The end of the ‘9am to 3pm’ school day could be close as schools trial earlier start and finish times… but does anyone REALLY think half-day Fridays lead to a better education?
- Shorter school week trialled in Queensland
- Schools to try half days and staggered starts
- Study found people were more productive
Public schools in Queensland are trialing shortened face-to-face hours after studies claimed less hours in behind the school gates led to more productive students.
The trials will see school stagger start and finish times, with one college even moving to finish at lunch time on a Friday.
The move is because some international studies claimed shorter working weeks boosted productivity for both adults and children.
Parents have had mixed reactions to the new school week with some complaining that the move infringes on their own schedules.
A string of Queensland schools will trial a shorter week for students after studies found people were more productive (pictured, students at Tweed Heads Public School)
Students at Varsity College’s secondary campus on the Gold Coast finish at 2:45pm on Fridays and are given the option to go home or stay and study.
An email home to parents, obtained by the Courier Mail, said the new structure would allow staff to engage in a professional environment.
‘At Varsity College, we are committed to supporting and promoting a professional, collaborative approach to creating an expert teaching team with effective pedagogical practices,’ the email to parents read.
‘Improved student outcomes can only be achieved by ensuring that high quality, evidenced based teaching practices are being used in every classroom, every day.’
Pupils at Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, just a 15 minute drive away, are given the option to go home at lunchtime on Mondays.
Two hours south, Mountain Creek High School operates using a split-shift timetable.
Some schools will trial half days and staggered start and finish times while one college has moved to a permanent finish at lunch time on Friday (pictured, students in NSW)
Students in years 10 to 12 start their school day at 7:30am and finish at 12:55pm which gives them free reign of the school from 7:30am to 9:55am.
Junior students in years 7 to 9 arrive on campus at 10:25am and finish at 4:05pm, giving them sole access to the school from 1:30pm.
Sunshine Beach State High School, also located on the Sunshine Coast, shares the same split-shift timetable.
A spokeswoman from the Queensland Department of Education said principals could make decisions regarding timetabling and schools hour after consultation with the school community.