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 about assignments and making new friends because I thought everyone would already have their friendship groups, but it was really easy to make new friends and to settle in as a student at MacKillop. The teachers really help and give you lots of time to complete tasks and they are happy to answer questions. I really enjoy high school and I like the work we are doing and all the resources that you can use. It’s fun!”
-Maia, Year 7 2019