FLYING START: Year 9 students Isabelle Hilton, Makenzi Burton and principal Peter Moloney, pictured outside the school’s new Murphy Wing, look forward to welcoming both Year 8s and Year 7s next year.
FLYING START: Year 9 students Isabelle Hilton, Makenzi Burton and principal Peter Moloney, pictured outside the school’s new Murphy Wing, look forward to welcoming both Year 8s and Year 7s next year. Kerri Moore

College family to boom in January

DECEMBER is usually the time of year when school slows to a stop but Assumption College remains a hive of activity ahead of what is to be a big new year.

The school, like other high schools across the state, will next month welcome not only a new class of Year 8 students but also Year 7 students for the first time.

The changes will see the school grown from a 320 student population to 420 students.

Principal Peter Moloney said although there were plenty of final touches to be done, he was ready to welcome the newest group of Assumption College students.

"They could come tomorrow - I jut wouldn't have anyone to teach them yet," he said.

Last year the school opened its newest building - the Murphy Wing - which brought an additional seven classrooms to the school, including art and home economics rooms.

Mr Moloney said the building was just the start of changes that had to be made to accommodate the additional students.

"We have had to hire an extra half a dozen staff because we need more teachers and teacher aides and admin staff," he said.

"Our staffroom is too small now and there will be a new tuckshop because it is too small. And then we need new toilets and change rooms."

Mr Moloney said there was also an extra focus on the pastoral care at the school, to ensure difficulties with transition arrive.

"We have to be really vigilant with support for the kids - some will sail in without a problem and some will be terrified and anxious," he said.

"We also have to remember that it is a double- hit because it isn't just the Year 7s who are new, there will be Year 8s to think about too.

And it isn't just the kids who have high school jitters.

"And parents have a lot of trepidation - they haven't said a lot but there is a lot of uncertainty there," he said.

"If you look after the kids and their welfare, everything else will fall into place."

How the funds were dished out

Students across the region will kick off the 2015 school year with new and upgraded facilities and State Government funding is helping schools cover costs.

Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg said local high schools had been working closely with primary schools to help students and their parents to transition smoothly to high schools.

"The students will benefit from facilities that have been specifically designed to create an inspiring and engaging learning environment," Mr Springborg said.

To prepare for the influx of students, Warwick State High School has six new classrooms and one multipurpose centre, Stanthorpe State High School has two new relocatable classrooms and five refurbished classrooms and Goondiwindi State High School has two new classrooms and three refurbished classrooms.

The Queensland Government has invested up to $640 million in the Flying Start education reforms

 Warwick State High School $4,415,819

 Assumption College $1,207,522

 Warwick West State School $15,175

 Warwick East State School $8,475

 Warwick Central State School $4,759

 Glennie Heights State School $3,249

 Goondiwindi State High School $987,173

 Allora P-10 State School $53,830

 Killarney P-10 State School $83,393

 Goondiwindi State School $10,330

 Inglewood State School $45,124

 Millmerran State School $100,422

 Texas P-10 State School $51,097

 Stanthorpe State High School $ 842,231

 Stanthorpe State School $20,346

 St Joseph's School $943,613

 Cecil Plains State School $39,570

For more visit flyingstart.qld.gov.au



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