QUIET ACHIEVERS: James Nash Year 8 students Karlie Browne, Eliza Parker, Lance Miller and Mitchell Swift check out some of the activities involving geocaching instruments on offer to visiting Year 7s on Saturday.
QUIET ACHIEVERS: James Nash Year 8 students Karlie Browne, Eliza Parker, Lance Miller and Mitchell Swift check out some of the activities involving geocaching instruments on offer to visiting Year 7s on Saturday. Robyn Bowman

Year 7s will try out James Nash

PARENTS have got to see it to believe it.

Which is exactly why James Nash State High School is opening its doors to Year 7 students looking to be challenged on an education level as well as personally for their development during secondary school.

In a first for the school and the region, James Nash is holding a Winter School for Year 7 students and their parents to help them decide which high school to attend next year.

Year 7 students from all schools in the Gympie area have the opportunity to experience high school this Saturday, between 9am and 2pm.

All students from around the town have been invited to attend.

The day is aimed at students who enjoy school, learning and the challenge of being extended and those keen to be considered for the Extension/Extension Plus programs on offer at James Nash.

Karlie Browne, Eliza Parker, Lance Miller and Mitchell Swift are Year 8 students enrolled in the Extension Plus program. They are particularly interested in the new educational technology called geocaching.

Geocaching utensils will be used in some of the fun activities on offer for the Year 7s coming to James Nash on Saturday.

Participants will be invited to use the instruments to harness GPS technology to identify positions in the Gympie cemetery. They will then use this information to identify the different grave sites from the mining era and further and use the information on the grave stones to get an insight into what type of life the person lived during their time.

Saturday morning's activities will begin with geocaching and learning about local history while extending knowledge in the area of information technology.

"This is an opportunity to see if James Nash is the school for them - try before you buy," JNSHS junior school assistant principal Cheryl Greinke said.

"Students have the opportunity to experience high school without any distractions and ask lots of questions about what high school is like."

Year 7 students interested in new educational approaches and technologies are invited to the Winter School. Phone 5480 6333.

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