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Starting High School in Year 7

 
Junior Secondary Principles
In 2015, Year 7 became part of high school under the Queensland Governments Flying Start for Queensland Children program.

Listed below are some responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Junior Secondary transition (Year 7 into high school) at Forest Lake SHS. 
 
How is Forest Lake SHS preparing for the Junior Secondary transition (year 7 into high school) in 2015?
Forest Lake SHS was built as a Year 7 to 12 high school and had Year 7 cohorts until 2009, prior to the current reform. We are therefore well prepared already for the return of Year 7.
Will signature programs such as the Lighthouse Program and Instrumental Music commence in year 7?
Yes, the programs will be available. Our signature programs are a cornerstone of Forest Lake SHS’s approach to educational excellence. They are highly regarded and valued by the community and school alike.
 
What will the enrolment timelines be for year 7?
All Year 7 enrolment interviews and additional entry requirements for signature programs will commence in Term 2 of 2014.  Open Day and the first round of enrolment interviews will be held on Saturday 31 May 2014.  Enrolment packs including information on our Open Day will be available from Administration at Forest Lake SS, Grand Avenue SS, Pallara SS, Carole Park SS and Forest Lake SHS from 19 May 2014.
 
How many students will be enrolled in Year 7 at Forest Lake SHS in 2015?
Forest Lake SHS is an enrolment managed school. Students are enrolled according to the provisions in the School Enrolment Management Plan.  
 
Will the catchment change as a result of the Year 7 transition?
No.  There will be no changes to the catchment.
What is Forest Lake State High School's catchment?
For more information on our Enrolment Management Plan, including our catchment, please refer to our School Enrolment Management Plan and Catchment map.  
Who do I speak to about my child who has a verified disability?
Follow the regular enrolment processes.
What support will Forest Lake SHS offer to help transition students to high school?
We offer various programs to help students with high school transition. In 2014, this will include a special year 6 orientation day for Year 7 students in 2015. We also run orientation activities in classes on the first day of high school. Our Health and Well-being program includes lessons designed to assist new students in adjusting to high school, including study and organisation skills, anti-bullying and library orientation. We also have a "peer mediation" program where older students work with younger ones to resolve low level issues. Our school leaders run activities to help new students settle in and get to know each other. 
 
Will year 7s have their own building?
Our Junior Secondary building is purpose built to meet the needs of our younger students. Year 7s will be located in our dedicated Pods, away from older students and with easy access to specialist facilities. 
How can my child be involved with Instrumental Music?
All Year 7s will be able to continue their instrumental music tuition at high school.
Can my child be involved in sport in Year 7?
Yes, within the school, our HPE program is mandatory for students up to Year 10.
Will Year 7s have a common teacher for several core subjects?
A core feature of Junior Secondary schooling at Forest Lake SHS is our Pod system which features common teachers for core subjects. This is built into the timetable in the first stage of the staffing process and results in a reduction of the number of teachers a student interacts with across a week. Teachers in the Pods quickly get to know students and establish productive educational relationships with them. 
What bus services will be available to the school?
The school is well served by the public transport system with bus stops outside the school entrance and on Forest Lake Boulevard. Please visit the Translink website for information.  
Will there be leadership opportunities for students in junior secondary?
Yes.  Our leadership structure includes Junior Secondary leaders who take on significant responsibilities within the Year 7, 8, and 9 cohorts. We have a number of programs that help students build leadership capacity in all year levels, including Student Council and school Camps.
Will there be a camp during Year 7?
The transition arrangements to high school will be a key feature for the planning team. A Year 7 camp may form an important part of building new friendships and relationships in the high school context. The Junior Secondary Transition Team will investigate this issue with cluster primary schools.
Will the Year 7s have a designated space at lunch breaks?
An area adjacent to the Year 7 Pods will be designated as a Year 7 only area. This will provide them with a safe environment to get to know each other, eat lunch and participate in various lunch activities. 
What will be the length of the school day?
The current school day is 8.30am to 2:30pm. There are no plans to alter the times of the school day.
What uniform will students be wearing?
The Forest Lake SHS formal and sport uniforms have been designed to meet the needs of all students.
Where can I go to get more information about Junior Secondary?
For more information consult Education Queensland's Flying Start for Queensland Children website or contact Ms Cheryl Harvey (Deputy Principal Junior Secondary).
We will continue to update the school website with more information as it comes to hand.