HELPING to nurture and develop girls to become inspiring women is the number one priority for Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC) new Head of Junior School Louise Peyton.
Ms Peyton was welcomed to the Peppermint Grove school at a special ceremony on Wednesday morning, where she told parents, staff and students she could not wait to start her new role.
“I am very keen to start getting to know the students and their families,” she said.
“Over the next few weeks it’s my aim to meet as many students and parents as I can so I can ensure we continue to meet the individual needs of each student.”
A mother of four daughters, Ms Peyton moved to Perth with her husband after taking the role at PLC, leaving her position as Head of Primary at Darwin’s Kormilda College.
She said PLC had welcomed her with open arms.
“I’m blown away, I’m so blown away,” she said.
“I just wanted to be with the students, I couldn’t wait.
“To be here is so incredibly rewarding, and it’s only day one.
“This morning’s assembly was more of a chat session, for students to get to know me better, and that’s exactly the approach I want, for them to be able to talk to me and be open.”
Principal Dr Kate Hadwen said she was confident the school community would embrace Ms Peyton’s infectious and joyful personality.
“Louise has more than 20 years’ senior leadership experience in both the Independent and Catholic education sectors and is extraordinarily well qualified to further extend the great work already in place at the junior school,” she said.
“Her post graduate study was in the field of student wellbeing and Louise is dedicated to working with students to develop resilience, persistence and challenging them to work at their personal best.”