Middle School – Years 7 to 9
Middle Years students develop analytical and critical thinking by applying abstract thought, skills and knowledge to the world. Through collaboration, students challenge each other to think beyond the present. Individual and collective critical reflection provides feedback to improve the learning process and outcome.
Each morning Homegroup provides familiarity, security, and a sense of belonging where Middle Years students are encouraged to become independent learners and take calculated learning risks. The Middle Years precinct encourages student ownership of the learning space and to use this stimulating environment as a means of engagement to achieve desired goals.
Interpersonal development (understanding of others) is fostered through working together to meet the challenges of extended outdoor educational experiences at each year level. The intrapersonal development (understanding of the self) develops a positive self-image and contributes to the local and global community. Resiliency and the development of life-long skills underpin Personal Development; this program provides students an opportunity to develop essential skills for life.
Middle Years students learn to work effectively in teams as they pursue and achieve common goals through engagement in extra -curricular activities. An understanding of others and appreciation of each individual’s unique skills and abilities is facilitated through working towards and achieving common goals.
An authentic, interesting and relevant curriculum is designed to engage active learning. A broad curriculum in Years 7 and 8 is offered where students study each of the learning areas; reinforcing learning in the core subjects and sampling each of the compulsory electives including Materials Technology, Food Technology and Drama and Music. In Years 7 and 8, flexible time allocation in core subjects allows students to take advantage of opportunities to pursue rich learning tasks and explore integrated units.
High expectations in all aspects of College life guide Middle Years students to fulfil their potential.
The Homeroom Teacher gets to know each individual student and is vitally concerned for his/her academic, social, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. With this knowledge, teachers offer differentiated experiences designed to meet the needs of each student so all learners have access to success.
Facilitating transition to senior schooling, Year 9 students choose from a wide variety of elective subjects including German, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Technology (Information and Communications, Food and Materials). Furthermore, Year 9 students undertake both mid-year and end-of-year examinations to prepare for the increased demands of senior schooling.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CO-ORDINATOR
Mrs Georgia Quirk