In 2016, Helena College expanded to include Year 6 into the Glen Forrest Campus.
When I picked up my son after his first day of high school, he was grinning from ear to ear. I think it was mostly because he was carrying a brand new laptop (this was a great idea for day 1, by the way), but he also said he met new kids, played a gamelan, had a really nice lunch from the canteen, and just really enjoyed the day.
It was great to see the Year 6 buildings today – I loved the design and the fact that the four buildings make a separate space – the undercover area in the middle is a very clever design – it looks and feels safe and secure and makes the most of the beautiful surrounding bushland.
The addition of Year 6 to the Middle School enables us to offer the full five years of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP), from Years 6-10. The MYP is a strong transitional programme from the end of the primary years to the final two years of schooling, after which students undertake Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) subjects.
Each Year 6 class has a dedicated homeroom teacher and a pastoral and academic programme that provides the familiarity of the Year 6 learning area along with a graduated transition into the Senior School.