The first term has gone so quickly yet we have managed to offer our students many opportunities to contribute to, and experience, College life. As you will see, our staff have been very busy providing students with a range of learning opportunities both in the classroom and out in the community.

Our big highlight for term one as always is Harmony Day. With over 50 different cultures, it is a time for everyone to come together to celebrate our unique community through activities, food, song and dance. The images contained within this newsletter highlight students’ energy and participation on a wonderful day. Some students proudly wore their national dress whilst others had a great time on the dance floor. Food was served by our hospitality students as staff supported the supply of food with their own recipes, adding to the international flavour.

Students also engaged with: Student Guild elections; Follow the Dream and Big Picture Academy excursions; basketball and futsal interschool sport competitions; great in classroom activities; community arts network ‘Your Way’ dance video; charity futsal tournament for Hero Hunter Foundation; and got up close with a real Hotrod vehicle (it was very loud).

Find Your Future is our motto. We continue to explore pathways which meet the needs of our students. This year we are excited to add a Certificate II in Health Support Services and a Certificate II in Community Services to our offerings. Students quickly chose these as a pathway to their future. This will enable an assured pathway to many industries which are currently in demand across the community. For example, nursing, education assistants and aged care support are some areas which students will be given opportunity in. Another major initiative was an opportunity for some of our students to enrol in a Certificate IV in Nursing. These students will gain direct entry to university and a career pathway to nursing. In addition, students in 2023 were offered a major opportunity to enrol in Curtin UniReady which enables them to gain direct entry to Curtin University upon successful completion of the four unit program.

I also offer a special welcome to three of our students who have joined us as international students, studying here at Sevenoaks: Osei Dorji from Bhutan, Dean Nguyen from Vietnam and Jamyang Dema from Bhutan.

We are all here to support our students to be the best that they can be. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any support. I hope you all took the opportunity to attend our Parent Evening held late this term and gained valuable feedback about your son/daughter’s progress so far.

I am very pleased with the start of the year and look forward to term two. In the meantime, enjoy a well-deserved break and some quality family time.

Dr Karen Read, Principal