Transition to High School
Findon High School implements numerous processes designed to ensure the transition to the Secondary School environment is as seamless as possible for students and families.
Transition Information Evening
Early in Term 4 of Year 6, families are invited to a Transition Information Evening, which is an opportunity for new Year 7sand their families to connect with key support and teaching staff, and to understand more about the process of transition. Families will receive a “Passport to High School” which contains relevant information to ensure students are informed and well-prepared.
On-site Transition Visits
All new Year 7 students will participate in a 2-day transition program which occurs late in Term 4. During the program, Year 6 students are immersed in Findon High School life, attending ‘lessons’, enjoying a range of extra-curricular offerings and experiencing a taste of the wellbeing-support they will access at Findon High School. These visits are an opportunity for new Year 7 students to build connections with school staff and their peers, and to ‘settle in’ with a better understand the routines and procedures that come with the transition to Secondary School.
We understand that the first two weeks of the new school year are fundamental in a smooth transition to Secondary School for Year 7s. Day 1 is an opportunity to ‘settle in’ with only Year 7 and Year 12 cohorts on-site. Foundation students then engage in a special program which will support them to establish peer groups, build their confidence in navigating the school and the new routines and procedures that come with it, and to their teachers and continue to build relationships with all school staff.
Students With Additional Learning Needs
Our Inclusive Education team visit all feeder primary schools prior to the commencement of the new school year where introductory conversations with students who have barriers to learning occur. These conversations enable staff to better understand the needs of all learners new to Findon High School, ensuring ensure students begin their learning at Findon High School well supported.
Prior to the beginning of school in February, students with additional needs will be invited to attend an informal tour of the school to ensure they are familiar with important school contacts, the learning spaces available to them, as well as routines and procedures they will navigate through their transition.