New Beginnings Years 7-8
Calvin recognises that the transition from Year Six to Year Seven is not always easy for students. Year Seven, at Calvin is specifically designed to provide young people, at the start of their secondary schooling, with a strong and stable foundation upon which to build future success.
Calvin’s New Beginnings Programme enables students entering Year 7 at Calvin to develop a sense of purpose so that they enjoy their learning rather than being overwhelmed by all the changes normally associated with starting secondary school.
Specially selected and trained Year 11 and Year 12 students work with the School Counsellor and Home Room teachers to provide each Year Seven student with the support necessary, not only to settle quickly into a new school but to feel they belong to a community that cares about them.
The curriculum for Years 7 and 8 is structured to ensure that student learning is cohesive and changes of teachers and rooms are kept to a minimum. An integrated approach to the teaching of Humanities (English, Studies of Society & Environment and Biblical Studies) and Maths, Science and Health prevents needless fragmentation of the curriculum whilst preserving the exciting and distinctive aspects of secondary school life.
Please click on the link to open the Year 7 Handbook 2016
Laying Foundations Year 9
Year 9 is an exciting year in the life of young people. Having made the transition to secondary school, and studied a set curriculum in Years 7 and 8 students, Calvin Year 9 students have the opportunity to study up to six potentially new and different electives each year. These elective subjects complement a strong academic programme aimed at encouraging excellence in all areas.
The wide choice of study at Calvin affords students the opportunity to explore and develop their unique gifts and talents whilst laying a strong foundation for future study.
It is expected and students are supported to take increasing responsibility for their own learning and conduct. For this reason a strong home study programme is required.
An excellent career programme including work skills, work experience and pathway planning is a distinctive of Years 9 and 10. Students are assisted by the careers and guidance counsellors to explore career possibilities through such things as industry visits and ‘try-a-trade’ programmes.
Identifying, setting and working towards learning goals that have vocational relevance is often a key to motivation and success. Recognising and celebrating the increasing maturity of students at this level of education, Calvin Year 10 students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of special programmes Op Shop Ball, Work Experience, Student Exchange and leadership training.