Our emphasis in Year 7 is on the transition to secondary school with a focus on developing significant relationships with peers and teachers.
In any given year, our Year 7 students will be drawn from over 50 different primary schools. To assist in the transition to a new environment, the Year 7s have their lockers and majority of their classes in the Level 3 purpose-built classrooms. In this space we have four houses of 52 students (two classes together).
Year 7s have their three major subjects on Level 3 including the following subjects:
- Mathematics which focuses on consolidating the basics and extending students’ competencies
- Social World – with a focus on English, History and Geography
- Physical World – with a focus on Science and Health
These three classes are team taught. This means that teachers, can on occasion, work intensively with groups of students. The layout of the Level 3 classrooms allows students to work in groups which maximises social learning. Tables of five or six students allow for the discussion of problems and provide a learning environment where students can learn from other students.
Further to this, teachers allocate students to table groups in Level 3. These table groups are different between the subjects and change regularly throughout the year. This encourages students to work collaboratively and develop strong relationships with all of their house mates throughout the year.
Students can amplify their creativity through our Arts & Technology departments. They also participate in a range of fun activities through the Sports and Physical Education department and learn about ICT in the subject Connected World.
Students also have Wellbeing classes where a core teacher takes an extra class to facilitate lessons that include positive psychology, growth mindset and resilience strategies. Initially, students and teachers use this time to discuss issues relating to their transition from primary school to secondary school. Throughout the year, students also learn emotional literacy, mindfulness, gratitude and empathy. Drama performances and presenters supplement the core program, and Year Seven assemblies are held during this time to celebrate student achievement and provide opportunity for student leadership.
Other major activities during Year 7 include:
- The Camp, which is held in the first month of school. The focus of the camp is based around students and teachers getting to know each other and trying out new experiences.
- Excursions and incursions to connect learning with the real world, making great use of our location.
- Year level competitions
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