Our friendly teachers known as Learning Advisors are carefully selected for each learning group. We take a lot of care that students and their families feel welcome and at ease in their new environment. We are also progressive in our teaching methods with our laptop program enabling students to access a wealth of information in a structured manner, to produce high quality work and to interact with rich material either on their laptops or the interactive whiteboards in every room.
Our first program is the orientation program with a focus on team and relationship building. We try to build resilience and confidence through respect and more individual attention so that students are comfortable and engaged and ready to learn. For those who need a little more encouragement or support we have the Quicksmart program to improve literacy and numeracy, we have a chaplain for extra emotional support and our Learning Advisors in the Year 7 office are always there to help.
Our students will all study English, Humanities, Maths, Science, and Physical Education. They will also study either Chinese or German and will have a semester each of Art, Music, Woodwork and Home Economics.
There is also a select entry accelerated program available through application. Successful students will study in a more focussed manner so that the core subjects are completed by the end of Year 9 rather than Year 10 so that they can use the extra time to broaden their education or to go on exchange etc.
We also assist students to reflect on their progress, to take greater responsibility for their own learning and to set short and medium term goals for the end of the year. We maintain regular contact with families as we believe a student is most successful when teachers and parents work together as a supportive team.
Our students are encouraged to develop leadership and they can nominate to be SRC leaders or Class Leaders in Year 7. There are also many opportunities to engage in activities such as sport, instrumental music and band, production and debating. There are also a range of lunchtime activities offered throughout the year.
At the end of the year we will farewell confident and happy students to Year 8 ready to welcome a new group of excited and nervous students and families.