Settling into Year 7 at Toolooa State High are (from left) Lily Furness, Declan Hage, Caleb Holmwood, Gracie Martin, Dylan Emmerton and Merin Ward.
Settling into Year 7 at Toolooa State High are (from left) Lily Furness, Declan Hage, Caleb Holmwood, Gracie Martin, Dylan Emmerton and Merin Ward. Tom Huntley

Students settle in as high school gives Year 7 a trial run

TOOLOOA State High School is the only school in the region to participate in a trial having Year 7 students at high school, and the program is going well.

All school students will progress to high school in Year 7 i 2015.

Junior secondary deputy principal Bryan Townsend said the students had successfully settled in to the school and had an exciting year ahead.

Attending leadership training and a week-long camp, they will be preparing for possible leadership roles next term.

"It's something particularly parents wanted to see, the development of leadership in young people," Mr Townsend said.

The leadership roles will encourage students to become more involved in their schooling environment.

"The potential in our school lies within these young people. We are committed to develop leadership qualities in everyone," Mr Townsend said.

The school has received great feedback from students, parents and teachers.

"They have worked very hard. We've been very happy with the quality of their work. They've all been very comfortable with fitting in to the high school experience," Mr Townsend said.

He said other schools' planning was well and truly underway as they prepared for the significant change in 2015.

He believes the program is beneficial to the needs of young students and will work well when it becomes compulsory.

"We are really responding to the needs of young adolescents. The specialist teachers and subjects give them a lot more guidance and support," Mr Townsend said.

Students learn the differences between high school and primary school

YEAR 7 students at Toolooa State High School seem happy with the transition program they are participating in this year.

Although it was such a big step from primary school, the majority of the students said they enjoyed the new experience and they loved that they had different teachers for their subjects.

They said it was good having different teachers because it wa interesting to see all the different personalities from each one.

The students said they hadn't been aware that some subjects were run differently in high school.

"I didn't know what my science and HPE teacher meant when he said we would be doing practical this lesson," Merin Ward said.

The kids found out that being in a high school environment allowed working in more advanced classes such as science and manual arts.

"It's so much different doing science experiments in a proper lab, when at primary school we would do them in the classroom," Lily Furness said.

Do you think having Year 7 in high school is a good idea?

This poll ended on 21 April 2013.

Current Results

Yes. Kids grow up fast these days.

57%

No. The system was fine as it was.

42%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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