Our Grade 6 Blog

September 8, 2017
by bbrickhill

Parent information – LPS’s Year 6 to year 7 transition program

At Laburnum Primary School we have transition programs from Kindergarten to Prep, between the primary school year levels and from Year 6 to secondary schooling.

The move from primary school to secondary school can be significant for many students. Being well aware of this we will be engaging the children in a transition program which assists them with this change in learning environment.  This term students have started the Student Transition and Resilience Training program.  This is a Year 6-7 resource developed by clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller in 2016.

This programs covers:

  • My family, my team
  • My boundaries and expectations
  • My values
  • My friendship skills
  • My power and empowerment
  • My learning and school engagement
  • Where I live
  • Who I am

In Term 4 our program also covers the following topics with students:

  • What to do in class – notetaking, group work, class discussion and respect
  • Technology in School – online safety
  • Keeping healthy and happy – eating healthy, physical activity, sleep, having fun, support, people to turn to outside your school environment
  • Getting involved – making the most of your lunch break
  • Extracurricular activities – benefits, types of activities, finding something you are interested in, how to get involved, considerations, avoiding over commitment
  • Making new friends at high school – be confident, be yourself, start conversations, get involved, enjoy your new friends, be a good friend, resolving conflicts and ending friendships
  • Overcoming challenges – change is a part of life
  • How high school can be different – school, friends, feelings
  • Preconceptions and realities
  • Looking forward and managing worries

This program takes place prior to the orientation programs at secondary schools and prepares children for first day jitters and how to manage the new environment.

We invite former LPS students to talk about how they managed the experience and pitfalls to avoid.

Academic information is requested by secondary schools which helps ensure your child is catered for appropriately on arrival. Some secondary schools will have internal testing to further understand your child as a learner. Reassure your child that this is simply a way to find out what they already know. If you feel your child may need additional assistance with transition please speak to Mr. Brickhill or Ms. Zapantis.

Below are some tips for parents to assist with a smooth transition.



How you can help to support your child

The move from primary school to high school is a significant moment in the lives of students and their families. Early adolescence can be a time of rapid change as students become more independent, have additional educational responsibilities and start to feel influenced by their peer groups.

Primary and high schools will be working closely to support students as they prepare to make the transition to high school and there are also practical things you can do to help your child make a smooth and successful transition.

Checklist for getting your child ready for high school

You can start to:

  • research the academic program and student wellbeing support systems of your chosen high school, so you can be sure it’s a good fit for your child’s specific needs and personality
  • attend parent information events at your chosen high school, so you can get to know the principal, teaching staff and structure of the school
  • be enthusiastic about the move to high school and talk positively to your child about the transition
  • listen to any concerns or worries and reinforce the positive things your child is excited about. High school will have a wealth of new experiences for them to enjoy.

Later this year you can:

  • encourage your child to use a diary to plan events and activities, keeping in mind that once something is scheduled, it becomes more real to them
  • support your child to be more independent and responsible by doing jobs at home and preparing themselves for the school day — this might include making their own lunch
  • visit the high school’s website. You and your child can find out lots more about the school’s curriculum and activities.

Before your child starts high school:

  • speak to your chosen high school about any allergies, medical conditions or special needs your child may have. The school may have specific programs available to support your child.
  • be sure that you know how your chosen high school will communicate with parents, so you can stay informed of how your child is progressing
  • encourage your child to participate in any orientation and transition programs offered by either their primary school, or their new high school. It will help smooth the way
  • ensure you have school requirements, such as the right uniform and books ready for the first day of school. Check with your school about any negotiated deals they have with a local suppliers — it could save you lots of money. Label all items and get a house key copied if your child needs it
  • ensure your child has a private and quiet space and the necessary equipment to successfully study out of school hours. Help them to develop a study plan around their other commitments and activities ( http://flyingstart.qld.gov.au/getting-ready-high-school/starting/Pages/get-organised.aspx )
  • talk about the extra-curricular activities your child might want to do, which may help give children opportunities to develop skills in various areas that may not be available in school
  • talk positively to your child about the change. Be realistic with them about the time it will take to settle into new routines. Identify things to look forward to e.g. making new friends, experiencing new subjects. Talk about any concerns you or they have together, it will help reduce any anxiety about starting in a new school.

When school starts

Seeking support




May 3, 2017
by trendy23

Transition Timeline

Fri 12 May Parents/Carers return Application for Year 7 Placement forms to primary schools by this date. Primary Schools are responsible for checking that the form is complete and that the parent’s/carer’s choice is clear.
Thurs 10 Aug Parents/Carers may commence lodging non-placement appeals with secondary schools.

Secondary schools may from this day distribute enrolment, orientation, and any other transition, information to parents/carers of future Year 7 students.

Fri 18Aug Closing date for parents/carers to lodge a non-placement appeal with secondary schools.
Fri 1 Sep Secondary schools notify all parents/carers who have lodged a non-placement appeal with an outcome by this date.
Fri 8 Sep Closing date for parents/carers to lodge a non-placement appeal with the Regional Director where they are unsuccessful with their appeal to the secondary school.
Tue 12 Dec Secondary schools host an Orientation Day for Year 6 students.
Ongoing Secondary schools should accommodate parents/carers who change their mind and/or permanent residential address.

  • Changes may be made up until the last day of Term 4 and there may be both new placement applications and other changes over the Christmas/New Year holidays, including new arrivals from within Victoria, interstate or overseas, and from non-government schools.
  • In a situation where a parent/carer changes from the allocated secondary school, the newly selected secondary school is required to notify the originally allocated secondary school and primary school (where relevant) in order for records to be adjusted.



April 20, 2017
by bbrickhill

Day 3 at Valley Homestead


Today we had a lovely breakfast and headed out to the final rotation activities.  It was great to see students overcoming fears and trying new things.  Some students managed their first abseil.  Others found that they could confidently ride a bike for 10km.  It was still a favorite to ride the flying fox.  After morning tea we all got ready for our trip to the Ovens River in Porepunkah for our raft building activity.  Students were put in groups of 8 to build a raft for a race against the other teams.  After lunch students took turns to pump up three truck sized inner tubes.  This was harder than they thought!  They then took the ropes and planks they were given and designed a raft for the race.  Some designed a raft with the tubes underneath.  Others weaved their ropes to make it sturdy.  One team even made a triangular raft with their inner tubes, ropes and planks!  Then they were ready to race around the floats in the water.  Off they went…. some were successful, some discovered their design was not as strong as they thought!  It was lot of fun in the sun.  Afterwards we came back for some quiet time at camp followed by a lovely roast dinner.


April 19, 2017
by bbrickhill

Day 2 at Valley Homestead

Today was an action packed day.  Breakfast was delicious and definitely a hit with the students.  We got into our activity groups and headed off to the day’s rotations.  One activity was to ride bikes along the rail trail through beautiful farmland.  It was very flat thankfully.  This was good as many of the children had to practice using back-pedal brakes.  Another activity was abseiling.  Having done this in Year 5 many of the students found this a great experience again.  The double flying fox was “awesome” according to the kids.  One child said after getting off it, “this is the best camp ever”.    The vertical drop slide was similar to the one at Questacon in Canberra and was a great challenge.  Most gave it a go.  Students used several other flying foxes to make their way across the aerial obstacle course all completed without touching the ground.  Lunch was a fantastic salad or roll option with lots of choices.  The afternoon saw more activity rotations and an opportunity to have some free time.  During free time some played tennis, footy, cards and others did yoga or just talked with newly made friends.  The campers are looking forward to raft building tomorrow.

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