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JULY 2021

TERM 2

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NEWSLETTER

WELLBEING WEEK

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Towards the end of this term, Student Services ran a wellbeing week focussing on demonstrating practical strategies of self-care and healthy behaviours to our students. The week included: physical fitness, nutritious food, manicure pampering, aromatherapy, good sleep and hygiene practices, mindfulness craft and positive mindset strategies. It was a fun and interactive few days for our students and staff. On Wednesday, the College invited around 15 different organisations, who provide support and services for our young people, to join in the celebrations on campus. There was a real buzz around the College and students played live music in the courtyard to set the atmosphere. The Student Services team appreciates all the help that was given by the Hospitality and Music staff and students, the Health Committee, and the Student Guild, for helping run such a successful event. This is the second year that Sevenoaks has run a wellbeing week and we look forward to making it a consistent part of our annual College calendar.

RECONCILIATION WEEK

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MORE THAN A WORD. RECONCILIATION TAKES ACTION

This term as part of reconciliation week, a select group of our Clontarf boys danced for Clontarf major partner, Wesfarmers. The boys performed three dances, Spirt, Weitj (emu) and Nyumbi (celebration). The performance was in front of 50 onlookers and 200 people on live stream in Victoria, NSW & Queensland. Congratulations boys, your performance was fantastic and you have made the College very proud. click here

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FROM THE PRINCIPAL

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KATIE EDWARDS 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. 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.

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 - Katie Edwards, Principal 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.

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"This group of student leaders are enthusiastic and eager to make a positive impact on life at Sevenoaks for 2021" Natasha Georgiou

STUDENT GUILD

PROGRAM CO ORDINATOR STUDENT SERVICES

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CO-CAPTAINS Congratulations to Zehrah Al Asaadi and Alisha Hussain (pictured above) on being elected as our 2021 Sevenoaks Senior College Co-Captains! The girls will be representing the College at various whole school and community events and leading a number of Student Guild events.

GUILD CAMP RRecently, Student Guild members attended an exciting and unifying two-day leadership camp at Ern Halliday in Hillarys. The students enthusiastically participated in numerous challenging, fun-filled teambuilding activities, such as abseiling, caving, roping, orienteering and problem solving games. The camp also encouraged students’ development of the leadership skills that they will need in their important roles as Guild members. The students planned a variety of events and activities for the remainder of 2021. The Student Guild are a group of exceptional young people who have a positive approach towards education and aim to be excellent role models. The students are congratulated on their behaviour and support of each other during the camp.

GRIP LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

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The Year 12 Student Guild developed their leadership skills, along with hundreds of other high school students, at the Grip Leadership Conference this term. The goal of the day was to network with other school leaders and to develop a clear vision, solid understanding, and dozens of ideas for their time as leaders. The students reported that they came away from the event with new skills, new perspectives and new ideas for making a positive contribution to the Sevenoaks community.

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"The students' effort and results were very impressive, as was their motivation and commitment to attend training sessions" Blake Middleton

SPORTS TEACHER

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SPORT NEWS

This term, Sevenoaks students participated in the Live Lighter Senior Badminton

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Champion

Schools

Volleyball

Tournament.

BADMINTON

We had four pairs of girls and three pairs of boys participate. The teams played against 13 other schools, many of which run badminton programs and have state/national players involved. BOYS – The team of Elmar Gillo and Aloshi Joshi dominated their round robin pool and did not drop a game, progressing all the way through to the semi-finals. Unfortunately they were defeated by another pair of undefeated boys (1x state and 1x national player). Elmar & Aloshi were great to watch and had all the Sevenoaks students cheering them on during their finals matches. GIRLS – Our girls performed very well with two of our pairs, Yessi Abul Fayas/Biak Tha Par & Rhea Del Mundo/Jellou Agnew, progressing to the final round. Both pairs won the majority of their matches in the round robin and did so convincingly. Unfortunately, both pairs were defeated in the first round of the finals.

