The Junior Campus has its own office.
One of the Deputy Principals has their office there. Maths and English faculty offices are located there.
The Junior Campus has 16 classrooms and two science laboratories. In addition, it has four multipurpose rooms. This purpose built facility is the home for all of our year 7 and 8 students. Nearly 80% of their classroom time will be held in the Junior Campus.
Each group of four rooms is allocated to a learning area:
2) Health and Physical Education
4) Humanities and Social Sciences.
Each of these learning areas has set their rooms up in the way that most suits their subject.
Taster subjects are held in the north wing which houses a number of specialist facilities (e.g. woodwork, metalwork, textile and food room, visual arts, photography), and other specialist rooms. All children will do 16 ‘taster’ subjects over year 7 and 8 (except music students who will do 8 tasters over the two years).
Children will have no choice of tasters. They are placed in a class, and move each term to a new pair of tasters. The tasters are:
Electronics or Robotics
This rotation of taster courses during year 7 and 8 gives the students a better understanding of what some subjects are about when they come to make their year 9 and 10 option selections.
Class structure and organisation. In year 7, all students are in mixed ability classes for all subjects. In year 8, the Mathematics and English learning areas may group students into either a stronger half or a general half (this varies based on the actual number of classes).
Form Rooms. Year 7 and 8 students are in combined forms in the Junior Campus. There are 12 form classes, each with about twelve year 7 students and twelve year 8 students. During term 1, year 10 Peer Leaders will be in the year 7/8 form classes as well.
Students will stay in their year 7/8 form for two years.
Grounds and non class time
Year 7 and 8 students have their own undercover canteen where only year 7 and 8 students are allowed.
In term One only year 7 and 8 students are allowed on the ovals closest to the Junior Campus
Orientation, Pastoral Care and Peer Support
During term one, year 7s are assisted in gaining library access, getting onto the computer network, having photographs taken and getting their Smart Rider card (for discounts on travel). A Peer Support Program exists where selected year 10 students work with the year 7s for a lesson each week for about 5 weeks of term one.
In these sessions, students:
i) get to know other year 7s and some of the teachers with special roles
ii) develop coping and organisation skills
iii) build resiliency
iv) find out where to go if something happens (e.g. lost timetable).
Literacy and Numeracy Support classes
A number of year 7 and 8 students will participate in additional English and Mathematics classes each week to assist them in meeting required standards. These students will usually do additional English instead of a language class. The school will decide who participates in these classes.
There is a Year coordinator appointed to look after the welfare of each year group. The year coordinators are usually the first point of contact for a parent contacting the school. They can answer most questions and will know who to refer parents to if specific advice is sought. They are expected to have a general knowledge of the progress and welfare of all students in their year group and will seek out more specific information when needed.
Transition. Teachers from the high school visit primary schools in May each year to distribute enrolment packs and talk to year 6 students about what it means to be a high school student. Year 6 students attend a transition day at the high school in late November where they follow a high school timetable for a day and learn where key buildings are and meet some key people.
Parent tours and information nights
There are parent nights in May and November for parents of year 6 students to learn about the Junior Campus and High School. There is also a parent tour in June for parents of year 6 students to see the Junior Campus and High School in operation. There is always a tour at the end of February for Parents of year 7’s to visit and see the school in action and maybe see their child at work.
Parent/Teacher Interview Nights. There are two parent nights in the Junior Campus at the end of term one for parents to come to school and meet their child’s teachers. These meetings are also an opportunity to discuss anything of concern in the child’s Progress Report which is usually sent home just before the end of term.