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Our School Years 7 and 8

The Middle Years of school are crucial in a child's education. A smooth transition to Senior School will give students the confidence to thrive, and ensure they feel supported emotionally, socially and academically.  

Transition 

The transition from primary school to Years 7 and 8 is a crucial time. To ensure our students "hit the ground running" we have an extensive transition program leading up to the start of Year 7 to ensure all students are ready to make the leap into Senior School. 

Our transition program is designed so that students arrive on their first day at Ivanhoe Girls' with a clear sense of belonging. 

Transition begins mid-way through Year 6. Our "Solo Flyers" (students who are the only child starting at Ivanhoe Girls' from their primary school), are welcomed on a special day to help them make connections before the official transition program begins. A Day in Year 7 is held in August and is an opportunity to explore the School and enjoy a wide variety of activities. This is followed by an Orientation Day in December where students meet their Tutor and classmates. On their first day of the School year, the Year 7s are the only students at school, which gives them space to and time to find their classrooms and orientate themselves around the School buildings and grounds. 

Starting from Year 7, a unique feature of the wellbeing framework at Ivanhoe Girls' are the small Tutorial groups. These groups of around 12-15 students led by a Tutor, meet daily, which ensures a sense of connection and belonging is quickly established. 

Early in Term 1, students head off on an Outdoor Education camp, which focuses on building friendships and connections within their peers, and explores a range of team activities and personal challenges which help students gain confidence and develop resilience. 

Each Tutorial group is assigned several Peer Support Leaders. These Year 10 students are specifically tasked with helping Year 7 students adjust to life at Ivanhoe Girls'. These "big sister buddies" are on hand to answer questions, give advice and help guide Year 7 students through the early days of Senior School.

By Year 8, the focus shifts from "finding your feet" to "stretching your wings". Students are encouraged to take on new co-curricular challenges, find new interests and develop friendships across the Year Level. A wide array of Clubs and Groups, lunchtime activities, Drama and Music opportunities and sporting activities offer students the opportunity to explore new interests and discover what drives them. 

Learning

The Middle Years of schooling are an important time for brain growth and development. At Ivanhoe Girls', we understand that it is important for students to practise and gain skills in a broad range of learning areas. 

With this in mind, all Year 7 and 8 students study a core curriculum in a broad range of subjects. 

An Individual Differences program caters for the diverse needs of individual students. Depending on need, students are offered opportunities for enrichment and extension, or extra learning and organisational support where needed. 

Year 7 subjects
English
Geography (one semester)
Mathematics
Religious Education
Science
Performing Arts - The Language of Music
Digital Technology
Performing Arts - Drama and Theatre Arts
Languages – Chinese
Visual Arts
Languages - French
Physical Education
History - The Ancient World (one semester)
Year 8 Subjects
English
History - The Ancient to the Modern World (one semester)
Mathematics
Food Studies
Science
Digital Technology - Lights, Camera, Action
Language – Chinese
Physical Education
Languages - French
Performing Arts – Creating and Exploring Music
Geography (one semester)
Religious Education
Health
Visual Arts