Year 7 Transition Program

Over the last few years John Forrest Secondary College has had local primary students attend specialist classes on site. These students quickly become accustomed to high school and specialist lessons. They have found the classes and the environment to be stimulating, fun and educationally rewarding.

There is a dedicated transition program for Year 7s coming to John Forrest Secondary College. This includes:

  • Parent and student information nights.
  • Orientation day in the final weeks or Term 4 year 6.
  • An induction program with an altered timetable in Term 1.
  • Student Services staff will coordinate lunchtime activities to get students together, allowing relaxation between classes.
  • Orientation week in Term 1 with lots of fun activities and "getting to know you" exercises will further assist with the transition.

Our high school is bigger than your child's primary school, with approximately 1150 students (including the Year 7 cohort).  Although Year 7s are integrated within the College so they can access specialist classrooms and facilities, they will also have a dedicated area for lunch and recess. This will include dedicated handball and basketball facilities, as well as a beautiful garden area in which to relax.

Students at John Forrest Secondary College come from across most of the north-east corridor as well as overseas. If your child does not know anyone or is apprehensive, the College is used to dealing with these uncertainties and will be able to assist them to make friends with students who are in a similar situation to themselves.