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Emma Ritchie (2012) is the Designer & Owner of Pretty Pool Swimwear, a swimwear label for teenage girls aged from 14 – 22 years old. Pretty Pool Swimwear is designed and made 100% in Western Australia from recycled polyester and lycra.

The garments’ prints are all hand watercolour painted by designer Emma Ritchie, inspired by travels and the Australian lifestyle. Emma studied Fashion Design at South Metropolitan TAFE in Perth WA, where she was able to gain skills in all areas of design, construction and patternmaking. Emma has also worked for numerous high-end design labels in Western Australia.

Please support our OGA community.Alice Cogin (Class of 2009)

Alice Cogin had the opportunity to shoot an original short idea film, 15 minutes long, with a full Hollywood crew. Her film, ‘The Finish Line’ premiered this month at a gala in the USA. Hollywood star, Dominic West (The Wire, The Affair, Appropriate Adult) featured in the short film.

A few words from Alice:

‘My movie, ‘The Finish Line’ premiered at Paramount Pictures. Thanks to Jameson Irish Whiskey, Dana Brunetti and the whole First Shot crew. I wanted to capture a story that showed what it was like to see life from a different perspective. Thanks to Dominic West and Luke Zimmerman for helping me pull off my vision. And thanks to every single person on set who supported me and made this happen. Have a watch! I hope you like it.”

The Finish Line | Jameson First Shot 2017

By Australia’s Alice Cogin. For more, check out Instagram at @JamesonFirstShot.



  Sarah Henn (2009) studied a Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine at Curtin University before completing a Honours Degree looking at cancer immunotherapy. Sarah now works at the University of Western Australia.Explore 8

Explore 8 is a two week extension project for all Year 8s. Students are taken off the timetable and given the opportunity to explore ideas in a personal project. They employ a human design thinking approach and develop an innovative response to a problem in our community. They are exposed to many guest speakers, new ideas and ways of thinking.

“The students have very much enjoyed the guest speakers who have spoken to them on many different themes. We have been very fortunate to have a number of ex-students speak to the girls about their career pathways and how they have been innovative in their work. Sarah Henn (2009) talked to the girls about her work in Cancer Research, and Ashleigh Nelson (2004) spoke to the girls about her career in Hockey and her work with RUOk. Staff member Amanda Huxtable (1997) talked to the girls about her work with St Yareds and all of the innovations they have put in place to help find solutions for the lack of education for children in Addis Ababa.”
– Marsha Pengilly, Year 8 Dean


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