Sevenoaks Senior College Term 4 Newsletter 2023

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This term we had the opportunity to celebrate the diverse and impressive achievements of our Class of 2023 at the Sevenoaks Senior College Presentation Ceremony held at Curtin University Stadium. This important occasion is a highlight of the year for our students, staff and College community as we farewell our Year 12 students and acknowledge the successful completion of their senior schooling. We were fortunate enough to host a range of guests including: the Hon. Bill Johnston MLA, Member for Cannington; Ms Zaneta Mascarenhas MP, Federal Member for Swan; His Worship The Mayor, Mr Patrick Hall from the City of Canning; Councillor Caren Baayens from the City of Gosnells; Mr Anthony Wood, BG&E Director for WA; Mr Bill Parker, Cummins South Pacific Service Manager; Mr David Wood, Sevenoaks Senior College Foundation Principal; Mr Andrew Wilson, Cannington Community Education Support Centre Principal; and College Board members who presented our special College and Partnerships Awards. We would like to thank our guests for their time and for being part of this momentous occasion for our students and community. The event began with an Aboriginal Acknowledgment of Country and didgeridoo playing by Year 12 student and proud young Nyoongar man, Tynan Garlett. Our College Board Chair, Dr Marnie O'Neill, then presented welldeserved awards to the top performing students in each course. We would like to further congratulate our Class of 2023 for their resilience in what was an extremely challenging final two years of their schooling and for reaching such a significant milestone. Anyone wishing to purchase photos taken by the professional photographers are able to do so via the Bliss Studios website, using the code CXQ5854. Further instructions are available via Connect. 275 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington WA 6107 Phone (08) 6235 7200



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Sevenoaks Big Picture Academy Award

Ella Giovenco

Citizenship Award

Charzie Janovro

Positive Image Award

JP Pereyra

Best All Rounder Award

Utsav Kandel

Cultural Navigator Award

Darlington Muteyaunga

BG&E Aboriginal Achievement Award

Leticia Punch

Kertisha Derschaw Sports Award

Jamal Fontana & Jasmine Agullo

Cummins Trade Training Award

Ryan Dudding

School Based Traineeship Award

Belicia Molukun

Curtin Principal's Recommendation Award

Beren Erdogan & Jasmin Rico

ADF Long Tan Award

JV Francisco

ADF Future Innovators Award

Daniel De Jesus




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To celebrate our Year 12's final day of schooling, Sevenoaks’ staff ran a beautiful breakfast for students to enjoy in the College cafe and courtyard. Staff arrived (very!) early to cook up a delicious feast before the 2023 Yearbook was handed out to students. There was shirt signing, hugs, tears and even a blow up dinosaur before students had their final Presentation Ceremony rehearsal. After a big group photo, students left the campus for the last time. We are missing you all so much already!


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We are excited to announce that SSC will soon have its very own op shop! This student run initiative has been in the making for over 6 months and is thanks to our Back on the Rack op shop committee and support from the City of Canning. Students surveyed the cohort to gauge interest and preferences for items to be stocked, times to be open, how often they are likely to visit, etc. Students voted on the name, created the logo and produced all marketing and signage for the space. An old workshop has been completely transformed with new flooring, paint, curtains, storage and displays to create the perfect space for our little store. Back on the Rack has been accepting donations from the community and will be offering a range of goods for sale including: uniforms, school supplies, hygiene products, clothes, shoes, accessories and more! See you for the grand opening in 2024!


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National Carers Week was early this term. A time to recognise, celebrate and raise awareness about the 2.65 million Australians who provide care and support to a family member or friend. Huge thanks to David from Carers WA who came out and chatted with students at lunchtime about future pathways in this industry, you’re a legend!




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It may have been Melbourne Cup Day but in the Big Picture Academy we were enjoying a lot more than a day at the races! Big Picture staff again hosted the annual “Pamper Day” where students are able to access a range of fun and stimulating activities directed at taking care of themselves both mentally and physically. We would like to thank Sam and Valentina from the City of Canning, who kindly donated their time and enthusiasm all day, offering access to their Gaming Van and joining our activities. Resh ensured our brows were perfect and the Michelles offered nail art and tea leaf reading. Sue encouraged the students’ inner ‘hippiness’, creating fabulous tied dyed pillowcases and Jen made sure we were all fed and watered. A big thankyou to Dani for judging our creative hat competition. We then stopped along with the rest of the nation for the Melbourne Cup before continuing our day with the Stealing Santa game. There was, quite literally, something for everyone! All our students left with a pressie and a smile.


