2017 Term One Message

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

2016 Term Four Message

We have celebrated the conclusion of schooling for our Year 12 students at the Astral Ballroom, Crown Entertainment Complex. The occasion marked the formal acknowledgement of the achievement of our young men and women as we congratulated and farewelled them.  It was an uplifting ceremony shared by 140 Year 12 students, 700 guests including many dignitaries.

Our highly sought after College Excellence Awards were present to two very worthy recipients. Albert Luwi was named the Outstanding Achievement winner and was provided with his award from Board member Associate Professor Jan Gray; whilst James Hall was awarded the College Dux presented by Professor Marnie O’Neill, Chair of the College Board.   A number of other prestigious awards were also conferred at the Presentation Ceremony including;

Award Award Recipient
Cultural Navigator Farzana Syed Abdel Ahmed
Positive Image Caleb Fetterroll
Citizenship Bianca Morgan
Caltex All Rounder James Hall
Aboriginal Achievement Shania-Lee Kickett
School Based Traineeship Byron Hall
Westscheme Award for Excellence in VET Caleb Fetterroll
Kertisha Dershaw Sports Award Albert Luwi
Caltex All Rounder (Education Support Centre) Mary Jane Middlecoat
Westscheme Award for Excellence in VET (Education Support Centre) Michael Hughes
Cummins Trade Training Centre Peter Pingault

 

We are of course very proud of the efforts of our award winners and the entire Year 12 cohort who have spent the past two years with us here at Sevenoaks.  On behalf of the staff and College Board I wish all students the very best for their future endeavours.

Over the past few weeks our Year 12 ATAR students have been sitting their final external examinations.  Also our Year 11 students have been very busy completing assignments and sitting their end of year examinations here at the College. We still have students completing work and more than fifty students are currently out in the local community participating in Workplace Learning opportunities (21 November until 2 December).  Year 11 reports will be mailed home before the end of the year and we are very much looking forward to seeing all of our Year 11 students back at Sevenoaks in 2017.

Congratulations also to our Canning Skills Big Picture Academy students who have also finished their studies. I am delighted to see so many students who are involved in this re-engagement program achieve a completed Certificate II along with other SCASA courses.

Our latest newsletter is now available on our College website www.sevenoaks.wa.edu.au.  I encourage all parents and care givers to spend a few minutes enjoying this comprehensive update of activities.  Importantly, this newsletter also contains a 2017 Term One Planner with all of our key Term One dates noted.

We are currently enrolling for 2017 and have vacancies in our highly sought after Trade Training Centre certificate programs (Automotive and Metals and Engineering), along with vacancies in ATAR and General Pathway programs. If you are wishing to enrol your son or daughter at the College please contact our reception on 9 356 4900 to make an appointment to see Mrs Fiona Thomson, our Enrolment Coordinator.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the College staff, Board members, community members and business and industry representatives who have supported our students this year.  I would also like to thank parents, family members and care givers who have played a very important role in working with us to ensure each and every student at Sevenoaks can reach his or her full potential and successfully move along their learning continuum.  Your support is vital as we work hard to help your child achieve their best.

I look forward to working with everyone again in 2017 and I am especially looking forward to another exciting year of endeavour and achievement from our talented, creative students.  I will be available back at the College on Monday January 23 2017.

 

DR KATH PARTRIDGE

PRINCIPAL

2016 Term Three Message

Welcome to term three everyone; it is lovely to see staff and students back for another productive term.

Congratulations to the many students who achieved outstanding semester one results. Our recent College Assembly provided the appropriate opportunity to recognise those students awarded Achievement and Endeavour certificates for their semester one studies.

Term three is a ten week block for all students to complete necessary course work and VET units of competency so that students are well placed to gain the academic rewards they are capable of achieving. It is very important that students really apply themselves this term. Before you know it our Year 12 students will be completing their studies and will be preparing for their final examinations. Please seek out support from  teachers and Advocates who are only too willing to provide information and help.

This Thursday, July 28, we will welcome the Year 10 students from our two feeder schools, Yule Brook College and Cannington Community College. Students will spend the day at Sevenoaks where courses and programs will be showcased to help students learn more about the exciting opportunities here at Sevenoaks. Our general courses, Trade Training Centre VET qualifications, additional VET courses will all be presented by the staff who will be teaching the courses in 2017.

Also coming up is the Year 10 Parent Information Evening held on August 3 in the Sevenoaks Senior College lecture theatre (6.00 pm – 7.00 pm). This is an opportunity for parents of Year 10 students who will be coming to Sevenoaks in 2017 to learn more about our College and our programs.

Year 11 and 12 students who have not yet met the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) requirements will have another opportunity to take the various assessments from August 29 until September 2 2016.  Students will be notified as to when they need to attend the College library to sit these assessments.

