Transitional Program

The Transition Program is a vital program supporting the development of students who are making the transition from Primary into Secondary education. It is essential for students to undertake the program as it prepares and assists them to make the transition from Primary into Secondary education.

The aim of the program is to:

  • Introduce primary students to the life of secondary education
  • Assist students to make the transition to Secondary as successful as possible
  • Prepare primary students for secondary education
  • Promote Secondary Curriculum and Pastoral Care to the students
  • Inform the students of Secondary Policies and Expectations
  • Assist students in their first year of secondary education through peer support

The Transition Program is compulsory for all students in years 5, 6 and 7. Students are expected to attend all sessions and participate in all activities throughout the program. The structure of the program is as follows:

  • Year 5 – Getting Ready Program: Three sessions at 2 hours and 20 mins each
  • Year 6 – Almost Ready Program: Four sessions at 2 hours and 20 mins each
  • Year 7 – Peer Support Program: Eight sessions timed at 1 hour each

Year 5 and Year 6 sessions are programmed to take place once a term and usually towards the end of each term. The Year 7 Peer Support program runs over eight sessions throughout Pastoral Periods on Friday mornings commencing in Term 1/2.

Peer Support

The Peer Support Program is led by the Year 10 Peer Support leaders.

The Year 10 students undertake training and on conclusion of the training, students are selected to become leaders.

The aim of the program is to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to build and enhance resilience within students. These skills act as protective factors to equip students with the capacity to cope with situations they may find challenging.

The outline of each session is below:

  • Session 1: develop an appreciation for members of the group; understand the similarities and differences of members of the group; develop an understanding of empathy
  • Session 2: establish a group agreement; demonstrate empathy for others; develop an understanding of what it means to have an optimistic attitude
  • Session 3: explore the idea of self-talk; differentiate between positive and negative self-talk; develop an understanding of how positive self-talk can help students cope
  • Session 4: develop an understanding of the concept of perseverance; practise persevering in a range of activities; explore coping strategies
  • Session 5: develop an understanding of resilience; appreciate that attitudes are influenced by circumstances; understand students can control their attitudes
  • Session 6: demonstrate an understanding of resilience; practise thinking of ways to cope with new and challenging situations
  • Session 7: develop effective coping strategies for a range of situations; identify people who can be of support in challenging times
  • Session 8: review the concepts covered in Peer Support; identify key individual strengths