Joining the Dots Resources

Preparing for Secondary School: A Guide for Parents 2018










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Kids' Own Publishing Book

Goodbye Primary, Hello High School has been produced by Kids' Own Publishing and was designed by Year 6 students from Westbreen Primary School and Year 7 students from Pascoe Vale Girls College as part of the Joining the Dots Moreland project.

Kids’ Own Publishing is a social purpose arts organisation that empowers children, families and communities to share their stories through artist-led community publishing.

View the book online or click here to download a PDF


Transition Videos for student, parent and mixed audiences

These short videos/digital case studies have been developed for use by educators and community agencies as part of a comprehensive transition program.

  • They are intended to be shared with Year 5/6 students and their families to provide an overview of transition, why it’s important and some great tips and advice from real students, families, educators and community agency workers.
  • They are ideal for use in the classroom with students as conversation starters, Year 5/6 information days, orientation days, etc. and also for parents during information sessions.
  • One set has been developed with Pascoe Vale Girls College (PVGC), a single sex large secondary school in Moreland and the student video is also accompanied by a Teacher Handbook. (attached for upload)
  • The second has been created with William Ruthven Secondary College (WRSC), a small co-ed secondary school in the north of Darebin currently undergoing a school rebuild.


  1. Transition
  1. Family and Community Engagement (FACE)


  • Hutchins, D. J., Greenfeld, M. G., & Epstein, J. L. (2015).  Family Reading Night.  New York: Taylor and Francis.
  • Epstein, J. L., Sanders, M. G., Sheldon, S. B., et al. (2009).  School, Family, and Community Partnership: Your Handbook for Action, Third Edition and Handbook CD.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Epstein, J. L. (2011).  School, Family, and Community Partnerships:  Preparing Educators and Improving Schools (Second Edition). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
  • Hutchins, D. J., Greenfeld, M. G., & Epstein, J. L., Sanders, M. G., & Galindo, C. (2012).   Multicultural Partnerships: Involve All Families.  New York: Taylor and Francis.
  • Butler, S, 2010, Family School Partnerships Make a Difference, Professional Voice, Vol 8, No 2, pp 11-17
  • ARACY (Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth)
  • Galton, Gray and Ruddock (1999), The Impact of School Transitions and Transfers on Pupil Progress and Attainment, Homerton College, Cambridge. Download a PDF
  • Hanewald, Ria Dr (2013), Transition Between Primary and Secondary School: Why it is Important and How it can be Supported, Australian Journal of Teacher EducationVol. 38: Issue 1, Article 5. Download a PDF
  • Joining the Dots, The Yarra Primary Secondary School Transition Project (2012 December), Yarra Education Youth Commitment. Download a PDF
  • Joining the Dots 2, The Yarra Primary Secondary School Transition Project (2014 September), Yarra Youth Commitment. Download a PDF
  • Mulcahy, Margaret (2012), Engagement in the Middle Years: a path for successful lifetime learning, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia. Download a PDF
  • Wilcock, Angie (2012)The Transition Tightrope, Supporting Students in Transition to Secondary School, Routledge, United Kingdom. Available via High Hopes
  • Victorian Auditor-General OfficeEducation Transitions (March 2015), Victorian Auditor-General’s Report. Download a PDF
  • Brigit Maguire and Maggie Yu (2014), Transition to secondary school, The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Annual statistical report 2014: Chapter 5, Page 83 Available via Growing Up in Australia


If you would like more information, please contact:

Rochelle Darby
Manager Transitions, INLLEN
M 0408 036 602   E