I would like thank parents, business and industry representatives and community members for their on-going support of our College. Our proactive College Board works closely with the College leadership team to ensure that we are always focused on our goal of delivering a quality education for every child.  I am available to meet and speak with parents. If you would like to chat about an issue please just contact the College reception to make an appointment.

DR KATH PARTRIDGE

PRINCIPAL

2016 Term Two Message

Warm greetings to students, staff and parents!  Term two is upon us and so to some refreshing, much needed rain. Term two presents another important block of time for learning and skill development and I hope all students take advantage of their time here at College including spending free zones in the College library, meeting with their teachers or advocates.

It was terrific to see so many parents at our term one progress report evening. I am sure the information provided by staff will help students continue to move along their learning continuum and achieve success with their studies.

Term two is a very important term with Year 12 and Year 11 exams occurring in weeks 6 and 7. Also this year many students will be participating in Externally Set Tasks, a new requirement of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA).

I am delighted that so many students have taken the opportunity to attend our University Pathway presentations as well as the Elevate study support sessions that have been occurring each Wednesday afternoon.  I am also pleased that our after school Australian Rules Football (AFL) and soccer sports programs will start again this term. I looking forward to watching the action!

Currently our Hospitality Centre is undergoing a complete refurbishment and we are very much looking forward to our new cooking area which we hope will be completed by the end of May. Some students are enjoying using the catering facilities located at the Cannington Leisureplex until this work is completed.

Parents and students are reminded that the speed zone in our campus is 8 km.  Please be very careful as you drive in our College grounds. Students are also reminded they should not cross over Sevenoaks Street right outside the College gates as they move towards the Cannington train and bus station. Sevenoaks Street is a very busy road. All students should walk to the traffic lights and cross when the lights indicate.

I’m looking forward to walking around classrooms this term and chatting with students about what they are studying.  Parents are reminded that if they would like to speak with me I am available and happy to make time to catch up.

Dr Kath Partridge

Term 4 Message

Welcome back everyone! Term 4 is underway and is a busy, exciting term for both Year 11 and Year 12 students.  Of course one of the highlights for the term is the Year 12 Presentation Ceremony to be held on Saturday November 7 beginning at 10.30am.  This year’s event will be held at the Crown Entertainment Complex and is sure to be a very happy and uplifting occasion for our Year 12 students and their families.

I am also looking forward to our traditional Year 12 Farewell Breakfast that will take place on Friday 23 October here in the College café. This event is a lovely way for staff (who cook and provide the breakfast) to say a more personal farewell to students.

The Western Australia Certificate of Education examinations will begin for our students on Monday 2 November. Students have been provided with their individual timetables and are aware of the location and time of their examinations. Mrs Earl, our Career Coordinator, has been working closely with our students so that they have all of the relevant information they need regarding these exams.  I wish all our Year 12 students sitting examinations the very best of luck. The next few weeks here at College are very important, please ensure you attend every zone as you work to complete tasks and prepare for your exams.

Our Year 11 students are also in for a busy term with examinations beginning on 16 November. Students are working hard to complete their tasks and VET units of competency and a number of students will also be involved with Workplace Learning after the final Year 11 examinations (starting on Monday 23 November). Good luck to all of those students sitting examinations and heading out to a work placement.

I am also looking forward to attending our Canning Skills Presentation ceremony on Tuesday 24 November. This event is always well attended and I am looking forward to congratulating students and meeting parents and caregivers.

Teachers are involved in a number of professional development events this term and are working hard to be ready to deliver and assess the new Year 12 courses that will be introduced at the College in 2016. Students need to make every effort to speak to their teachers and Advocates to ensure they are on top of their assessments and tasks as their academic year draws to a close.

I have just had the opportunity to look through the 2015 Year Book that has just arrived. It is a wonderful production and lovely keep sake for all of us.  Well done to Natasha Georgiou and the Year Book crew who have worked so hard to produce this fabulous book.   I hope you enjoy looking at the many photographs depicting our energetic, friendly, caring campus.

Don’t forget, I am available to meet parents and caregivers; if you would like to speak with me please contact the College reception to make an appointment.

DR KATH PARTRIDGE

PRINCIPAL

Term Three Message

After a very busy close to term two, term three is now underway with student’s enjoying catching up with each other after a lovely mid-year break.

Congratulations to the many students who achieved outstanding semester one results. Our upcoming College Assembly will provide the appropriate opportunity to recognise those students who have been awarded Achievement and Endeavour certificates for their semester one studies. Many thanks to all of the parents and caregivers who came along to our recent Parent Report evening taking time to speak with teachers about their son or daughter’s progress. Also I would like to thanks the parents who took time to participate in our P&C get together that also took place on this evening. Your involvement and commitment to the College is very much appreciated.

