Term One Message from the Principal, Dr Kath Partridge

Welcome back to College everyone and thank you for taking time to read this update. Term One, a busy, ten week term, has started smoothly with both Year 11 and Year 12 students settling into their new courses extremely well. Our student population is larger than in 2016 and we are delighted that so many students are making the move to Sevenoaks Senior College.

It is a great pleasure that I can share with students, parents and community members some of the considerable successes of our 2016 graduates.  100 per cent of our students, who were seeking university course entry, have gained placements. In total thirty eight students have been accepted and are studying at a variety of universities this year.  Our ATAR students achieved the highest ever median ATAR score of 80.45 in the sixteen year history of the College. This is an extremely pleasing result along with our Year 12 VET students (not enrolled in four or more ATAR courses) achieving 100 per cent completion of a certificate II or higher.

Congratulations to our College DUX and Caltex All Rounder recipient James Hall who has enrolled in a Master of Teaching degree at the University of Western Australia.  Our top ATAR student was Gowdame Lakshmanan with a score of 94. Gowdame is studying Human Biology Preclinical at Curtin University of Technology.

We are delighted that three of our top performing VET students were recognised in the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCASA) honours list. Caleb Fetterroll, Peter Pingault and Richard Indich each received a SCASA Excellence Award. It is also very pleasing to report that these young men have successfully secured outstanding apprenticeships. Richard is now at the Crown Entertainment (Commercial Cookery) Peter, at Komatsu (Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic) and Caleb is at PJL Group enjoying his Boiler Maker apprenticeship. Many more of our VET students have moved into terrific apprenticeships and workplaces and we wish them all the very best.

I am looking forward to catching up with parents, caregivers and Year 11 and 12 students at our up-coming ATAR information evening (15 February 2017). This session, which will be conducted in the College Lecture Theatre between 7.00pm and 8.00pm, is designed to inform parents of ATAR students about the requirements of ATAR courses, including homework and study; useful ways that parents can support students who are planning to go the university; how students ATAR marks and grades are calculated as well as useful information about the pathways students now can access to gain entry to university. Our Vice Principal, Mr Dave Proctor and our College Career Coordinator, Mrs Brenda Earl, will present at this important event.

This term all students will participate in specially designed Advocacy modules entitled Harmony and Diversity. These modules are designed to help equip students and staff with greater skills and knowledge to better understand the social and cultural diversity of our College population.  Recently, teachers at the College participated in professional learning to enable them to facilitate the delivery of the Harmony and Diversity modules.

As I mentioned earlier this term is a busy ten week term involving many important events and opportunities:

  • 15 February       ATAR Parent Information Evening
  • 21 February       Year 12 Student Guild Elections
  • 28 February       Harmony and Diversity Advocacy Modules begin
  • 10 March             Year 12 College Ball
  • 14 March             College Board Meeting
  • 14 March             Year 11 Student Guild Elections
  • 22 March             Harmony Day Festival
  • 29 March             Parent Report Evening – Student Progress
  • 29 March             P&C (AGM)
  • 7 April                  Last school day Term One

 

There is always something happening at our vibrant, progressive College and I urge all students to get on board and get involved with these fantastic events. Of course our Harmony Day Festival has a reputation for being one of the best annual cultural events in our local community.

I am always happy to meet and speak with students, parents and caregivers. Please feel free to make an appointment and come and see me.  I look forward to catching up with you this year.

 

DR KATH PARTRIDGE

PRINCIPAL