Welcome 2021 Middle School Students!
Our Middle School provides students a supportive environment where they are encouraged to engage in a range of endeavours, designed to broaden their experience of life, develop a healthy level of independence and fulfill their potential across a range of subject areas.
The staff of our Middle School are hand-picked and have a passion for this age group. They recognise that early adolescence is a critical developmental period in the life of a person. Staff members embrace the challenges associated with adolescence and help nature students through this phase of life. Accordingly, programs, environments and experiences are designed to cater for and respond to such change. Students are encouraged to take risks and support one another as they learn more about God, themselves, each other and their world.
Throughout the Middle School years, Pastoral Care teachers retain a vital and central part of each student's experience. This pastoral relationship is fundamental to who we are. It allows the interactions between teachers and their students to be one of a mentor and coach, rather than disciplinarian. Pastoral Care teachers are more easily able to guide students to make wise choices as they navigate their ways through the hazards of adolescence.
The arrangement of the school day for each grade provides students with a gradual transition to greater levels of cooperation, independence, responsibility and self-management throughout their time in the Middle School. In Year 5, students spend the majority of their time with their Pastoral Care teacher. This balance progressively changes throughout Year 6 & 7 until, in Year 8, students move between classrooms and specialist subject teachers much more frequently. By the end of a student's time in Middle School it is our hope that they will have developed the necessary fundamental skills and learning habits to equip them for success in Senior School and beyond.
We are excited to have you join our 2021 Middle School cohort!
Mr Phil Gallagher
Head of Middle School
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