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YEAR 8 OVERVIEW

Students attending Hallett Cove School at year 8, come from over 15 primary schools. We offer a transition program in recognition of the importance of providing opportunities for the students to develop effective working relationships with teachers and peers.

 Year 8 in Middle School at Hallett Cove School means that:

• Home groups are based around the information shared from parents and year 7 teachers from Hallett Cove School and feeder primary schools
• Each class has a Home Group classroom which they use for most of their subjects and the Pastoral Care program. Students develop a class identity and ownership of their Home Group room
• The Home Groups stay together for English, Japanese, SOSE, Mathematics and Science. Students are divided into smaller class grouping for practical subjects; Technical Studies, Home Economics, The Arts and Physical Education
• Where possible, a small team of teachers with expertise in Middle Schooling work with each Home Group class for their core subjects
• The Year 8 Year Level Manager is pivotal in managing the students, teachers and curriculum. Parent and student issues and concerns should be referred to the Home Group teacher, the Year Level Manager or the Head of Middle School.
At the end of year 7 in term 4, and the beginning of term one, Year 8 students will be involved in an Orientation program designed to assist in the transition from primary school to secondary school.

Year 8 students take part in a range of activities including:

• Orientation Day
• Athletics Standards and Sports day
• Anti -Harassment and Cyber Bullying Program in the Pastoral Care Program
• House Sports competitions
• A three day camp in the first few weeks of term one

Special programs at year 8

• A year 8 Volleyball Focus Program. Students apply for entry to this program and are selected at trials at the end of year 7. Students participate in a number of tournaments, with teams being selected for participation in the Australian Schools Competition held in Melbourne towards the end of the school year.
• A year 8 Soccer Focus Program. Students are selected for this program through an application and trials process. They receive specialist coaching from teachers and experts from FFSA to work towards improving their skills and learning through their passion. Students participate in a number of competitions both in and out of school hours.