Students say hi to high school a year earlier

Mary MacKillop College principal Kath McGuigan and CESA director Neil McGoran with incoming Year 7 students at a transition day (The Southern Cross)

The start of the 2019 school year will also herald new beginnings for Catholic education in South Australia as year 7 becomes part of secondary schooling. Source: The Southern Cross.

In 2015, following consultation with key stakeholders including principals and parents, the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools endorsed the move of year 7 from primary to secondary settings.

Most Catholic schools in South Australia are making the change this year, with more than 3500 students set to start year 7 when the school gates open later this month.

Director of Catholic Education South Australia Neil McGoran said he was confident that this move was in the “best interests” of students.

“In fact, many of our Catholic R-12 schools have been working this way for some time,” Dr McGoran said.

Gleeson College at Golden Grove was the first Catholic secondary school to make the transition in 2018 and Dr McGoran said it was a “great success”, providing “positive outcomes” for all involved.

In a bid to smooth the transition process for their year 6 students, several metropolitan primary and secondary schools participated in a “Race to High School” event last year.

Based on the television series, Amazing Race, students took part in a number of activities designed to familiarise them with their new school, while boosting their confidence and allaying any fears they may have had.

St Gabriel’s, Enfield, was one of the primary schools which participated, with the year 6 girls visiting Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College at Enfield and the boys attending Blackfriars Priory School, Prospect.

Working in pairs the students undertook challenges such as finding different locations, asking questions of staff, finding our information about the different sporting teams, how to get a student ID and computer log in, and introducing themselves at the canteen.

Many other schools, such as Mary MacKillop College, held transition days and events to prepare and welcome their newest students.


New era for year 7s (The Southern Cross

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