Carrum Downs Secondary College

Year 6 to 7 Transition

Thank you for your interest

The next step in your child’s education is an exciting one, but can be a challenging one. CDSC is here to support you and your child with this journey. Carrum Downs Secondary College is a community-focused Secondary School, evidenced by our relationships with our local feeder primary schools:

  • Banyan Fields Primary School
  • Rowellyn Park Primary School
  • Skye Primary School
  • As well as other Non – Government Primary Schools in the area

Our partnership enables us to prepare grade 6 students for their transition into year 7 at CDSC. We realise the importance of having our new Year 7 students feeling that they belong and that they feel safe and successful at school. To further support them we have a Year 7 Camp, Pastoral Care program and Peer Support Program once they begin. Many staff assist our new Year 7 students and help them to settle into their new environment, in particular their Pastoral Care Teacher and House Leadership Team who are the first point of contact when questions arise for both students and parents.

Our School Zone

Find My School hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones. Information on this site is updated in Term 1 each year, ready for the Year 6 to 7 transition period. If you have any questions about school zones, please visit the website, call the VSBA Hotline on 1800 896 950 or email on the below link to see if you fall within our school zone:

Transition Process

Primary schools distribute Year 6 to Year 7 Placement Information Packs to parents and carers from the start of Term 2, 2024, aligned with the release of 2025 zones on the department’s Find my School website


The process is as follows for parents/carers:

  1. You return the Application for Year 7 Placement Form to your Primary School.
  2. CDSC receives and reviews your application from your Primary School for processing.
  3. Your Primary School notifies you of your offer of placement at CDSC.
  4. During Term 3, CDSC will provide a Welcome Pack to all accepted Year 7 2025 Students. This includes general information regarding transition.
  5. During Term 4, you attend a Parent/Carer Information Session and students attend Orientation Events.

Transition processes for Non-Government Schools vary. Please contact CDSC for information. For further information regarding the transition process and timeline, please view the below DET factsheet (to be updated for 2025). 


Year 6-7 Placement Process Factsheet 2024

Transition Events

We conduct many events across the year to engage with prospective year 7’s and their families, including our Open Night, Grade 5 and 6 Discovery Days for our local feeder primary schools and the State-Wide Orientation Day. 


In addition to these events, the College conducts additional sessions to support confirmed 2025 year 7 enrolments.


Student Support Sessions – designed for students with additional learning needs or students that are identified by teachers as needing additional support in the transition process. Please note that these sessions are by invitation only.