SCHOOLS OUT: Thomas and Mark Ellacott are in different school years but graduated together.
SCHOOLS OUT: Thomas and Mark Ellacott are in different school years but graduated together. Barclay White

Students step up together

KINGAROY State School staff said goodbye to their final group of Year 7 students on Monday as the transition year for Queensland schools came to an end.

With Year 7 moving to high school in Queensland in 2015, the school had a larger than usual graduating class with Year 6 and 7 students both ending their junior schooling together.

For brothers Thomas and Mark Ellacott, the unusual year meant that although they were in different years, they would both start high school at the same time.

Both were nervous about starting high school, but were glad that they would take the first step together.

"We've always been together so this will be good," Thomas said.

Deputy principal at Kingaroy High School Lloyd Fairbairn said although some parents were nervous about the transition, the high school was prepared.

"The biggest challenge has been convincing everyone that it's a good thing," Mr Fairbairn said.

Although admissions for next year were ongoing, he anticipated the school population would rise by at least a hundred students.

He said overcrowding wouldn't be a problem with the recently finished junior secondary precinct.

For Thomas and Mark's mother Maria Ellacott the first day of school will be emotional as both of her boys walk off to high school together.

"It's a good thing they've got each other" she said.

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