Welcome back to College everyone. Term one, a busy, short nine week term, has started smoothly with both Year 11 and Year 12 students settling into their new courses extremely well.

It is a great pleasure that I can share with students, parents and community members some of the considerable successes of our 2014 graduates.  100 per cent of our students who were seeking university course entry gained their first preference.  Sevenoaks Senior College was the only school, public or private, to achieve this success.  The next closest school was Carey Baptist College with 91 per cent of students gaining their first university preference. In all, 31 Sevenoaks Senior College students who graduated last year are now studying at a variety of universities.

Congratulations to our College DUX and top ATAR student, Isabel Zhang, who is studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science this year at the University of Western Australia.  May I also congratulate Sarah Campbell for her School Curriculum and Standards Authority Award; a Certificate of Commendation.  Sarah was also the recipient of the College Westscheme  Award for Excellence in VET.

This term all students will participate in specially designed Advocacy modules entitled Difference Differently. These modules are designed to help equip students and staff with greater skills and knowledge to better understand the cultural diversity of our College population.  Staff from Curtin University of Technology are supporting the implementation of these new modules. Recently, teachers at the College participated in professional learning to enable them to facilitate the delivery of Difference Differently.

As I mentioned earlier, this term is a short nine week term, however, so many important and exciting events are organised:

  • 17 February        Year 12 Student Guild Elections
  • 18 February        Information evening for parents and caregiver of ATAR students
  • 6 March               Year 12 College Ball
  • 17 March             Year 11 Student Guild Elections
  • 17 March             College Board Meeting
  • 18 March             Harmony Day Festival
  • 1 April                  Parent Report Evening – Student Progress

There is never a dull moment 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.