Sevenoaks Senior College Term 4 Newsletter 2021

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CONGRATULATIONS YEAR 12s! This term we had the opportunity to celebrate the diverse and impressive achievements of our Class of 2021 at the Sevenoaks Senior College Presentation Ceremony which was 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. The event began with an Aboriginal Welcome to Country by Whadjuk Wardandi Noongar man, Mr Shaun Nannup, followed by a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem by Year 12 student, Maria Clariza Ysabelle Zuniega. Our College Board Chair, Dr Marnie O'Neill, presented well-deserved awards to the top performing students in each Year 12 course. We were fortunate enough to have a range of guests including; the Hon. Bill Johnston MLA Member for Cannington, Ms Kristy McSweeney, Ms Tracey Beer, City of Canning Mayor Patrick Hall, the Hon. Fred Chaney AO, Ms Danni Pietsch, Ass. Prof Jan Gray and Mr Grant Morgan, 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. We would like to further congratulate our Class of 2021 for their resilience in what was an extremely challenging final two years of their schooling and for reaching such a significant milestone in the face of unique adversity.

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Anyone wishing to purchase photos taken by the professional photographers on the night are able to do so via the Bliss Studios website. Further instructions are available on the College website and via Connect. 275 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington WA 6107 Phone (08) 6235 7200






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Curtin University of Technology Principal's Recommendation Award:

John Michael Reyes

Long Tan Award:

Zehrah Al Asaadi

Future Innovators Award:

Jacob Trombley

Citizenship Award:

Zehrah Al Asaadi

Positive Image Award:

Alisha Hussain

Ampol Best All Rounder:

Dhishali Ramphal

Cultural Navigator Award:

Aleyna Esgin

Aboriginal Achievement Award:

Aleyna Esgin

Kertisha Derschaw Sports Award:

Konrad Sollorin

Cummins Trade Training Award:

Shania Smeaton

Canning Skills Award:

Savannah Bea Molinaroli

Ampol Best All Rounder (Ed Support):

Jason Petoe

VET Endeavour Award (Ed Support):

Jasmine Robinson




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FIONA THOMSON While 2021 has presented its fair share of challenges, there has been much to celebrate here at Sevenoaks Senior College. We are proud of the achievements of all of our students, but our Year 12 students are the first who have had to start and complete Year 11 and Year 12 in an uncertain world impacted by the global pandemic and political upheaval, and their continued resilience is particularly noteworthy. Students have continued to apply themselves to their studies and the achievement of personal goals. The impact that this uncertainty has had on our students and their families has been significant and showed itself in many ways – uncertainty of job security, forced absences of family and friends, worry about what is happening in home countries to name only a few; we are proud of how our students navigated this challenging world. We have been fortunate in Western Australia that our Year 12 students were able to enjoy significant College milestones such as the School Ball, Sevenoaks’ Got Talent, and the Presentation Ceremony in 2021. The events highlighted just how important our school community is. Many students have a new appreciation of how Sevenoaks Senior College and its staff provides much more than an excellent education – it also provides opportunities for friendship, social connection and access to support networks.

- Fiona Thomson, Principal

We recently celebrated the successes of our 2021 Year 12 students at the Presentation Ceremony held at Curtin Stadium. This important event was attended by over 200 students from Sevenoaks and Cannington Education Support Centre, as well as their caregivers, family and special dignitaries. The diverse individual achievements of students were acknowledged at the event, which saw students receive their certificates and awards. The Clontarf Academy Awards Night held at the Cannington Leisureplex was also an enjoyable and well-attended occasion which allowed Sevenoaks staff and students’ families, carers and friends to formally acknowledge the many achievements of Clontarf members. In 2021, the College has continued to focus on the holistic health of students through such initiatives as the Being a Young Adult Advocacy program, and the provision of an experienced group of experts, including Youth Workers, school nurse, school psychologist, fulltime Career Coordinator, an Aboriginal teacher, Wirrapunda Foundation staff and our highly acclaimed Follow the Dream Aboriginal support program. Students have participated enthusiastically in the many opportunities and activities on offer at the College throughout 2021, such as the week long Wellbeing Expo, NAIDOC Week celebrations, Book Week and R U Okay? Day. I encourage students and staff to reflect on their own personal achievements and successes in 2021. We are hopeful that 2022 will see a return to normality, both at a local level and internationally. We certainly look forward to a productive and rewarding year here at Sevenoaks Senior College. I wish everyone a very safe, happy and peaceful holiday season.




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The Sevenoaks and Outreach Follow the Dream’s most promising students with a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics earned a spot on the 2021 STEM camp to Kalgoorlie late last term. Twenty students ranging from Year 7-12 had the opportunity of being welcomed to country by the Goldfields Land and Sea Council Team. The Aboriginal people of the Goldfields region have been looking after and managing their traditional country for over 60,000 years. Students gained an insight into the Goldfields Ranger Program which enables the Traditional









