[singlepic id=401 w=320 h=240 float=left] Gordonvale State High School will be one of 20 Queensland state schools to pilot Year 7 in high school before 2015.

State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said Gordonvale State High was among a final group of 14 schools to participate in a pilot program for the Year 7 move to high school, joining six other pilot schools selected earlier this year.

“I am delighted that Gordonvale State High will be able to play a key role in the Bligh Government’s exciting plan to shift Year 7 to high school in 2015,” Mr Pitt said.

“Gordonvale State High is the only school in far north Queensland to take part in the trial and will pilot the initiative in 2014.

“It is a great local school that will be at the forefront of this initiative by teaching Year 7 before 2015.

“The Year 7 move is a key part of the Bligh Government’s commitment to giving all Queensland children the best possible start to learning and life.”

Principal Kate MacDonald said participating in the Flying Start pilot will give the school the opportunity to influence how the Year 7 curriculum will be delivered in Queensland high schools in the future.

“We will work with primary partner schools, parents and our own expert teachers over the next 18 months to develop an original and exciting new approach to Junior Secondary, which will provide all the best opportunities for our Year 7s in terms of their academic and social development in our supportive, secondary school setting,” Ms MacDonald said.

Mr Pitt said the Bligh Government had allocated $328.2 million in capital funding for state schools to implement the Year 7 shift and other reforms which make up the Flying Start initiative.

“The Year 7 move to high school will further strengthen Queensland’s education system,” he said.

“This reform will bring us into line with other states, particularly with the implementation of the new Australian Curriculum.

“Being in high school will also give Year 7 students the same learning opportunities as their interstate counterparts through access to specialist teachers and facilities such as science teachers.”

The new Murrumba State Secondary College will be the first state school to pilot Year 7 next year.

The newly announced pilot schools are:

  • Clifton State High School, Darling Downs
  • Glenden State School, Mackay-Whitsundays
  • Toolooa State High School, Gladstone
  • Northern Beaches State High School, Townsville
  • Southport State High School, Gold Coast
  • Alexandra Hills State High School
  • Cleveland District State High School
  • Meridan State College, Caloundra
  • Bray Park State High School
  • Nambour State High School
  • Bremer State High School, Ipswich
  • The Gap State High School
  • Gordonvale State High School
  • The new school at Foxwell Road, Coomera

The Year 7 pilot schools previously announced are:

  • Springfield Central State High School, Ipswich
  • Varsity State College, Gold Coast
  • Crow’s Nest State School, Darling Downs
  • Glenmore State High School, Rockhampton
  • Mackay Northern Beaches State High School
  • Murrumba State Secondary College (to open in 2012).