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Almost 4000 girls and boys
started Year 8 last month at South
Australian Catholic schools. But it
wasn’t the first time they had visited
their new schools.
Most of them would have taken part
in transition programs, including
orientation days, held from October
to December last year and designed
by Catholic school principals to
make moving into secondary school
as stress-free as possible.
At Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
College (OLSH) 100 Year 8 students
had the entire Enfield campus to
themselves on January 27. About
400 students from Years 9 to 12
returned to school a day later to
give the new arrivals a head start.
“I’m feeling excited and a little bit
nervous,” Year 8 student Tahlia
Callipari said in the lead up to her
first day at OLSH.
She was among three students from
St Gabriel’s Catholic School, Enfield,
enrolled to start the year at OLSH.
Tahlia was most looking forward to
studying a wider range of subjects
in Year 8, including design, art and
OLSH principal Joy Bedford said
exclusive access to the campus
on day one was an important first
step for Year 8 students to define
their own space and experiences
and to get to know each other more
“We have students coming from 30
different primary schools and they
might not know a soul, so it’s a team
building experience too,” said Mrs
OLSH holds primary transition visits,
a family orientation afternoon at the
College (including a school uniform
fashion show) and Year 7 transition
visits in the lead up to the start of
the new school year.
Mrs Bedford said Year 8s received
star treatment with a special
blessing at the opening school Mass
on February 17 and the Year 8 camp
will be held next month to help
students get to know each other
early in Term One.
OLSH last year hosted a gathering
unique to Catholic Education
South Australia in which about
130 teachers from 56 of Adelaide’s
Catholic primary, middle and
secondary schools exchanged
information to assist in the smooth
transition of Year 7s into secondary
Year 7 teachers met with Year
8 coordinators from Catholic
schools in the northern, western
and north-eastern metro area. The
transition evening is organised by
Catholic Education South Australia’s
Marketing and Communications
team and has been running for the
past 20 years.
Josephine Khoury is anticipating a demanding,
sometimes stressful and exciting 12 months
ahead of her as she joins thousands of South
Australian Year 12 students embarking on their
final school year.
The St Mary’s College Year 12 student began
studying during her summer holidays and has set
a list of expectations for herself and her family
during what many claim is the defining school
She wants a quiet household while studying and
while she is prepared to chip in with chores, she
is expecting some leniency.
“My family has to respect that I’m doing my final
year and while it is going to be stressful, I need to
still be a part of normal family life.”
Josephine is College deputy captain, a member
of the College Concert Band and plans to work
part-time at her parents’ pasta restaurant as
much as she can throughout the year.
Her mum Shefia Nemer-Khoury said she felt it
was important to give her daughter space during
Year 12, but at the same time wanted to ensure
she had a balanced study regime.
“I don’t want to have a child that is stressed,
depressed and anxious – that’s not what Year 12
should be about,” she said.
Last year the Federation of Catholic School
Parent Communities (SA) conducted an
anonymous survey through their Facebook page
asking Year 12s from across Australia about the
kind of family support that would be most helpful
Ann Bliss, executive director of the Federation,
said many parents of Year 12 students often
wonder how they can best support their children
in this all-important final year of school.
Ms Bliss said the survey results overwhelmingly
showed students wanted parents to support,
trust, and believe in them, as well as give them
independence, open communication and space.
“And by space, they mean time to chill out and
socialise, but above all, freedom from parental
nagging, pressuring and pestering,” she said.
“They don’t want their parents to ask a million
and one questions about every grade they get, or
if they should be doing homework.”
Ms Bliss said students felt the most helpful
things families could do to support them during
Year 12 was giving words of encouragement,
listening, and practical help with revision and
She said it was also interesting that many
students agreed exemptions from household
chores and changes to bedtime and meal-
time routines were vital, however they also felt
changes to family routines to accommodate
them in Year 12 were not a good thing. “The
lack of change to family routine has in fact been
excellent; it reinforces to me that this is, although
a significant year, just another year of school,”
wrote one student.
The Federation has developed the resource
for parents, Family support during Year 12:
What works and why does it matter? For more
information visit www.parentfederation.catholic.
SHHHHH: (L-R) Shefia Nemer-Khoury has
set up a quiet study area for her daughter,
Josephine Khoury, so she can study her final
year at St Mary’s College without too many
What Year 12s want from family
By Rebecca DiGirolamo
EARLY VISIT: Year 7 St Gabriel’s Catholic School students Seriani
Lenarkat (front) and Tahlia Callipari with OLSH Principal Joy Bedford.
Making senior school
Mr Paul Belton is the new principal
of St Paul’s College at Gilles
Plains following Mr Daniel Lawler’s
departure to Canberra.
He is the 10th principal of the
school, which has recently been
expanded to include junior primary,
and comes to the college from
Rostrevor College where he held
the position of deputy principal –
Mr Belton is an experienced leader
in Catholic education having spent
some time as acting principal at
Rostrevor and has also held senior
leadership positions at Marcellin
Technical College and St Michael’s
College. He is an active member of
his local Parish at Our Lady of the
Sacred Heart at Henley Beach.
The former Port Adelaide footballer
has had a keen interest in sport,
having been involved in many
aspects throughout his career
including coaching and sports
management and is looking forward
to becoming involved with all
aspects of college life.
The College has also appointed
Mrs Emily Sayer to the newly
created position of head of primary
at the college.
New principal at St Paul’s
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