Students are provided with a meaningful transition into high school, where they are exposed to a variety of academic, pastoral and co-curricular opportunities that assist them in becoming independent young women.
The focus for our Year 7 girls is “Coping with Change”. We aim to assist the girls in developing the skills necessary to manage the change from primary to high school. A Transition Week in Term 1, Week 1 is designed to help the girls to settle into routines. What seem relatively simple tasks – how to use a locker, how to pack a bag, how to read a timetable and how to get to classes by the most efficient route are important skills for a Year 7 to master.
The week culminates with an overnight camp at the Swan Valley Adventure Centre where students participate in a range of fun, yet challenging activities that aim to help them achieve their personal best. This allows the students from a diverse range of feeder schools to connect with one another and establish positive relationships with their peers and homeroom teachers.
The girls have the benefit to work closely with Year 10 Peer Mentors who will share their experiences and guide the students during their first year at Mercedes College.