Our school typically enrols students in Year 7 from more than 30 different primary schools, both public and private. To support their transition to high school and to assist them to settle into productive work habits, a comprehensive Year 7 Orientation program is held over the first 3 days of the school year.
The program is designed to provide important information, guidance and support for our newly enrolled Year 7 students and provides an avenue for specialist staff (Student Welfare, ESL and Learning Support) to gain insights into the best way to support the learning of each individual student.
Run in small groups that are maintained over the 3-days, the program builds rapport between the students, their assigned teacher and the trained peer support leaders from Year 10 who assist in delivery of the activities and offer a settling and reassuring presence to assist in the transition to high school.
Focus areas of the program include building familiarisation with the layout of the school, our facilities and key personnel. Students learn about reading a timetable, login procedures to access the school’s extensive computer network, use of lockers and daily routines for being organised and punctual.
The emphasis of the program is on providing all the important information for students in a friendly and nurturing environment where Year 7 students can ask questions of their group leaders.
The Orientation Program is the first stage in the ongoing Peer Support Program held over the remaining weeks in Year 7 that builds friendships and readily assists students to feel part of the BHGHS family and to help them settle into productive routines and work habits in their first year of secondary school.