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 (Junior School), to the later years (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 begins in Year 5. Students 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 giftings, and to develop these in a nurturing environment under the guidance and expertise of experienced staff.
Our Boost Enrichment Program enhances and enriches the gifts of children. Students are selected to be involved in Extension Art, Science, English, Mathematics, Drama and other activities. Students with diagnosed issues have an individual learning program designed by our Head of Educational Support.
Students have access to the wonderful facilities we have available to aid in high level, engaged learning, including: the Sports Centre, Creative Arts rooms and our modern Design and Technology facilities
Each grade, from Years 5 to 7, has a Core Teacher who is responsible to ensure that each student is developing and cared for, promoting a smooth learning pathway. The Core Teacher provides stability for each student and is a teacher who can have an oversee their progress.
The Year 7 Core teacher provides students with an integrated curriculum that covers several learning areas, allowing a KLA engaged program to be utilised in developing the student’s skills.
All students from Years 5 to 7 can be entered in Science, Mathematics, Debating and other competitions throughout the year.
To ensure that each family has up-to-date information on their child’s development, PCS provides access to results via our online database, an Interim Report in Terms 1 and 3, and a full School Report in Terms 2 and 4.
As PCS is an Early Childhood to Year 12 school, we have the advantage of being able to create programs that have continuity in content and concepts. Both Years 6 and 7 undertake a Learning Matrix for one term. This is a highly varied and integrated approach to learning that allows each student to undertake 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.
The Matrix is an integrated learning program which has core tasks, followed by student chosen tasks, relating to their individual learning style and the time available. The Matrix enables 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 has an Ancient Civilisations theme and the subject areas of English, Science, HSIE and Language are explored in various learning levels and styles. Our amazing staff have 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 and Technology; HSIE; PDHPE - Personal Development Health and Physical Education; Creative Arts - Visual Arts and Music; Biblical Studies; Sport
English; Mathematics; Science and Technology; Design and Technology - Robotics, Food Technology, Wood Technology; HSIE; PDHPE - Personal Development Health and Physical Education; Creative Arts - Visual Arts and Music; Biblical Studies; Sport
English; Mathematics; Science; HSIE; PDHPE - Personal Development Health and Physical Education; Creative Arts - Visual Arts and Music; Languages - Japanese; Design and Technology; Biblical Studies, Sport
English; Mathematics; Science; HSIE; PDHPE - Personal Development Health and Physical Education; Creative Arts - Visual Arts, Music and Drama; Design and Technology; Biblical Studies; Sport
A key component in the Middle School approach is to utilise the excellent Information and Communication Technology (ICT) facilities in place at PCS. Students have access to computers, iPads and the School’s well-established iCentre (Library). Classrooms all have Interactive Whiteboards that are used to present current information and further develop students' technology skills. The School's full Wi-Fi coverage allows for lessons to be held in any location in the School.