Student Services at Sevenoaks Senior College aims to assist students to:
- make the most of their opportunities.
- to support them in their personal development.
- help them achieve their life and learning goals.
Student Services has friendly, professional staff, including Teacher Advocates, who can help students adjust to our adult learning environment.
An adult learning environment exists when teachers and students work co-operatively in an environment of mutual respect, care and support to attain the best possible learning outcomes.
We offer a wide range of youth support services at Sevenoaks. They include:
- Teacher Advocates
- Two onsite tertiary trained Youth Support Workers
- A part-time College Psychologist (Mondays and Tuesdays)
- College Nurse (Wednesdays)
- Aboriginal Support Teacher
- Follow the Dream Program
Students can receive counselling from our experienced Psychologist and Youth Support Worker to get help with:
- Practical issues, e.g. finding accommodation, Centrelink payments, making appointments with community agencies.
- Counselling, e.g. family issues, relationships, substance abuse, domestic violence, health issues etc.
- Other personal issues, e.g. anger management, conflict resolution.
- If you or your family need financial assistance, you can find more information here.
If you need further help there are the following FREE resources for young people:
Kids Help Line 1800 55 180 – They will chat with you about anything you need help with.
Headspace is the national youth mental health foundation. They help young people going through a tough time.
Youth Focus supports vulnerable young people in WA by offering a range of mental health services.
First aid can be sought through the Student Services office. The College Nurse can provide advice on nutrition, lifestyle habits and other general health matters.
Hurt or Unwell
Firstly report to the front office. The reception staff will be available to assist by contacting parents and/or first aid trained staff.
- Students who wish to drive a vehicle to College MUST apply to become a Registered Driver.
- Registered Drivers receive permission to use the College car park, and are issued with a laminated parking permit card.
- Driver Registration forms are available from the College reception.
Having applied for and received approval to drive a vehicle to Sevenoaks and park in the student car park, Registered Drivers are responsible for complying with the following provisions:
- An 8 kph speed limit applies within the College grounds
- Drivers must proceed safely and cautiously, and give way to pedestrians
- Students may not sit in the car of a Registered Driver while it is parked in the student car park
- Students may not travel in the car of a Registered Driver UNLESS written approval has been given by the parent/guardian of both the driver and passenger.
- Motorcyclists must obey the same rules plus wear a helmet.
Students who breach these conditions will lose the right to bring their vehicles onto the College site.
Make inquiries at the College reception area.
Youth Allowance/Austudy and Abstudy
You must tell Centrelink when you:
- Cease to be a full time student.
- Centrelink must be advised of any changes to your study load.
- Have changed your address.
- Have changes to your income and/or your parents’ income.
- You must let Centrelink know of any income changes, otherwise you may end up having to repay large amounts of money.
Remember that Centrelink carries out attendance checks on all students receiving Youth Allowance and Abstudy. The College is required to submit attendance records of students at the completion of each term.
Note: Failure to follow the above steps will result in you having to pay back money. Trying to sort out these problems, months after the absences, is extremely difficult and time-consuming for you and for College staff.
Change of address
Students are often contacted by phone or mail. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the office of any changes in phone number or address. Mail sent to an old address will not be accepted as an excuse for failure to respond to letters or obtain essential information the College has sent out.