VOLLEYBALL For this tournament we entered two girls teams and two boys teams who competed against other schools in the South East Division. It was a great competition for Sevenoaks, with all teams experiencing success and several wins, and one team undefeated! GIRLS – After a shaky start in their first game, the girls re-gained focus and were able to work well together. With improved communication, both teams battled through to win tight games, which often progressed to a third set. Late in the tournament we all thought the girls day was over, however, they had to play off for a spot in the finals against some other great teams which resulted in a Sevenoaks V Sevenoaks Grand Final! The girls Sevenoaks (1) team were victorious and took home the Division Champions Shield, with Sevenoaks (2) finishing runner up. A fantastic effort from all involved! BOYS – Both boys teams also experienced a lot of success and played very well all day. Sevenoaks boys (2) had some amazing games and fantastic points played! However, equally as impressive as our girls results were the Sevenoaks boys (1). This team progressed right through to the grand final undefeated and were victorious in a very tight final against Carmel Adventist College. Sevenoaks boys (1) took home the B Division Champions Shield!

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RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY click here SHOWCASE BEING A STEM PIONEER Sevenoaks Senior College is recognised as a Pioneer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) School by the Department of Education. This status enables us to work with around 60 other schools to improve our practice in STEM, seeking the input of students, teachers and industry. We are using real-life projects here at Sevenoaks to integrate STEM to challenge student thinking. This involves using the design process, which is the core to unpacking and solving problems. By way of example, we have already applied STEM to build and evaluate real-life projects such as drones, the electric vehicle (EV) and the robotic arm. Being a senior campus and recognising that STEM foundation skills are built from K-10, Sevenoaks has worked hard during the last five years and invested in building a working partnership between Cannington Community College’s (CCC) STEM program and Sevenoaks' Engineering courses. The main focus of this partnership is to allow the “project to lead the way”. click here

I learnt so much through my STEM subjects and the projects I was given the opportunity to do at Sevenoaks. It gave me the inspiration and confidence to start my very own 3D printing business - Jack Le, Graduate This term, the college was invited to be a part of the Resources Technology Showcase, hosted at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The showcase was a partnership between the Department of Education and the Mining and Resource sector. It it estimated that there was close to 5000 people in attendance both days at the exhibition, including Premier, Mark McGowan. We showcased two areas in the STEM space; Females in STEM and also STEM Skills Lead To Entrepreneurial Opportunities. Sevenoaks graduate, Tara Barrett shared her journey on how she earned a position as an Apprentice Boilermaker with Westrac, and Jack Le, another of our ex-students, promoted his very own 3D printing business and his entrepreneurial journey. It was a fantastic opportunity to promote and create awareness of STEM to students, teachers, parents, industry and the broader community. click here

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CANNING SKILLS NEWS

It has been a long but fun and interesting term in Canning Skills. Students have completed a 10 week program based around respect for self and others. Several students have investigated local TAFE campuses, and Jobs and Skills WA have met with many students to formulate a Leaving School Plan. Students have been busy working on Personal Projects and Exhibitions and completing Certificate I and II assessments. Next term we are looking forward to our school camp, a variety of guest speakers and our next Parents' Morning tea on August 25th.

HILLS FOREST DISCOVERY CENTRE

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This term, our Canning Skills students took a drive up to the Hills Forest Discovery Centre to learn about bush tucker. Mr C, Bryce and Kayleen shared interesting information with the students about traditional Noongar hunting and food gathering techniques, tools, weapons and food. Everyone shared a delicious lunch prepared by Jen including kangaroo sausages and damper.

PERTH ZOO

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Canning Skills students participated in a Scavenger Hunt this term at Perth Zoo where they were asked to find different animals in their habitats and take interesting pictures of them. It was a great way to learn more about the amazing animals that call Perth Zoo home.

"It was a very informative visit and a great insight into a rewarding career" Sue Owen CANNING SKILLS ADVISORY TEACHER

WELSHPOOL FIRE STATION

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Students were given the opportunity to explore a local Fire Station this term. They got to try on the seven kilo fireproof clothing and take a seat inside the seven tonne fire trucks. Platoon 2 were full of information about rescues, being able to bend the road rules in an emergency and answered all the questions that were thrown at them. We were also treated to a demonstration of their powerful equipment capable of lifting a car off of a hit and run victim operated by a single firefighter. We then watched a practice emergency call out where the crew have one minute to get their safety kit on before the firetruck has to leave.

