Early adolescence is a time of rapid physical, social, emotional and cognitive change for children. We target teaching and learning to each level of developing maturity, emphasise values, prioritise social-emotional wellbeing, and develop activities and classroom structures to meet specific needs. This approach equips middle school students with vital skills, knowledge and attitudes for their senior years and helps them reach their full potential.
Between Years 5 and 8, students make the gradual transition from primary school to the greater independence of secondary school. Initially, they enjoy the security of a single classroom and one teacher with a limited number of additional teachers for specialist subjects. By Years 7 and 8, they gradually experience subject-based learning characteristic of the secondary school curriculum, while still enjoying the additional security and support of a homeroom teacher. This gradual increase in independence and stimulation allows students to experiment with new specialties, pursue passions, take greater responsibility for their learning, and include or exclude subject options for their senior phase of schooling.
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We help your child develop values based on the qualities displayed by Jesus. These values will contribute to shaping their characters as adults. Love, justice, compassion, forgiveness, service, humility, courage, hope and appreciation are taught explicitly during morning devotional time and our weekly chapel service. They are also inherent in the way we instruct, guide and support students in their daily learning activities and social interactions. Firm boundaries and an emphasis on service to others during the middle school years enables students to look beyond themselves and explore how their behaviours and attitudes make a contribution to the lives of those around them.
Year 5 & 6
- Personal Development
- Health and Physical Education
- Personal development
- Health and Physical Education
- Biblical Studies
- Personal Development, Health & Physical Education
- Technology (Media | Textiles | Industrial Technology)
- Visual Art
Additional support is provided for students assessed with significant remedial needs in literacy and numeracy. For students assessed with a disability, special needs teachers work with their parents, classroom teachers and experts to devise teaching and learning strategies that assist them in their education. This is designed to give all students equal access to learning.
The school offers a specialised Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan for students from K-6.
Personal excellence is a focus in every classroom, with assessments and activities used as a basis for extending those who show greater levels of interest and ability. Further extension opportunities are available through international competitions and assessments for schools (ICAS) and co-curricular activities distinctive to middle school.
- Music tuition
- Resilience program supporting our anti-bullying stance including class buddies
- StormCo community service program focusing on local community
- Inter-school sports days
- Inter-school worship program
- CSSA interschool sports competition
Our classrooms are digitally equipped with age-appropriate technology. This enhances the delivery of the curriculum, caters to a broad range of learning styles, and allows students to solve problems, work, and connect with each other and the world in 21st century ways. Regular access to technology in the library and computer labs is a part of the academic program.
Our classroom teachers and year level coordinators are on the frontline of pastoral care as they interact with students on a day to day basis. We have an anti-bullying policy and discipline practices that are designed to build harmonious relationships and resolve issues of concern or conflict openly and respectfully. Each week, students participate in resilience classes designed to provide strategies for difficult social situations. Class buddies are also a part of this relationship support program.
Our chaplains provide support to students, staff and school families regardless of their faith. They are active in coordinating programs for social wellbeing and emotional development, interacting with students in the playground and offering a friendly listening ear, mentoring students with behavioural or emotional needs, enhancing engagement with the broader community, and providing a range of opportunities for spiritual reflection. In times of loss and trauma, they provide additional support to individuals, families and the school community. Click here to view the chaplaincy policy.
In addition, our school counsellor is available for more specific social-emotional needs that require specialist assistance or outside referral. Click here to view the counsellor guidelines. We value our partnership with parents and recognise that when school and parents have shared expectations, positive behaviour and change for the better is most likely to occur. Concerned parents are welcome to contact their child's teacher, school chaplain, school counsellor or administration at any time.