New era at Clifton
IT WAS the start of a new era at Clifton State High School yesterday morning.
The first year seven students in the statewide pilot program were welcomed through the school gates in a historic moment for both Queensland and Clifton High.
Principal Joy Craig said it was a significant day in the school's history as it launched junior secondary and for the first time welcomed both year seven and year eight students to high school at the same time.
"Mother Nature, as is her way, has decided to add a few challenges to our historic event to ensure we have a truly memorable day," Mrs Craig said.
Year seven parents were relieved that the teachers had made it through the floodwaters to attend the first day for their nervous and excited children.
Teachers in charge of the new year seven program at Clifton, Tracey Kirby and Amy McCulloch, travelled from their homes, at Pampas and Leyburn, to Toowoomba over the weekend to stay with friends and family, so they weren't cut off by floodwaters and unable to attend for the first very important day of the school year for their young charges.
One year seven student, Emily Skelton, said she was very excited to start her new adventure at high school.
"I was a bit nervous, but I like being in such a big school," Emily said.
Forty two year seven students are enrolled for 2013 at Clifton High, which is one of only 20 secondary schools throughout Queensland introducing the pilot program this year.
"I know from all of our visits to our cluster primary schools that our year seven and eight students for 2013 are really prepared for their 'First steps on the moon'," Mrs Craig said.
"We have had SRC (Student Representative Council) School of Origin visits, open day, transition day and numerous other primary school visits throughout 2012," she said.
"I trust that all of the year seven and eight students in front of me are excited and ready to leap into all of the opportunities their high school journey will offer them."
Year 11 SRC councillors presented the "Keys to Success" to the year seven students during a special presentation, while year nine SRC members conducted the special assembly yesterday.