A total of 312 Year 6 students are enrolled in South West parish primary schools, most of which were previously R-5. In addition there are an additional 16 Year 6 students at the School of the Nativity, Aberfoyle Park, which will remain R-7 due to its co-located campus arrangement. St John the Baptist at Plympton has gone from R-7 to R-6.
Mark Corrigan from Catholic Education SA said the changes stemmed from the Strategy for New Levels of Excellence in which the Year 7 transition into a secondary setting was proposed.
This year, close to 4000 Catholic school students entered Year 7 as part of a secondary school setting.
Mr Corrigan said schools in the region took stock as a collective and identified the need to align more closely with the main transition points of the system. Sacred Heart College and Cabra Dominican College were involved in the discussions which coincided with SHC and Marymount College amalgamating into a Year 7-12 school on two campuses and Cabra deciding to have Year 7 as its main point of entry.
He said significant building developments have been undertaken to accommodate the Year 6 students and additional enrolments.
This includes new classrooms and facilities at the following schools: St Mary’s, Glenelg ($5.2m); Stella Maris, Seacombe Gardens ($2.6m), St Martin’s, Sheidow Park ($2.5m), Christ the King, Warradale ($1.25m) and Our Lady of Grace, Glengowrie ($1m).
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