Transition to Kennedy

We understand that moving from primary to secondary school is a big change. At Kennedy, we are committed to ensuring your child experiences a smooth and welcoming transition. The information on this page will help you navigate this journey.

Year 7 Transition Program

Kennedy’s Year 7 Transition Program begins many months before their first day at the College.

Orientation Day

When your child is in Year 6, you will be invited to an Orientation Day in Term 4 of that year where they will get to meet their Year 11 Mentors. These mentors will support students to learn more about the College and give them strategies and skills to manage life at secondary school.

Parent Information Morning

This takes place on the same day of your child’s Orientation Day, where parents are invited to a morning tea followed by an information session to learn specific information about transition from our Principal and Head of Year 7, meet other Year 7 parents and to clarify information. This is the start of Kennedy’s Year 7 Transition Program.

In your child’s entry year, the following key events take place:

  • Pre-start Day in January
  • Commencement Ceremony on their first day of the school year
  • Year 7 Families Afternoon Tea

Activities and events are held throughout the year to support students in building organisational and study skills, connecting with peers and enhancing resilience and mindfulness. Extracurricular activities are also a great opportunity for your child to make new friends and pursue personal excellence.

Updating your contact details

Please keep your contact details updated to ensure that we can reach you with information about your child’s transition to Kennedy. Update your contact details here or contact the Registrar’s Office on 08 9314 7722 or email enrolment@kennedy.wa.edu.au.

Not receiving newsletters from Kennedy?

Each term, an Enewsletter emailed to enrolled families with the latest happening at the College, if you are not receiving any newsletter update and would like to be included, please contact the Registrar’s Office on 08 9314 7722 or email enrolment@kennedy.wa.edu.au.

Upcoming Events

May/June 2022

  • KEEP Testing (Closing date for Expression of Interest: Friday 13 May 2022)
    27 May 2022
    The testing will take place in the morning over a two hour period (8:30am – 10:30am)
  • Specialist Basketball Trials (Closing date for Expression of Interest: Friday 27 May 2022)
    Basketball Program Session 1 OPEN  Tuesday 31 May 2022 7:00am – 8:30am
    Basketball Program Session 2 INVITE ONLY Tuesday 7 June 2022 7:00am – 8:30am
  • Specialist Cricket Trials (Closing date for Expression of Interest: Friday 27 May 2022)

    Cricket Program
    Session 1
    Wednesday 1 June 2021 8:00am – 9:00am
    Cricket Program
    Session 2
    Wednesday 8 June 2021 8:00am – 9:00am

September/October

  • Uniform Fitting
    (More details to follow)

November

  • Orientation Day for Year 7/2023
    Friday 25 November 2022, 8.30am-12.30pm

January 2023

  • Device Induction session
    1 hour session to be booked between 3rd week of January – end of January
  • Pre-start Day for new students
    Friday 27 January 2023, 10.00am to 2.00pm
  • Year 7 Commencement Ceremony
    Monday 30 January 2023, 9.00am to 10.00am

Click here to view 2023 Term dates

The links below provide useful information to help your child prepare for their first year at Kennedy.

The Year Prior to Entry

The Kennedy Extension and Enrichment Program (KEEP) provides an environment where academically able students can be challenged and extended to attain the highest levels of excellence, alongside peers who share similar aspirations, abilities and interests.

Students enrolled for Year 7 can apply for KEEP. Selection is based on testing conducted during the year preceding entry to Year 7. Families are invited for the testing which normally take place in May and will be notified via email if your child has been selected.

Find out more

The Specialist Basketball Program at Kennedy Baptist College aims to develop the basketball skills of students to their fullest potential. Up to 120 students participate in regular training throughout the year. Students can represent the College in School Sport WA tournaments and the SAS and Junior SAS Interschool Competitions.

