Education2021

The Transition to High School

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Year 7 is structured in a way that helps each student transition seamlessly into their new environment.

In Year 7, students study Integrated Humanities (IHum). IHum includes Religious Education, English and Studies of Society and the Environment. Integrating these subjects offers a holistic approach to learning.

A significant benefit for students is that the transition into High School is made easier by reducing the number of teachers and subjects. Much like primary school, these classes are all held in the same room with the same teacher and the same group of students. Many of our IHum teachers have experience teaching at primary schools.

Several orientation days, classroom tasks, and a series of pastoral program activities at the beginning of the school year help our new Year 7 students get to know each other, their school, and their teachers.

Students often identify MacKillop's 'welcoming community' to be one of the College's main strengths, and we believe it is this atmosphere that helps students to acclimatise so well.


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The transition to Year 7 at MacKillop - Maya, Year 7
“I think all Year 7 students would be nervous about the start of high school – it’s normal. I was scared about how big the buildings were and how many people would be here, and I only started at MacKillop with a few friends from my old school. I was really nervous on the first day, but my PC teacher talked to me about it and it really made everything a lot better. She was really good at introducing people to each other with games on the first day. The friends I made there introduced me to their other friends, so it was easy to meet new people. My Integrated Humanities class helped me to settle in and figure everything out. I’m also enjoying my classes, especially PE, Food and Textiles, and Performing Arts! The start of school has gone so quickly, maybe because I’m having so much fun with the people I’ve met!”