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New building will make Year 7s feel at home

SKY HIGH: Gladstone State High School’s new three-storey building will be ready for next year’s influx of Year 7 and 8 students. Year 8 teacher Trish Whitfield, Year 8 student Isaac, 12, and acting principal Mark Law.
SKY HIGH: Gladstone State High School’s new three-storey building will be ready for next year’s influx of Year 7 and 8 students. Year 8 teacher Trish Whitfield, Year 8 student Isaac, 12, and acting principal Mark Law.

A NEW $7.6 million building being constructed at Gladstone State High School is expected to be complete in November, ahead of the 2015 influx of Year 7 and 8 students.

Acting principal Mark Law said more than 250 students would begin their secondary schooling at Gladstone State High next year, as the Queensland government policy to move Year 7 students from primary to high schools across the state takes effect.

Construction of the three-storey building, to be used by students in Years 7-9, began in January.

Mr Law said the new building would assist teachers to help children make the transition to high school for the first time in 2015, by providing flexible learning spaces that will have a homeroom feel.

At primary school, students have one teacher, whereas high school usually involves six. Mr Law said.

Adapting to this was one of the biggest challenges for new students, and one the new building would assist with.

"There will be a lot more team teaching, which enables us to make the transition into high school a lot better," he said.

Most students in the earliest grades at Gladstone State High have two teachers and will be in larger groups supported by flexible learning spaces, where large areas suitable for activities as well as desk-based work can be partitioned into smaller spaces.

"It will have more of a homeroom feel to it and kids should feel like it's theirs," Mr Law said. 

YEAR 7 TRANSITION:

  • 250 new students in 2015
  • $7.6 million project
  • New building will house Years 7-9

Topics:  education education queensland gladstone state high school high school



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