The transition from primary to secondary school is an exciting time for students as they commence the next stage of their educational journey leading to new experiences and challenges and it coincides with early adolescence. At Bayview College, we understand this is a time when many students are developing rapidly – physically, intellectually and emotionally. They are experiencing all these changes while at the same time trying to establish their independence and place in the world.
Successful transition from primary to secondary school comes when both the parents and the school are involved
eWeek: Experience, Extend, Evolve is a week-long immersion program that we are introducing in 2014 for students enrolled in the two Christian Primary Schools in Portland. During eWeek, the grade 6 classes and their teachers will relocate to the Bayview College Campus and experience the “rhythm of a secondary school week”. They undertake their core curriculum with their class teacher and also participate in some specialist subjects that are available at Bayview College. Regardless of whether the student chooses to enrol at Bayview College, we believe that this program will provide them with skills and knowledge to prepare them successfully for secondary school.
We continue to host the Grade 6 Discovery Day. Every Grade 6 student in the district is invited to come and spend a day at Bayview College and take part in a range of activities that are designed to introduce them to the programs that we offer. This fun day enables each young person to get a taste of secondary school alongside their primary school friends.
We also can tailor an individual “Student for a Day” for students contemplating enrolment at any stage throughout the year.
On the second Tuesday in December Year 6 students who have enrolled at the College will have an opportunity to meet their peers, buddies and teachers as they become familiar with the school grounds and to experience a typical day at school.
Upon starting Year 7, all students participate in the Orientation camp. This provides a fantastic opportunity for students to get to know their teachers and peers outside of the classroom environment. The camp focuses on team building and outdoor education activities, as well as an introduction to the values and expectations of the College.
Our commitment is to ensure that every young person achieves their full potential and by taking these progressive steps we know that our students will have the best start possible.