High schools set to welcome Year 7 students
ABOUT 800 Fraser Coast students will be part of Queensland history when Year 7 is moved to high school next year.
As students celebrate the start of the summer holidays, Queensland high schools are preparing to welcome the Year 7s.
At Hervey Bay State High School, new facilities are ready and teachers have prepared the new curriculum.
Principal Julie Learoyd does not expect there to be any issues when the school welcomes a new grade and an influx of extra students.
"I think it will be very smooth, just as Year 7s come into Year 8, Year 6s will come into Year 7," she said.
"It's all about preparation. We're very confident of a smooth transition."
Year 7 is part of high school in every Australian state except South Australia.
The Queensland Government's decision to move it into high school in 2015 follows other major changes, including the introduction of the Prep year in 2007 and raising the school starting age by six months in 2008.
Next year, Year 7 students will be in their eighth year of schooling and almost half of them will turn 13 years of age.
Ms Learoyd was pleased the state now would be in line with virtually all of Australia.
Considering most high schools in Australia have a Year 7 grade, she doesn't believe there will be any issues facing Queensland.
"I don't think it's going to make a difference at all," she said.
In the lead-up to the changeover in 2015, students going into Hervey Bay State High have already had familiarisation visits.
Most have already had their first day with their new class as part of a transition program.
- On the Fraser Coast, 809 Year 6s and 684 Year 7s will move into high school next year
This will include:
- 192, including Year 6s and Year 7s, from Kawungan State School
- 69 from Granville State School
- 139 from Pialba State School
- 102 from Maryborough West State School
- 93 from Torquay State School
- APN Newsdesk