Welcome back everyone! Term two is a 10 week term for students to enjoy their classes, friends, sporting opportunities and College events.

I am delighted to announce that Sevenoaks Senior College has been recognised for its advanced and innovative STEM practices being named as one of the Western Australian Department of Education’s STEM Pioneer Schools.  Our College will benefit from not only additional funding, but also teachers will have access to high level professional development in the STEM area. Our College STEM program is already immersed with Engineering and Science students working to develop and operate drones, robots, 3D printers in collaboration with Metals and Engineering students and staff accessing our outstanding Trade Training Centre facilities.  We are very proud to be recognised and see that our STEM engagement will only continue to grow and provide our students with fantastic career opportunities.

Term two is a busy teaching and learning term and as students would be aware our Year 11 and Year 12 semester one examinations occur (Year 12 exams; 4 June – 11 June and Year 11 exams; 7 June until 14 June).  Before the examinations, however, our Year 12 students will be involved in completing Externally Sets Tasks (EST) that will begin week three (13 May) and finish week four (Monday 20 May).  These tasks are developed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCASA) and make up part of each student’s course assessment.  It is paramount that students complete these tasks at the assigned time provided on the EST timetable (spare copies available at the College reception and on the College website).

I would like to congratulate our Big Picture Canning Skills students for their much improved attendance and engagement in their Advisories (classes) and individual learning programs. The three Advisories are working exceptionally well with attendance in term one being the highest rate for the past five years.  Congratulations to everyone involved in this inspiring program.  I am also very happy with the Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR Pathway Program involvement.  It is compulsory for ATAR students to attend these very important and informative sessions that occur on a Wednesday afternoon (2.40pm – 3.40pm) throughout the year.  Average attendance for the Year 12 Pathway Program is currently 96% and Year 11 is 94%.

I hope students take full advantage of the sports that are on offer this term. Our men’s and women’s soccer teams will be involved in an after school competition, our Sevenoaks AFL team will also be in action and our Wirrapunda Deadly Sista Girlz AFL team made up of Yule Brook College and Sevenoaks Senior College students, who will play some games against other women’s teams. Good luck to all of our teams and I hope that students get involved and enjoy the experience and the opportunity to meet new friends and have some fun.

It’s another busy term and I urge students across all programs to attend every class, submit work on time and make sure you do your homework and keep on top of your assignments.  Make sure that if you need help, speak with your teacher or Advocate.  Advocates and classroom teachers are always close at hand to provide students with support and advice.

Students and parents please to note that in week 6 of term two we celebrate Western Australia Day (Monday 3 June) and this is a public holiday. The following Tuesday (4 June) is a teacher professional development day and students do not attend College on this day, except Year 12 students sitting exams.

The 2018 Sevenoaks Senior College Annual report is available on our College website (www.sevenoaks.wa.edu.au) and a hard copy can be collected from the College reception area.

I am available to meet with parents and students. Please feel free to make an appointment at the College reception.