Middle School 6-9

Welcome From the Head of School

veronica-cooper.jpgDuring their Middle School years, students experience a number of significant changes in their intellectual, physical, emotional, social and spiritual development.  For many these changes are accompanied by a decline in the enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning. 

Living Waters Lutheran College acknowledges and understands these factors and has developed the structure and curriculum in the Middle School with the objective to heighten students’ desire to learn.

The Middle School aims to provide students with an environment in which they feel safe and supported by their teachers and peers.  We focus on building self esteem and confidence to enable students to approach their learning and daily routine with enthusiasm and enjoyment.

The Middle School provides a transitional stage between the Junior/Primary and Senior School.

The timetable is structured to allow for the development of strong, positive relationships between class teachers and their students. Time is given so that class teachers can work closely with their student group in a pastoral care situation. This provides an opportunity for students to discuss issues relevant to their age group.  This pastoral care group is also a natural link to other staff and student groups.

Through pastoral care sessions and the teaching methodology used in Middle School, the development of positive relationships within the peer group is encouraged so that students grow ready and willing to be supportive of each other.

Mrs Ronnie Cooper, Head of Middle School

MIDDLE SCHOOL STRUCTURE

The Middle School operates as a distinct school within the College.  This separate identity is addressed by structures that include;

  • Timetabling of the majority of Middle School classes in the Middle School building
  • Different lunch and recess times for Middle School students
  • The majority of the Middle School staff are designated solely to Middle School.
  • Ensuring that, as a general rule, Middle School PC and specialist teachers teach predominantly within the Middle School.

Key Middle School principles addressed by this structure include:

  • A smooth and planned transition from a traditional primary structure to a traditional upper school structure.
  • Student exposure to a limited number of teachers; from predominantly one teacher in Year 6, to predominantly 2 teachers in Years 7 and 8 to predominantly three teachers in Year 9.
  • Timetabling that allows students to be in their home rooms for the majority of lessons.
  • Structuring the school day so that double lessons can be timetabled for MS classes thereby supporting a middle school approach to learning.
  • Teachers working in teams giving them opportunities for collaborative planning.
  • Allocating time for pastoral care time and self development programs.
  • Two chapels timetabled, e.g. one for year 6 and 7 and another for year 8 and 9.

CURRICULUM

warnbro-middle-img.jpgThe Middle School curriculum has been developed with the belief that our students are now part of the information age and that the best preparation our students can make is to acquire the values, knowledge and fundamental life skills which will be applicable to a changing world.

Within this context our curriculum concentrates upon the learning outcomes achieved by the students in each learning area.  This means that rather than focussing upon the information input and the time allocated to a particular topic of study, emphasis is placed upon what the student learns through that study, for example:

  • The skills required to access information
  • The ability to discern that which is relevant
  • Being able to utilise appropriate technology to achieve a desired result
  • Being able to arrange information in a logical sequence and present it to an audience
  • The ability to think analytically
  • The ability to problem solve
  • Being able to positively and effectively manage personal and social life.

Our Middle School curriculum acknowledges that students have a range of different learning styles.  To address students’ differing needs, a variety of instructional strategies are interwoven through the Curriculum thus enhancing the learning experience for all students.  Examples of these strategies include group discussions, role playing, incursions/excursions, computer based learning, research projects, student presentations, games, group activities, videos, brainstorming etc.

For full details of curriculum specific to each year level in Middle School please see Middle School Subjects and Curriculum.

For more information about our Middle School please see our Term 1 Parent Information session presentation.