The Junior School Leader manages the course selection and course change process for year 7 to 9. NAPLAN testing for Year 7 to 9 and transition from Grade 6 to Year 7.

In general, parents are advised to contact the relevant Home Group Teacher as a first step when there are any concerns regarding their child’s education. Parents are also welcome to contact their child’s teachers directly if they have any specific queries. Learning Team Leaders can be contacted if matters of a more serious or ongoing nature need to be discussed. Any queries relating to course selection should be directed to the Junior School Leader.

Parents wishing to enquire about a Year 7 to 9 enrolment should first contact the General Office on (03) 8768 1000.

Curriculum Guide

2018 Curriculum Guide JUNIOR

Programs

Year 7 – Phillip Island (3 days) – Orientation and Adventure Camp

This camp is seen as an avenue for assisting students in their transition to secondary school. The program is devised to enhance student/staff and student/student relationships while developing students outdoor skills. Adventure activities include: canoeing, surfing, bushwalking, raft building, archery, high ropes, giant swing and orienteering.

Year 7 Wellbeing Day

Held in Term 1 of each year, the focus is on creating a positive environment for our Year 7 students with an anti-bullying and team building focus.

Homework in the Junior School

Students should design a home study timetable, taking into account subjects to be covered and outside commitments, including recreation. In some practical subjects it is not possible to set homework. When specific homework is not set, students may do:

PRACTICE EXERCISES where students apply or review new knowledge or skills by: PREPARATORY HOMEWORK where students gain background information so they are better prepared for future lessons by: EXTENSION ASSIGNMENTS where students can pursue knowledge or use what they have learnt imaginatively by:
  • completing consolidation exercises for Mathematics – like memorisation of tables, doing Maths Mates.
  • practising spelling words.
  • practising words or phrases learnt in LOTE.
  • reading for pleasure.
  • planning/drafting written work or assignments.
  • practising and playing musical instruments.
  • practising physical education skills.
  • organising workbooks.
  • completing work not finished in class.
  • reading background material for different subjects.
  • reading English texts for class discussion.
  • researching topics for class work.
  • reading newspaper articles on current issues.
  • revising information about a current topic.
  • studying for tests.
  • writing a book review.
  • making or designing an art work.
  • completing Science investigation exercises.
  • researching local news.
  • finding material on the Internet.

Since students work at different rates and have different strengths and weaknesses, the following time per weeknight are recommended as a guide to parents and students.

  • Years 7-9 will generally do from 45 minutes to 90 minutes home study per weeknight.

Grade 6 to 7 Transition

Kick Start

Feeder Primary Schools are invited to bring their Grade 6 and Grade 5 students to the College during the year to become familiar with the grounds and experience a secondary school classroom.

Year 7 Orientation Day

Held in December each year with the focus being Grade 6 students meeting their future classmates, some of their future teachers and experiencing some of the subjects they will study in Year 7.

Making The Change

A joint initiative between Berwick College and it’s feeder Primary Schools, the first section is completed during the last term of Grade 6 and the second section completed during the first term of Year 7 English. The focus is on reflecting on the Primary school years and looking forward to Secondary school and what their new school has to offer.

Contact

Junior School Leader
Ms Dee Longwill
(03) 8768 1031
longwill.dee.p@edumail.vic.gov.au