We enjoyed coming together today at our College Assembly to congratulate a large number of talented students who were recognised for their Semester One achievement and endeavour. Congratulations to the students identified at our assembly and to all of the students who reached their individual goals last semester.  I was also delighted that so many students achieved 100 percent attendance for semester one; I hope you enjoy your reward for this fantastic result.  As every student at Sevenoaks Senior College is no doubt aware, attending every zone, every day, is so important in terms of being able to achieve the very best results that you can achieve.

Term three is the last term at College for our Year 12 students (returning only for the first week of term four and leaving the College on Friday 18 October). Of course this means that it is a very busy term for students with assessments, tests, tasks and VET units of competency needing to be completed.  The Year 12 semester two examinations will begin in week 10, (Thursday 26 September) and run through until 4 October (this is during the school holidays).

Next Thursday (1 August) we are delighted to be hosting the Year 10 students from Yule Brook College and Cannington Community College at our Showcase Day (10.30am – 2.00pm). This day is designed to inform the students who will be attending Sevenoaks as Year 11 students in 2020, about the courses and programs on offer here at the College. It is also a time for students to meet the teachers and staff and spend some time meeting new friends and enjoying the College facilities.

Following on from our student Showcase Day, the parents of our Year 10 students who will be attending Sevenoaks in 2020, are invited to an Information Session on Wednesday 7 August at 6.00pm. This session will occur in the College Lecture theatre and will cover topics such as the courses and programs available at the College, student support services such as our Advocacy teacher program and student career opportunities. The evening will conclude with a brief tour of our outstanding facilities (for interested parents) and there will be time for any questions to be answered. I encourage parents of our 2020 Year 11 students to come along to this informative event.

Importantly, the semester two On-line Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) will occur in week 7 (2-6 September). Year 11 and 12 students who have not yet achieved category three in reading, writing or numeracy will be notified of the time they need to report to the College library to sit their next round of OLNA. This term we will also be supporting students with special literacy and numeracy sessions occurring in the weeks leading up to OLNA.

There are lots of fantastic events and activities throughout the term and a host of interesting excursions occurring as well. Some of our excursions include our Student Guild attending Parliament House for a Leadership Lunch; Canning Skills students attending the Aviation Museum, Sci Tech, the Shipwreck Museum and SERCUL and some of our science students will attend the Harry Perkins Medical Research Centre.  Next week (week 2) our Student Guild will be coordinating a fundraising event during Advocacy (sausage sizzle and student concert). Our very popular Healthy Options Fruit and Veg lunch week will occur (Week 7), along with our annual Sports Rewards Lunch (19 September) and we will also spend time ensuring we participate in RUOK? Day activities (Friday September 13) and Mental Health Week Activities (24 September).

I am looking forward to visiting classrooms this term and spending some time with students and teachers watching and hearing about what students are learning.

As is always the case, I look forward to chatting with students as I walk around the campus and I am always happy to meet with parents and caregivers who may need to speak with me.