Environmental and Cultural services and solutions to industry and government, in a responsive, professional and efficient manner, whilst providing opportunities for employment and facilitating their ongoing and deep connection with Country. Students thoroughly enjoyed being on Country with the traditional owners and even got to connect with local flora and fauna including the opportunity to hold a thorny lizard. Students were also fortunate to be hosted by KCGM Superpit and a comprehensive tour was coordinated by KCGM staff member, Jasmyn​ Yavu‑Kama, Site Administrator and a Sevenoaks Follow the Dream Alumni. Theoretical knowledge in the STEM area was reinforced at Kalgoorlie’s Curtin University Campus, Western Australia School of Mines, where students gained hands on experiences in science and insight into possible STEM careers of interest. At the Kalgoorlie Museum, students learnt about the establishment of Kalgoorlie and the local culture through an educational presentation by the local Kaprun people. Of course, no visit to Kalgoorlie is complete without a visit to Hannans North Tourist Mine, one of the first registered mines in Kalgoorlie. Students thoroughly enjoyed exploring above ground at Hannans North Tourist Mine, discovering the secrets of gold rush history and modern day mining in the Goldfields. The Camp would not have been complete without visiting our fellow Follow the Dream students from Eastern Goldfields Follow the Dream Program and a visit to the local YMCA for an exciting rock climbing experience. The camp had significant outcomes for emotional intelligence, including improvements in self-esteem, independence, leadership, decisionmaking, environmental awareness as well as an enhanced insight into STEM education and possible future careers in the area.




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Langford Aboriginal Association were back this term running youth sessions with the Follow the Dream Year 11 students. The Moorditj Koolungka Kaadadjiny (MKK) program is designed to help Aboriginal students learn more about their culture, language and history as well as promoting mental and social well-being.

CANNINGTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE STEM AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM Our Follow the Dream students from Cannington Community College are enjoying the STEM after school program. Students have embarked on a science project with science teachers Kim Davies and Paul Knapton.

E a r ly STEM e d u c a t i o n c a n p r o m o t e o n g o i n g a c a d e m ic success f o r the studen t s , a n d t h e y c a n b e b e t t e r p r e p a r e d t o meet in c r easingly t e c h n o l o g y - f o c u s e d p r o f e s s i o n a l r e q u irements. E n g aging wit h S e v e n o a k s t e a c h e r s a n d p r o g r a m s a lso enables a s moother t r a n s i t i o n i n to s e n i o r s c h o o l . - Program Coordinator, Jennet Hansen

The Cannington Community College students love coming to their Follow the Dream sessions at Sevenoaks Senior College which is held every Monday and Wednesday. To learn how to enroll in the program or for any further information, please contact Jennet Hansen at

VET NEWS USING YOUR PART TIME JOB FOR WORKPLACE LEARNING If you are using your part time job for workplace learning, please make sure you fill in your logbook over the holidays and return it to Dimi or Tonia in the first week of Term 1, 2022.




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We love hearing about and seeing what our past students are up to! Check out former Canning Skills student and current Police Cadet, Makiyah-Shay (pictured right), out at the Kambarang Festival in Seville Grove this October. We're so proud to see you thriving in your new role and continuing to follow your dreams!


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This term, the staff and Year 12 students from Canning Skills celebrated their achievements and involvement in the program over the last two years. The morning started with a game of Laser Tag, where the staff and student team annihilated the rest of the Year 12 student team. Bowling saw a chance for the students to gain some redemption and Malakye’s skills were certainly on display as he was announced the 2021 Canning Skills Bowling Champion. Our day was rounded out with a pizza lunch and farewells at Kent Street Weir.

We have relished our time getting to know these amazing young people and wish them all the best for their future endeavours.

- Sue Owen, Advisory Teacher

PRESENTATION CEREMONY It was fantastic to see so many of our Canning Skills 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 Canning Skills Award winners were: Canning Skills Award:

Savannah (Bea) Molinaroli

Certificate II in Skills for work and vocational pathways:

Rhianen Tupper

Certificate II General Education for adults:

Lucia Benge

Certificate I General Education for adults:

Atyesha Yarran




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The college is conscious of the need to provide an efficient process for families to be able to buy and sell second-hand textbooks and other student resources. We are delighted to inform you of the College’s new initiative to provide parents with the ability to trade these second-hand items via the Sustainable School Shop website

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The new 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.

Sevenoaks Senior College is providing this service to our community; when registering on the Sustainable School Shop you need to nominate the college to receive your subscription. We are very excited about this new initiative being offered to parents and we hope you will make the most of the opportunity to annually recycle your student’s school items as this will help another family and student at our school.

NO STUDENT PARKING FOR 2022 From the beginning of 2022, students will not be able to park on College grounds. Parking spaces are limited and we need to be sure that School buses, College visitors, couriers and delivery vans are able to park. The front of the College will be clearly marked so that students can safely be dropped off and collected at the start and end of each day. All students who choose to drive to school will need to find an alternative place to park. Thank you for your understanding.


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Student permission forms and ball ticket payment is now available via the Qkr! app. You will need to download the Qkr! app through the app store. Please note, you will not be able to make payment for your ticket until your permission form is complete and signed by both yourself and your parent/guardian, which is all available through the app. Students bringing a guest who does not attend Sevenoaks will need to collect and complete a guest permission form available from the Library. This form, once complete, will need to be returned to the front office and an appointment arranged with the Vice Principal for guest approval. Students who wish to pay for their ball ticket in instalments (partpay) will need to collect a student permission form from the Library and make payment at the front office. If you have any questions or need help with the Qkr! app, please see Elaine at the Library. All permission forms and payment must be completed by Friday 4 February 2022 and ticket numbers are limited.



STAFF SEND OFFS We would like to wish the following staff members farewell as they embark on new chapters in their lives. Please know, whether you are moving on to a new career or role elsewhere, taking maternity leave or retiring, you have left a mark on our College community and will be greatly missed.

Goodbye, farewell

Katie Edwards

Fiona Thomson Natasha Georgiou Ariell Rose Kim Davies Louise Knight Steve Wiles John Dart

Niamh Floyd

we miss you already! DECEMBER 2021 NEWSLETTER

Abena Obeng