Year 6 to Year 7 Transition
The move from primary to secondary school is another major milestone for your child. It's a time of big changes in their development, education and life. Secondary school covers Years 7 to 12, where students are usually aged 12 to 18. By law, your child must complete Year 10 and remain in some form of education or training until they are 17. Secondary school provides opportunities to challenge your child and to develop the valuable skills they will take into adulthood. Leaving primary school can be exciting and daunting, and there are ways that can help make this move as smooth as possible.
To help students adjust, primary and secondary schools work together to ease students through the transition period. Secondary students revisit their old primary school to tell Year 6 students what secondary school is like.
Your child will be in bigger classrooms and will be learning a variety of new subjects from multiple teachers. Primary schools work to help your child prepare for this different teaching method.
Many primary schools have a team of teachers working with Year 5 and 6 students to get children used to working with a range of teachers rather than just one. Teachers from Brentwood Secondary College also visit local primary schools to talk to the children about secondary school.
Brentwood offers learning environments similar to primary schools, for new students, to aid a smoother transition. We have a designated area for Year 7 students including one large multipurpose classroom. A team of teachers will work with the students rather than individual subject teachers. This allows the students and teachers to start to get to know each other.
As part of the transition from Year 6 to Year 7, students in government secondary schools participate in an orientation day. All government schools hold this orientation day on the same day - often the second Tuesday of December. The orientation day may include a school tour, meeting fellow students and teachers, and taking part in special lessons and activities. Brentwood also offers a Parent Information Night for new families and this is generally the night before the orientation day.
These transition programs between primary and secondary schools will help your child to quickly settle into secondary school life.
Students entering Brentwood Secondary College at Year 7 have the opportunity to apply for a place in the Curriculum Enrichment Program. The program is offered to Year 7 students who demonstrate academic skills above those of their peer group.
For more information regarding the enrichment program click here
Details regarding the 2019 Enrichment Program and how to register are available through the following link.
* Invitations are extended only to those students who have been offered a position in Year 7 for the following year and parents should not register their child until they have received an offer of placement from Brentwood Secondary College.