All country primary schools will be supported to cover extra transport costs for transition days in 2021, as both Year 6 and 7 students get ready to start high school next year.
The Marshall Government’s $75,000 investment will help alleviate the extra costs of transporting country students from their current primary school to their new area or high school on their transition day.
Transition days are an important tool in preparing primary students for entry to secondary school, as students participate in activities to familiarise themselves with their new learning environments.
The cost of transporting students from primary schools to area or high schools for transition days was identified as challenge by some primary schools during a broad regional community consultation process.
Education Minister John Gardner said the move of Year 7 into high school was on track.
“The national curriculum is designed to be taught in a high school setting, and the statewide move will bring South Australia in line with the rest of Australia, presenting new and exciting opportunities for our students,” said Minister Gardner.
“Many regional families and communities are enthusiastic about the opportunities that will come from bringing Year 7 into high school next year, such as access to specialist teaching and facilities.
“These transition days are valuable in helping primary students to prepare for the milestone of entering high school, providing them with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with a new environment and routines before they begin next year.
“They help students develop a sense of belonging and positively adjust to their new school by forging new connections with peers and teachers.
“We have listened to country communities and schools and are responding to their concerns by contributing to the costs of transporting a double cohort of students to their transition visits.
“It is critical that we recognise and respond to the unique interests and concerns the unique interests and concerns of our regional communities as we prepare for the statewide move in 2022.”
More information on the Year 7 to High School regional transition arrangements can be found on the Department for Education website