Parent Report Evening

Semester 1 Reports will be released to parents on Wednesday 28 June between 3pm and 6pm.

Parents or Guardians are encouraged to visit the College at this time as all teachers will be available to discuss your student’s progress for Semester 1.

This is an important opportunity as many students can make significant improvements in Semester 2; even if they are already doing well.

New Winter Uniform Available

As the colder weather approaches, we have long sleeved and warm College shirts available for only $20.

Warm College jackets are also available.

Please come to the Front Office to try them on.

Term Two Message From The Principal

Term Two Message from the Principal, Dr Kath Partridge

Term two is underway!  Welcome back to College everyone; it is lovely to see students and staff enjoying catching up after the holiday break.

Every day matters at Sevenoaks and attending every zone of learning is vitally important. I urge all students to quickly re-focus their energy onto the important job of learning.  Completing class work and home work and making sure you are up to date with your studies will ensure you are well placed to reach your educational goals this term.  Don’t forget, your Advocate and your teachers are here to assist and support you so please seek them out for help. If you have missed out on some work or if you are not sure how to do something in your class go and speak to your teacher.

It is a busy term with Year 12 students sitting semester one examinations in Week 6 (29 May until 2 June) and Year 11 examinations taking place in Week 7 (6 June until 9 June).  Year 12 students will also participate in Externally Set Tasks (EST) this term. It is imperative that students attend and complete these tasks (a requirement of the School curriculum and Standards Authority).

Semester one course work will cease on June 13 with semester two curriculum beginning on June 14. Students will also receive their semester one reports this term with Parent Report Evening occurring on June 28.

This term we also turn our attention to health and wellbeing with a number of fantastic opportunities for students and staff. Our sporting teams will represent the College on the field and court. I wish all participating students the best of luck. Remember to have fun and enjoy the experience.  We also have a couple of new healthy initiatives this term; the 10 000 Step Challenge and a Jump Rope for Heart event. Our very capable Student Guild will be supporting both of these initiatives and I urge students and staff to jump on board and get involved with these fun occasions.

Year 11 students who are enrolled in Workplace Learning will participate in a block of work from June 6 until June 9 (week 7).  Students involved in this course often receive outstanding grades and feedback from their employer because in the workplace different skills are demonstrated and we often see students operating in a professional, ‘business like’ manner.

I am incredibly positive about students participating in Workplace Learning as I have seen first-hand the impact and benefits that this type of ‘hands on’ course can have on young people. A number of our students find part time employment from their Workplace Learning opportunities.  Students are also better informed about their career interests once they have experienced work in a business or industry that they may be considering as a future area of study or employment.  All the best to those students venturing into the workplace!

At Sevenoaks Senior College a number of additional support personnel are employed to assist and help students manage their busy and sometimes complex lives. Our College Youth Workers, Niamh, Louise and Michelle; our College Nurse, Vanessa and our School Psychologist, Les, along with teacher Advocates (whose role at the College is to guide and mentor a group of students) are all available to ensure students are well supported whilst they are completing their studies with us.  Don’t forget that I am also available to speak and meet with students and parents so please feel free to make an appointment to see me if you so need.

Enjoy a busy Term Two! I look forward to chatting with students as I move around the campus.

DR KATH PARTRIDGE
PRINCIPAL

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

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