From the Principal

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