I don’t know whether to be happy or sad about the State Government rejecting the idea of moving Grade 7 to highschool.
On the one hand I think Grade 7 is a waste of time – the kids are plainly ready to move on and tend to muck around in the less intense atmosphere the top of the school allows.Â On the other hand, do I really want to spend the extra wongah paying for an extra year of highschool?Â Private is [chokes] expensive, and even Public is more expensive than primary school.
Of course many private schools are starting their middle school curriculum at the start of Grade 7 already – which seems a bit of a money grab and entices kids out of the public primary schools early – especially around here. AndÂ now we have all the Catholic schools following suit.Â As my girl falls into the year which is half a year due to the change in intake age – the numbers in her class are already very low.Â One or two girls leave and the whole class could go.Â In which case we’d have no choice.Â And don’t eastern states’ highschools start at Grade 7?
I can see why the government said no.Â Apart from the fact there is not much educational benefit starting highschoolÂ at Grade 7 (according to them), the highschools have no capacity.Â At least not the one my boy is at, they couldn’t accommodate grade 7 even if they wanted to.
Mind you it would free up space in the primary system for kindy kids…
So do I think its a good idea?Â Hmmm.Â Nuh.Â Still don’t know.Â What do you think?