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For many regional students, starting high school means leaving a small primary school for something much bigger.
We know from our pilot program that year 7s are well and truly ready for high school. The pilot program is tracking progress of students, families, and staff from 3 schools that have already welcomed year 7s. John Pirie Secondary School is part of the pilot program and located in a regional area. Feedback from pilot program students is the majority enjoy making new friends, trying new sports and activities, and learning in a larger, more mature environment.
We acknowledge that the availability of services in regional locations is a broader community challenge. Some year 7 students will have longer commutes to high school, along with their peers in years 8 to 12.
Feedback from students in our pilot program has shown year 7s quickly feel comfortable in the company of older students at school and on the bus ride to and from school.
The state government made a commitment that it will not close schools as part of the year 7 to high school move. Some eligible primary schools will qualify for top-up funding to ensure they don’t lose classes due to the departure of year 7s.
Regional transitional arrangements have been put in place for the move.
Year 7 to High School Project Team
Email: Year7toHS [at] sa.gov.au