The Middle School program is contemporary and research-based, designed with an understanding of the specific learning and pastoral needs of young adolescents. Throughout the program students learn through frameworks including both independent and group project-based learning, guided inquiry, action research and active citizenship. The development of dispositions for effective critical and creative thinking is a central aspect of the program.
Each year level is taught by a team of core teachers, specialist teachers and an enrichment staff. Planning learning experiences and monitoring student progress, the Year Level Team provides skills sessions and cooperative learning experiences that enable students to carry out successful investigations, research and experiments. Explicit skill development in core subjects, equip students with the tools they need to successfully complete their projects with an appropriate level of rigour.
Differentiation to meet the needs of a wide range of learners is a strength of our curriculum. The enrichment teachers ensure that the learning programs are accessible to students at all levels, and also address specific remediation or extension needs through special withdrawal or in-class programs.
Specialist subjects are offered on a semester-based rotation, encouraging students to explore a variety of subjects in The Arts, Technologies and Languages. These subjects are taught by staff with the appropriate skills and expertise. In Year 8, students select two electives each semester.
By the end of Middle School, students have a good understanding of their own gifts and strengths, they have a positive outlook and are prepared for the challenges and opportunities of Senior School. They are empowered learners who have developed a love of learning that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Middle School students have an understanding of themselves, their surroundings and their spirituality.