28/01/2020 | John Gardner MP | Better Services

Around 275,000 school students are heading to school for the 2020 school year, following the summer holiday break.

That number includes an estimated 14,000 reception students starting out on their school journey in government schools, around 12,000 Year 8s moving into high school and an estimated 13,000 students entering Year 12.

Some 350 Year 7 students are joining three high schools piloting Year 7 in high school for the first time this year – at Mitcham Girls High School, Wirreanda Secondary School and John Pirie Secondary School.

Families affected by the recent bushfires across the state are being supported by a package of new measures that includes waiving school fees for the 2020 school year, providing school uniforms free of charge and free child care in the Adelaide Hills and on Kangaroo Island.

Education Minister John Gardner welcomed students and staff back to school for what is set to be an exciting year ahead.

“2020 is going to be a great year and I want to welcome all our staff and students, wishing them the best for a successful year,” said Minister Gardner.

“There is added excitement this year as our three pilot schools welcome Year 7 students for the first time, and we are looking forward to these schools offering valuable insights for the statewide move of Year 7 to high school in 2022.

“This year will also see construction begin on much of the Government’s $1.3 billion capital works program, which will deliver a generational upgrade of schools across South Australia, boost the state’s economy and create thousands of jobs.

“We also expect to complete the connection of all school sites across South Australia to fast, reliable high speed internet in 2020, providing our students with the chance to connect, collaborate and create in ways like never before.

“We are committed to supporting our schools to achieve growth for every child, in every class in every school and I encourage every student across the state to embrace the learning opportunities before them.

“I want to thank every one of our educators and support for the important work they do – they play a critical role in achieving our ambition to deliver world class education in our schools.”

Estimated numbers for the 2020 school year include:

  • Government schools in South Australia: 512
  • Government school students: nearly 180,000
  • Primary school students (government schools): around 115,000
  • High school students (government schools): around 64,000
  • Catholic school students: around 45,000
  • Independent school students: around 50,000
  • Reception students: around 14,000
  • Year 8 students: around 12,000
  • Year 12 students: around 13,000
  • Government preschools: 386
  • Preschool enrolments: around 20,000