The Harrisdale SHS community wishes you and your family a warm welcome to our school.
The transition to a new school – whether from primary to high school, or from one secondary school to another – is a significant event in a student’s schooling experience. It can also be an anxious time for parents as their child learns to navigate a new campus, to make new friends, and to develop an understanding of the new school’s expectations and routines.
Our teachers, support staff and programs aim to make this transition a smooth and positive experience for both the student and family. Below you will find helpful advice and links to information that should ease the transition process.
Who to Contact
The following staff members are here to assist with enrolment matters and transition processes:
Laura Paterson – for enrolment applications and advice
Angie Thomas – for enrolments to our Gifted and Talented Program (Year 7 2021)
Associate Principal Year 7, 2021
Rosemary Paterson – for Year 7 2021 transition program
Associate Principal Year 8 and Year 9, 2021
Jeremy Bruse – for interviews with new enrolments into Years 8 and 9 during 2021
Associate Principal Year 10 and Year 11, 2021
Bronwyn Wright – for interviews with new enrolments into Years 10 and 11 in 2021
Our Year Coordinators monitor and support the transition of new students. They show new students around the campus, explain their timetables, and introduce them to peer ‘buddies’ who will look after them. The Year Coordinators are also a valuable point of contact for parents seeking feedback or advice about their child’s transition. In 2020, our Year Coordinators are:
Year 7 Aaron Byrne
Year 8 Katherine Mountain
Year 9 Katharina Spanbroek
Year 10 David Washbourne
Year 11 Emily Muco
Our primary-to-high school transition process commences when students are in Year 6. Our Associate Principal, Year Coordinator and support staff visit local intake primary schools to talk to the Year 6 students about our school and what it’s like at high school. Our team also meet with Year 6 teachers to learn about any students who may require additional support or have specific learning needs.
Enrolments for Year 7 open in May 2021 and close on 23 July 2021, the first Friday of Term 3.
Our Transition Day is held in October each year – usually on a Saturday, when Year 6 students can enjoy full access to our facilities. While the children explore their new school, try out some really cool learning activities and meet their transition leaders, peers and some of their future teachers, our Principal hosts a special reception for their parents where school policies, procedures and routines are explained.
Our school year commences with our Orientation Program. This is a time for new students to get to know their peers in their Home Room, make new friends, learn about our school’s routines, find out what equipment they need, and have some fun. Importantly, students are introduced to “The Harrisdale Way” – our expectations and code of conduct for all students – in class, in the grounds, at assemblies and in the community. During Orientation, students also have their photos taken for their SmartRider cards, and they are issued with their Department of Education student passwords and other essential information for accessing Connect, email and the internet at school.
Arriving At School
Our school gates open at 8.25am. Students then have 15 minutes to prepare for their day before the first class commences at 8.40am. Please note that students are not permitted early into the school grounds unless they are attending teacher-supervised activities.
Students are discouraged from arriving early; if they do, they are to sit quietly outside and engage in passive activities as we do not have staff available to supervise them.
Students who arrive after the school day has started enter through Reception and sign in at the Student Services counter.
Year 7 students with mobile phones are required to deposit these at Student Services on their way into school each morning, and collect them at the end of the day. The mobile phone is handed in inside a clear plastic bag labelled with the student’s name and Home Room.
We encourage students to walk, or to ride bicycles (and wear helmets), scooters or skateboards to school. This is healthy and also helps reduce vehicle traffic in the local area. Bike compounds are located on Laverton Crescent, Keane Road and Skeet Road.
The compounds are open early enough in the morning to cater for students attending activities before school. It is most important that students lock their bikes/scooters/boards securely in the compounds, preferably away from the perimeter fencing. While the compounds are locked soon after the first bell, regrettably theft and vandalism can occur at other times. Please note that the school cannot take responsibility for the safekeeping or loss of items left in the compounds.
Leaving At The End Of The Day
The last class of the day finishes at 2.50pm. Students exit from gates along Laverton Crescent and Keane Road. We experience significant road traffic congestion in the school vicinity for around 15 minutes each afternoon, from 2.50-to-3.05pm. For this reason, parents picking up their children are encouraged to park their vehicles away from the immediate school surrounds.
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