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In 2015, Year 7 became the first year of high school in Queensland as part of the Flying Start for Queensland Children initiative. Following the successful introduction of Prep in 2007, in 2015, Queensland Year 7 students will be in their eighth year of school with more than half turning 13. Educators agree that young teenagers are ready for greater independence and the depth of learning that high schools provide.
At Flagstone State Community College, extensive community consultation has led to the development of a detailed Junior Secondary Model (PDF, 579 KB) which will be implemented across the three years of Junior Secondary – Year 7, 8 and 9. Principal, Jude Fox, said "We saw the introduction of Year 7 to high school as an opportunity to remake our Junior school to ensure better learning for our students."
Flagstone’s model for Junior Secondary provides for a distinct Junior Secondary environment on campus and leadership opportunities for all students in Year 7, 8 and 9. 
"Student wellbeing and quality teaching are the core of our model", said Mrs Fox.  "Early adolescence is a time of great change for young people with rapid physical, psychological and social changes. Research shows students learn best and are better engaged and have a greater chance of successfully completing school when their wellbeing is optimised. Hence our model seeks to respond to the developmental as well as the educational needs of young adolescents and provide a smooth transition from primary to secondary school."
"We have also worked with our partner primary schools to ensure our teaching is based on the most successful strategies of both the primary and high school systems." Flagstone’s teachers have shadowed primary teachers at Flagstone State School and they have undertaken extensive training in appropriate pedagogies for young adolescent learners.