Murraylands' schools among funding recipients set to welcome the influx of Year 7 students from 2022

MURRAYLANDS schools are among the funding recipients set to put South Australian high schools "on track" to welcome the influx of Year 7 students from 2022.

Ready: Karoonda Area School principal Mike Clark with student Ivy and Ashton, who will be part of the first wave of Year 7 high school students in 2022. Photo: Supplied.

Ready: Karoonda Area School principal Mike Clark with student Ivy and Ashton, who will be part of the first wave of Year 7 high school students in 2022. Photo: Supplied.

The move of Year 7 to high school - unveiled in 2018 - is aimed at bringing new opportunities for the state's students, workforce and system and new round of funding of $2.85 million is designed to update learning facilities and equipment, such as painting walls, replacing carpet, new lockers, furniture and textbooks.

More than 75 schools - including Karoonda, Coomandook and Meningie area schools - will each receive $15,000 for each Year 7 class they gain in 2022.

Karoonda Area School principal Mike Clark said while his school was running with a similar model to what will be introduced - being a reception to Year 12 school already - the extra funds would help with the purchase of equipment to expand the curricular activities of Year 7 students.

"I think it will help with supplies and materials to help to further support students' learning," Mr Clark said,

Another 65 schools will receive $2000 per class if they have already received funding for capital works.

State Education Minister John Gardner said each school had individual requirements for how they use their funds, depending on their own needs.

The grants fall under the state's $1.3 billion in education capital works designed to meet demand in areas with rapidly-growing public school enrolments and ensure the transition of Year 7 into high school and deliver a generational upgrade.

Murraylands schools to receive grants:

Non-capital works: Coomandook Area School, Karoonda Area School, Lameroo Regional Community School, Meningie Area School, Tintinara Area School, Swan Reach Area School each receive $15,000

Capital works schools: Mannum Community College $4000