CLONTARF NEWS GOOD BUNCH LUNCH

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This term, Clontarf hosted a 'Good Bunch Lunch' for all students in the Clontarf program who achieved 100% weekly attendance. The Mayor of Canning, Patrick Hall, was kind enough to come along and chat with the boys about all things education, and of course, footy!

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FOLLOW THE DREAM NEWS

Our Follow the Dream students embraced this jam-packed term full of activities and opportunities with enthusiasm and energy, always keen to come along the FTD learning journey. Our highlights this term included: youth sessions with Langford Aboriginal Association, incursions and excursions with our partner BG&E, the wonderful opportunity to view the Armadale/Cockburn roadworks with Laing O'Rourke, and a workshop with Child Adolescent Health Services to gauge the views of our students about health services provided. To top if off, our very own Sevenoaks FTD graduate, Ian Wilkes (pictured right), won the 2021 NAIDOC Aboriginal Artist of the Year! Ian joined the FTD program in Year 8 and for four years, committed to the FTD program, taking advantage of the amazing opportunities we provide. Coordinator Jennet Hansen set up his first interview with Rick Brayford from WAAPA, which was the start of his acting journey. Ian is always keen to speak to our current FTD students and join in for Alumni events. We are so proud of you Ian, congratulations!

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CURTIN UNIVERSITY MINING CAMP

This term, Year 11 Follow the Dream student Aaliyah and her sister Kaila (Sevenoaks Follow the Dream graduate) attended a camp hosted by Curtin University in collaboration with the Association of Independent Schools of WA and supported by AngloGold Ashanti. The girls joined other indigenous female students in Years 9-12 from schools around the state. The camp involved: visiting Talison and Alcoa mining operations in WA’s South West participating in robotics and geology workshops at Curtin networking with representatives from AngloGold Ashanti and BHP hearing from mine site rehabilitation expert and botanist, Professor Kingsley Dixon meeting with BHP Curtin Indigenous Chair of Biodiversity and Environmental Science, Professor Steven van Leeuwen visiting WA Museum Boola Bardip attending a TAFE underground mine simulation, and

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touring St Catherine’s College student accommodation at UWA.

“It’s about raising awareness for the opportunities that are out there” Tim Keely CURTIN UNIVERSITY STEM OUTREACH CO ORDINATOR

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SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS WAYNE LYON SCHOLARSHIP

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It is with great pleasure that we present the recipients of this year's Wayne Lyon Scholarship, Tharsana Pusparasa and Alison Osborne (pictured left with Tracy Lyon).

ATTENDANCE AWARDS Congratulations to those students who were awarded this term for their excellent attendance. Students who had above 95% attendance received a certificate for their student portfolio and those with 100% attendance received a Chatime voucher! This will be available again next term.

JORDAN THORSAGER SCHOLARSHIP

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A huge congratulations to Alisha and Amaan Hussain (pictured left with Alan and Teresa Thorsager) who have been selected as the recipients of this year's Jordan Thorsager Scholarship!

I am very grateful and honoured to be the recipient of the Jordan Thorsager scholarship. The money will help me pay off my school fees and provide much needed study resources so that I can be successful at school

- Alisha Hussain, Student

PPEP VISIT

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This term, our Human Biology and Health Studies students were given the opportunity to attend a PPEP Talk. The Periods, Pain and Endometriosis Program (PPEP talk) is an initiative of the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia (PPFA) that aims to empower young people to understand their bodies, in turn ensuring positive wellbeing and mental health outcomes. The College ran two sessions, one for the girls held at Cannington Leisureplex, and one for the boys in our lecture theatre. A huge thanks to our guest speakers, Taylor and Emma, our wonderful Ms Davies for organising the event, and to all the students who came along. Students were commended for their maturity, great questions and overall outstanding behaviour.

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