At Mount Alvernia we aim to support our young women as they transition from the familiarity of primary school into the unknown and sometimes daunting world of secondary school. With an intake from a large number of feeder schools, providing opportunities for girls to meet each other, to become acquainted with the daily rituals of their new school, and to become accustomed to their surroundings before they commence their first year with us is very important.
Experience High School Days enable each girl to buddy up with a current Year 7 student, and to walk with her through a typical Year 7 day. These days generally occur in October of the year prior to commencement at Mount Alvernia. Parents are able to book the day that is most preferable for them and their daughter and, while most girls take advantage of this opportunity, it is not compulsory.
Orientation Day, which is held in the last week of Term 4, introduces the future Year 7 students to their Home Room teachers, their Home Room peers and their Year 11 ‘big sisters’. On this day, all future Year 7s are expected to attend as it enables relationships to be formed and activities to be undertaken that provide us with further insight into each girl’s attributes. To support this knowledge, the girls are also expected to provide us with a copy of their completed Getting to Know You booklet, sent to them at the end of Term 3. This booklet invites the girls to share with us their likes and dislikes, their interests and dreams for the future, and any worries they may have about their movement into secondary school. Both the Pastoral Guardian for Year 7 and the Home Room teachers enjoy what they can learn about each of the girls.