“As part of our ongoing transition to Year 7 program, students had an opportunity to take part in an hour-long session facilitated by two teams of Year 8 students from Warrandyte High School. Also in attendance were their teachers and two representatives from Gateway LLEN. Gateway LLEN is a not for profit organisation whose purpose is to work with young people aged between 10 -19 years, aiming to improve their outcomes in education. In our case, transition was the main focus.
Grade 6H and 6S were able to ask the Year 8 students a range of questions about Year 7. Topics included: the expectations around homework and projects; the different subjects on offer in Year 7; camps; lockers; and break times. Our Grade 6 students were anxious about making friends, getting lost and what might happen if you didn’t complete homework on time. In each case, the Year 8s gave reassuring, logical answers. The main message that came through loud and clear was that irrespective of the school you are attending next year, the teachers are there to support you and help you achieve your best. If you are ever worried about missing a deadline, you should be proactive and talk to someone about it such as your home room teacher or a subject co-ordinator. If you ever feeling lonely, something that most people experience from time to time, there are welfare programs in place to help. Just as they have been buddies to the Preps, our ‘big’ Grade 6ers will get a buddy in Year 7 to help them adjust to a new system.
Thanks so much to both Warrandyte High School and Gateway LLEN for organising this experience for us.”
Year 5/6 Co-Ordinator
Head of Curriculum
Anderson’s Creek Primary School