Tony Gill, pictured with his sister Sophie and mother Kirsty, starts high school in year 8 next week.
Tony Gill, pictured with his sister Sophie and mother Kirsty, starts high school in year 8 next week. ALLAN REINIKKA

Year 7 first year of high school?

CENTRAL Queensland students like Tony Gill could be on-par with other states if the Government introduces a proposal to move year 7s into high school.

The government will decide this year whether to take year 7 students out of primary school and make it the first year of high school, as is the case with other states and territories.

About to start year 8 this year at a Rockhampton school, Tony said he thought the proposal was a good idea because he would already be at high school.

“It would be a bit better going to a new school knowing what high school is like,” he said yesterday.

Acting Premier Andrew Fraser yesterday said debate and consultation on the issue was needed now ahead of the introduction of a national curriculum in coming years.

Other ideas include setting up a middle school system involving a campus of year 7 to 9 students or leaving year 7s at primary school but giving them a different curriculum and specialist teachers.

Tony’s mum Kirsty said she wished the new system was brought about years ago.

“I think it would benefit my son if he was already in high school,” she said.

“My son had problems learning and with some teachers... I think this would have improved his learning.”

Education experts say the move would be logical, as Queensland’s year 7 students could be disadvantaged under the new national curriculum in areas such as science, which could require secondary school facilities such as laboratories.

But Mr Fraser said there were several issues with the proposed changes; including schools that already had prep to year 12 campuses.



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