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The transition process at Emmanuel College is designed to make the move from primary to secondary school as seamless as possible. 

This is achieved by allowing every student the opportunity to visit the school at least twice before commencing as a student at the College in Year 7. During these visits the students will: tour the College, especially the Year 7 and communal areas, sample subjects they will experience as Emmanuel students and meet key personnel.

Another important aspect of transition is making contact with every student’s primary school teacher. The purpose of making contact is to obtain the necessary information so we can best support each student in their transition to secondary education. We ask the primary school for recommendations to carefully place students into a homeroom group with the aim of each child having a familiar face in their class.

Every student in Year 7 has a Homeroom teacher: a teacher who takes on a pastoral role, closely monitoring aspects of each student’s schooling including academic progress, social interactions and general wellbeing. Homeroom teachers will also teach their students at least one subject, allowing for a strong relationship to grow between the student and this key staff member in their transition journey. With the Year 7 Camp, Fit4Life Days and sporting events, Year 7 students soon feel fully connected to the Emmanuel College community.

During the school year parents new to the Emmanuel College community will be invited to meet with the Home Liaison Coordinator either in your own home or out for a coffee at a time and place that suits you. Asking questions or providing feedback can sometimes be intimidating when you are new to a school. The Home Liaison Coordinator will ask how your child is settling in at school and will provide a listening ear. Questions or concerns will be communicated to the College for resolution and feedback from families is valued.

Emmanuel recognises that all students can learn, and encourages them to extend themselves in all areas of school life. If a student achieves success, they are more likely to be fully active members of our community and be self-fulfilled.

Students who need help in an area of study may take units that allow extra time for consolidation at a less advanced level. Programs such as corrective reading and bridging mathematics cater for students who need extra assistance in these areas. Students are also offered assistance through after school programs.

At Emmanuel, 20% of our students receive additional support in their learning. These supports include:

  • Personalised Learning Plan
  • Learning Diversity Assistants (LDA)
  • Adjusted and Modified Programmes
  • Access to Wellbeing
  • Student Support Meetings