Term three is a ten week term comprising of a comprehensive block of time for all students to complete necessary course work and VET Units of Competency. Teachers have very clear expectations of what they require from each student and I have the very clear expectation that student will attend each zone, fully prepared and ready to engage and work hard. For our Year 12’s term three is a crucial time to complete course work before sitting final assessments and examinations.

Next week, staff and students are very much looking forward to welcoming Year 10 students from Yule Brook College and Cannington Community College to Showcase Day. Showcase Day provides prospective students, from our two feeder schools, with an opportunity to learn about all of the various courses and programs on offer at Sevenoaks. Our general courses e.g. Chemistry, Physics Psychology, English, Geography, History (and more), Trade Training Centre VET qualifications (Automotive and Metals and Engineering), additional VET courses such as Business, Information Technology and Hospitality, English as an Additional Dialect/Language and many others will be presented with students actively participating in a variety of activities throughout the day. Our 2016 prospective Year 11 students will also participate in a two day Orientation Program later in term four to further help them transition to the College.

Showcase Day will occur on Thursday 30 July 2015 from 10.40am until 2.00pm. Information regarding Showcase Day has been provided to Year 10 students from Yule Brook College and Cannington Community College.

Year 11 students who have not yet meet the On-line Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) requirements will be provided with another opportunity to take the various assessments from August 31 until September 4 2015. Students will be notified as to when they need to attend the College library to participate in the OLNA.

Finally, Year 11 and 12 students will continue to receive career counselling this term. Mrs Earl will be meeting with various groups of Year 12 students to ensure university and TAFE (training) applications are completed in anticipation of future career transitions. Canning Skills students will also receive career counselling with TAFE (training) opportunities being presented and discussed.

It is lovely to see everyone back and busy, enjoying their time here at the College. Remember that I am available to meet with parents and caregivers. Please contact the College reception to make an appointment.

DR KATH PARTRIDGE

PRINCIPAL

TERM ONE PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Welcome back to College everyone. Term one, a busy, short nine week term, has started smoothly with both Year 11 and Year 12 students settling into their new courses extremely well.

It is a great pleasure that I can share with students, parents and community members some of the considerable successes of our 2014 graduates.  100 per cent of our students who were seeking university course entry gained their first preference.  Sevenoaks Senior College was the only school, public or private, to achieve this success.  The next closest school was Carey Baptist College with 91 per cent of students gaining their first university preference. In all, 31 Sevenoaks Senior College students who graduated last year are now studying at a variety of universities.

Congratulations to our College DUX and top ATAR student, Isabel Zhang, who is studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science this year at the University of Western Australia.  May I also congratulate Sarah Campbell for her School Curriculum and Standards Authority Award; a Certificate of Commendation.  Sarah was also the recipient of the College Westscheme  Award for Excellence in VET.

This term all students will participate in specially designed Advocacy modules entitled Difference Differently. These modules are designed to help equip students and staff with greater skills and knowledge to better understand the cultural diversity of our College population.  Staff from Curtin University of Technology are supporting the implementation of these new modules. Recently, teachers at the College participated in professional learning to enable them to facilitate the delivery of Difference Differently.

As I mentioned earlier, this term is a short nine week term, however, so many important and exciting events are organised:

  • 17 February        Year 12 Student Guild Elections
  • 18 February        Information evening for parents and caregiver of ATAR students
  • 6 March               Year 12 College Ball
  • 17 March             Year 11 Student Guild Elections
  • 17 March             College Board Meeting
  • 18 March             Harmony Day Festival
  • 1 April                  Parent Report Evening – Student Progress

There is never a dull moment 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.

 

End of Year Message

As the College year draws to a close it is time to reflect on all of the wonderful achievements experienced this year. As many parents would be aware we recently celebrated the outstanding success of our Year 12 graduates at our Presentation Ceremony. 150 students from Sevenoaks Senior College and Cannington Education Support Centre participated in this event. Dignitaries, parents, teachers and friends were on hand to congratulate students who, having finished sitting their examinations and completed their studies, are now moving into the next phase of their life.

We have celebrated many occasions throughout the year including our fabulous Harmony Day festival involving our entire college community. This spectacular event recognises our cultural diversity and provides an opportunity for students to share their stories, food, dance and music with each other.

We have celebrated NAIDOC Week, and of course enjoyed our annual College Ball. This year students have also participated, in a number of health and wellbeing events including Fruit ‘n’ Veg Week and RU OK Day. Our College volleyball, basketball, soccer, touch footy, hockey and AFL teams were involved in competitions this year and achieved some great results. Also the young men involved in our Clontarf Football Academy achieved some terrific results throughout their football season.

