Queens­land’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem nowin line with rest of Aus­tralia

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page -

ISIS Dis­trict State High School took on a dif­fer­ent look when more stu­dents than ever at­tended the school for their first day.

Tues­day marked the first of­fi­cial day of high school for two co­horts, with both Year 7 and 8 stu­dents back in the green and gold uni­form.

This year’s in­take is dif­fer­ent to pre­vi­ous years with the com­ple­tion of the ed­u­ca­tional tran­si­tion that brings Queens­land’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem in line with the rest of the coun­try.

New Year 7 stu­dents Kate Fitz-Gib­bon, Josh Maroney and Xanthe Whi­taker were un­der­stand­ably ner­vous about their first day, but were look­ing for­ward to the chance of mak­ing new friends.

“I’m pretty ex­cited for it,” Kate said.

While Josh said he knew quite a few peo­ple al­ready, the new en­vi­ron­ment will give the bud­ding sports­man the op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther friend­ships.

But any talk about a ca­reer is on the back­burner for now, with the young­ster happy to chase sport­ing dreams.

“I don’t know yet but I love sports,” Josh said.

“Soc­cer and rugby are my favourites.

“I’m mostly look­ing for­ward to meet­ing new peo­ple.”

Xanthe will be­gin her sec­ondary school­ing with a ca­reer goal in mind, with a view to follow her par­ents’ foot­steps in a pro­fes­sion that helps oth­ers.

“I want to be an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist,” she said.

“My mum was an ambo for 20 years and I want to follow in her foot­steps.”

She said she ex­pected high school to be a touch more dif­fi­cult than pri­mary school, but was ready for the chal­lenge nonethe­less.

Co-prin­ci­pal Brett Ka­vanagh wel­comed the stu­dents back at an assem­bly in the sta­dium, and spoke of the im­por­tance for stu­dents to set goals.


HOL­I­DAY’S OVER: Isis High Year 7 stu­dents (from left) Kate Fitz-Gib­bon, Josh Maroney and Xanthe Whi­taker on their first day.

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