We are delighted that your child will be joining us in 2018 and we would like to take this opportunity to welcome you as a family. The next 6 years will be a major chapter in the life of your daughter and we are absolutely committed to making this period as special and purposeful as possible, maximising, where we can, the wellbeing and opportunities of all girls within our care. The journey we take with your daughter begins now.

Starting secondary school is big step for you and your daughter. It can be both challenging and exciting with mixed emotions ranging from excitement through to fear. There are many differences between primary schools and secondary colleges: the number of different subjects, rooms and teachers, the responsibility of taking different books and equipment to specialist classes and integrating with students from other schools. At Santa Maria College we are aware of these new challenges and are organised to make the transition as pleasant as possible.

At Santa Maria College we have a robust transition program to ensure all students have a successful move from primary to secondary school and to help students and parents minimize anxiety about the change. An extensive transition program ensures students are given many opportunities to visit the College and participate in a range of activities prior to commencing Year 7.

We want all students to get used to their new routines and school organisation with great ease; develop new friendships and improve their self-esteem and confidence. By providing a wide variety of subjects, we intend to extend their interest in school and school work. We aim to enrich students’ learning experience in secondary education by providing them with opportunities and challenges, along with the practical skills and knowledge to be confident and independent learners. We will ensure that students will have the tools and emotional resilience to manage this transition. We will make sure all students will continue to make academic progress, to achieve and to enjoy learning. As a result, students’ motivation, positive attitudes and self-image as learners are maintained and developed.

The Year 7 Transition Team works together to ensure all new students settle in happily. This team includes the Year 7 Year Village Leaders, Transition Coordinator, the Deputy Principals, the Year 7 Homeroom Teachers and the College Registrar.

Year 7 2018 Transition Program Dates

Year 7 2018 Assessment Day: Saturday, 19 August 2017

Year 7 2018 Transition Visits: October 2017

Year 7 2018 Welcome Day: 26 October 2017

Year 7 2018 Orientation Day: Tuesday 14 November 2017

Year 7 2018 Supportive Transition Day: Monday 27 November 2017

Year 8-12 Orientation Morning: Tuesday 28 November 2017

 

Components of the Transition Program

Student Assessment Day

Welcome Pack (provided at the Student Assessment Day)

School Visits

Welcome Day

Orientation Day

Year 7 Orientation Camp

Year 7 Welcome Liturgy and Supper

Year 7 Progress Meetings — Ongoing

Ontos Pastoral Care Program — Ongoing

Buddy Program

Orientation for New Students Commencing in Years 8 — 12