The 2020 Year 7 students are welcomed into St Clare Catholic High School Hassall Grove during their Orientation Day
St Clare’s Catholic High School Hassall Grove welcomed its newest students and gave the Year 7 class of 2020 a taste of what life will be like for them during a special orientation.
More than 80 students were welcomed into the St Clare’s school community with a tour by their Year 10 peer support buddies. They were also given a brief insight into what secondary school is like by taking part in some subject activities on art, history, maths and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Technology.
The aim of the day was to make the incoming Year 7 students feel welcome while also giving them a chance to interact with other students and their teachers in a casual and friendly environment.
St Clare’s Assistant Principals Miss Shauna Nash and Miss Hayley Lalor spoke to the students about taking the opportunity next year to do better than they have ever done before and were reassured that feeling overwhelmed and a little nervous was a normal part of the transition into secondary schooling.
2020 Year 7 student Prayer Fotualii (centre) said she felt nervous about going to St Clare but as soon as she got to know some of the other students and teachers she felt a lot better
"If your very best is a B, C or D that is OK, as long as you turned up to school every day ready to learn and do your best - because every day is a gift. Every single one of you has something special to offer to this school. I am looking forward to seeing you all succeed and seeing the benefits of your gifts to this school community," Miss Nash said.
Miss Lalor said she could sympathise with Year 6 students about to start at St Clare’s, as she was in a familiar position when she became Assistant Principal. “We all understand how you will be feeling. It is normal. However, I can assure you, you will settle into St Clare’s very well because we have great people here and a great school community," Miss Lalor said.
Year 10 students Tila Paletua and Faith Falanitule said they thought the day went well and all the new Yr 7 students were enthusiastic.
Incoming Year 7 student Prayer Fotualii said she felt nervous about going to St Clares but as soon as she got to know some of the other students and teachers she felt a lot better. “I really enjoyed doing the art activity the most," Prayer said.
St Clare’s Leader of Learning Pathways Stage 4 Nikki Valleri welcomed the students and organised the day to include plenty of opportunities for everyone to interact with each other including over a delicious sausage sizzle for lunch.
“What makes this group of students so special is by the time they get to Year 12, the whole school will have been refurbished and new buildings completed," Miss Valleri said.