Once again I will re-visit the United in Our Pursuit of Excellence priority within our Annual Implementation Plan (AIP). This time I will focus on the strategy under the implementation of Junior High school, “seeking reclassification to a P-9 school”. As part of our quad-annual school review last year reclassification from a P-10 school to a P-9 was identified as a priority for parents. The advantages of reclassifying has also been highlighted in a readiness evaluation that has been conducted to gauge our preparedness for Junior High in 2013. Part of the evaluation is to ensure that our Year 8 & 9s have their own identity within the school environment. If the Year 8 & 9s have their own identity as a group, what identity do the Year 10s have?
We cater to the needs of the Year 10s with their senior pathways to further education &/or employment through such things as work experience, but given the context of Cecil Plains the opportunities for them can be limited. Also currently they are completing their senior pathways years between two different schools, Year 10 here and then 11 & 12 at a straight high school. This therefore creates a disruption to their senior years.