At what levels does Seymour have intakes of students? Students come new to Seymour at all levels, and at all points during the course of each year, but there are some key times at which there are larger numbers of new students - this is generally at Years 6 -8.
When is the best time to start? There are a range of structures in place to support a student's transition to the College at any time, but you won't be surprised to learn that we advocate "the sooner the better"!
Year 8 and Year 6 are traditionally the larger intake years. We welcome girls during all year levels. The transition into all year levels of the Middle School are made as comfortable as possible. All ‘new’ girls are allocated a peer buddy who assists with your daughter’s smooth transition.
With all students being new to Middle School in Year 6, all girls are needing a large amount of support as they adjust to the new routines, places and people. Their 'home' in Taylor building allows them to feel very secure, while also having the benefit of the use of the Barr Smith campus' specialised facilities.
In Year 7, the girls spend large amounts of time with their Form Teacher, or other members of the Year 7 core teaching team, thus enabling new students to readily establish strong relationships with teachers and peers.
With the many leadership and co-curricular opportunities at Seymour, new students quickly forget any concerns about missing out on being the 'seniors' in their previous school.
At the start of Year 8, all girls are in need of specific support as they adjust to lessons with more teachers. The Form Teachers and Year 8 Guardian focus on supporting the girls. An explicit orientation program at the start of Year 8 supports the girls with their time management, personal organisation and the safe handling of technology. Of course, establishing new relationships with their peers is of huge importance and the program culminates with an overnight stay off campus, with the goal to build relationships, help the girls to interact across the year group and bring the cohort together as one.
For all new students, an ideal way to meet different girls is to become involved in co-curricular activities.
How many students are there in a class? While the maximum class size is 25 students, most classes in Middle School range in numbers from 18 to 25. This ideal class size enables the girls to have plenty of opportunities to interact with different girls, while also being an ideal size for the teachers to develop a positive working relationship with each girl and a positive learning environment for all class members.
How many classes in each year level? While the maximum class size is 25 students, most classes in Middle School range in numbers from 18 to 25. This ideal class size enables the girls to have plenty of opportunities to interact with different girls, while also being an ideal size for the teachers to develop a positive working relationship with each girl and a positive learning environment for all class members.
How does the College respond to relational issues, including bullying?
Everything we do at the College is based on our firm commitment to helping girls and young women develop positive relationships with the peers and adults around them. Personal development programs explicitly examine the challenges of human interactions; likewise many areas of the curriculum deal implicitly with aspects of relationships.
The staff at the College use each relevant opportunity to help students understand that the journey of life does sometimes include 'bumpy' roads: using a model of restorative justice, all College staff encourage and model for students positive ways of achieving resolution when faced with difficult and challenging situations.
The College makes firm statements about expectations of respectful interactions and has policies and practices which support these statements.
What are the benefits of all-girl education in the Middle Years? Without the distraction of boys, the girls feel free to be themselves. Adolescent girls place an emphasis on connections. We strive to have our students feel connected to school.
Girls learning styles tend to differ to boys, we are set up to cater for girls. Many girls talk more, and are more comfortable discussing their emotions, they are able to do this without the worry of ‘what the boys will think’.
Girls are able to explore their true interests without succumbing to gender stereotypes. Our Middle School students excel in a variety of subjects and are encouraged to work out of their comfort zone to achieve at high levels.
How is technology use managed? With a one-to-one technology program does come some challenges. Students attend sessions on physically handling their devices, how to behave online to promote positive relationships, and remain true to themselves and others in the virtual world. Cyber safety is also addressed at each year level in the Middle School. Lunch and Recess times are ‘technology’ free times. Girls learn the importance of face to face interactions at breaks, hence phones are kept locked away and other devices needed for schoolwork at break times are used in the Resource Centre.
What do Middle School students do at break times? Recess and lunch times are wonderful opportunities for students to socialise with their friends and reconnect with those friends out of their class.
Middle School students use the whole campus. There are plenty of places for girls to sit, as well as run. Our younger students enjoy the playground and climbing the trees. They use sporting equipment, mix socially in the Resource Centre and enjoy the many grassed and natural areas.
They also try and spot the resident koala!
Many clubs are run at lunch times, as well as service, SRC, debating and chess meetings to name a few. The girls can be as busy as they like, or chill out, at recess and lunch.