Hit the Ground Running - transition to secondary school


This workshop is specifically tailored to upper primary school students facing the transition into secondary school.  Research shows that transition to secondary school is a critical time for students. It is marked by several changes in educational expectations and practices and it prompts a variety of concerns, behaviours and emotions for students. 

Through a series of interactive games, stories, multi-media and information, we address some of the fear, excitement and other issues specific to upper primary students transitioning to high school.  We also address issues such as bullying, decision making and peer pressure.

Workshop Details:

  • We offer a range of options from a single session to a full-day retreat for either a single class, year level or the whole school
  • Tailored to suit your school's specific needs, timetable and budget
  • Delivered by qualified and experienced teachers
  • Each session includes a variety of games, music, interactive activities and multi-media and is aligned to the Australian Curriculum
  • Follow-up material is provided for teachers

Key concepts covered in the session:

The following are messages we want students to learn through the seminar:

  • We need to learn how to cope with change
  • I know that going to secondary school is a big change and preparation is important
  • We all need support and others need my support as well
  • Peer pressure can be powerful - it's important to have good values and supportive community to counter this
  • Expectations will change when I grow older - I need to learn self-discipline, organisational skills and have a good attitude to learning
  • Going to secondary school can be a great experience and not to be feared

Teacher Feedback:

  • "It was really effective! Students loved being involved and learnt so much – thank you!." Teacher, Coogee Primary School
  • "Students loved it! Lots of fun and engaging. Students learnt practical and important lessons - all schools should have this!" Teacher, Sydenham Catholic College
  • "Very engaging and interactive – the students really enjoyed it and were engaged the whole time." Teacher, Lauriston Grammar School


Values for Life - who we are:

Values for Life provides primary and secondary student seminars that are engaging, fun and educational on topics such as bullying, resilience, leadership, cyber safety, drug education and much more.


Primary School Topics:

* Friendship & community

* Resilience

* Anti-bullying & cyber-safety

* Empathy, teamwork & assertiveness

* Drugs & Alcohol

* Transition to High School


Secondary School Topics:

* Community & Belonging

* Anti-bullying & cyber-safety

* Leadership

* Drugs & Alcohol

* Manhood

* Womanhood

* Relationships

* Excelling in Year 12


Parent Workshop Topics:

* Resilience - helping your kids bounce back

* Drugs & Alcohol: prevention, support & resilient factors

* Bullying: cyber-safety, prevention & support

* Transition Into Secondary School: helping your child to be prepared 


Primary Stage 3 (Y5-6), Secondary Stage 4 (Y7-8)


Adelaide, Albury, Ballarat, Bathurst, Bendigo, Brisbane, Bunbury, Bundaberg, Cairns, Canberra, Central Coast, Coffs Harbour, Darwin, Dubbo, Geelong, Geraldton, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Hervey Bay, Hobart, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Launceston, Lismore, Mackay, Maitland, Mandurah, Melbourne, Melton, Mildura, Newcastle, Orange, Perth, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, Richmond, Rockhampton, Rockingham, Shepparton-Mooroopna, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Tamworth, Thuringowa, Toowoomba, Townsville, Tweed Heads, Wagga Wagga, Warrnambool, Windsor, Wodonga, Wollongong

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