Pen­rhos pays off

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

HARRIET Leaves­ley be­lieves be­ing a boarder at Pen­rhos Col­lege helped her with her stud­ies and has fu­elled her goal of work­ing over­seas.

The grad­u­ate was among the stu­dents at the school to per­form well as it fin­ished third be­hind Perth Mod­ern and Pres­by­te­rian Ladies' Col­lege in terms of aca­demic re­sults in WA.

Harriet (17) had an ATAR score of 97.95 and has been of­fered an as­sured path­way to law at the Univer­sity of Western Aus­tralia.

She moved to Pen­rhos Col­lege from Year 10 af­ter study­ing at Mar­garet River Pri­mary School and Mar­garet River High School in her home town.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence at Pen­rhos was re­ally good, ev­ery­one was very wel­com­ing,” she said.

“There were ups and downs, there was some points when I wanted to go but I had good friends who helped me.

“I think be­ing a boarder, it helped with my study be­cause I had a struc­ture, we studied for two hours af­ter school in our rooms.

“Af­ter din­ner, I would then study for two or three hours,” she said.

Harriet said her tar­get ATAR score was 96 so she was sur­prised to sur­pass that.

“My first pref­er­ence is an as­sured path­way to law at UWA but my dream is to even- tu­ally do some­thing in­ter­na­tional,” she said.

“I think be­ing a boarder gave me in­de­pen­dence and the skills to look af­ter my­self.

“My se­cret was be­ing flex­i­ble with my stud­ies and keep­ing d464081 Pen­rhos Col­lege prin­ci­pal Meg Melville said the ac­com­plish­ments of the Year 12 stu­dents were the re­sult of in­cred­i­ble com­mit­ment to their aca­demic “per­sonal best” through­out their se­nior se­condary years of school­ing.

“Our aca­demic staff worked ex­tremely hard with the stu­dents both in and out of class, as teach­ers and men­tors, to en­able the girls to achieve to the very best of their po­ten­tial,” she said.

“We are ex­tremely proud of the aca­demic ac­com­plish­ments of our 2016 Year 12s, es­pe­cially taken in con­text with the broad range of co-cur­ric­u­lar, com­mu­nity ser­vice and lead­er­ship ac­tiv­i­ties that these stu­dents in­volved them­selves in.

“Our goal is al­ways to im­prove the per­for­mance of all of our Year 12 stu­dents, what­ever the ATAR or al­ter­na­tive path­way they may be striv­ing form,” she said. a bal­ance be­tween my so­cial life and study­ing.

“I’ve got two older sis­ters who went to Pen­rhos, my mum went here and my dad ac­tu­ally went to kindy and pre-pri­mary here too”.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Harriet Leaves­ley is off to UWA.

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