On Friday 8 November 52 nervous, but excited, Grade 6 students descended on Yarram Secondary College for the first day of the much anticipated Secondary Transition Program. The program was action packed beginning with some fun get-to-know-you-activities coordinated by our Wellbeing Team Narice Jonson and Melanie Mitchell. After the ice had been broken it was off to the Science Centre where two experienced wildlife handlers from Venomwise entertained everyone with their amazing menagerie of Australian fauna. You could have heard a pin drop as the students were introduced to an owl, two dingos, a sugar glider and a number of scaled creatures including a Lace Monitor.
After a small recess students were divided into smaller class sized groups, which they then stayed in for the rest of the day. In these groups students undertook activities in Science, Wood and Food Technology, while a fourth group participated in an interactive scavenger hunt to help with high school orientation.
Floating in and out of these groups was an amazing treat. There was so much positive energy being generated by everyone involved in the program, staff, students and Year 11 volunteers included. At the end of the day I was very impressed with the range of iced vanilla cakes created with Miss D in Food and with the planes and cars created under Mr Taylor’s guidance in wood, not to mention the variety of science constructions completed with Mrs Cashmore – if only all days in education were this productive!