FACING CHALLENGES: Nelson Schneider, Adrian Lucido, Charlie Jones, Connor Blomfield and Annaleise Ramm gather to chat about starting Year 7 at The Cathedral College.
FACING CHALLENGES: Nelson Schneider, Adrian Lucido, Charlie Jones, Connor Blomfield and Annaleise Ramm gather to chat about starting Year 7 at The Cathedral College. Allan Reinikka Rokaschool

Transition program helps take fear out of Year 7 move

FOR Charlie Jones, moving to high school means one thing: more sport.

Although she admitted to being a little nervous about making new friends, Charlie said the move would give her the chance to try sports not available at her small Blackall primary school.

Charlie, 11, was excited to play tennis and netball as well as study drama and dance at school.

Next year, she'll be among the youngest at The Cathedral College as the school welcomes 200 Year 7s into high school.

But last month Charlie and some of her new classmates got the chance to meet each other at the first day of the school's transition program.

The newest members of the high school will return several times this year to meet classmates and get to know the campus.

Assistant principal Steve Parle said the transition program helped eliminate worries about high school.

Mr Parle said about 350 new students across Years 7 and 8 would already have friends when they arrived first day of school in 2015.

"Our program helps the students feel more at home before they turn up on the first real day," he said.



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