‘Big’ school adventure begins
PARENTS around the region sighed yesterday morning as their "all grown up" babies left home, bags and lunches packed, to start high school - a year earlier than once expected.
Gympie's first ever Year 7 high school made the transition to "big" school yesterday along with their Year 8 school mates.
It was all systems go for junior school teachers including Gympie State High School's junior secondary head of department Anna Cox as new students filled the specially-built Year 7 buildings for the first day of class.
Ms Cox said extensive planning in 2014 and several transition opportunities for students to make contact with the school before the semester started, meant things rolled smoothly at the Gympie High campus.
Similarly, around 240 James Nash State High School Year 7s, in their new buildings, and 160 Year 8s learned the ropes with relative ease, first-day nerves considered.
Student services administration officer Brenda Deighton said after a morning of learning about the school, students were ready to begin their timetables in the afternoon with 15 new junior teachers recently welcomed to the school.
While most Year 12 students in the region will wake up this morning to their last first day of the school year ever, some including Gympie High student leaders Eli Geri and Tia Hubbard went back a day early to meet the new junior students and establish import relationships with them.
It was a big day for the region's prep students too, with the youngsters being welcomed to school life.
While the big day was daunting for some and worthy of a nap for others, perhaps it was Gympie region mums and dads who had the hardest time.