While all of this has been occurring, students have also been focused on completing their studies to the best of their ability. Additional support has been available to students from teachers and Advocates particularly in the areas of career counselling, English as an Additional Language/Dialect (tutoring) and via our outstanding Follow the Dream program which supports many of our Aboriginal students.

As a Registered Training Organisation the College has continued to deliver and assess National training qualifications in the areas of Business, Information Technology and Hospitality as well as providing students with vocational education opportunities at our Trade Training Centre (automotive and metals and engineering) and at a number of state training institutions.

It has indeed been a very rewarding year with significant achievements to celebrate.I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe festive season and I am very much looking forward to another productive and rewarding year in 2015.

End of term three message

As students work to complete tasks and projects before the term three holidays, teachers are preparing for a busy time marking the up-coming examinations that our Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) students will sit during the term break.  Year 12 students who are completing stage 2 and 3 Western Australian Certificate of Education courses have been given a timetable and know when and where to report to for these important exams. It is most important that all ATAR students attend these examinations.

Recently parents and caregivers would have received a copy of the latest College newsletter that provides a comprehensive calendar of events for the rest of the year. Included on this calendar is the dates for the Western Australian Certificate of Education examinations. These examinations, unlike the upcoming year 12 holiday exams will not be held at Sevenoaks Senior College. Mrs Earl, our career advisor, will prepare students so that they know exactly where their exams will be held and what needs to be taken to each examination.

It is also a busy time for our year 11 students who will be sitting examinations in term four. Students studying stage 2 and 3 courses will sit examinations from 17 to 21 of November with parents receiving year 11 reports shortly afterwards.

We are excited to be hosting our prospective 2015 year 11 students from December 1 until December 5.  They will enjoy a variety of experiences including Advocacy sessions, course information sessions, lunch and activities to help students get to know each other and begin to connect with Sevenoaks administration, teachers and support staff.

This week, the last week of term three, I am delighted to be hosting fifteen Principals from various schools across Indonesia. Our learned colleagues will spend time in our classrooms and listening to presentations.

I wish students a restful but rewarding (especially for our year 12 students sitting examinations) holiday. I am looking forward to term four and to attending our year 12 Presentation Ceremony that will take place on Saturday 15 November at the Cannington Exhibition Centre. This event is a very special time for our year 12 students and families.

DR KATH PARTRIDGE

Welcome to term three

I would like to welcome students and staff back to Sevenoaks Senior College after what was hopefully a restful term two break.  I would like to extend a warm welcome to parents and caregivers who may be reading this new web page for the very first time.  I hope our College site provides you with the information you are seeking.

At this time our sympathy and thoughts are with the relatives and friends of those taken so suddenly in the recent MH17 air disaster. Recently Sevenoaks staff gathered for a day of professional learning and we reflected on this dreadful incident and acknowledged how lucky we are in this country to be safe, not having to deal with the immediate perils of conflict and war.

Term three brings with it a number of challenges for students across all learning programs.

Advocate teachers are focusing on working with each student to ensure that appropriate classroom goals and career goals are in place as students continue to work to improve their academic standing.  Our experienced Advocates understand the need for one-on-one support, especially after the completion of semester one examinations and the circulation of semester one reports. Teacher Advocates always work hard to ensure each student has every opportunity to improve their performance and reach their true potential. Students are well advised to review their goals and strive to achieve them; attend every class and complete classroom assignments within the given time requirements.

Parents and caregivers continue to play a very important support role; working constructively with College staff to ensure their son or daughter is well positioned to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully move from Sevenoaks into the next career phase of their young life.  Teacher Advocates and classroom teachers may, from time to time, contact home to speak with parents about issues. Parental and caregiver input and support is greatly appreciated.

Classroom teachers are spending some time reviewing examination practices, student results and speaking with students about how to manage examination situations and requirements.  Expectations will no doubt be voiced about how every student still has considerable time left at the College to move forward and improve their semester one standing.  I urge all students to speak openly to their teachers about any areas of concern with their course work and I also urge every student to work hard this term to ensure they are in a strong academic position leading into their semester two examinations and completion of their learning program.

Students involved in Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs continue to achieve outstanding results and no doubt will be focusing on completing their industry certificates before the end of the year. We are extremely proud of our outstanding VET achievements. Most recently Benita McGinty (Year 12 2013) was awarded an Australian Vocational Student Prize for 2013 and Hayden Thorne (Year 12 2013) achieved a 2013 Vocational Student Prize and, in addition, was also awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School in the Western Australia State Award category.  I’m proud to say, it is not the first time Sevenoaks Senior College has achieved such awards.

Parents and caregivers are always welcome at our College and I am personally available for meetings.

DR KATH PARTRIDGE