The Specialist Cricket Program, developed in partnership with Southern Cricket, offers Kennedy students the incredible opportunity to access specialist coaching and technology, typically only available to professional cricket players and coaches. Our students use state-of-the-art indoor facilities at Southern Cricket with Level 3 Coach Luke Wimbridge, and have access to turf nets and centre wickets curated by the WACA on Murdoch Oval.

Trials Sessions

Trial sessions for both the Specialist Cricket and Basketball Programs usually take place in May. Places in the programs are only available to students already enrolled.

The Basketball trials are a two-phase process:

  1. Open Session — The session is open to any student who wishes to be part of the program. This initial trial is held on-campus at the Kennedy Sports Centre.
  2. Invite Only — Parents will be notified via email if their child has been successful in reaching the second phase of the trial selection process.

The trial process for both programs have already started for the 2022 intake, the dates for 2023 intake will be announced in 2022.

Read more about the programs here

For further information about our Specialist Programs, please contact the Registrar's Office on 08 9314 7722 or email enrolment@kennedy.wa.edu.au

Nurturing a love of music, Kennedy students have the opportunity to learn one or more instruments during College hours. Our highly trained and experienced music tutors will support your child throughout the development of their musicianship, encouraging them to excel in their chosen field.

All students enrolled in the Instrumental Music Program will join an ensemble of their choice as they reach the appropriate level of performance.

Read more about the Instrumental Music Program here

To find out more about our Instrumental Music Program, please contact Mrs Janelle Anthony, instrumentalmusic@kennedy.wa.edu.au

At Kennedy Baptist College, students wear their College uniform with pride.

View uniform details in the New Student Handbook.

Uniform fitting sessions will be held on selected Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during September and October. You will receive booking information via email closer to date.

Second-hand uniforms

The Sustainable School Shop provides families with the opportunity to buy and sell second-hand uniforms. Simply register on the Sustainable School Shop website.

P&F second-hand uniform Facebook page

The P&F have a Facebook page for the sale of Kennedy second-hand uniforms and textbooks. Please visit the following page for more information, click here.

Digital technology plays a pivotal role in your child’s education at Kennedy Baptist College. All students require a portable computer which meets the College’s minimum specification. To find out more about our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program, click here.

Device induction sessions are held in the last two weeks of January. Bookings are essential. Use the form below to book for your Device Induction Session for next year.

Device Induction Session bookings

Booklists for 2022 subjects are now available for orders from Campion.

Click here to view the Year 7 Booklist for 2022.

All other years can be found here.

Note: Year 7 students complete all subjects with the exception of LOTE (French or Chinese). Please do not place any orders before receiving your child's College email address. This information will be emailed in due course.

The Sustainable School Shop provides families with the opportunity to buy and sell second-hand student resources including textbooks, calculators, stationery, and musical equipment. Simply register on the Sustainable School Shop website.

The College P&F have a Facebook page for the sale of second-hand textbooks. Please click here for more information.

New students receive their SmartRider card in approximately the third week of Term 1. Students will still be able to use their SmartRider from their previous school, whilst waiting for their Kennedy SmartRider, provided there is sufficient credit on the card. The first SmartRider card is free through the College. Replacement SmartRider cards may be reordered through the College Student Services. Please bring a note accompanied with $5.00. Kennedy SmartRider cards contain an additional chip linked to our cafeteria and Kennedy bus services which enable students to load credit for use of these two services. The money uploaded to TransPerth cannot be transferred for use on the Kennedy Private Bus services and Cafeteria.

Getting here

Kennedy Baptist College is located on the southern side of the Murdoch University grounds. Entrance to the College is via Farrington Road (Murdoch University Entrance G).

Please click here to find out more.

If your child isn’t starting in Year 7, our team will assist you with the information that is relevant for you. Please contact the College on (08) 9314 7722.

Kennedy Alumni

When you graduate from Kennedy Baptist College, you are invited to be part of our lifelong member of our alumni community to stay in touch. Please include your email and contact number for future updates or reunions.
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