Sunrise restructures to welcome Year 8s

LEADERS: Katherine Marshall, Charlotte Unger, Joel Anderson, Joel Munro, Tillie Derrington, Oscar Marr-McGuire, and Aaron Haines. Photo: Supplied
LEADERS: Katherine Marshall, Charlotte Unger, Joel Anderson, Joel Munro, Tillie Derrington, Oscar Marr-McGuire, and Aaron Haines. Photo: Supplied

For some schools, Year 6s will be venturing into high school next year, but Sunrise Christian School has taken a different approach.

Year 8 will officially be introduced at the school at the start of 2020, and school principal Joel Munro said it will be a huge benefit to the students.

"It was something I knew the school wanted to do for a number of years," he told the Herald.

"It's a massive achievement for us - something I'm excited to progress and see how it goes."

Mr Munro said when the 2020 school year begins, one of his main priorities will be making sure the transition goes smoothly.

He said organising it was one of the biggest challenges he faced this year, and it has been a long time coming for the school.

"I reckon they've been trying to do this for the past 12 to 13 years. I know it's been a desire of the school to do that for many years. There's a lot of work involved," he told the Herald.

Despite many other schools across the state taking the opposite approach and introducing Year 7s into high school, Mr Munro remains confident that this is the right decision.

"So many of our kids from this school travel to Mount Gambier for high school. An hour there and an hour back on the bus.

"We can run the program here (and) we can do it well."

One of Mr Munro's desires for the school is to shepherd the students and make an already stressful time in their lives a little easier.

"They're going through so much as adolescents, (and) for them to be in a familiar surrounding and to have teachers that know them and care about them ... actually will enable them to do really well."

If the students remain in town for their schooling, they still get to play local sports and be involved in the community, something Mr Munro believes they could miss out on if they were to travel.

The school will welcome a new home economics, tech styles and arts teacher, as well as a drama teacher, both of whom will teach general subjects as well.

Mr Munro has a lot of plans for the school going forward and has grown strong relationships with the school community over the past year to gain their trust in the school's decisions.

"We're registered now to be R-10, so each year we'll add more teachers."

To discuss the transition with the school, contact 8465 6005.