One of the most pivotal stages of schooling is the transition from primary school to the more complex and challenging world of secondary school. This transition can be difficult for some students and Marian Catholic College actively support students as they make this educational and social shift.

As part of the transition from Year 6 to Year 7, students participate in an orientation day at the College. This Oh!Day is held in Term 4 of Year 6 and may include:

  • a school tour
  • meeting fellow students and teachers
  • taking part in special lessons and activities.

As a parent, there are many ways in which you can help your child prepare for the transition to secondary school.

  • Talk to the Principal, Assistant Principal or Coordinators
  • Look at the information on the College website
  • Obtain information about enrolment requirements
  • Discuss your choice of school with your child
  • Attend College tour sessions with your child
  • Ensure your child attends the orientation program

What you can do to help your child thrive at Marian Catholic College

Faith development

  • Attend College and parish liturgies and Masses together
  • Participate in and discuss religious education learning activities and social justice initiatives
  • Support the College’s Pastoral and Well-Being Program, including the attendance of your child at all of the retreats and


  • Encourage your child to take increasing responsibility for his/her learning and organisational skills
  • Discuss your child’s school work and progress with him/her
  • Contact the relevant teacher to discuss any problems your child is having with his/her classwork or home learning tasks
  • Encourage reading by setting an example – reading yourself
  • Read texts (e.g. novels, plays) set by your child’s teachers
  • Discuss your child’s response to the texts and ask to see work s/he completes on these texts


  • Encourage healthy eating, sufficient sleep and regular physical activity
  • Encourage positive attitudes, values and behaviours like courtesy, confidence, persistence and doing your best
  • Celebrate your child’s successes
  • Help your child balance the amount of time spent completing home learning tasks, watching television, playing computer games and engaging in other leisure or recreational activities and part-time employment

College activities

  • Attend College events, displays or productions in which your child is involved
  • Become actively involved in school community activities such as the College Council, Parents and Friends group, parent education programs, curriculum information evenings and Stage Six Support Evenings.