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What do you get when you have a musical space, four talented students and a local celebrity rock star...? Well in this case you get an epic four hour musical rehearsal and some awesome tunes! The Big Picture Academy were lucky enough to host the first interschool band rehearsal for Delay, a rock band made up of Big Picture students from Kelmscott SH, Kiara College, Northam SH, Thornlie SH and Sevenoaks Senior College. As if that wasn't exciting enough, Ashley Doodkorte, the drummer from Voyager (the Australian entry at this year's Eurovision Song Contest) has stepped in to mentor the band. This is quite a coup for a young band and under his expert tutorship, we are sure that they will learn a lot. Ash was very impressed with how much the group improved in their first face to face meeting. It was such a fun day and the energy in the room was infectious. Good luck to the band and hopefully we will see them back here at the College for a future performance.

PRESENTATION CEREMONY It was fantastic to see so many of our Big Picture Academy students attend the Presentation Ceremony this year. You all looked fantastic and we are incredibly proud of each and every one of you. This year's Big Picture award winners were: Ella Giovenco (pictured left) - Sevenoaks Big Picture Academy Award Daniel Duke - Certificate II General Education for Adults Alana Plowman - Certificate II Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways Braxton Palmer - Certificate III General Education for Adults




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Well, I can't believe that this is our final newsletter for 2023. This newsletter summarises all of the events over the last term and it has indeed been one of the busiest over the year. The highlight was farewelling our year 12 students. Even though they were only with us for two years they have made an incredible impact on us and their endeavours to build a wonderful student community being one of the highlights. They have been active in everything that they have done and have been the perfect role models for the year 11 students and of course when they are out in the community, being great ambassadors for Sevenoaks Senior College. As you will see there are many pictures and award winners from our presentation ceremony in this newsletter and we congratulate all of our students who were the recipients of these awards and also all students who have achieved success in this final year of their formal schooling. A highlight was hearing about their intentions for 2024 as they moved gracefully across the stage. There were a wide range of career pathways including university, TAFE, training and the workplace. Another highlight for us was seeing our students achieving our mission of find your future and young adult ethos as they proudly received their portfolio of their achievements. If there is one thing that Sevenoaks students represent, it is their cultural and social diversity. Together, over the past two years, they have built a community in which all students could feel connected and a sense of belonging. Our two co-captains Charzie Janovro and JV Francisco have led the students with enthusiasm ensuring that Sevenoaks students were always welcomed and engaged. We wish all of our Year 12 students the very best for their future and we do hope that they come back and see us and share their stories. I am forever amazed at the energy and enthusiasm of our teachers and our support staff who provide ongoing opportunities for our students both within and outside the classroom which is evident in this newsletter. A whole range of events and activities have kept the students engaged with visits to many different places to support their learning. Well done to our teaching and support staff in making Sevenoaks such an engaging environment. I also like to acknowledge the work of the College Board led by Dr Marnie O'Neill for their exceptional support of our students and programmes that we offer. The Board provide a lot of support to the leadership of the College in making sure that we make the best decisions for our students. Alongside this, our industry and business partners are always there to support us in providing guidance and feedback and indeed giving apprenticeships and employment opportunities to some of our students. I have been very grateful for the support of all of these people for their time and their energy towards Sevenoaks.

I would like to wish all students and their families the best for a wonderful and relaxing holiday season. We will certainly miss you but it's time for you all to have a lovely break and we will look forward to welcoming you back in 2024. - Dr Karen Read, Principal




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Our very own Dominic Huon and Max McMillan (pictured left), otherwise known as “The Whathaveyous”, made it to the finals of the City of Gosnells Underground Sounds competition during the holidays. Held at The Underground youth centre in Southern River, the final provided six finalists with a valuable performance opportunity in front of an enthusiastic crowd. City of Gosnells Mayor, Terresa Lynes, said the event was always a highlight on the City’s calendar. Congratulations boys, we’re so proud of you!

CRAIG SILVEY YOUNG WRITERS AWARDclick here Year 11 student Max McMillan placed 3rd in the Craig Silvey Young Writers Awards - Upper Secondary Category for his piece titled ‘The Hand that Feeds’ during the holidays. There were 860 submissions this year, with the final 15 being invited to a special ceremony at Subiaco Library with Craig Silvey himself in attendance. Well done Max on this wonderful achievement.


