Wirreanda Public School year six students working on Scarecrow challenge at High School orientation day

Wirreanda Public School year six students working on the scarecrow challenge.
Wirreanda Public School year six students working on the scarecrow challenge.

 

TRANSITIONING from primary to high school can be a challenge for many students.

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For even the most confident and self-assured young person, the change is significant, and can be daunting.

Irrawang High has this week been running orientation days to introduce primary school students to high school, and give them a taste of life at Irrawang High.

All feeder schools were given times to bring students through the school, where they got to experience a taste of all faculties.

Irrawang High School representative Lue Fagan told News Of The Area, “We welcomed students from Medowie and Wirreanda Public School this week, which was wonderful.”

“All our partner primary schools from all around the area will be participating in the orientation days.”

“Each school will also take part in the great scarecrow-making challenge as part of their orientation, and the students are really enjoying this.”

“We are so proud of our school, and what we give back to our students, so it was lovely to see so many primary students wandering around all the faculties, learning and enjoying themselves,” she said.

Irrawang High School also offers many other activities so that primary students can become involved before they start officially in a high school setting in year seven.

Transitioning activities begin in year four,  through the Gifted and Talented Students (GATS) Enrichment Program and continues into years five and six.

The GATS program provides activities such as robotics, science lab experiments, activities in our primary industries area (school farm), and helping at school sports carnivals, with all the primary students assisted by our senior students at all times.

Congratulations to Irrawang High School for your inclusive programming, and going above and beyond to ensure future year seven students feel as comfortable as possible in their new school.

 

By Rachael VAUGHAN

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