Transition

Catholic Regional College Melton recognises that the transition to secondary school is a significant time in a young person’s life. Several engagement activities to welcome the Year 7 students and their families into the school community are planned each year.

School Tours

Students from the four Priority Parish primary schools (St Anthony’s Melton South, St Bernard’s Bacchus Marsh, St Catherine’s Melton West and St Dominic’s Melton) are invited to the College in Grade 5 to learn about the campus and see how it operates. Year 7 students lead the tour groups and explain what it is like to attend CRC Melton.

Transition Visits

Staff leaders in the Year 7 team visit or contact local primary schools to speak with Grade 6 teachers during Term 4. The visits are to discuss students’ academic and social needs.

Testing Day

Students come to the College and complete a literacy and numeracy test. This testing allows staff to plan the best way to engage new students and provide them with high-quality education and pastoral support.

Parent information meetings

Parents are invited to the College on two occasions during the transition process.

The first time is in December for a session that provides more information about College policies and what to expect during the transition from primary to secondary school.

In the first few weeks of the school year, parents can meet their child’s homeroom teacher at an information night. The evening provides parents with the opportunity to discuss how students have settled into the College and if further support is needed.

Orientation days

Year 7 students attend an orientation day at the College in December.

Students can explore the school and meet some of their teachers and peers. They participate in activities that begin to engage them in the secondary school experience.

At the beginning of the school year, Year 7 students start one day before Year 8 to 12 students.

This day is devoted to students meeting their pastoral group, their homeroom teachers and classmates. Students can become familiar with the common elements of secondary school such as their timetable, classrooms and lockers.

Peer Support Program

Selected students from Year 10 work with small groups of Year 7 students to build confidence and self-esteem.

Year 7 Camp

Students participate in a two-night camp in the first term of Year 7. This aims to help students develop relationships with children in their class as well as their pastoral teachers. The camp activities are enjoyable and designed to build a variety of skills and values.