Year 7 move to high school a good move
ABOUT 340 Southern Downs students will be part of Queensland history when Year 7 is moved to high school next year.
It may be a daunting task for some students, but one Warwick principal believes the change is necessary.
Warwick State High School principal Cheryl Bullion said Year 6 students were ready to take the big step into high school.
"Children are maturing a lot earlier these days," she said.
"It all makes sense; we're in line with the rest of the country now." (South Australia is the only exception).
She also said high school gave students the opportunity to explore different specialty subjects, which students were ready for at that age.
Ms Bullion is expecting 165 new Year 7s and 100 new Year 8s into their school next year.
She said the school had been preparing for three years.
Along with a new three-storey, 16-classroom building, Ms Bullion said they had been liaising with primary teachers trying to perfect the way they could teach young adolescents.
"We've been sending our staff into primary schools to observe ways they work with their students," Ms Bullion said.
High schools have taken different approaches to transition the new Year 7 class. At Warwick State High School, instead of being thrown into a high school setting, changing classrooms and teachers about every hour, Year 7s will have two or three core teachers, a home room and will be able to try "little bits and pieces" of specialty subjects.
The incoming students also know the school, thanks to orientation days and open days. They also know their grade co-ordinators.
Ms Bullion believes students will have little trouble in adjusting.
"We've been doing lots of preparation for the move; it's going to be seamless because we've done that," she said.
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In the Southern Downs, 337 Year 6s and 250 Year 7s will move to high school next year.
This will include:
59 including Year 6s and 7s, from Warwick Central State School
53 from Warwick East State School
30 from Glennie Heights State School
88 from Stanthorpe State School
21 from Glen Aplin State School