Getting Ready for Secondary project officer Anne Allen, acting James Nash State High School junior principal Cheryl Greinke, deputy principal junior secondary Gympie State High School Stacy Wilmore and One Mile State School principal Janelle Reid ahead of Tuesday afternoon’s forum at Hamilton Hall.
Getting Ready for Secondary project officer Anne Allen, acting James Nash State High School junior principal Cheryl Greinke, deputy principal junior secondary Gympie State High School Stacy Wilmore and One Mile State School principal Janelle Reid ahead of Tuesday afternoon’s forum at Hamilton Hall. Tanya Easterby

Classroom shake-up as Year 7 merges into high school

A STATE Government decision to integrate Year 7 into high school comes into effect from 2015, and Gympie schools stand ready following a meeting of teachers Tuesday afternoon.

The transition will see Year 7 students across the state fall under the new category of Junior Secondary (Years 7-9).

Helping Gympie teachers, students and parents sit on the same page was an open forum at Gympie State High School's Hamilton Hall Tuesday afternoon. Leading the forum was Getting Ready for Secondary project officer Anne Allen.

The meeting involved speakers from both Gympie High and James Nash discussing what plans had been undertaken.

The session was also a golden opportunity for the nearly 130 primary school teachers in attendance to learn more about Junior Secondary in the Gympie area.

Making the forum possible was the hard work of the Gympie State Schools Alliance, meeting once monthly.

"We want to get the message out there we are ready for the change," Gympie State High School deputy principal Stacy Wilmore said.

"There has been a long, steady and strategic approach to getting this right."

One Mile State Primary School teacher Janelle Reid said consultation was key.

"What the students themselves think is also very important," she said.

"We've been sure to involve them in the process and help reduce any anxiety by listening to their concerns and thoughts on the change."