Year 7 students enter the Middle School surrounded by fresh faces, grand ideas and new experiences. They are inspired by their teachers, motivated by their peers and challenged by our expectations. All students are encouraged to strive for their best and to reach for even greater rewards as they set goals and work hard for their future.
Our Middle School curriculum is based on the Victorian Curriculum standards but also reflects the values we place on a liberal education, one that is relevant, dynamic and inspiring to our students.
Students in Years 7 and 8 study a wide range of subjects designed to give them a broad experience, consolidate skills, provide extension and to support their transition into a secondary school setting. Students in Year 9 are able to choose elective subjects that foster their individual interests, talents and encourage ambition. Students select elective subjects for a semester, timetabled alongside core subjects.
Students in Years 7 and 8 participate in the C3 Program. The program is held during the final week of the school year and encourages Creativity, Collaboration and Celebration of the students’ achievements. It is a week-long House competition that merges curriculum and the School’s values with hands-on, teamwork based activities.
Students in Year 9 participate in the Challenge Program. The program is held throughout the year with a different challenge for students to experience each term. The four challenge areas are City, Physical, Justice and Environment.
All Middle School students participate in the Quærite Program and the Outdoor Education Program.
The Quærite Program
The Quærite program is a personal development program that operates throughout the whole school. Students in Years 7 to 9 experience much change in their lives. Through exploring a variety of themes we are able to nurture the physical, social and emotional development of each student in the Middle School.
At Years 7, 8 and 9 students cover a new area each term that supports their learning and wellbeing. The program is divided into four areas:
- Positive Education
- Respect and Relationships
- Myself as a learner
- Discovering my Place
Each area is run by a team which comprises teaching staff and guest speakers. Plays, peer teaching, projects, excursions and incursions are some of the activities that help to engage the students learning and participation.
The program develops skills, knowledge, attitudes and understandings which will enable the students to value and lead healthy lives as contributing and productive members of society. The program is constantly reviewed and updated in response to contemporary issues. Quærite compliments and enhances the efforts made by families and community groups to support young people.