Rhodes scholar dinner
Roses from the Government House Gardens adorn the table for a special Rhodes Scholar dinner.

A dinner in honour of our Rhodes Scholar candidates, mixing music and education, and a strategic forum discussion

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest international scholarship program in the world as well as one of the most prestigious, and tonight it was a chance to meet and mingle with some of this year’s WA candidates, as well as Selection Committee members.

It is tradition that the Governor host a dinner the night before the annual Rhodes Scholar announcement is made, with one West Australian to be named as proceeding to the Australia At Large round at a special event tomorrow.

A Rhodes Scholar himself (1973) the Governor, and Ms Annus welcomed four of the six WA candidates to Government House, with the Governor earlier in the day chatting virtually with two other candidates who were unable to attend due to travel restrictions.

Last year’s dinner was unable to be held in person due to COVID, so it was a pleasure to be able to host candidates and committee at Government House in 2021.

Music in Education with Greenmount Primary School

It was a musical start to the day for the Governor and Ms Annus, welcoming students from Greenmount Primary School as part of the Government House Music in Education program.

Photo – ‘Eastwinds’ getting some of the Greenmount PS students joining in their Government House performance

The program, which is aimed at making music accessible to WA students, saw the wonderful trio from Eastwinds provide a morning of interactive rhythms, improvisation and fun.

Terrific to also see some Edith Cowan University education students drop in to see how the program worked as part of their study. The Music in Education program is run with the help of Musica Viva Australia.

Photo – Full house for the Greenmount Primary School visit as part of the Government House Music in Education program 

Following the Music in Education performance the Governor invited the students to tour the house before he left to join a range of senior and upcoming government, industry and academic leaders at the Perth USAsia Centre for a discussion.

The forum was a marvellous opportunity to share experiences while examining Western Australia’s role in an evolving Indo-Pacific region.

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