Year sevens gear up for high school
Year seven students from primary schools across Hedland experienced high school life in a two-week Transition Program supported by BHP Billiton Iron Ore as part of the Pilbara Education Partnership with the Department of Education and Training recently.
Dressed in the Hedland Senior High School Transition Program uniform, provided through the funded program, students participate in high school classes, mixing with students from primary schools across Hedland, to get an insight into high school life.
Hedland Senior High School Principal John Burke explained the value of the Transition Program for students about to embark on their secondary education.
“The transition to high school can be a challenging time for many children,” he said.
“The program aims to familiarise the year sevens with the layout of the high school and the format of classes, as well as giving them an opportunity to meet other students who will begin their high school journey next year.”
In its third year, the Transition Program has proven effective in lessening the trepidation of both children and parents in the transition to high school.
Parents are encouraged to visit the high school and get a feel for the facilities and classes available to their children.
BHP Billiton Iron Ore Senior Manager for Community and Indigenous Affairs, Chris Cottier said the company is committed to investing in education over the long-term, through many successful partnerships.
“The Pilbara Education Partnership is delivering incredible outcomes for our children in Hedland,” Mr Cottier said.
“BHP Billiton Iron Ore is dedicated to ensuring investment in education across the lifespan, from toddlers to tertiary and beyond.
“Our hope is these initiatives work toward ensuring people in regional areas are able to access the same educational opportunities as those available in metropolitan areas,” he said.
The Pilbara Education Partnership Transition Program ran from October 31 to November 11.