St Francis Catholic College recognises that the transition to secondary school is a significant time in a young person’s life. Several engagement activities to welcome the Year 7 students and their families into the school community are planned each year.

Transition Visits

Staff leaders in the Year 7 team visit or contact local primary schools to speak with Grade 6 teachers during Term 4. The visits are to discuss students’ academic and social needs.

Parent information meetings

Parents are invited to the College on two occasions during the transition process.

The first time is in November for a session that provides more information about College policies and what to expect during the transition from primary to secondary school.

In the first few weeks of the school year, parents can meet their child's mentor at an information night. The evening provides parents with the opportunity to discuss how students have settled into the College and if further support is needed.

Orientation day

Year 7 students attend an orientation day at the College in December.

Students can explore the school and meet some of their teachers and peers. They participate in activities that begin to engage them in the secondary school experience.

Peer Support Program

Our Year 10 Peer Support Leaders are selected to work with small groups of Year 7 students to ease the transition into high school. 

The formal program has five sessions run early in the year, incorporating various activities based on getting to know the College, building relationships with other students and developing empathy and resilience.

Year 7 Camp

Students participate in a two-night camp in Year 7. This aims to help students develop relationships with children in their class and their pastoral teachers. The camp activities are enjoyable and designed to build various skills and values.