CAN’T WAIT: Clinton State School Year 6 students Matthew Harris, Connor Stewart, Shaylah Combridge and Avril O’Flanagan.
CAN’T WAIT: Clinton State School Year 6 students Matthew Harris, Connor Stewart, Shaylah Combridge and Avril O’Flanagan. CONTRIBUTED

First Clinton preps now ready for high school

THEY were the first full-time prep students in the cohort to go through Clinton State School and now they are the first ones who will enter high school in Year 7.

Eleven-year-olds Matthew Harris, Avril O'Flanagan and Connor Stewart will attend Toolooa State High, while Shaylah Combridge will go to Gladstone State High School next year.

For Matthew it's bittersweet.

"I will miss all the teachers and it will be a bit sad. I really like this school," Matthew said.

"But I tried my uniform on and they are my favourite colours - maroon, black and grey. It's too big but I will grow into it.

"I am pretty excited about being able to do cool stuff and new subjects."

Avril said her mum is "a bit scared of me growing up" while Shaylah was a bit nervous about the number of students who attended state high.

Clinton  students had their transition days on Wednesday and Thursday, exploring the two schools and learning about their new curriculum.

They have already got their sights set on a future career after school.

Avril wants to be a photographer, Shaylah wants to be an artist, Matthew wants to be a professional soccer player, but Connor isn't sure yet.

Overall, the Year 6s want to make memories that will last a lifetime.

"I just hope I have a good time at high school," Matthew said.

DIFFERENT SYSTEM: Boyne Island State School students Jasmin Marshall, Trevor Nay, Luke Scott and Darcy Sayre are keen for 2015.
DIFFERENT SYSTEM: Boyne Island State School students Jasmin Marshall, Trevor Nay, Luke Scott and Darcy Sayre are keen for 2015. Contributed

It's also the end of an era for Boyne Island State School Year 6 students Darcy Sayre, Luke Scott, Trevor Nay and Jasmin Marshall.

The 12-year-olds will join thousands of other Year 6 and 7 students entering high school for the first time in 2015.

They are enrolled at Tannum Sands State High, not too far down the road.

Even though it was sad leaving their primary school, Luke said he was looking forward to the challenge ahead.

"I am excited but it's kind of nerve-racking. It will be a good chance to meet new people," he said.

"We have had 14 years of our family at Boyne Island State School."

Luke and Darcy both have siblings at the high school.

"It's good to have a grade-twelver to look out for me," Luke said.

All four students couldn't wait to try out their new subjects.

The boys chose woodwork and technology while the girls chose manual arts and home economics.

About 85 Boyne Island State School children participated in a full transition day last week at their new schools, doing two lessons and tours.

They did a trial run on how to get to school, with some riding their bike and others walking.

But it's not just the transport the students will have to get used to.

"The uniform looks so different," Trevor said.



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