Schools score extra funds for year 7 prep

The Fleurieu Peninsula's five public schools which cater for secondary students will receive more money to prepare for the transition of year 7s to their facilities in 2022.

Victor Harbor High School is the biggest winner of the five, collecting $105,000.

Yankalilla Area School has been granted $30,000, Willunga High School and Mount Compass Area School both scored $14,000, and Eastern Fleurieu R-12 School at Strathalbyn will receive $12,000.

It is part of a statewide "establishment grant" package from the state government, worth $2.85 million, for all government high schools, area schools, and R-12 schools.

The money is to be spent on projects to update learning facilities and equipment, such as painting walls, replacing carpet, installing lockers, preparing outdoor spaces or purchasing furniture and textbooks.

The grants were allocated by whether they had already received capital works funding; schools without the funding get $15,000 per year 7 class they will add in 2022, and those with the funding get $2000 per class.

Victor Harbor High School principal Amanda O'Shea was excited to have up to seven classes of year 7s joining the cohort.

"We're looking forward to the next level of energy the year 7s will bring," she said.

"It will certainly address the Australian curriculum and the two-year standard interims of learning."

Assistant principal continuity of learning Simon Harris said having the extra year level would add to the culture of the school and was keen to see how the dynamic changed.

Education Minister John Gardner said the funding would help accommodate the year 7s, and give more work to local businesses and tradespeople post-coronavirus.

"We understand that every school is different, and each school will have different requirements for how they use their grant money depending on their own local needs," he said.