About 230 year 6 pupils got a taste of high school life during a transition day at Terra Sancta College on Monday.
The college's future year 7 students — mostly from primary schools at Riverstone, Schofields and Quakers Hill — were allocated home rooms for next year and exposed to food technology and other subjects that they had not done in primary school.
Technology and applied studies co-ordinator Sian Martin said the transition day had evolved from a tour of classrooms and talks about each subject to practical activities which sparked students' interest.
In the food technology lesson, students made wraps with lettuce, tomato, cheese and other ingredients. They will take the subject for six months next year, followed by woodwork.
"They seemed to really enjoy it," she said.
"Now we try to do something hands-on so they get to get a feel for what each subject is about.
"The idea is that they look forward to high school."
Francis McKay teaches core maths and science to year 7 students. He said students were individually tested on numeracy to assess their capabilities and to help to create an individual learning plan for each student.
"This transition program allows them to acclimatise to the high school experience and it takes some of the stress out of coming to such a new environment," Mr McKay said.