Transition to secondary school, work and the community

Year 6 students

Our transition to secondary school begins early with in the year staff liaising with schools, staff and parents of potential students. Students and parents visit the school; primary teachers meet with C staff to share information and plan for a smooth transition.

Early in Term 3 all the transition students visit  our school fortnightly with increasing duration from one  hour to six hours. During these visits, teachers assess students’ academic, social and interpersonal skills, to guide class grouping and staff allocations for the following year. After  the transition visits is an afternoon tea prepared by the students for their parents.

Year 7-10 students

Transition to work and the community begins in Year 7; all learning activities and excursions are designed to build skills necessary for future employment and participation in the community. Numerous opportunities for students to engage with the community are provided taking into account students’ interests, ability levels and life skill requirements. Community activities include modified sports, swimming, shopping, excursions to local museums and others.

Year 10-13 students

Programs include Workplace Learning, Community Work Crews, TAFE and Bush Ranger Cadets and assist students to transition to work and the community. During all activities  students gain valuable employability skills as well as accreditation in ASDAN, CGEA [Certificate of General Education for Adults] and Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). Certificates include Certificate II in Horticulture, Hairdressing and Retail. Competency in each unit is determined by an assessment against specific criteria; which are then accredited through the Curriculum and Standards Authority, ASDAN and where possible, TAFE.

Students attend Workplace Learning half to one day per week for the year, usually for a semester. Students attend a wide range of placements from aged care, retail, and horticulture to community organisations. Each student is supported by staff based on their skill levels and the tasks required.