Year 7

Discover – Year 7

We value and extend students’ personal interests. We offer a choice of class grouping to bring student interests and passions into the classroom. Our Year 7 Class choices are designed to cater to student skills, talents and interests. The class choices mean that each Year 7 student begins the year knowing that other class members share an enthusiasm for similar leisure pursuits and hobbies.

We match the learning programs of each Year 7 Class choice with specific learning styles and extend student interests into the broader community. Our integrated and themed approach for Year 7 encourages our students to learn how to learn, develops their ability to learn collaboratively, increases their capacity to undertake long-term project-based learning and allows them to express their passions within the wider community. Each class actively welcomes and involves parents, mentors and members of the community in supporting student learning.

We offer Year 7 Class choices to provide an opportunity for students with particular learning styles to be a part of a team of like-minded students. All students undertake common subjects to ensure that a strong foundation of knowledge is gained in Years 7 and 8. Every Year 7 Class choice places an emphasis on ensuring students develop, improve and extend their skills in English and Mathematics. All students learn within the framework of Victorian Essential Learning Standards.

YEAR 7 CLASS CHOICE TYPE OF LEARNING ACTIVITY FOR EXAMPLE
Imagination class might illustrate books for the times-table stories you write (eg. once there were two rabbits travelling up a hill, these two rabbits met two more rabbits and then the four of them continued up the hill…)
Music class might write lyrics with rhythms that complement a particular times-table (eg. using seven beats in each line of the lyrics of your own seven-times-table song)
Performance class might work in a group to make up a game to help people learn their times-tables (eg. a series of bingo-cards that only have numbers which are multiples of nine, six, four, etc)
Players class might work in a team to plan a class demonstration which shows how the times-tables work (eg. showing the class how groups of three from different types of fruit can be moved together to form a times-table fruit-salad)
Resources class might make a grid that shows all of the times-tables up to 12×12 on it (so that any times-table can be cross-referenced with other times-tables and colour coded to make it a useful tool to refer to in science, health or foods lessons)

Making Transitions

We value and extend students’ personal interests. We offer a choice of class grouping to bring student interests and passions into the classroom. Our Year 7 Class choices are designed to cater to student skills, talents and interests. We match the learning programs of each Year 7 Class choice with specific learning styles and extend student interests into the broader community.

Our integrated and themed approach for year 7 encourages our students to learn how to learn, develops their ability to learn collaboratively, increases their capacity to undertake long-term project-based learning and allows them to express their passions within the wider community. Each class actively welcomes and involves parents, mentors and members of the community in supporting student learning.

We offer Year 7 Class choices to provide an opportunity for students with particular learning styles to be a part of a team of like-minded students. All year 7 students undertake common subjects to ensure that a strong foundation of knowledge is gained in years 7 and 8. The college offers year 7 students a choice of language study: French or Indonesian.

The five Year 7 Class choices are: Imagination class, Music class, Performance class, Players class and Resources class.
Wellbeing – Pastoral Care

The year 7 wellbeing framework is interwoven with the manner in which we deliver curriculum. Students have a core group of teachers for their English, Mathematics, Humanities and Science studies and the curriculum is approached in an integrated manner to ensure a smooth transition from primary school into year 7. We build excellent relationships with students and include our college chaplain, health promotions officer and welfare coordinator in a range of team-building and self-esteem development activities with year 7 students.

The year 7 students concentrate on the college value of “Pride” in their wellbeing program and we encourage students to take pride in themselves and in what they achieve. We support this through acknowledging and celebrating individual successes as well as challenging students to achieve in cultural, academic, physical and social spheres at school.

We operate a pro-active pastral care program incorporating elements from MindMatters and Tribes to enhance student resilience and build strong, trusting and caring relationships between students in the year 7 classes. Additionally, all students participate in at least one co-curricular activity to enable them to connect and build relationships with other students and staff who share a particular interest.