Students get a taste of life in high school
Grade 6 students were in all sorts of emotions as they embarked on a one-week journey to the big world of high school at Hedland Senior High last week.
In a week dedicated to preparing students for the leap into high school, the five primary schools across Port and South joined together and sent a total of 211 students to attend Transition Week.
Year 7/8 student services manager Ashley Ashley Chamberlain said the purpose of the week was to prepare students for the high school environment.
“The outcome of the week is to integrate students into high school so they are ready and to get students comfortable with attending and mingling with some of the senior students,” she said.
“As a school, we are focused on supporting all Year 6s in their transition to high school and work closely with primary school staff and parents to ensure that this occurs.”
Students were eager to learn the ropes, with a planned week of touring the school, spending time meeting teachers and participating in classes which expose them to a day-inthe-life of a Year 7 to 12 student.
St Cecilia’s student Rawiri Poharama said he enjoyed the week and was looking forward to high school next year.
“The school is very big and there is so much space for activities, because I like exploring and I can’t wait to see the different areas,” he said.
Other students had the opportunity to experience different subjects the school has to offer such as woodwork and metalwork.
“I like high school because we can make things in woodwork and be creative like making phone holders,” student Noah Weadley said.
The transition can be very daunting for many students. However, the week has given students the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone.
“I wasn’t nervous at the start because I was with my friends and then I got butterflies when we were separated, but after a while I made new friends with other students,” student Kaitlyn Russell said.
Year6studentsKaitlyn Russell, Noah Weadley and Rawiri Poharama.