Year 6 into Year 7 Transition
Welcome to Hampton Park Secondary College.
We are excited to meet all the new members of our College Community!
Hampton Park Secondary College is committed to providing education that is both student-centred and focused upon personalised learning experiences. We understand that students become passionately engaged in their education when the pedagogical approach is placed, purposeful, passion-led, and pervasive. At HPSC, we have re-designed our learning programme to enable students to excel through this research-based future-focused model, ensuring all our students benefit from deepened learning and improved educational outcomes. Thus, at HPSC, we enable a tailor-made educational programme that empowers students to take control of their learning.
Learning at Hampton Park Secondary College is categorised into three stages or ‘programmes’: Explore, Enhance, and Excel. These programmes recognise the unique needs of each student and allow students to ‘move through’ their secondary schooling experience in a way that better reflects their passions and abilities rather than their nominal ‘year level’. Hence, whilst many students merely survive their time at high-school, students at HPSC instead thrive in an exceptional learning environment where they are empowered and supported to create an educational pathway that is as individual and unique as they are.
Our vision of learning excellence is underpinned by the values of Respect, Learning, and Working Together. Through living our values, we hope that our students manifest the qualities of understanding the world with a global view, engaging in life-long learning, and always being critical and creative problem solvers. Our world is changing rapidly. We believe that a 21st century approach to learning is needed to engage and improve learning outcomes. At HPSC, we support young people to build important skills for now and for the future.
Take a look at our video gallery below to find out more information on the range of subject options our different Learning Domains offer to students.
Explore Program (Year 7)
The first stage of learning at Hampton Park Secondary College is called ‘Explore’.
The Explore Program has been designed to encourage all Year 7 students to do exactly as the name suggests, ‘explore’ the full range of subjects on offer from the eight key learning areas.
Students will study core subjects and six Taster Electives of their choice. We recognise that all students are unique and different, with individual interests, and as such, we want to empower students with the opportunity to individualise their educational program.
Students are encouraged to think carefully about which Taster Electives they choose and should think about their goals for the future, their strengths, aptitudes and interests and seek advice from their Grade 6 teacher and parent/carer. If a student is uncertain about their pathway and learning direction, we encourage students to select Tasters from all learning areas, enabling the opportunity to experience and enjoy a broad range of learning.
The Explore Course Structure is divided into two main areas: Core Subjects and Student Choice Taster Electives.
- English/EAL (2 Semesters)
- Maths (2 Semesters)
- Health/Physical Education (2 Semesters)
- Humanities (2 Semesters)
- Science (1 Semester)
- Literacy Support (2 Semesters) for students needing additional support, undertaken in place of Humanities
STUDENT CHOICE TASTERS
- 6 Tasters, each lasting 1 Term
- Options are available from the areas of Arts, Humanities, Languages, Science, STEAM, Technology
Celebrating student’s success and upholding our values of Respect, Learning and Working Together is highly important within the Explore Program. Explore staff recognise students who are demonstrating these values by awarding them a ‘Values Nomination’ with associated house points.
Hampton Park Secondary College aims to prepare students for lifelong learning and the world of work. There are many paths to achieving each goal, with Explore (Year 7) being an important stepping stone along the way.
Meet the Explore Transitions Team
Mr Wayne Haworth
Mr Paul Broecker
Assistant Principal (Year 7 and 8)
Ms Fiona Vanstan
Junior Sub School Leader
Ms Monique Attard
Student Learning Leader (Year 7)
Ms Madeleine Blake
Student Learning Leader (Year 7)
The Hampton Park Secondary College Wellbeing Team is committed to helping strengthen the supportive learning environment at HPSC, which ensures that all students feel culturally, emotionally and physically safe. We work proactively with young people, to empower them in reaching their full potential, by developing skills including resilience and independence.
The year 6 – 7 transition can be bring excitement and nerves, for both the young people and their parents. Please see the bottom of this page for information on how to create a successful transition for your child, as well as other resources your family may find helpful during this time.
Frequently Asked Transition Questions
Compass School Manager
Compass School Manager gives parents and students a wide range of communication and access options between home and school.
- Access Compass through an individual login code and password
- See their students schedule
- Check attendance and approve student absences
- Communicate with teachers
- View learning tasks
- Pay and give permission for excursions
- Keep up-to-date with the school News Feed
- View GPA and Semester Reports (Click to view the Key to student GPA Reports)
- Make Parent-Teacher Interview bookings twice a year
You can access Compass School Manager via this link.
Instructions for the Compass Parent Portal can be found in the Compass Parent Information Booklet 2017
For more information on Compass School Manager and for assistance with access please contact the General Office.
The Music Program at Hampton Park Secondary College is underpinned by the Musical Futures approach to teaching and learning.
