Helping primary school students make the transition to secondary school is something our college staff have always done.
Most students move to their new schools and thrive on the challenges of the new environment and varied experiences that secondary schools offer. They find it both exciting and scary to be going from being the oldest group in the school to the youngest; to be moving from a familiar environment to a larger and unfamiliar environment; and from being well known by many teachers to being relatively unknown. For some students, however, it is a wrench to leave the security of their primary schools. We know they can lose their connection with school and learning at this time. That is why it is vitally important for school staff to make the transition a positive experience for all students.
At Comet Bay College we actively engage with our feeder primary schools, building a positive relationship with prospective students. Not only do our College students visit primary schools to help with sport coaching but as a community the College begins this secondary school transition process with Year 5 students through our Orientation Program.
Year 5 students from Secret Harbour PS, Comet Bay PS, Singleton PS and Golden Bay PS are invited to attend the College for an Orientation Day, to mingle with their future peers and get a feel for secondary school subjects.