Families and caregivers are being given the chance to register interest for their children to enter John Pirie Secondary School in Port Pirie from Year 7 under a state government pilot program.
“Three South Australian schools have been chosen for the pilot transition of Year 7 into high school, including John Pirie,” said Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock.
The other schools in the trial are Mitcham Girls High School and Wirreanda Secondary School in Morphett Vale.
“Consultation has been started with families and local primary schools, aiming to give families the opportunity to register interest for their child to enter a government high school as a Year 7 in 2020,” he said.
Education Minister John Gardner said the schools were expected to offer insights into the transition from different contexts.
Mr Brock said: “John Pirie is a big regional school with a strong middle-school focus and is enthusiastic about having Year 7s join their community next year.
“Participation in the pilot program is voluntary and enrolment will continue at all schools for current Year 7s enrolling as Year 8s next year with the aim of informing planning for the state-wide system move in 2022. The National Curriculum is designed for Year 7 students to be taught by subject specialist teachers in the specialist facilities available in a high school setting. This makes this transition so valuable.
“I encourage parents and care-givers of Year 6 students to explore the benefits of undertaking Year 7 in high school."
Families will be able to submit a registration of interest until Friday, May 24. More information is available on each school’s website.
Year 7 classes will be trialled at John Pirie Secondary School next year.