The transition from primary to secondary school is a milestone in educational life. It is a time of excitement and growth, as our young people move on to the next step in their educational journey.
At Whitefriars, we understand how important it is to provide boys and their parents with a strong sense of belonging, so they feel comfortable and supported during this time. We adopt a whole school approach to transition, making each individual feel welcomed into the Whitefriars community.
The family interview held in Term 3 of Year 5 serves to foster awareness of the ethos of the College, and our values, as College life is explained. The interview is designed to familiarise prospective students and their families with Year 7, answer any questions the family may have about Whitefriars and explain what to anticipate throughout the enrolment process.
Enrolled students will attend a Student Assessment Profile session during Term 3 of Year 6. Utilising the expertise of an external provider; Academic Assessment Services, we aim to create a Student Assessment Profile for each incoming student. This profile provides a broad range of information on each individual’s capacities in the areas of literacy, numeracy and general ability. We develop a comprehensive understanding of each student through dialogue with parents, primary schools and other professionals. We believe that this Student Assessment Profile will also significantly assist us with your son’s transition to Whitefriars by helping us identify more clearly his abilities and needs, and thus to focus more precisely our support of his learning.
The journey continues during Term 4 of Year 6, with the opportunity for students to come onsite and experience some of the key components of secondary school life at Whitefriars, such as Sport and Science, as well starting to get to know other young people who will be starting Year 7 the following year. On Orientation Day, students will get to know their House Leader and Pastoral Care teacher. Student Leaders welcome the boys and spend time doing activities with them and familiarising them with the College campus.
The support then continues into Year 7 through the Pastoral Care system and a specialised Orientation Program which incorporates Year 7 camp. Targeted information evenings for parents are held in Term 4 of Grade 6, and the start of Year 7, to provide parents with a wealth of information about College life and an opportunity to ask questions or address any concerns.
“My three favourite things so far include the Pastoral Care, the canteen and the sports because we get to play some fun games and it reminds me of break time in primary school.”