A warm welcome back to students and staff.

We kick off our busy 10 week term with Showcase Day!  Next Thursday (July 27), we are delighted to host our Year 10 Cannington Community College and Yule Brook College students. Teachers at Sevenoaks will spend time with our transitioning students helping them learn a little bit more about the College and the courses we offer.  Year 11 and Year 12 students will continue to attend their classes as normal; however, we will also be entertaining feeder school students who will have the chance to get to know how our College operates as well as meet teachers and staff.  A big thank you to all of the students who will act as guides on Showcase Day. I really appreciate your help to ensure that this day is a success and that our visiting students enjoy their Sevenoaks experience.

We are also very pleased to be hosting a Year 10 Parent Information Evening at 6.00 pm in the College lecture theatre on Wednesday 2 August for the parents and guardians of students who will be attending Sevenoaks in 2018.  This important session will provide parents with information about the College, our courses, Western Australian Certificate of Education and Vocational Education and Training requirements as well as career and further studies and training opportunities for Sevenoaks students.  I urge all parents and guardians of Year 10 students who will be coming to Sevenoaks next year to attend this event.

Next month (August 10) we are delighted to be hosting the Minister of Education and Training and Workforce Development the Honourable Sue Ellery MLC. I am looking forward to speaking with the Minister and showing her our impressive modern facilities. I am sure students will also enjoy meeting our new Minister as she walks around the campus.

Importantly, many Year 11 and Year 12 students will once again be involved in completing the On-line Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) which will occur in week 8 of this term. Students who are required to sit these assessments will be notified prior to week 8.  Also in week 8 students who have returned their meningococcal vaccination forms will be receiving their injections. The College lecture theatre will be the venue for these vaccinations.

A busy term three ‘Stay on Campus’ events calendar has been organised by Mrs Marriott, our Student Services Co-ordinator.  This term there are many opportunities for students to have some fun with friends at our fantastic lunch time dance sessions, RUOK activities, Cookies and Cupcake morning teas, Fruit and Veg delicious lunches or by participating in our Year 12 Year Book friendship photos on August 1.  I hope students get involved in some of these great events and enjoy their time here on campus.

On September 1 a number of Student Guild members will be travelling to Parliament House for a tour and lunch hosted by our local member of parliament the Honourable Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Commerce and Industrial Relations, Electoral Affairs and Asian Engagement.  Students learn a great deal from having the chance to attend our state parliament as well as speak with Minister Johnston who has hosted our Guild members over a number of years.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the City of Canning for working with our guild students over a number of weeks to help develop their public speaking and community engagement skills through a program entitled ‘Loud and Clear’.  This program has helped develop the confidence and speaking skills of our guild members who will have their final public speaking session on Friday July 28.

I am sure that I do not need to remind students, especially our Year 12 students, that working  hard, completing homework, setting goals and meeting deadlines is incredibly important this term.  Attendance is the key. Please make sure you attend every zone. Don’t forget that your teachers and Advocates are here for you. If you have any questions, if you have missed some work or you are not sure how to complete a task or if you need some help, go and speak with your teacher.

I look forward to chatting with students as I walk around the College and when visiting classrooms.

I hope you have an enjoyable and successful term three.