Transition to Secondary School
Transitioning from primary school to secondary school can be a time of great emotion. Whilst some students transition to other local secondary colleges, and participate in their transition days, the majority of our students transition across to Assumption College. St Patrick's likes to ensure that its students are ready for that move by implementing a range of transition sessions and programs to assist.
Transition to Assumption College
To help with the transition, our Year 6 teachers are in regular contact with ACK. The Year 7 coordinator keeps in touch with the teacher and throughout the year will occasionally attend the Year 6 classrooms so that the children have the chance to ask any questions they may have and it also gives them the opportunity to get to know them.
In Term 3 students participate in learning walks through ACK where the students went have the opportunity to go into different classrooms and to see what learning looks like in secondary school. Those walkes are then unpacked in class, with the students talking about what they saw, heard, felt etc, and what was similar and different. Every child going to ACK has the opportunity to participate in a learning walk.
Additional transition visits are arranged for those students that need them, and this is not only for children with need, but any student that may benefit from that extra transition.
For students with need, during the Parent Support Group (PSG) sessions in Terms 2, 3 and 4 have ACK staff participating in the meeting so parents have the opportunity to voice any concerns they may have.
Class teachers also fill in a personal transition form on each child in Year 6, including information about them so that their secondary school teachers have up-to-date and relevant information about the student before they get to ACK.
The Year 6's participate in many ACK events throughout the year including whole school masses and their feast days, as well in 2017 the Year 6's participated in a sports program run by Year 11 students. This took place at ACK, again for transition but also building relationships with current students.