The ethos of Personal learning in Middle School involves engaging and motivating students to do their personal best and to look towards continual improvement in the skills needed for the 21st century such as thinking, reflecting, researching and collaboration.
The Middle School is vital in the transition of a student from the early years of school, the Junior School, to the later years, the Senior School. The aim is to provide students with a smooth transition between these two vital areas of schooling to allow students to develop their God given talents.
The Middle School has structured learning processes in place to allow for a smooth transition to occur. This transition process occurs begins in Year Five. Students will function from a well-planned timetable that includes the use of specialist teachers that teach within their speciality. This approach ensures that each student is provided with a well-structured 21st century curriculum that allows them to explore their talents and gifting’s, to develop these in a nurturing environment under the guidance of expertise of experienced staff.
Boost is a program at PCS for enhancing and enriching the gifts of children. Students are selected to be involved in extension art, science, mathematics and drama and other activities.
Students with diagnosed issues have an individual learning program designed by our special education coordinator. The students also have access to the wonderful facilities that the school has to aid in high level engaged learning.
Students will have access to the school’s Sports Hall, the Creative Arts rooms and the modern Design and Technology facilities that the school has.
Each grade from years Five to Seven have a Core teacher who is responsible to ensure that each student is developing and cared for to ensure a smooth learning pathway. The Core Teachers provide stability for each student as a teacher who can have an oversight for each student’s progress. To ensure that each family has up to date progress on their child’s progress the Middle School provides access to results via an online database and a report every school term. This allows each family to see the progress and development of their child.
A key approach is the varied and integrated approach used throughout the Middle School. Both years Six and Seven will undertake a learning Matrix for a term. This is a highly integrated approach to learning that allows each student to undertake learning tasks that are based on their preferred learning style. The Matrix also provides opportunities for students to develop their group and cooperative learning skills in a structured manner, vital skills required in the 21st Century.
Year Seven also have an integrated approach through the Core Teacher. These teachers will provide students with an integrated curriculum covering several learning areas that allows for an engaged curriculum to be utilised in developing the student’s skills.
Students can be entered in Science, Mathematics, Debating and other competitions throughout the year.
Our school is engaged in planning the new curriculum designed for Australian schools. In being a K -12 schools we have the advantage of being able to create programs that have continuity in content and concepts.
A key component in the Middle School approach is to utilise the high level of ICT facilities that the school possesses. Students will be able to access computers, IPADS and the school’s well-established I Centre. Classrooms all possess Inter-active Whiteboards that are utilised to present current information and further develop student’s technology skills. The schools full wi-fi coverage allows for lessons to be held in any aspect of the school.
The Matrix is an integrated learning program which has core tasks, followed by student chosen tasks, related to the student’s individual learning style and the time available. The Matrix will enable students to experience creativity, differentiation, engagement, decision-making and ownership of learning.
Students complete a MICUPS (Multiple Intelligences Checklist for Upper Primary and Secondary) survey on their student learning page on the school iLearn intranet that defines their present learning style; by logging onto the student profile page. The Matrix will also be available on iLearn.
The Matrix has an Ancient Civilizations theme and the subject areas of English, Science, HSIE and Language will be explored in various learning levels and styles. Our amazing staff has invented many creative and exciting tasks such as:
• a team race to place body parts in a dummy torso in the shortest time
• create an apple mummy
• make a board game
• build a model
• time travel – research and imagination
The following subjects are offered in each year:
English; Mathematics; Science & Technology; HSIE; PDHPE - PDH & PE; Creative Arts - Visual Arts & Music; Languages - Indonesian; Biblical Studies; Sport.