collection of her favourite artworks.                          Margaret returned home to Australia in 1950 to find it was
                                                               difficult to gain suitable employment. She finally got her
As an open scholarship student at PC from 1933 to 1937,        break when the newly formed Planning Institute in WA
Margaret is still thankful for the opportunities presented     invited her to present a lecture to architects and engineers
to her through a school environment that nurtured her          on the current town planning, post war in the UK. Her
intellect and allowed her to forge friendships with girls      services as a guest speaker were immediately in demand
of similar interests. Her admiration and respect for Sister    and she was frequently requested to speak to interested
Rosalie remains some seventy years on with Margaret            groups.
describing her as ‘more than just an inspiration’.
                                                               Margaret was approached by the Housing Commission
Completing her Leaving Certificate in 1937 with Distinctions   to see if she could help with better use of land in their
in English, History and Biology, Margaret had intended to      subdivisions as there was an enormous demand for housing
study law at university. However, following the counsel of     following the Second World War. Margaret was offered a
her father’s colleagues who advised it would be difficult      challenge at their very first meeting – she was presented
to forge a career in the current economic climate,             with a plan and asked if she could make better use of the
Margaret commenced employment as an architectural              land. In addition she was appointed as town planner for
cadet in 1938. The cadetship was with the State Housing        the new town of Kwinana. This was the start of a long
Commission where she received 75% of the salary of her         association with the Housing Commission which lasted until
male counterparts, which at the time equated to less           her retirement in the mid eighties.
than one pound per week. This new career choice suited
Margaret as she really enjoyed drawing and the related         Her appointment to design the new town site to support
work. She studied at Perth Technical College concurrently      the industrial area at Kwinana set up great professional
with her cadetship and in the following year started an Arts   jealousy in some quarters. Margaret worked long and hard
degree part time at UWA in History and Economics.              on this project – the completion of housing was extremely
                                                               urgent because accommodation was needed to house the
As the war years approached the amount of houses               English technicians building the refinery. In her planning
                                                               Margaret took into account environmental concerns such
being built dwindled and Margaret was transferred              as wind direction and how the potential town site would be
to the Public Works Department where she served                affected by fumes from the refinery. This development has
                                                               become an important part of Western Australia’s history,
out the remainder of her seven year cadetship. By this         with Margaret’s name synonymous with this project.
time she had itchy feet and travelled to Queensland            Margaret tackled the Kwinana town site as she did every
where she was appointed to the role of architect.              other project throughout her working career – with
                                                               professionalism and an enthusiastic approach. We can only
For the first time in Margaret’s professional career           imagine the sort of work that Margaret Feilman would
she had a social life but found she needed more                have produced as an archeologist or artist but we are
                                                               lucky enough through our State’s recent history in Western
intellectual stimulation.                                      Australia to witness her skill as architect and planner.
Margaret travelled to the north of Queensland in the
Christmas holidays and upon her return to Brisbane
investigated the newly introduced British Council
Scholarships now available to study town planning. She was
advised to get work experience in planning and apply the
following year. On this recommendation Margaret travelled
to Melbourne and after a short time working as an architect
with a small firm was fortunate enough to land a job in
the new planning unit with the Commonwealth Housing
and Works Department. This role involved the replanning
of Darwin and commencing work on New Guinea towns
following the Japanese invasion.
The experience Margaret gained with this role meant
that she was now eligible to apply for a British Council
Scholarship and she was accepted into the following year’s
intake to study Town and Country Planning at the University       Margaret Feilman during her school days at Perth
of Durham in the UK.                                            College. Margaret is the first girl (LHS) in the back row
                                                                                    archive ref. 96/31/9

14      HERITAGE to hold with care
Junior School Camps
School camps are an important experience for all of our girls offering opportunities to develop social skills and team spirit
in an educational environment. New girls to the School also find it easier to get to know their classmates in this informal
The Junior School introduces camps to Year 4 students with an overnight stay at the Perth Zoo. This camp is a wonderful
experience offering an exciting and educational programme focus. For many of our girls this is the first time they have
spent the night away from their families.
Our Year 5 girls spend three days at Ern Halliday Recreation camp at Hillarys with the aim of developing personal and
interpersonal relationships and responsibilities. Girls are also challenged to perform their personal best through an
action-packed programme of physical and thinking activities. Designed to bring out the best in each child, the emphasis
is on having fun in a caring and sharing environment.
Four days in Point Walter enables the Year 6 students to gain confidence by participating in a range of personal and
physical challenges. Activities such as low ropes and high ropes, paddling and rafting, mountain biking and a selection of
team games keep the girls occupied for the four day visit.
For Year 7 students, the Kalgoorlie camp offers the opportunity to experience valuable learning opportunities outside of
the normal classroom environment. Visits to the Town Hall, the Museum, the Superpit and the Hall of Fame are just some
of the attractions. This camp offers new and old students alike a chance to foster friendships and share experiences.

                     Year 4 girls at the Zoo

    Year 5 girls at the Ern Halliday
          Recreation Centre

                   Year 7 girls in Kalgoorlie
Concerto Night
Perth College is proud to present Concerto Night -
showcasing the talent of the Year 12 Music students

Tuesday, 11 September 2007
Judith Cottier Theatre
Tickets $8.00
Bookings 9471 2100

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