Carwatha has a strong tradition of transition processes that are individualised and nurturing. We have a variety of processes in place to allow for a smooth transition of students on their journey to, and time at, the college.
We pride ourselves on the strong collaboration we have with feeder primary schools. In Term 4 of the year before students begin at the college, Year 6 students complete passports that outline their personal, social and academic stories. These passports come with them on Orientation Day when students meet their core teachers and undertake a sampling of our offerings. Our staff visit with primary staff to ensure that each child’s learning and social needs are well understood when we are allocating classes.
In order to maximise learning outcomes, students in Year 7 have two main core teachers who make up their English/Humanities (History and Geography), Maths/Science and Health Education teaching. This allows for a personalised and individual approach where students’ learning needs are understood and they can excel in a supportive relationship.
Year 7s have a designated space in the college in the purpose-built Language Centre, that allows for instructional and team-based learning. The students have their lockers indoors and the college support staff - Year Level Coordinators and Sub School Leader - are located in the centre should they need assistance.
Students and their families are welcomed at the college annual Open Day where we showcase our programs, values and initiatives, and then more personally at the Meet and Greet Year7 event where staff and families can consolidate the transition process and ensure that the partnerships are well established.