We are always amazed at how quickly each term goes as we work with our students to achieve their goals and engage them with their learning.

As this newsletter highlights, there have been many opportunities for our students including sport, cultural awareness events, career excursions and events to promote social inclusion.

A particular highlight this term has been the student led social and cultural committees. Student voice and action has enabled a range of events to be presented to all students. This has included our Harmony Across Borders committee promoting cultural inclusion; the Q-munnity supporting our LGBQTIA+ students and Pride Month Pop Up; our Anime Thursday lunchtime group analysing the animated cartoons; and, the Student Ball and Leavers Jacket committees ensuring that Year 12 is one to remember.

Our soccer and volleyball teams have been training hard and achieving a lot of success. Our soccer team came second in the South East Senior Regional Competition. Our volleyball teams won four of the five divisions at a recent tournament and our A Division girls’ teams will now play in the Champion of Champion Secondary Volleyball tournament. Fantastic teamwork and high skill levels have been demonstrated throughout all games in both soccer and volleyball.

This year we have added Charity fundraising sporting events to our calendar. In term one it was futsal (indoor soccer) and this term, volleyball. Students have loved participating in these events with many spectators on the sideline cheering on the student teams. Our staff team has also participated and has shown great skill and courage against many determined student teams. We haven’t won a game yet but we will keep trying.

We are continuing to provide every opportunity for our students to find their future. Students have participated in excursions to raise their awareness of the possibilities as they consider their future pathway. This has included TAFE, Curtin University, Komatsu, Cummins and Workplace Learning.

Reconciliation week was well attended with many activities to engage our students in understanding the history of our Indigenous First Nation’s People. We are lucky to have former AFL footballer Ash McGrath working here with our students. Ash is a former Brisbane Lions player. This year he helped in designing the Brisbane Lions jumper for the Indigenous round – it was an amazing jumper which was worn with pride by the Brisbane Lions.

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday period whilst I thank all of our staff for the incredible work they do with our students, all day, every day. I thank our students for their contributions to Sevenoaks – they all make it a great place to be, a proud place to be a part of.

Dr Karen Read