This means that our program is based around a belief that music learning is most effective when young people are engaged in the process of making music.
Our program builds on students’ existing passion for music and values their personal musical interests. Our music learning sequences aim to motivate students first and then integrate aural learning, practical music making, improvising and composing.
Music is offered as an elective in Year 7 (as a term “Explore taster”), and in combined classes (Year 8-10) as an “Enhance” subject. VCE Music Performance operates for senior students wishing to maximise their musical potential.
Throughout all year levels, students have the opportunity to play in whole class ensembles, develop skills for solo and small group performance, develop the required knowledge for the elements of music, perform inside and outside the classroom environment, record music and more.
Learning sequences incorporate the use of technology while at the same time building the literacy skills required to be successful in the subject.
Hampton Park Secondary College also offers an extensive instrumental program that caters for almost every instrument group including:
- bass guitar
The program supports the classroom music program by operating under the Musical Futures philosophy while at the same time building essential instrumental skills and technique. Individual practice is vital and reinforced through the program. Ensemble opportunities link to this program and include a contemporary/rock band, choir, keyboard and wind ensemble.
Most importantly, we make music FUN at Hampton Park Secondary College!
This camp is aimed at assisting students in their transition into secondary school. A major focus is on building students’ relationships with their peers and teachers. Students get to enjoy a wide range of adventure and recreation activities that promote fun, engagement and connectedness.
Ready to complete the Subject Selection process? Follow the steps in this helpful video to submit your Subject Selection.
Change of Subject
If you have concerns about the taster subjects that your child has been allocated, please download the Subject Change Request Form, which is available below. Once you have completed the form, you can email it to Fiona Vanstan, or drop a printed copy to the front office of the college. Please note that while HPSC aims to provide students with their preferred subjects, changes will only be made subject to availability.
State Schools Relief – Uniform Assistance
State Schools’ Relief (SSR) is a not-for-profit organisation that works closely with government schools across Victoria. Each year SSR provides assistance with uniforms and footwear, to families experiencing financial hardship.
Year 7 students for 2022 that are recipients of the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) automatically qualify for the uniform package. For more information on CSEF, see your 2022 Transition Welcome Handbook.
Cost to families
SSR provides uniform items directly to schools, where this is not possible, families will receive a voucher that SUBSIDISES the cost of the uniform items.
This voucher must be redeemed at PSW Uniform Shop – for trading hours, see their website here.
Families receiving vouchers may be required to make a co-contribution payment towards the cost of the uniform items, due at the time of purchase from PSW. The issued voucher lists each uniform item and the maximum subsidy amount.
Please note: Vouchers cannot be used to purchase any other uniform items. Vouchers do have an expiry date and must be redeemed before then to be valid.
What’s in the package?
The 2022 package contains the following items:
- 1 x Polo Top OR Shirt
- 1 x Trousers OR Shorts OR Summer Dress
- 1 x Pair of Shoes
PE items are NOT included as part of this package.
How do I apply for the SSR Uniform Package?
Eligible families will receive a text message from the college prompting them to complete the application form (button above).
This form has been developed by Hampton Park Secondary College, to record student uniform item requests. Please complete the form once per child attending the College in 2022.
Please note: included in the 2022 Transition Welcome Handbook was an SSR Uniform Order form. If you have completed this form successfully, you will not be required to complete this online version. If your SSR order form requires clarification, you will be contacted by the college to complete this online version.
Once the application has been approved by SSR, and uniform/vouchers sent to the college, HPSC staff will contact families to collect their items from the college.
Collecting My Uniform Pack:
After families request their preferred uniform items, the college lodges applications with SSR, who are responsible for the approval process.
Once the application has been approved and the uniform/vouchers sent to the college, families will be notified to collect their packs from Hampton Park Secondary College.
Included in this pack will be the instructions for exchanging any items that do not fit correctly.
If you have any questions, please contact Hampton Park Secondary College on email@example.com.
The following resources have been compiled by the Wellbeing Team, as they provide valuable information that families may find helpful, during the transition from Primary to Secondary School.
Financial and Material Aid:
- Ardoch – School Costs Guide
- Money Smart – Reducing Back to School Costs
- NILs No Interest Loan Scheme – Provided Locally By:
- Public Transport Victoria – Student Pass
- Saver Plus Program:
- Scholarship Opportunities:
- All Play Learn – Transitioning from primary school to secondary school
- Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – Supporting children’s transition to secondary school, guidance for parents and carers
- Department of Education – Tips for children starting secondary school
- Emerging Minds – Helping your child when they are changing schools
- Kids Helpline – Returning to normal after COVID-19
- Raising Children Network – Starting secondary school
- ReachOut.com – Transition to secondary school
- Student Wellbeing Hub – Understanding key transition points during childhood and adolescence