Schools ready for Year 7 influx
STANTHORPE high schools will have two grades of fresh-faced students joining their ranks next year, with Year 7 becoming part of secondary education.
St Joseph's principal Dr Michael McCarthy said the change was a positive step.
"The move of Year 7 to secondary is necessary to bring Queensland into line with the other states," Dr McCarthy said.
"This is particularly relevant for us as a border town, making it simpler in the future for Tenterfield families to choose our schools with a sense of seamlessness."
Dr McCarthy said St Joseph's had worked hard to ensure its students would be ready for the change.
"St Joseph's School has engaged in a year-long transition program for Year 6 and 7 students," he said.
"This involved timetabled classes on the secondary campus, secondary school transition days where students participated in a variety of subjects on the secondary campus and three parent information nights around the transition from primary to secondary."
To help accommodate the move five new classrooms, including a science lab, have been built at the school.
Dr McCarthy said the Year 7 students would be treated just like the other secondary students.
"They will participate in core and rotation subjects," he said.
"However, we have made adjustments so that Year 7 and 8 students are not issued with homework in term one.
"This will ensure students can familiarise themselves with the requirements of secondary school without being overwhelmed by undertaking work at home."
St Joseph's Year 6 student James Humble was looking forward to next year.
"I'm pretty excited. I think we'll do fine," he said.
Stanthorpe State High School principal Peter Grant said Year 7 students would be welcomed into the school community.
"We are excited about the opportunity for us to provide these students with specialist teachers and facilities to enhance the learning experiences that they are exposed to and build a solid foundation for their future secondary school studies," he said.
To accommodate the new students, two new relocatable classrooms have been put in the school and five other classrooms have had a makeover.
Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg said he was confident local high schools had been working closely with primary schools to help the students transition smoothly to high school.