What do you think about our proposal to introduce a 3 year transitional period for eligible families?

Year 7 will be taught in all public high schools from term 1, 2022.

We are testing the possibility of providing eligible families with a choice to keep their year 7 child in primary school, if their primary school is located more than 20 kilometres by road from its nearest area or high school, for a transitional period of 3 years.

Some of the questions we would like you to consider include:

  • Is the 3-year period an appropriate length of time?
  • What support do you think you might need to help your family with the transition?
  • Would you keep your year 7 child in the primary school setting? Why?

To tell us what you think, join in the discussion below.
 

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Adrian Hogg

06 Jul 2019

I have serious concerns about the whole project and its aims. I think year 7 in primary school is the year they are mature enough to learn leadership and be an active role model in the school for the other children. I don't like the move I think that it is a waste of money when we already have a working system with the accommodation already available for these kids. Now tens of millions will be spent were it's not necessary because a working system is already in place. This is the first nail in the coffin of small regional schools. The primary school student numbers will decrease then allowcated teacher funding will follow then inevitable closures.

Adrian Hogg > Adrian Hogg

06 Jul 2019

To add to this money was allowcated to the high schools to rejuvenate old buildings so that we don't end up with dilapidated buildings. This money was then locked up to be used to build new buildings to accommodate the year 7s, This seems like robbing peter and creating problems for the future that are avoidable

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Year 7 to High School project team > Adrian Hogg

08 Jul 2019

Thanks for taking the time to provide your views Adrian.

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Leanne machin

04 Jul 2019

I am really concerned my child will not be ready to transition. Academically and emotionally. He is already year levels behind in primary school?

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Lauren Josie

02 Jul 2019

What if my child isn't ready for a high school setting

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Year 7 to High School project team > Lauren Josie

03 Jul 2019

Hi Lauren,

Making sure that our primary kids are properly prepared for high school is a really important part of the transition process. This is already a focus area for schools preparing our existing Year 7s for the move into Year 8.

What kinds of things do you think will be important to focus on to make sure every child is ready for high school from year 7 in 2022? What do you think is particularly important to help kids in country areas with the move?

- Anna

Lauren Josie > Lauren Josie

05 Jul 2019

My child who is now in year 4 (in the MP class, year 3, year 4 class) so more than likely will be affected and is doing year 3 work because the school won't leave him down a year until year 6/ year 7 once the other children go to high school and I'm wondering if this can still happen?

He is behind quite a bit without a label, i am paying for one in the next few weeks because i have finally worked out how, cost and what the true process is.

We are in a country town the only time children get "high school" ready is the UP class 5/6/7 class but our school is thinking about spilting the year 5's up but won't keep them in year 4 (even after i have pleaded with the same school since he was in kindy to keep him down)

If he misses year 5 in the UP class that would mean he would only have one year in there. I know for sure that it will not be enough time for him.

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Year 7 to High School project team > Lauren Josie

08 Jul 2019

Thanks for the additional information Lauren.

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Renee Chandler

27 Jun 2019

Would the school fees for Year 7 in a primary school be the same as school fees for Year 7 in a high school?

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Year 7 to High School project team > Renee Chandler

28 Jun 2019

Thanks for your question Renee.
School fees are set by individual schools, in conjunction with their governing councils.
How high schools will set for their year 7 fees will form part of the planning process as we approach the 2022 transition.
In general, high school fees are higher than primary school fees. As a guide, you may like to contact your local high school to ask what their current year 8 fees are.
- Alison

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Year 7 to High School project team

26 Jun 2019

Welcome to the Year 7 to High School regional consultation!

We look forward to hearing what our regional communities think about the proposed 3-year transitional approach.

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