Department of Education

Sustainable Schools WA

Sustainable Schools WA

Sevenoaks Senior College


Teaching and Learning

Many of Sevenoaks’ learning programs rely on community partnerships to reinforce the philosophy and practices of sustainability through action learning.

Sevenoaks provides students with opportunities to carry out their learning in a number of community settings including TAFE, work experience settings, traineeships, Curtin University and home-based Internet learning. Most courses are conducted through on-line learning via WebCT. This encourages electronic file sharing, part of a strategy to reduce reliance on textbooks and printing.

Structured Workplace Learning is a popular course, where students participate in 110 – 120 hours at a community workplace of their choice.

Every student at Sevenoaks has a teacher advocate with whom they have regular contact. Advocates provide educational and personal support to each student. This approach is preventative and proactive, working with students to set goals, monitor their own learning and interact well with their peers. Regular email communication between students and their advocate teachers enables students to feel more comfortable with expressing their concerns.

Sevenoaks’ Student Services Team includes an Aboriginal Support Teacher, nurse, psychologist and youth support worker. The youth support worker is available at all times for students to consult on a range of personal and educational issues.

Community links are a critical element in supporting the school’s high Indigenous population. The Parents School Partnership Initiative (PSPI) is a committee-based program that is funded by the federal Department of Education, Science and Training. PSPI covers educational programs, excursions, NAIDOC week activities, Indigenous art and literature. Data results indicating Indigenous student retention, attendance and enrolment are used to review the success of the program.

Sevenoaks Senior College
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