Year 7

Roleystone Community College has been designated a 'Lighthouse' school by the Department of Education in terms of the delivery of successful Year 7 Transition programs.

Overview

In our inaugural year as a College setting we trialled the Year Seven cohort as part of our secondary delivery. Such was the success of the program in 2012 the Department of Education made several visits to our site, viewing and interviewing relevant staff and Executive on the differences, and detail of our provision of our curriculum. As an outcome, Roleystone Community College has been designated a 'Lighthouse' school by the Department of Education in terms of the delivery of successful Year 7 Transition programs.

We have been identified to play host to visiting staff from Senior High Schools in the metropolitan area over the next 18 months. Our programs will be advertised beforehand on the DOE's website and Professional Learning Institute with the first session scheduled for semester one 2013. I provide below DOE's 'Press Release which will be used in the promotion:

Year 7 Students at Roleystone Community College

At Roleystone Community College, Year 7 students make the transition from primary to secondary schooling. Each student belongs to the same class group all year. Each class receives tuition in English, Mathematics, Science, Society and Environment and Health Education from specialist secondary teachers. Primary specialist teachers take Year 7 classes for Music, Physical Education and Information Communication Technology. Primary teachers provide additional tuition in English and Mathematics lessons for other subjects such as Art, Sport and a variety of personal development activities. By structuring Year 7 as a transition year beginning in 2012, the college is pre-empting the schooling structure changes required by the Western Australian Department of Education scheduled to commence in 2015. Roleystone Community College believes a highly effective and well planned transition programme provides Year 7 students with the best possible experience in making the transition from the primary education context, with its high level of student dependence on class teachers, to the secondary education context where students are expected to develop increasing levels of functional independence and personal responsibility.

Importantly, moving forward, it is most pleasing to note that 92% of our 2012 Year 7 cohort are moving through to Year 8 at the College. I cite this pleasing shift in historical perception as it reinforces the current positive feeling around our new structures and delivery and indeed generated much confidence in both this group and their families for 2013.

Peter Thatcher
Founding Principal

Staff

  • Mr Tavis Carter