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2023 Year 7 Transition

How to enrol

Government school student

Return your completed Application for Year 7 Placement form (included in the Parent Transition Pack) to your primary school in May. Your primary school then sends the form to your first-preference high school.

You will be notified of your placement by your primary school in August, and can either accept or appeal the placement.

Non-government school student

If your child is attending a Catholic or independent primary school, you need to apply directly to Northcote High School.

The process follows the same timeline as government schools.

How to enrol (non-government school student)

  • We will notify you in August and you can either accept the placement or appeal the decision.

Transition from Grade 6 to Year 7

Our transition program starts with an orientation day in December, which includes:

  • Meeting the Principal and Home Group teachers

  • Icebreaker activities

  • Taster classes

  • Parent/Carer morning tea with the Principal

  • A scavenger hunt around the College


At the beginning of Term 1, Year 7 students have a 3-day transition program that includes:

  • Year 7 Assembly with their Student Managers

  • Rock & Water activities as part of the Wellbeing Program

  • Organisation, Study Skills & Mindfulness workshops

  • Positive Education

  • OnDemand testing


Throughout Semester 1, we have activities that are geared towards assisting our Year 7 students with settling into their new environment., which includes: 

  • Camp information night and social meet and greet BBQ; a chance to meet your child’s teachers and have a friendly chat

  • Three-day Year 7 Camp at Valley Homestead

  • Year level sports program

  • Whole school Swimming and Athletics Carnivals

  • Homework Club

  • Subject based excursions relating to the curriculum studied

Enrolment timeline for Year 7 in 2023

From 26 April 2022: Families at government schools receive the Parent Transition Pack from their primary school. The application form for non-government schools will be available from our website from 26 April 2022

13 May 2022: Families at government schools return their completed application for Year 7 to their primary school. Families at non-government schools email their completed application directly to Northcote High School


20 July 2022: Families at government schools are notified of the outcome of their application by their primary school. Families at non-government schools are notified of their outcome by Northcote High School.

21 July 2022: We send enrolment information to future Year 7 students. Families can lodge placement appeals with secondary schools. Government primary schools will provide families with the appeal form.

29 July 2022: Closing date for families to lodge a written appeal with their preferred secondary school.

9 August 2022: Secondary schools provide families with written notification of appeal outcome.

August – September 2022: Orientation process for future Year 7 families and students commences, including parent welcome evening, initial academic assessment and other events and information.

13 December 2022: Statewide orientation day for all Year 6 students

If you have any questions about enrolling in Year 7, contact our Enrolments Officer, Emma Wagner,  on 9459 0222 or email

For more information about enrolling in secondary school in Victoria, visit Department of Education and Training.

Non-Government Transition information pack

DET fact sheet for school placement process