Dear Parents/Guardians

Although this term has been long and busy, I take this opportunity to congratulate all the students and staff on what has been a very productive term two!

Fortunately, the brief lockdown over the Anzac Day weekend did not interrupt student attendance at school. The only impact was the wearing of masks in the two weeks that followed and the students should be congratulated on their positive attitude and commitment to complying with the requirement.

It is very pleasing to see that the majority of students are applying themselves to their studies and making the most of the opportunities available at Sevenoaks. This term has seen Year 12 students complete their Externally Set Tasks (ESTs) and Year 11 and 12 ATAR students sit exams.

In addition, Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) classes have been scheduled for students striving to achieve category three in numeracy, writing and reading. Students are making the most of the additional support in preparation for sitting their OLNA next term.

At Sevenoaks we encourage students to not only work to achieve the best grades that they can but to also value the development of other skills such as communication, initiative and leadership. Attendance in classes and completion of work and assessments, is the key to success. In addition, high attendance reflected on a student’s resume indicates to employers that the student is reliable and will add to their chances of gaining employment in the future.

This term we celebrated Wellbeing Week where many different activities were organised for students to engage in. Ensuring we keep ourselves physically and mentally well is critical in maintaining a healthy and productive life. Our celebration of NAIDOC week has been postponed due to COVID restrictions to Tuesday July 27. The 2021 theme is ‘Heal Country!’ that calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

You will already have received semester one reports. Unfortunately, the parent evening had to be cancelled due to the restrictions. Thank you to all parents and caregivers who took the opportunity to request to speak to teachers by telephone to discuss the progress of your student. We are committed to working in partnership with you to achieve the best possible outcomes.

A reminder regarding the College uniform. It is compulsory that students wear the College uniform including jumpers or jackets. This is not only a College expectation, but a safety concern, as students need to be easily identified on College grounds. Please ensure your child wears the appropriate uniform to school.

I am available to talk to students and parents. Please contact the front office if you wish to make an appointment.

Yours sincerely

Katie Edwards