Finley High School hosted 110 Year 6 students from surrounding public and Catholic schools on Thursday as part of an orientation day.
The day — titled ‘Forensic Day’ — helps the young students with the transition from primary school and exposes them to the types of science activities they will be involved in when they reach high school.
Forensic Day organiser and Finley High teacher Michael O’Leary said it was also a great leadership opportunity for the the Year 9 students, who helped lead two forensic science experiments.
The day began with the students participating in an interactive science workshop where they learnt about some of the techniques that a forensic scientist would use in gathering evidence to help solve a crime.
They then used this knowledge to solve an actual crime that had taken place in the past.
‘‘The feedback we had from the day was very positive from the students,’’ Mr O’Leary said.
‘‘This is the seventh year we’ve been running it and it’s a very good program.
‘‘It provides the Year 6 students an opportunity to meet new people and interact with older students.’’
Another orientation day will be held later in the year. Finley High hosts various information nights and orientation days for Year 6 students.