Our Junior Secondary Vision
Our vision is for every student to thrive and succeed throughout the junior secondary years of schooling. During this time, students will experience a successful transition from primary to secondary school in a safe and supportive environment and be provided with the necessary tools to become life-long and curious learners. The purpose of the Junior Secondary phase of education is to provide a bridge between primary and secondary education that is strong, purposeful and consistent. This is achieved through the distinct identity of the phase, quality teaching and strong parent and community partnerships. Our goal during the first years of secondary schooling is to ensure that all our students have an opportunity to explore their interests while pursuing individual success in the areas of academia, culture and sport and to be a valued individual within the school community.
Transitioning to Year 7
Year 7 and 8 @ Keebra Park SHS
At Keebra Park we offer a seamless and supportive transition program for students moving from primary to secondary school. Our Junior Secondary philosophy is based on supporting every student to succeed both academically and personally but more importantly to feel confident and supported within the larger school context. We offer an extensive range of subjects and programs to support and extend students to achieve their best and thrive and succeed in every lesson, every day.
To ease the transition into senior schooling and support positive relationships and class routines, our students in Year 7 and 8 will be organised into core classes in the following subject areas.
- Home Group (including wellbeing)
- Health and PE
Year 7 and 8 students will also have access to other areas of the curriculum throughout their high school journey. During the first four semesters of the Junior Secondary phase, students will be given an opportunity to experience eight (8) elective subjects and sample possible future pathways for senior schooling. Example electives that may be on a term by term rotation over the two years include:
- Food and Technology
- Digital Solutions
- Design and Technology
- Business Studies
- Visual Arts
- Film and TV
- Robotics and Programing
Academy and Development Programs
Via application, we will also offer our year 7 and 8 students the following Academy programs:
- Rugby League Academy
- Basketball Academy
- Girls' Sports Academy
- Academic Excellence
- Music Excellence
- Performing Arts Excellence
Keebra Park has a number of staff available to ensure each student is supported from the moment they enter high school. In year 7 and 8 the following staff will assist with supporting every student to thrive and succeed:
- Deputy Principal Year 7 and 8 – Kylie Oxenford
- Head of Engagement - Kym Gorman
- Head of Academic Performance and Innovation - Monique Werda
- Year 7 Dean – Michelle Winton
- Year 8 Dean – Kelly Copolov
- Pedagogy Coach (Personalised Learning) – Lisa Ellwood
- Pedagogy Coach (Personalised Learning) – Tina Murray
- Guidance Officer – James Bennett
Prepare for your child's transition from Primary to High School with these helpful links and downloads:
National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy
(NAPLAN) tests identify whether all students have the literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for their learning, and for their productive and rewarding participation in the community. Students are assessed using common national tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.
The results will provide teachers, students and parents or carers with information to inform discussions about student learning. These assessments will give students an opportunity to show what they have learned in class and will provide the school with valuable data that will inform future teaching.
The NAPLAN tests are held in May each year and are conducted nationally. We provide our students with fruit each morning in order to support them to ensure they are ready to perform and achieve their best.
All eligible Year 7 and 9 students must sit for the tests. However, parents/carers wishing to apply for an exemption due to religious beliefs or philosophical objections to testing must complete the QCAA (Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority) approved Notice of Parent Withdrawal. This form can be obtained by contacting the school via phone or email.
Encouraging your student to simply engage in the joy of reading in their own time is shown to significantly improve literacy and numeracy skills across all areas.