Life at secondary school

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

​The transition from primary school to secondary school can be exciting and also a bit daunting for some students. The more you prepare, the better you chance of having a positive experience.

With the help of your family and school staff, you will be surprised how quickly you will adapt to your new environment.

What to expect before school starts

From day one, you will experience many changes, some of which may include:

  • more subjects - a chance to learn new and different things
  • more homework
  • more responsibility - you will be responsible for getting to different classes, in different rooms, on time
  • more independence - you will need to manage yourself, your learning and your equipment
  • using lockers, and carrying your books and equipment between classes and rooms
  • working with different teachers, and adapting to a range of teaching styles
  • you may have no single classroom to call home - although many schools do have a home base for Year 7 students

Daily tips for year 7 students

  • Lay out your uniform the night before school
  • set your alarm and try to get a good night’s sleep
  • eat a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • prepare copies of school timetables for school diaries, the inside of locker doors and on the fridge
  • use your school diary to mark down assignments, homework and events
  • take regular breaks from study and make time to exercise

​To see what other students are saying, see: Student views​​