The Transition to High School
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.
What do students think about the transition to MacKillop?
"I was nervous and excited to come to High School, but I wasn’t too scared because I knew I had my friends around. On the first day, I made even more friends straight away. I got lost on the first day but a teacher helped me find my way. The teachers are nice and helpful. It’s different to primary school, you get to meet more friends and more teachers. My favourite subject is science because we get to do really fun experiments."
-Kai, Year 7 2016