STARTING at a new school is a big step for many year seven students.
But Horsham’s Holy Trinity Lutheran School year seven students had the added honour of being the inaugural class this year, helping form a new middle school.
New year seven student Sarah Barber, 12, has been with the school since prep. She said she was enjoying the new middle school.
“I’m really liking it,” she said.
“I like PE the most – I think it’s just that we aren’t having to sit in the classroom.
“It’s a bit of a good thing to be the first ones to be in year seven,” she said.
Head of middle school Jason Przibilla said the students had settled in well during the first fortnight of school.
He said having 20 students in the inaugural class was ideal.
“It’s been fantastic,” he said. “We have four new students, including two from Nhill.”
Mr Przibilla and colleague Sally Kuchel moved from the primary campus to work with the new year sevens.
“They’ve essentially got two teachers for one class,” he said.
Mr Przibilla said it was important to give the year sevens new experiences.
A science wing, the first stage of the middle school construction, includes a laboratory, prep room and prac room.
A large classroom includes two interactive televisions.
Mr Przibilla said extra-curricular activities were also a focus.
“We’ve got a baking club, and they’ll do baking for the canteen,” he said.
“It’s done during lunchtime. They’re serving on the canteen as well. It’s making them feel that little bit older.”
Mr Przibilla said leadership was also an important focus for the class, which will be top of the school until the end of year nine.
Mrs Kuchel will work to direct teaching and drive curriculum.
She said new Holy Trinity teachers Jess Kelly and Anna Habel would teach physical education, health, Chinese and art.
Mrs Kuchel said the state-of-the-art facilities would benefit the students’ learning.