Enrolment for Year 7
For students in Year 6 in a Government Primary School:
Parents/Guardians are required to complete the Application for Enrolment (Year 7) as distributed by Primary Schools, and return it to the Principal of the Government Primary School by the set date. This form serves to ‘track’ the progress of a student’s application in accordance with the expression of preference listed on the form. Parents must place Whittlesea Secondary College as their first preference to ensure their child is accepted.
Parents will be notified of the results of the application after the set date and will receive enrolment forms from the school. These forms must be returned by the due date to ensure the placement at WSC. Please refer to your Primary School or to the Department of Education and Training website for more information.
For students in Year 6 in a Catholic Primary School and other Independent Primary Schools:
Parents can apply for a place for their child at Whittlesea Secondary College by completing the Expression of Interest for Enrolment Form.
Once the form has been received, the school will contact the parents to arrange an interview with them and their child.
Preparing for Year 7 (2019)
In preparation for their first day at WSC, here are few things that Year 7 students and their families can do over the holidays.
Attend Orientation Day
The College runs an Orientation Day for all new 2019 Year 7 students on Tuesday 11th December. This is an opportunity for students to meet their teachers, other students and become familiar with the layout of the College.
Practise opening your new combination lock
Combination locks can sometimes be tricky to open the first time you use them. Some practise over the holidays will help students become familiar with their combination code and how to unlock it.
Getting to and from school
The holidays are a great time for students to become familiar with how they are getting to and from school. Are they walking? Catching a bus? How long will it take them to travel to and from school? Learning about the correct route to school and even practising getting to and from the school is a helpful exercise in building students confidence.
Talk about how they are feeling
Entering secondary school is a milestone for all students. It signifies a move from childhood to adolescence and brings with it a whole range of new experiences for both the young person and their families. The holidays are a good time for students and their families to talk about how they are feeling about the transition to secondary school. Some things to discuss could include:
dispelling any myths about beginning secondary school.
listening to any concerns that the Year 7 student may have and reassure them.
reminding students that they do not need to remember everything that they learnt at Orientation day.
There will be many new things throughout their transition and their teachers will be understanding and supportive.
Name your books
Students should name all of their school books. At this stage, students don’t need to assign exercise books to particular subjects. Classroom teachers will go through this with Year 7 students at the beginning of 2019.
Year 7 Transition Camp
The Year 7 camp takes place at Howqua on Monday 18 February 2019 – Wednesday 20 February 2019
The purpose of the Year 7 camp is to assist students with their orientation and transition to secondary school. Research indicates that one of the biggest concerns of students moving to secondary school is whether they will make friends or not. Each class will work with core teachers on activities that will help to build their new team. Leading Teachers and Heads of House will be running the camp and will work closely with all groups in the endeavour to get to know their students.
Bus forms are sent to students upon enrolment. We have a large number of buses transporting students to our school from the surrounding areas. Please contact Assistant Principal, Tania Pearson for any bus inquiries.
Students at State and registered schools may be permitted to travel on a school bus service subject to the conditions set out in the Education Regulations, 1988. It should be noted that permission to travel on a school bus is a privilege and not a right. Permission to travel may be withdrawn if a student’s behaviour is unsatisfactory or if the appropriate fare has not been paid. All students who live closer to Whittlesea Secondary College than another State Secondary College are entitled to free bus transport, except where public transport is the only means of transport. Senior students (Years 11 and 12) whose closest College does not offer two of their preferred subjects can apply for free travel.
Students who reside in the following areas are entitled to free transport to the College: Arthurs Creek (to the east of the creek), Flowerdale (South of Forest Road), Humevale, Kinglake, Kinglake West, Kinglake East, Woodstock and Yan Yean.
Students who reside in the following areas are NOT entitled to free transport to the College, they become fare payers unless they are senior students and apply to the College for exemption on curriculum grounds: Bylands, Broadford, Craigieburn, Clonbinane, Epping, Diamond Creek, Hurstbridge, Midhurst, Mernda, Doreen, Laurimar, Kalkallo, Mill Park, South Morang, Wollert. These students are expected to use a MYKI card if MYKI card facilities are available on the bus. Students from Beveridge, Darraweit Guim, Heathcote Junction, Wandong, Hidden Valley, Kilmore, Donnybrook (east of railway line), Upper Plenty and Wallan are NOT entitled to free transport. Families are invoiced and fares for these buses are paid directly to Whittlesea Secondary College.
Access to the school bus network for fare payers may only exist if there is surplus capacity on the bus route.
Fare Payers fall into three categories:
1. Students who access the public buses. These students can purchase a daily, weekly or other MYKI card.
2. Students who live SOUTH of the College in areas such as Laurimar, Epping, Mill Park and South Morang. These students will be required to purchase a MYKI half-yearly or yearly card. This is a requirement of the Public Transport Victoria whose responsibility includes the provision of transport services to schools across the state. This ticket will enable the student access to all MYKI transport seven days a week. Tickets can be purchased from any train station. Conveyancing allowance is available to eligible students who travel on the Laurimar bus route. Please refer to the following link for the application form and due dates: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/management/schooloperations/studenttransport.htm
Please use the public transport application form.
3. Students who live NORTH of the College in areas such as Wallan, Upper Plenty, Hidden Valley, Wandong, Kilmore and Clonbinane.
These students are classified as ‘Country Zone Travellers’ and the fare is to be paid directly to the College. The College will invoice parents if the required amount is not paid in advance.
The 2019 fare is $240.00 for a half-year or $480.00 for a full year per student.
To travel on public transport with a student concession all students must carry a Department of Transport student concession Card. Half-Yearly Student Passes usually expire on 31 July, Second Half-Yearly Student Passes go on sale on 1 July and Yearly Student Passes usually expire 28 February following year. The application form can be found at any railway station.