YEAR 5 TO YEAR 8
A Process of Change
Middle school is based on an approach to the teaching of adolescents, which is more appropriately matched to their needs than is possible when continuing to straddle primary and secondary schooling.
Our key values at Middle School level are maintaining a calm, safe, caring atmosphere; developing in students a Christ-like, resilient and integrous character; and striving for excellence in attitude and work ethic.
The philosophical emphasis will be on learning to take responsibility for self, for others and for the world around them as image bearers of God and will stress the uniqueness of the learner at this stage of development.
The curriculum stresses the responsibilities of Christians living and working in the community as servants of Jesus Christ. Emphasis is on learning how to learn and live; and how to help others learn and live. This involves learning in exploration, creativity and interdisciplinary instruction; by means of an integrated curriculum, cross-curriculum activities, whole Middle School theme days and weeks, and other activities such as camps, excursions, musical productions, bands, sporting competitions, extensions programs in Maths and English as well as many others.
Instructional emphasis is on a variety of teaching and learning strategies. Students are involved in determining how to accomplish goals. Instructional strategies are designed to promote responsibility for one’s own learning and for helping others learn. Activities for learning servanthood and Christlike-ness are integrated within the rest of the curriculum.