Grade 7 Transition Programme
Academically and socially, Grade 7 provides a planned transition from the security of the primary school environment to the challenging intellectual and emotional adolescent years. The balance between nurture and challenge is carefully managed to ensure an optimal start to the secondary school years.
As in primary school, our Grade 7 students have a class teacher who is responsible for their overall welfare and aware of the new challenges that Senior School brings. The class teacher ensures that each child in their class is known, listened to and understood.
We offer advanced programmes in visual arts, performing arts and ICT Literacy, and we encourage students to become involved in school activities including, among others:
- Public speaking
- Intermediate Production
- Write a book in a day
- Contemporary Band
Our diverse Grade 7 curriculum also features two Outdoor Education camps. There is a four-day camp in the second week of the new school year; and a seven day experience on Maria Island in October. A special feature of both these camps is that they are undertaken by all students in the grade at the same time, adding greatly to the shared experience.
The class teacher usually teaches the core class for at least one subject.
Academic testing enables teachers to cater for individual student needs. The focus of the Grade 7 academic programme is on developing literacy, numeracy and ICT skills in addition to introducing students to a broad range of subjects.
The lessons are allocated as follows over a 10 day cycle:
- English 9 lessons
- Mathematics 9 lessons
- Science 8 lessons
- History 4 lessons
- Geography 4 lessons
- LOTE or HEC 5 lessons
- Christian Studies 1 lesson
- Digital Literacy 1 lesson
- Health and Physical Education 7 lessons
- Drama 3 lessons
- Music 3 lessons
- Art 6 lessons for a trimester
- Home Economics 6 lessons for a trimester
- Technology 6 lessons for a trimester
All students undertake the subjects listed.
In foreign language study there is a choice between French, German, Indonesian and Japanese. A small group of students will undertake intensive additional work in literacy and numeracy (Helpful Extra Classes - HEC).
In Mathematics, students are grouped according to their mathematical strengths from the start of Term 2.