As the academic year for our Year 12 students nears completion, our Year 11 students are very busy ensuring they have completed all of their assessments and VET units of competency and are ready for their examinations that begin on November 13.  Many of our Year 11 students will also be involved in a two week block of Workplace Learning that begins on November 20. I would like to wish these students the best of luck as they venture into the work place – it is an exciting time!

Of course our immediate thoughts are with our Year 12 ATAR student who will begin to sit their final WACE examinations on October 30. I am confident that our students are well prepared and have developed the skills and knowledge to achieve very positive results. I wish our Year 12 ATAR students every success as they manage these important exams.

One of the more memorable get togethers that occurs each year is the Year 12 farewell breakfast that is held in the College café. Teachers enjoy sharing this time with the students before they leave us and move onto the next exciting phase of their life.  I am looking forward to seeing students and staff at the breakfast that begins at 7.30 am.  A reminder to Year 12 students that they are required to attend two Presentation Ceremony rehearsals in the College gymnasium; one on Thursday 19 October at 9.00 am and another immediately after the Year 12 Farewell Breakfast on Friday 20 October.

I am also looking forward to our Year 12 Presentation Ceremony to be held at the Astral Ballroom, Crown Entertainment Complex, on Saturday November 4 (10.30am- 12.30pm) where we can all celebrate the wonderful achievements of our Year 12 students.  I hope to speak with parents and caregivers at this event which is a highlight of the College calendar.

This term the Sevenoaks Senior College staff will spend two orientation days with our Year 10 transitioning feeder school students (Cannington Community College and Yule Brook College) on December 4 and 5.  Year 10 students will have another opportunity to meet their teachers and familiarise themselves with the College community before they begin their Year 11 studies in 2018.  We are very much looking forward to spending time with our feeder school students as they begin to learn about senior school courses and requirements.

Well done to all of our students who recently participated in ‘Sevenoaks Got Talent’. This fantastic fundraising event was a huge success and the talent on display was of an unforgettable standard!  I know our judging panel had to make some difficult decisions when selecting our star performers. Once again our Student Guild displayed well developed organisational skills as they helped to coordinate this large College event.

We are currently taking enrolments for 2018 and I am pleased to say that our enrolment numbers are strong. If you are thinking of enrolling a new student at our College please make an appointment with Mrs Fiona Thomson, the College Operations Coordinator, to complete the necessary documentation (9356 4900).

I am keen to ensure our 2017 student school fees have been collected and I am aware that a number of payments are still outstanding.  Can I request that parents and caregivers complete payments at the College reception before then of the school year on December 15.  The next fee statement will be mailed to parents in week 5 (6-10 November). Payment of fees ensures we are well placed to offer students the opportunities they deserve.

I am available to meet and speak with parents so please feel free to contact the College if you would like to make an appointment.

Dr Kath Partridge