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Junior Secondary Welcome

Junior Secondary Welcome

Author: Shelley McMahon
Author Role: Director of Junior Secondary

Welcome to our new and returning students and families—it's great to see students taking pride in their appearance and returning with such a positive energy. While there will be anxiety moving into a new school environment with unfamiliar routines, I would like to commend our current CHAC students, in particular our Seniors, for making our new students feel welcome. They have spent a lot of time this week sharing tips and tricks about everything from locks and locker organisation, to finding classrooms, getting involved and making new friends. Years 8 and 9 students have returned to a more familiar environment and have enjoyed the added responsibility of helping our Year 7 students navigate our campus and routines.

I met with our Year 7 students several times this week as they came together as a cohort to consider some goals for their transition into Secondary at CHAC. We discussed the power of familiarity in calming those nerves and students accepted the challenge of meeting someone new every day to ensure all students feel welcomed into our College community. I have encouraged all students to become involved in the wider life of the College so that they can further develop connections in their areas of interest, and it is wonderful to see so many students already signing up to our Sport and Music Programs, and several keen to audition early next weel for our College Musical, We Will Rock You.

Your child will take a while to settle in and remember to bring their correct equipment to class, keep on top of homework tasks and use their diary effectively. While a new level of independence comes with moving into Secondary School, I encourage you to maintain an active involvement in your child’s education, especially through this transition period. Please spend some time each day with your child finding out what they did in class, what they need to complete at home, and how they are travelling with their subjects, and socially. One of the biggest challenges in making this transition is organisation, and they will need help both in the classroom and at home developing routines around homework, study, equipment, planning and assessment. You will send a message of support and communicate the importance of staying on top of their workload by checking and signing your child’s diary every week, supporting their homework routine, and having an assessment planner on the fridge.

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 students will depart next Wednesday for their orientation camp at Kindilan, Redland Bay. The timing of the camp and the activities that the students will undertake provide them valuable opportunities to take time out, focus on forging friendships, taking risks, and developing a stronger community.

Students will participate in several activities and initiatives such as the Giant Swing, Aeroball and Raft Building, aimed at developing teamwork and trust in each other. When they return home on Friday afternoon they'll hopefully have some great camp stories to share and some new friends to talk about.

Students should have already received a medical form and packing list, and parents are encouraged to pack items with their children to ensure items are accounted for and students are aware of exactly what is in their bag. Students should meet in the Tuggerah Centre at 8.15am on Wednesday morning, and will arrive back at the College by 3pm on Friday.

Upcoming Information Evenings

Year 7 Parent Welcome Evening - Friday 15 February
I look forward to speaking to parents and carers about many important College routines and procedures. The Year 7 Parent Welcome Evening is a night of communication and connections—providing you with information to support your child at home, and introducing you to key staff who will be significant in your child’s pastoral and academic development over the next few years. You will also have the opportunity to meet other Year 7 Parents, to start to develop your own community of support and friendships.

Junior Secondary Parent Information Evening - 13 March
While Year 8 and 9 students should be familiar with College routines, there are often questions and concerns that arise when work increases in difficulty or investment of time, and parents may have other concerns or questions more specific to this age group. I look forward to responding to any of your questions at the Junior Secondary Information Evening held later this term.

Please check the College Calendar in the App or via Parent Lounge for full details of both of these events.