Years 7 and 8
Years 7 and 8 are an exciting time to be at De La Salle College. As students make new friends, face adolescent challenges and explore academic and co‐curricular pursuits, we work hard to ensure their time at school is a safe and rewarding experience. We want our students to focus on learning, think for peak performance and succeed.
Filled with excitement, Year 7 is a year of transition, new challenges and new beginnings. Our priority at this stage is to establish a sense of belonging, community and responsibility. A key focus is on respect and inclusivity amongst themselves and the wider community. We want our boys to develop a sense of responsibility towards themselves and others while being respectful of peoples differences, strengths and talents. The Lasallian tradition, ‘we are brothers to each other’, is a very real expression of our responsibility to one another. Student to student, teacher to student, we cooperate and build on our collective goals related to learning and living.
We celebrate and experience the idea of community through our Outdoor Education, Sports and Co‐Curricular programs, and live it in our liturgies and assemblies. Participation is encouraged inside and outside the classroom, and our boys then are encouraged to celebrate their own and others’ achievements.
Belonging to the Lasallian tradition means:
- developing an awareness of what has gone before us
- beginning to understand our place in the world and with those around us
- developing behaviours that put our faith into action.
Our strong tradition in Mission Action Day is an example of our actions.
Year 7 Transition Program
The step from primary to secondary school for many students and their families can be quite daunting. Students are now part of a much bigger school community where they are confronted with many new challenges.
For this reason, a Year 7 Transition Program has been implemented, providing an excellent foundation for students to commence their secondary schooling.
Learn all about the Year 7 Transition Program here.
Year 8 has evolved in recent times as a year of enormous change and challenge for many young men. A key focus in this year level is to ensure that students are fit for learning. We want our boys to use the thinking parts of the brain and not their emotional parts of the brain as this will allow them to raise standards amongst themselves and their peers and give them confidence to take on these challenges. This is addressed through a comprehensive personal development program that sims to improve self‐esteem, confidence and resilience among the students. We take a restorative justice approach with all our students that centres on firmness, consistency and kindness. This encourages boys to have the ability to talk about their feelings and control their emotions so they can be well regulated, well behaved and responsible for themselves and their learning.
Students in Year 8 are encouraged to:
- make good choices
- respect all people in the De La Salle College and wider communities
- continue the great tradition of the College by upholding a high standard of conduct, dress and behaviour
- get involved in new and interesting pursuits. To this end, we encourage participation in our range of co‐curricular activities.
Years 7 and 8 Core Subjects
- Religious Education
- History & Geography
- Health and Physical Education
- LOTE – both French and Italian in Year 7; students then select one in Year 8
- Drama & Music
- Art & Design and Technology Studies
- Immersion & sport
- Literacy Support – if needed
Years 7 and 8 Co‐Curricular Activities
Students in Years 7 and 8 embrace our rich co‐curricular program which covers sport, performing arts, social justice and much more. It’s important to note that from Year 7, students compete in the Associated Catholic Colleges (ACC) sporting competition, which is timetabled into the school week. This means no Saturday morning sport, freeing up our athletic students to participate in local club competitions should they choose.
Learn more with the Curriculum Handbook
To learn more about the learning and teaching arrangements for Years 7 and 8, we strongly encourage you to view or download the Curriculum Handbook.