Transitioning from primary school to secondary school can be daunting. We help smooth the transition with our tailored induction program designed around the Victorian Curriculum. Entry students begin with specific Entry subjects including: Quest, Maths, Greening the Apocalypse and Physical Education. While the school has a vertical classroom structure, Entry students spend the majority of their time together, and have the opportunity to engage in electives after their initial three week program.
Our Entry induction begins once we have the confirmed enrolments. Our staff contact the families, and invite them to an information evening towards the end of August or early September. In October families are required to come in to complete the forms. In December, all Entry students attend our Orientation Day where they get to know each other over a day of fun packed activities.
Entry students start school on the same day as our Senior Students (and before the majority of our students). They are welcomed to the new school year with a BBQ lunch. We have created a three week program for their start of school, and at the end of this is the camp where the students are encouraged to develop their friendships. We hold a parent information and welcome evening during February for all Entry families; this is a great opportunity for families to get to know each other, and to meet some of the staff and parents from MAC Parents & Friends.
Quest is a unique program that integrates English and Humanities. The subject explicitly teaches the four capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Behaviour, Interpersonal Skills, and Intercultural Understanding. Greening the Apocalypse is the science component that focuses on sustainability and understanding the human impact on the world. The other subjects, Math and Physical Education, are planned for young curious minds. Entry students stay with their peers for these subjects unless a specific need is identified.
At the end of each semester, Entry students take part in a learning exhibition. The students showcase their end-of-semester project, which brings together the learning from their core subjects for that semester. It is a fun night for the students, and the families. Entry students are also encouraged to participate in the many activities throughout the school.