Transitioning from primary school to high school can be daunting and challenging for some students, whilst exciting for others. At Emmaus College, staff make every effort to facilitate a positive and smooth transition into Year 7.
At Emmaus College we have a number of ways to assist students;
A leader from the Student Wellbeing Team visits or contacts local primary schools from which students have enrolled for Year 7 at Emmaus College. This is a visit/phone call with Year 6 teachers held during Terms 3 and 4 each year. This visit/phone call is designed to discuss students’ academic and social needs.
Students come to Emmaus College on a day in July/August for testing. This testing allows our teachers to have an understanding of where students are in terms of literacy and numeracy learning levels, which will enable students to get the best educational and pastoral support as they begin and move through Year 7.
Year 7 students have an orientation day at Emmaus College usually in November and another day before the other students commence the school year. On the first orientation, students are introduced to their pastoral class and teacher. They will engage in some getting to know you activities and meet the students who will be in their pastoral group the following year. During the second orientation day, students become familiar with some of the everyday elements of secondary school such as their timetable, classrooms and lockers, and they are able to ask any questions they have to better ease them into the start of their secondary school journey.
Year 7 Camp
During the first term of Year 7, students embark on a three-day camp to Rawson. The aim of this camp is to develop relationships with other students in their class, house group, as well as their pastoral teachers. The activities at camp are enjoyable as well as aimed to develop skills and values.
Peer Support Program
Selected students from Year 10 are mentors for our Year 7 students to build confidence and self-esteem in their younger peers.