Gleeson is the first Catholic secondary school in South Australia to switch from being a Year 8-12 school to cater for Year 7-12. From 2019, most Catholic secondary schools will include Year 7, in line with educational systems in other states in Australia.
Principal Andrew Baker said the college was “delighted” to welcome the 77 Year 7 students in its 30th year.
“Our community has worked hard to prepare for this exciting change. Welcoming transition processes and events along with new, recently completed indoor and outdoor learning spaces ensure both students and Gleeson College are Year 7 Ready!
“New-look uniform items have also been rolled out to help identify and build a sense of pride among our new cohort,” he said.
Parents Emma and James Cannard said it was an “easy” decision to move their twins to Gleeson in Year 7.
“Access to high school facilities gives them so many opportunities to experience new things and embrace new challenges…moving to Gleeson has opened up options for different extra-curricular opportunities which has reinvigorated their excitement about school,” Mrs Cannard said.
In the lead up to the new school year, Ava and Lachlan said they were both looking forward to the various facilities and courses offered at Gleeson.
“I am really excited about the Performing Arts Program at Gleeson, particularly dance and the school musical,” said Ava, while Lachlan was keen to explore the STEM subjects on offer and the science labs and 3D printers.
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