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Our very own Co-Captain, Charzie Janovro (pictured left with Mayor Patrick Hall), took out first place in the Young Artist - 3D Sculpture/Textile category at the City of Canning 2023 Canning Arts Awards late last term. Congratulations Charzie, your talent never ceases to amaze us!


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Three art students submitted work into the Canning Show this year, and all three did spectacularly well! Maddisyn Wainright - won 1st place and 2nd place plus Champion handicraft exhibit in the 13 to 17 age category Irmuun-Oyu Barsbaatar - won 1st place plus Champion Painting & Drawing Exhibit in the 13 to 17 age category Charzie Janovro - won two 2nd places and a 3rd place Both Maddisyn and Irmuun have been invited to the Annual Canning Awards Night. Congratulations students!

A LETTER FROM THE PRIME MINISTER Year 11 student, Jayden Guppy, wrote to the Prime Minister’s office over the school holidays, sharing his thoughts on the YES vote. Much to his surprise, he received a letter back from the man himself - The Hon. Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister of Australia! Jayden is an incredible role model for other students, and we wish him luck on his application for the Ministerial Youth Advisory Council (MYAC), a chance for Jayden to have his voice heard and help shape the future of young people in WA!



EXCURSIONS & INCURSIONS YEAR 11 REWARD ACTIVITY - HOYTS CAROUSEL In week 3 this term, we ran our very first Year 11 reward activity, which was kindly organised by Year 11 Coordinator, Ms Bonnie Mcleay. Students who achieved a 90%+ attendance over a 4 week period were invited to come along to a free movie evening at Hoyts Carousel. After a close vote by the students, the movie of choice was Spiderman: No Way Home. We had an awesome time and students were commended on their impeccable behaviour.

HUMAN BIOLOGY - ZOO EXCURSION The Year 11 ATAR Human Biology students had an excursion to the Perth Zoo early this term. The purpose of the excursion was to familiarize themselves with our Primate cousins and attend an educational experience in the Education Centre. The students were immersed in information about all the Primates, particularly the Great Apes and Monkeys. Students wandered around the zoo completing an activity booklet and also had time to see their favourite animal. Apart from it being an unusually hot day for October, we all had a great time!


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Year 12 Guild students were invited to lunch with The Hon. Bill Johnston MLA, member for Cannington, this term. After a sumptuous lunch in the dining room, Mr Johnston gave students a tour of Parliament, including the parliamentary library. After the tour, they viewed 'Question Time from the Gallery' - a lively affair on the day. It was extremely interesting to watch democracy in action and a great opportunity for our budding young leaders!

HEALTH - PARTY PROGRAM EXCURSION On the second last day of term, some of our Year 11 General Health Studies students are invited to participate in the P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and RiskRelated Trauma in Youth) Program at Midland Hospital. This one-day injury awareness and prevention program is a vital component of the growing community effort to reduce death and injury in alcohol, drug and risk-related crashes and incidents. This is an awesome opportunity and great learning experience for our Health students. We can’t wait to hear how it went!


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Some very lucky students were selected late last term to participate in the HER Champion program with world champion boxer and winner of the hit Channel 9 show, The Summit, Lulu Hawton, and holistic practitioner & mindset coach, Michelle Barron. The program works with girls to strengthen their minds with tools and guidance to build on their confidence, self worth, and fitness. HER Champion helps to empower young girls to have a voice and build healthy habits to create good mental health. Thanks so much to Lulu and Michelle, all students who participated, and Ms Davies for making this possible for our girls!




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Shout out to Ms McKnight who organised a wonderful fundraiser for Kanyana Wildlife Centre this term. Kanyana is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to wildlife through caring for sick, injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife, breeding threatened species, training and research, and educating schools and community. Staff brought in cakes, plants and other goodies to sell at morning tea, and managed to raise $528.00! A mammoth effort, huge thanks to everyone involved!


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This term we celebrated World Teachers’ Day with a beautiful morning tea, raffle with prizes, goodie bags and some beautiful handmade gifts from students! Year 11 students Emily and Navjot were kind enough to spend their weekend hand making badges and thank you notes for every staff member at SSC, thanks legends! We are honoured to have the best, most hardworking and dedicated teachers here at Sevenoaks. Thanks for everything you do for our students and the wider Sevenoaks community. Hats off to you all!


