Northern Gold Coast ready for school change

SOME students preparing to enter Year 7 on the northern Gold Coast from next year, will have upgraded facilities to enjoy.

Member for Coomera, Michael Crandon said it is part of the Newman LNP Government’s strong plan to revitalise frontline services.

Mr Crandon said local high schools had been working closely with primary schools to help students and their parents to transition smoothly to high schools.


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“I’ve spoken to the local schools and I know they are ready and excited to welcome students and new teachers into the school community next year,” Mr Crandon said.

“The students will benefit from facilities that have been specifically designed to create an inspiring and engaging learning environment.

“It’s the perfect environment for making new friends, learn  new subjects and explore new skills to help shape life-long learning.”

To ensure they’re ready for Year 7 students Helensvale State High School have 16 new general learning areas and 2 new flexible learning. Ormeau Woods State High school has 4 new general learning areas and 1 new flexible learning area and also 1 flexible learning area refurbishment.

Mark Blackshaw, Executive Principal from Helensvale High School said the new building is outstanding and  provides a state of the art learning facility for our students. It will create a welcoming and productive learning environment for our students and will be the hub of our new Junior Secondary School. The building reflects the high standards that we have for our school and our students in terms of presentation, behaviour and learning outcomes.

Education Minister Mr Langbroek said the Queensland Government had invested up to $640 million in the Flying Start education reforms – which take in the move of Year 7 to high school.

“This includes up to $328 million to ensure state secondary schools have the appropriate classrooms and facilities to accommodate Year 7 students in 2015,” Mr Langbroek said.

“Our education focus is entirely on the needs of the children and we will continue to work hard to improve their opportunities and outcomes.”

In addition to welcoming Year 7 to high school for the first time, state secondary schools in the Northern Gold Coast Region will have finalised preparations to fully implement their Junior Secondary models.

This phase of education focuses specifically on the distinct identity, student wellbeing, and leadership needs of students in Years 7 to 9, while providing a strong and consistent transition between primary and secondary school.

For more information about the Flying Start reforms – which take in the move of Year 7 to high school – visit www.flyingstart.qld.gov.au.

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