The 5 Star Program for Year 7
Opportunity for all to achieve
The Year 7 Program
Emmanuel College strives for excellence as a provider of education. We promote an ethos of success for all students and believe that every student has the ability to shine in his or her own special areas of interest at school.
The Emmanuel College Year 7 Curriculum is diverse, stimulating and challenging yet is designed to support a seamless transition into secondary school. Emmanuel College Year 7 students sample a full range of subjects, including two languages, and this allows our school's youngest members to develop and consolidate skills, discover their strengths and weaknesses and to discern their particular areas of interest.
Safety & Security:
Our aim for Year 7 students is to ensure that they feel both safe and secure in their new surroundings. The transition to secondary school is a big leap. Many new Year 7 students have concerns that may seem trivial to us. They worry about whether they will be able to: find their classrooms; find the bus stop and get to it on time; get served in the canteen and know what to do if they are late. These areas of concern are thoroughly covered as part of the induction of Year 7 students. Year 7 students are able to leave earlier than other year levels for recess, lunchtime and after school and are provided with their own Year-7-only space in the grounds. All students want to feel safe from bullies. Year 7 students are taught what to do in the event of bullying and who to see if they have any concerns about anything that is happening at school. Another area of concern for Year 7 students is worrying about being with friends. Year 7 is a time to make new friends and the Year 7 Camp is held as early as possible in order for all of the students to get to know each other and make new friends. One of the ways in which we assist our Year 7 students to adjust, is to reduce the number of teachers they have. Year 7 students have one teacher for Maths/Science and one teacher for English/SOSE and often, Religious Education. This means that the teachers have the opportunity to get to know their students well and this brings pastoral care benefits.
The Year 7 students begin a process of self-awareness that is developed and encouraged throughout their school years. This is developed through a Personal Development Program, Personal Development Days and in the Religious Education Program. Self-esteem, and self-confidence are developed as part of an education that aims to care for the whole person. As part of the Personal Development program for Year 7, our students learn about topics such as Self and Relationships; Health; Drugs and Family & Community expectations. Pastoral Care also encompasses student behaviour and students are made aware of their rights and responsibilities as Emmanuel College students. They are also made aware of their role in the world beyond school and are encouraged to serve and act with compassion and justice as members of Church, local and global communities.
Socialisation is the process of making an individual ready for life in a community. We prepare Year 7 students for life within the Emmanuel College community and the wider community. Emmanuel College Year 7 students are formally welcomed into the school at the Opening Mass in Term One. Part of being a student in Year 7 is finding out what the Emmanuel College community is all about, the expectations placed on them and what they should expect from others. Year 7 students have ample opportunities to grow into the community right from day one when they join with senior students to participate in activities aimed at providing a relaxed setting in which the students can get to know each other. Year 7 students are also made aware of all of the extra curricular activities and sports in which they can participate. These activities are another way of making friends as well as helping students to mature and grow - creatively exploring their interests with like-minded people. They also foster a greater enjoyment of school life.
In Year 7 the school curriculum is all about sampling. The Year 7 students study a common program, where they sample a full range of subjects. This allows our school's youngest members to develop skills, discover their strengths and weaknesses and to discern their particular areas of interest. This helps prepare students for unit choices when they enter the flexible years in Year 8 and beyond. While the curriculum is common to all Year 7 students, various forms of testing (such as literacy & numeracy testing) provide vital information on each student's level of performance and assists in ensuring that individual differences are recognised and catered for in the school program.
As a Catholic school we endeavour to develop faith within every student. Emmanuel College students are assisted to discover their own spirituality and to find meaning and value in their lives. This is at the centre of the Emmanuel College school spirit.
"I just wanted to say thank you to you and your staff for a fabulous first year at Emmanuel. My daughter has had a flawless transition to the College and has loved coming to school each day. Her Home Room Teacher has been simply fabulous, very caring and engaging. She enabled our daughter to be passionate towards her learning and also helped foster new friendships. All of her teachers have been fantastic, she's enjoyed all subjects and the support and care the school offers has been lovely. Thank you." Letter from Year 7 parent - December 2016
Year 7 Subjects:
- Humanities - English, Geography (1 semester) and History (1 semester)
- Health & Physical Education
- Religious Education
- Information Technology
- Personal Development
- Food Technology
Many students are gifted in some way. Students with a talent in a particular area of study have the opportunity to work at a higher level but we believe it is important that they stay within their social infrastucture and are not isoloated from their peers - extension within the classroom is the best option.