Transitioning to high school can be both exciting and overwhelming for students, therefore, it is important that we stage the transition process. Students from our Catholic feeder schools are invited to attend a transition day in Term 2 of the year prior to commencing enrolment. On this day students are introduced to the layout of the College, the structure of a school day and have the opportunity to meet with Year 7 students and teachers.

Members of the College Executive also visit our Catholic feeder schools at the beginning of Term 2 in the year prior to the Year 7 enrolment. This is an opportunity to meet with the students, provide them with some insights regarding ‘Life at Lochinvar’ and to host a Q&A session with current Year 7 students who previously attended their particular feeder school.

Students have a second transition visit to the College in Term 4, which is an opportunity to ‘follow a timetable’ for a day, engage in some community building, experience an activities session and meet with their Student Coordinator.

A Parent Information Evening is conducted in November to welcome parents to the St Joseph’s community and provide an overview of the College, day-to-day organisation, Year 7 courses of study, the assessment process and our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) requirements.

There is a ‘staggered start’ at the commencement of Term 1 to ensure that Year 7 are welcomed and that Learning Mentor Group Teachers and Peer Support Leaders have the opportunity to spend some quality time with Year 7 students, assisting them to quickly settle into the College routine.

Students with additional needs or a disability will have extra transition sessions which are organised by our Learning Support Coordinator.