There is great emphasis on the transition of students from Primary School into Year 7 at St Brendan-Shaw College. Our College continually strives to ensure all students commencing at our College are given the best start.
Our Year 7 transition commences with a Taster day for Catholic Feeder Primary Schools (Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Patrick's (Latrobe) Sacred Heart (Ulverstone) and Our Lady of Mercy (Deloraine) in Year 6. During term 1, Year 6 students and teachers are invited to the College for the day to enjoy a 'taste' of school life at St Brendan-Shaw College. Students participate in a variety of subject areas and view the many talents of our school community.
Our Year 7 Information Evenings usually occurs around the end of Term 1. The evening is advertised in the local press. These evenings provide prospective parents and students an opportunity to meet and talk with teaching staff, view current students' work and undertake an extensive tour of our facilities.
An Orientation Day for students who begin Year 7 the following year is held late November or early in December and offers students an opportunity to spend a full school day at the College. Students have the opportunity to meet core teachers and fellow peers, reflect in the College Chapel, participate in a variety of lessons, and enjoy an entertaining concert from the Performing Arts students. Students who the feeder school believe require additional support participate in a number of visits, generally during Term 4, to aid transition.
The first day of Year 7 can be filled with both excitement and apprehension. We endeavour to eliminate any concerns by structuring our first day similar to the Orientation Day. Year 7 students return to the College before the Year 8-10 students and share this day only with our Year 11 & 12 students. This is a wonderful opportunity for our leaders of the College to assist with transition and become a homeroom buddy and mentor to our Year 7 students. The day is spent with the Year 7 core teachers, who are responsible for teaching Maths, English, Science, Society & History and Religion. The Year 7 core teachers provides excellent support and stability during this transition. The Year 7 camp which occurs during Term 1 is another activity we use to help with transition. Students visit Camp Clayton where they interact in a different learning environment and initiate and strengthen new friendships. Prefects and Sport Leaders from Year 10 assist in the running of the camp.
The Year 7 core program is structured to provide an excellent transition from Primary School into College years.
The delivery of the Australian Curriculum in Year 7 is via a core teacher structure. As far as is practicable, each core class will have one teacher for Mathematics and Science, and another for English and History. The goal is to have these teachers, specialising in the Sciences or Humanities, also teaching more than one Year 7 Core class, thus maintaining a team structure that provides good pastoral care and consistent delivery of the curriculum.
My Name is Lucy Withers and I am the Junior School Coordinator at St Brendan-Shaw College. I have been teaching for 14 years and love teaching Science and Maths - in particular Physical Science and General Maths. I have been working in the position of Junior School Coordinator since the start of 2016 and am responsible for many transition activities as well as academic concerns across Years 7-9.
As part of my role, I have the responsibility of organising Year 7 camp held over two nights and three days at Camp Clayton, during 2016. I also have the great pleasure of organising and welcoming Year 6 students from all Feeder Primary Schools to Taster Day held during term 1. This is then followed up a few weeks later with an Information Evening. This Evening is aimed at welcoming new parents (and returning) to the school to meet staff and students and to be able to meet current students. During Term 2 I overlook and conduct interviews for new Year 7's for the following academic year and at the end of the year help organise class lists for Years 7-9.
During the year I am also part of implementing the ILP and IEP's that are written by our Learning Support Team, with teacher within their classrooms. Planning cross curriculum activities is also part of my role. At present I am trying to organise an excursion for Geography and Science classes in Year 8, to learn about landforms and rock types within the North-West region of Tasmania.
I can be found either in the Science staffroom or in the new Westcourt area.
Junior School Coordinator