The Middle School caters for students from Year 7 to Year 9 with a philosophy based on the belief that for each student to flourish, teachers and parents work together with each child. 

Structure

The Middle School structure is based on meeting the needs of our early adolescent learners through providing consistency, continuity and stability in their learning environment. For students, feeling a sense of belonging within a community and developing positive long-term relationships with peers and teachers are particularly important during this phase and are reflected in the organisational structure within the Middle School.

Students are accommodated in a purpose-built Middle School building specifically designed for Middle School students with each floor dedicated to a single year level. Each floor contains six classrooms; three in a row on either side of a central shared space which provides break out space for collaboration and group work. Students are provided a safe and supportive learning environment which includes the use of a dedicated homeroom for each class group and specialist classrooms when required. 

Curriculum

The Year 7, 8, and 9 curriculum has been developed to meet the needs of the early adolescent learner in an approach that engages students and enhances their enthusiasm for learning. It has been designed to provide a smooth and effective progression of learning experiences by building on the foundations established in Primary School and systematically extending students in preparation for the requirements of Year 10, 11 & 12. We strive to accommodate diverse learning styles and preferences with a student-centred focus to enhance each student’s capacity to achieve their best.

Students complete a range of learning experiences across 9 Learning Areas:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Technologies
  • The Arts – Visual Arts, Music, Dance and Drama
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages (Indonesian)
  • Christianity, Religion and Life

Student learning occurs across a range of modes and contexts to provide depth and breadth to their learning experiences. Within each Learning Area, teachers deliver programmes that provide a variety of learning experiences to ensure a diverse and comprehensive experience for our students which includes opportunities to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in a broad range of topics. Students are provided a range of resources and specialist classroom spaces learning individually and participating in groupwork and tasks requiring collaboration.

A set curriculum is delivered to Year 7 and 8 students with a range of subject offerings across all Learning Areas. Students remain in the same mixed ability class for the majority of their lessons. A progression to streamed (ability based) classes occurs in Year 9 for the Mathematics, English, Science, and the Humanities courses. Year 9 students have the opportunity to select some of their courses in the Learning Areas of The Arts, Languages, Technologies and Physical Education as part of the electives programme.

Students undertake a variety of learning activities outside of the classroom which are structured to complement, extend, consolidate, and revise the learning that students complete at school. It is important for students to manage and organise their time at home effectively to develop a good balance between school, home, leisure, and sporting pursuits.

A key element of Year 7, 8 & 9 is for students to accept increasing levels of responsibility for their own learning in a supportive environment and are offered opportunities that develop their capacity as independent learners who are ‘learning how to learn’. 

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is woven through the fabric of the School. Our staff provide a high level of care and support, getting to know each student and their individual needs. Led by our Deans of Students, we have a strong and supportive Pastoral Care model that includes:

  • Class and Subject Teachers/House Tutors
  • Chaplains
  • Counsellors
  • Heads of Department
  • Heads of Year

As an Anglican school, our Chaplains complement our pastoral programmes by providing spiritual guidance, leading our students towards a life of purpose.

We are committed to the care, safety and protection of all students from Pre-Kindergarten through to Year 12, through the prevention, identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect. The responsibility of the School extends beyond academic success to the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of children and the provision of a caring and supportive learning environment. To this end, we recognise that it is essential that the safety, health, welfare and wellbeing of our students are safeguarded at all times when in the care of the School, our teachers, staff and volunteers.

Camps

Our Camp Programme offers a range of individual challenges and opportunities and the ‘challenge by choice’ and supportive spirit on camps often mean students achieve personal goals beyond their comprehension.

Year 7 

Year 7 students participate in a three day camp at Swan Valley Adventure Camp. The theme is Kindness, focusing in on developing new friendships and facing new challenges. 

Year 8

Year 8 students participate in a three day camp at Nanga Bush Camp in Dwellingup. The theme is Respect, focusing on understanding and accepting each other.

Year 9

Year 9 students participate in a three day camp at Forest Edge Camp in Waroona. The theme is Leadership, focusing on further developing leadership and initiative skills.