The College Middle School is part of the Secondary School and caters for students in Years 7 to 9 providing a specific programme aimed at meeting the particular needs of students in this age group. Students in these years are strongly influenced by their peers and typically question previously accepted conventions, practices and values. They are also developing an awareness of social issues and acquiring personal interests. It is particularly important that during these years students are supported by teaching staff who understand this developmental stage and are able to relate positively to their students.
The Middle School curriculum, while developed to meet the requirements of the Curriculum Framework and requirements, places significant emphasis on collaborative learning, integrated work units and values education. The emphasis on values is designed to reinforce and further develop a Christian worldview, providing students with a foundation from which they can examine and explore wider community and social issues. The main objectives of the Middle School programme include:
- Providing students with a smooth transition into Secondary schooling.
- Ensuring pastoral care is provided by staff who know the students and understand their needs.
- Providing flexibility in programming to ensure that students are given the best opportunities to achieve to the best of their abilities.
- Assisting students in the identification and development of their gifts and interests.
- Providing learning support where necessary.
- Extending gifted and talented students.
- To prepare every student for Senior Schooling in their final years at the College
- Encouraging positive peer interaction.
- Building a sense of community and commitment with one another.