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This term we have been working closely with our friends across the park at Cannington Community College! CCC Art students were invited over to visit Ms Lynnelle Wilton at the SSC Art Room and listened to a presentation of what art related subjects are on offer at Sevenoaks. Following a snack, CCC students got to look through the Year 11 Visual diaries with SSC students and discuss life at Sevenoaks. This gave the CCC students an opportunity to ask questions, chat with our students about what they create in visual art and textiles, and what to expect when they start school with us in 2024. Our Hospitality teacher, Mr Brent Armstrong, was invited to CCC to help run a demonstration, where students crafted some beautiful animals out of chocolate! CCC students then visited the SSC campus and learnt how to make barista coffee using an industry grade coffee machine.


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Kaya, and welcome to the final update from the Polly Farmer Foundation Follow the Dream program for 2023. It was an incredibly busy and exciting term for students, full of fun events, rewards and excursions. In mid November, Year 11 FTD students will be headed to Bridgestone for an interactive workplace excursion. Late in November, they will then head off on an incredible camp in Adelaide, South Australia! We are also extremely excited to be hosting students and staff from the Port Hedland Follow the Dream program this term. We can’t wait to meet and collaborate with you! All of these events will feature in the Term 1, 2024 newsletter. NOVEMBER 2023 NEWSLETTER


PRESENTATION CEREMONY It was incredible to see our Follow the Dream students recognised for their achievements at this year's Presentation Ceremony. FTD student Tynan Garlett opened the ceremony with a powerful acknowledgement of Country and the playing of the didgeridoo. Thank you, Tynan. Well done to FTD student Leticia Punch (pictured right) for being awarded the BG&E Aboriginal Achievement Award. Leticia will be completing a Cert IV in Preparation for Health and Nursing next year. We can’t wait to see you continue to follow your dreams!

ALUMNI VISIT Follow the Dream was proud to host our Alumni, Letitia Fitzgerald, who graduated in 2014 and achieved a Diploma of Counselling, Diploma of Government and a Certificate IV in Mental Health. She is currently employed by the Australian Government, Services Australia as an Indigenous Service Officer. Her role is to work with community and empower them to be self-sufficient when it comes to navigating payments and services. She presented a PowerPoint and provided individual support to set up myGov accounts to current FTD students. She also kindly provided career advice on the Indigenous Apprenticeship Program. Thanks so much, Letitia!


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Congratulations to Aprile Narrier and Shane Cole who were the successful recipients of brand new laptops thanks to BankWest at the Polly Farmer Careers Expo this term! Both Aprile and Shane joined other Follow the Dream students at the BankWest Headquarters in Perth for a morning tea and presentation by the CEO. Shane and Aprile presented the vote of thanks on behalf of all our FTD students. What an awesome day it was!


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We are expecting great things from our Follow the Dream students who are on a trade pathway here at SSC. A few of our boys are currently studying Metals Engineering, Materials Design and Technology: Wood as well as Automotive Technology and Engineering. The boys are supported by a very dedicated and passionate group of teachers who ensure they are achieving their best outcomes. Thank you Mr Tim Triscari, Mr Andrew Grant and Mr Ryan Breadsell.


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Huge thanks to Recfishwest for hosting our Year 11 Follow the Dream students in Fremantle this term. It was a beautiful morning of fishing and team building. Students all got involved and has so much fun. What an experience!


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Students were treated to a gorgeous farewell lunch organised by Coordinator, Jennet Hansen. A beautiful afternoon for a group of truly incredible students. Thank you to Year 11 student, Shane Cole, for MCing the event, Mrs Kayleen Hayward and Dr Karen Read for your inspiring farewell addresses, the staff and tutors who have supported students to get to this point, and of course our graduating Year 12 FTD students! We will miss you.




Mrs Abdus and Mrs London would like to congratulate Emily Dutton, Reem Rifai, Autumn Tsgtbaatar and Grazel Mae Ramirez for completing their Certificate II in Workplace Skills this year. A special congratulations to Yishan Huang, Anouk Hales and Ebony Paulic for their commendable efforts in achieving both the Certificate II in Workplace Skills and Certificate III in Business. Mrs London would also like to recognise and congratulate her Year 12 class for achieving their Certificate III in Business. Well done to the following students; Shahob Ibrahimi, Daniel Konya, Marwa Motawea, Xander Prew, Catherine Provis, Nakitenaa Rugumeza, Callen Rustiawan, Nikan Shadabi and Qamar Sharifi. Well done students, your efforts this year really paid off!

