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.
"Before starting Year 7, I thought people would already have their own friendship groups, but I actually found that everyone wanted to meet new people, so I've made lots of new friends at MacKillop. I also expected that I’d get lost in between classes, but all the teachers helped us figure out where our classrooms were and how to move around the campus. So the transition to high school went pretty well! Now that I've been here for half a term, my favourite things about MacKillop are the teachers, meeting new people, and all the different subjects. My advice to new students is to not worry too much – everyone is in a similar situation and all the teachers are there to help."