Welcome to the 2019 school year everyone. I am delighted to welcome new students to our lovely campus and I am also very pleased to welcome to the College Ms Katie Edwards, our new Vice Principal.

I am delighted to let students and parents know that our 2018 College Dux, Ronald Tun, achieved an outstanding ATAR score of 99.2.  In fact we had three students achieve an ATAR above 95 and eleven students achieving between 80 and 89 in their WACE; this is a significant increase in this category from previous years. Many of the forty three ATAR students achieved outstanding results with nine Schools Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) certificates including Ronald Tun achieving a Certificate of Distinction and a Subject Certificate of Excellence in English. Ashleigh Saringer was also awarded a Subject Certificate of Excellence for Mathematics Applications. Six students were awarded a Subject Certificate of Merit (Rian Paolo Cuaresma, Lydia Gultom, Jia Ying Ku, Ashleigh Saringer, Nalinie See and Neil Zuniega).

Twelve students were awarded scholarships to universities in Western Australia including three students gaining scholarships to Curtin University worth $15,000 each (Lydia Gultom, Jia Ying Ku and Ronald Tun). We are also celebrating the wonderful achievement of our Year 12 Follow the Dream Aboriginal students who all achieved their WACE in 2018 (100%). Congratulations to the students and the hard working staff involved with this outstanding program.

If you have had a chance to look at the term one school planner on our school website (www.sevenoaks.wa.edu.au) we have a busy and exciting calendar of events. This year we have a new initiative The Sevenoaks Choir!  All students are welcome to join our choir that will meet in the College Dance room on Wednesday and Thursday lunch times.   Importantly, all students will participate in our Advocacy program Harmony and Diversity that begins in week three. This innovative program, specifically designed for our College, by our staff, will help equip students and staff with greater skills and knowledge to better understand the social and cultural diversity of our College population. I am thrilled that we are such a culturally diverse community and that we welcome students from all walks of life; this enriches our campus and our learning experiences. It is very important that students enthusiastically participate in the Harmony and Diversity modules.

So, what is happening in Term One?

12 February                        Year 12 Assembly (during Advocacy in the Lecture Theatre)

19 February                        Harmony and Diversity Module 1

20 February                        ATAR Parent Information Evening

22 February                        Year 12 Ball

26 February                        Year 12 Student Guild Elections

26 February                        Year 11 Assembly (during Advocacy in the College gym)

4 March                               Labour Day Holiday (no students)

5 March                               Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) begins in College library

12 March                             Harmony and Diversity Module 2

19 March                             Year 11 Guild Elections

20 March                             Sevenoaks Harmony Day Festival

26 March                             College Board Meeting

5 April                                  Student Guild Leadership Camp

10 April                                Term One Progress Report Night (3.00pm – 6.00pm)

10 April                                P&C AGM (5.30pm – College Boardroom)

12 April                                Last Day of Term One

I am sure all of our students will enjoy participating in a number of these events. Throughout Term One a number of Stay on Campus events will occur and these activities will run at various times across the school day. Some examples of Stay on Campus activities include Valentines Day activities, table tennis tournaments, Hip Hop Dancing classes, Chess tournaments, courtyard games, student music performances and slam poetry.  There really is something for everyone, so please get involved and build connections and relationships here at Sevenoaks.

I look forward to meeting and speaking with students, parents and caregivers throughout the year. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any issues and please feel free to make an appointment to speak with me.