Stu­dents get a taste of life in high school

North West Telegraph - - News - Sy­narah Mur­phy Pic­ture: Sy­narah Mur­phy

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.

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