Penrith Christian School offers a comprehensive and flexible Middle School curriculum developed for Years 5 to 8, driven and differentiated to meet the diverse and varied needs and learning styles of our students.
One of the great advantages of education at Penrith Christian School is the seamless progression from Preschool to Year 12. This is enhanced by our Middle School program progressively accessing specialist areas, specialised teachers and innovative programs, which are specifically designed for their stage of learning, yet still maintaining a ‘homeroom teacher’ for several subjects.
As students progress through Years 5 to 8, time spent with the homeroom teacher decreases and the role of individual specialist teachers increases. This ensures students are known and cared for individually and provides a positive transition, and a safe and stable learning environment.
Our Middle School program thoroughly prepares students for Senior School during the ‘in between’ years and bridges the gap between childhood and adolescence, whilst keeping students interested and focused on their learning.
Our Trade Training Centre is of great benefit to students studying Technology subjects from Year 6. The wood and metal facilities provide students with very modern computer-controlled manufacturing machines.
We aspire to assist young people in developing a healthy self-esteem with support programs and seminars relevant to current concerns for their age group. Middle School is concerned with the spiritual, academic and personal growth of students in a safe, supportive, challenging and authentically Christian environment, where we model respect, celebrate diversity and nurture academic excellence for each and every student.
WHAT HAPPENS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL?
Assembly begins the week to communicate any announcements, special events or changes to the week’s timetable. Chapel completes the week on Friday mornings with Praise and Worship, and a message from a teacher, special guest or the School Chaplain.
Pastoral Care Group (PCG):
Is a time for Devotions, prayer, daily information, rolls and relationship-building events.
Students in Years 7 and 8 meet with an assigned PCG Teacher for the year.
Students in Years 5 and 6 meet with their class teacher.
Year 5 mainly stay with their Pastoral Care teacher or Grade teacher according to their level, with specialised teachers for Music, Language and PE.
Students in Years 5-8 work from individual timetables.
In Year 6, transition to high school is supported and increased by the further addition of specialised teachers and rooms for Art and, Design and Technology.
In Year 7, the number of teachers are less than conventional high schools, so students have the nurturing of a Core Teacher across several subjects, such as English, HSIE, Biblical Studies, Learning about Learning and Science. This provides them with a caring teacher who knows them well and provides a more structured bridge between Middle and Senior School. Students also have a home room and integrated learning practices that provide a stable link between subjects.
In Year 8, students are ready for more change between teachers and subjects. Teachers in Middle School teach through Years 6 to 8 to help provide continuity for students.
At lunch and recess, students can play ball games in their own quad or on the expansive area of the yard and oval area.
Student groups often happen at lunch times.
The day for Middle School students concludes at 2.55 pm. Students can either wait at Express Pick-Up for their parents to collect them, under the COLA, or at the bus shelters at the top of the School whilst waiting for their bus to arrive.