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Students settle well into their new High School setting

6/02/2015
​Pictured in order – Yr. 7 Students, Jack Eddie, Liam, Fletcher and Josh from​ Yr. 8.​​​​​​​​​​​

​Each year the Granite Belt Community of State Schools ’ work hard to ensure that our incoming year 7 students have the transition experience to make them feel comfortable when commencing High School. In 2014 we doubled this process, also working with the Yr. 6 students.  This has culminated in our welcoming 220 new year 7 and 8 students through the gates of Stanthorpe State High School. 

What a whirlwind last week was!  Tuesday was the very first day of High school for 220 Yr. 7 and Year 8 students.  Thankfully students seemed quite secure following a number of transition activities during 2014.  Students were familiarised with school procedures, buildings, their classrooms, and the use of a daily planner.  They were also introduced to their teachers and with a host of new peers and friends.  They met the 2015 School and House Captains and also the Yr. 12 prefects.  Teachers have commented on how lovely the new students are, and how well they have settled into school.  Year 9 students are now the eldest students in the Junior Secondary School and some will take on mentoring roles to assist students with a variety of activities such as sports activities and equipment distribution and homework tutoring.

Students have been given a huge number of informational handouts to take home and read through with their parents .  Parents – please ask your student for all of the information they have received this week.  The staff of Stanthorpe State High School look forward to meeting informally with students from the Junior Secondary school and their parents and carers at various upcoming school functions. 

Some students have their say about their first days at high school - 

Madison Holl – “There are lots of nice people here, and my favourite classes are English and Art.”

Bridie Marcus:  Science was great!  We had to act like scientist and make observations of a burning candle.

Fletcher Pascoe – “I have enjoyed my first week at high school because there are lots of new things to learn and do. I have made new friends, met my new teachers and can’t wait until next week!”

Jack Clark – “I like the freedom of high school. At the moment my favourite subject is Science.”

Eddie Filmer – “Lunch time is fun because we get to interact with other people not just from my class. I like HPE and English.”

Liam Hickson – “School is awesome. I like everything about it.”

Josh Patti – “I like the school work at high school because it is challenging but doable.”

 

 Principal Peter Grant addresses full Year 7 cohort for 2015