EGG DROPPING - HEALTH EXPERIMENT The Year 11 Health Studies classes finished Term 3 with a fun activity to develop their interpersonal and decision making skills. They took part in an egg drop challenge where they were to construct a device to ensure an egg could be dropped safely from the second floor of the main building and land on the ground without breaking. There were prizes to be won for the groups with the most successful design and the most creative. Students had a set of criteria and rules that needed to be met, but other than that, there was a lot of room for creativity. Students produced some fantastic devices and there were plenty of laughs along the way for all the students and staff involved. Well done to team Gagglediers: Max, Zhyanne, Gifty, Habiba and Azra from Ms Mcleay’s class and teams Up: Karl, Daniel and HongZhi, and Eggstranauts: Aneeza, Ngawang and Grayson from Mrs Trayler’s class for taking out the title of egg drop champions for 2023!


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In this laser cut project, Year 12 Design Graphics students used Adobe Illustrator to create a series of acrylic keychains, bag tags, magnets, and pins. They began the design process with brainstorming ideas and sketching their designs. Following this, they translated them into detailed designs to scale in the software. Each design was thoughtfully structured to include a backing piece, a top layer, and any necessary inserts. Students took extra care to ensure precise measurements and mark engraving and cut lines to the required specifications. The acrylic colours were agreed upon collaboratively as a class. After receiving the cut pieces, students assembled them, resulting in the final products pictured left. Awesome work students, we’re so impressed with your creativity! NOVEMBER 2023 NEWSLETTER



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Early this term, we held our final whole school assembly for 2023. It was a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the year that was, and recognise a number of students for their recent achievements. Congratulations to the following students who received MVP awards from Ms Mcleay and Mr Middleton for their efforts and leadership in our interschool sports teams: Soccer - Ziauddin Yunus (pictured top right) Futsal Team 1 - Vanne Thang Paul Futsal Team 2 - Utsav Kandel Volleyball Girls Team 1 - Jasmine Agullo Volleyball Girls Team 2 - Deza Siman (pictured middle right) Volleyball Boys Team 1 - Jamal Fontana Volleyball Boys Team 2 - Daniel Sierra Volleyball Boys Team 3 - Gaurav Sharma (pictured bottom right) Basketball - Gaurav Sharma


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Term 1

Wednesday 31 January - Thursday 28 March

Holiday Break

Friday 29 March - Sunday 14 April

Term 2

Monday 15 April - Friday 28 June

Holiday Break

Saturday 29 June - Sunday 14 July

Term 3

Monday 15 July - Friday 20 September

Holiday Break

Saturday 21 September - Sunday 6 October

Term 4

Monday 7 October - Thursday 12 December

Public Holidays

1 January, 26 January, 4 March, 29 March, 31 March, 1 April, 25 April, 3 June, 23 September, 25 December, 26 December

Pupil Free Days

26 April, 19 July, 18 November

PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR 2024 Please be advised that students will be expected to provide their own basic stationery including pens, pencils, pencil case, lined paper/exercise books, as well as subject specific items such as graph paper and protractors for maths. This information will be detailed in our personal requirements list which will be provided to all students and parent/caregivers at the end of the year.




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We are delighted to be continuing to provide parents with the ability to trade second-hand items via the Sustainable School Shop website This service is very accessible, it preferences our school first and then provides access to buy and sell items with families attending other schools. Access to second-hand textbooks, calculators, stationery, musical equipment, etc is available all year.


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Do you know anyone thinking about enrolling at Sevenoaks in 2024? Enrolments are open and filling up fast! Please visit our website to access the expression of interest form, or give us a call on (08) 6235 7200. Our 2024 Course Selection Handbook is also available in digital form on our website, or you can collect a hardcopy from the Front Office during visiting hours.


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Year 11 students who have not ordered a leavers jacket and still wish to purchase one can now do so by visiting the Exodus Wear link Round 2 orders are open from now to Friday 16 February 2024, and are due to be available for student collection in early Term 2, just in time for winter.


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The 2024 College Ball will be held on Friday 19 July at Pan Pacific Perth. Huge thanks to the Ball Committee who met this term to help with planning. Our 2024 theme will be Winter Wonderland. Ticket sales and more information about the event will be available in Term 1 next year. We look forward to making this night perfect for all.




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