Year 7 Transition Program

At South Oakleigh College, the smooth transition of students from Grade 6 to Year 7 is a top priority for our staff and Student Leadership Team. This process is facilitated by our dedicated Transition Coordinator. Despite the thrill of progressing to secondary school, it can be intimidating for many. We’re here to help students navigate this significant life change.

Transition begins in Primary School

Starting as early as Grade 5, students familiarise themselves with the college through regular visits and participation in various activities, leadership programs, and special events. This proactive approach fosters early bonds between the transition team and future students.

We also extend our support beyond the college premises. Our Director of Students, Director of Wellbeing, Year 7 Level Leader, past students, and other college representatives visit affiliated primary schools. Here, young learners can connect with current students, quelling their anxieties about secondary school. When they later visit the college, they find familiar faces, cultivating a sense of belonging early on.


In early December every Grade 6 student in Victoria is invited to attend their future secondary school. Upon arrival at South Oakleigh College students are placed into their future class and will meet some of their new teachers. Current Year 7 students, Peer Support Leaders and members of the College Student Leadership Team are on hand to act as guides and special friends to the fresh and enthusiastic faces of our future Year 7 students. 

Students are not the only people nervous about starting secondary school and leaving their old school behind. Families and carers are often just as apprehensive as students on this day. A Family Orientation and Information Evening is held to support their child’s transition into secondary school, outlining general information about the College curriculum, camp details, an opportunity to place new uniform orders, pay contribution charges and receive information about second-hand books and uniform sales.

Induction Program

Entering Year 7 at South Oakleigh College is exciting for young learners, but it’s also a significant change. We acknowledge the challenges this transition brings, such as managing diverse subjects, a new timetable, new teachers, public transport, making new friends, and a higher degree of organisation and independence. Our comprehensive Year 7 Induction Program, therefore, is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to thrive in secondary school. It provides a safe space for students to understand the college’s functions and develop a sense of community, ensuring a smooth and rewarding transition.

Grade 6 to Year 7 Transition 2024-2025

Welcome to our 2025 Year 7 students and families, we look forward to you joining the South Oakleigh College community. 

Two transition packs will be distributed to families which will detail all relevant information to ensure a smooth transition into the College. These transition packs will be made available below once distribution has been completed. 

If you have any additional questions about transitioning into Year 7 please direct them to:

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