Our staff is experienced in monitoring each student’s adjustment to this new social and learning environment as Year 10 begins. At Footscray High School our staff provides academic and social support to students who are transitioning to senior school ensuring they receive ongoing support throughout their time at the Senior School campus. The integration of three campuses into one school at Footscray High School further strengthens our dedication to facilitating successful transitions to Senior School. By promoting inclusivity, organising social events, and encouraging meaningful connections, our staff continues to create a nurturing and supportive environment that empowers students to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally throughout their time at the Senior School campus.
A successful and enjoyable transition from Junior to Senior school allows students to jump into Kinnear Senior Campus with confidence. Our transition program allows students to become familiar with the Kinnear Campus from early in the year and provides a range of experiences so students can make more informed subject choices and be aware of the broad range of pathways that complement individual student abilities and interests.
Individualised course counselling meetings support students in their academic journey by providing tailored guidance and addressing any concerns related to course selection as they progress to Year 10. Ensuring students are well-prepared and confident in the courses they choose for the upcoming academic year.
Students who have demonstrated strong academic ability and excellent work habits may apply to study one of a number of VCE subjects or a VET course offered as part of an accelerated studies program. Acceleration is an opportunity for students to study subjects in Units 1 & 2 that would not normally fit into their two year VCE or to have an industry-related experience whilst still attending school, in the form of a VET study.
Head Start takes place at the Kinnear campus and runs over the last two weeks of term 4. Students follow their timetable for the following year, meet other students and their subject teachers, as well as starting work on the course requirements for each subject.
Giving students a Head Start toward their Senior Years subjects allows for an increase in exam preparation and exam revision the following year, as well as an increase in time devoted to SACs.
The Year 9-11 Head Start Program serves as a valuable opportunity for students to establish a strong foundation not only academically but also in terms of study habits and overall preparation for their senior years. The Head Start Program has a positive impact on students’ academic performance and overall well-being.