Middle School

Year 7 to Year 9
We take an energetic, enthusiastic approach to educating and supporting young adolescents in our Middle School.

Pastoral care is a priority. There is a specific focus on meeting the particular spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional needs of students. This provides students with the resiliency and support they need to cope with the transition from childhood to adulthood.

Middle School provides continued education and skill development in a wide range of curriculum areas. French, Home Economics, Outdoor Education, Art, Drama and Technology Studies are introduced, providing a diverse range of engaging learning opportunities. Students develop confidence and skills in many areas, helping them to make informed decisions about their goals and plans for Senior School, employment and post school options.

Environment
The Middle School provides a supportive learning environment that allows students to venture into new challenges. Our aim is to see students engaged in learning, consolidating their skills and abilities while being thoughtfully encouraged and directed into new areas. Students acquire a growing sense of pride and ownership in their schooling.

Community and Belonging
The Middle School staff work earnestly and prayerfully to develop a strong sense of community in each Home Group. Young people are shown that they each offer an individual and unique contribution to our community. This enables a rich, diverse and energetic mix of personalities and abilities to grow and develop together.

Partnership
Staff seek to connect with families to better understand the students in their care. We work in partnership with families to assist the development of our young people. We invite communication and suggestions from our families to ensure the best possible support and growth for each student.

Parents have the most vital role in their child’s development. We believe that the interest parents show in their child’s education has a critical influence on attitude and success. Parents are encouraged to contact the College to discuss any matters relating to their child’s development.

Pastoral Care
Staff meet regularly to discuss and pray for the needs of students and their families. Our pastoral care team meet weekly to discuss, implement, review and monitor support for all our students. Adolescence is often a time to push boundaries and determine independence and autonomy. We seek to provide helpful guidelines and support to students and their families as this occurs.

Transition and Change
We understand adolescents have many complex and unique needs as they journey from childhood to adulthood. For some the transition from Primary to Secondary can be a difficult process. Moving from a single classroom teacher to a mix of subject teachers can be daunting. At the same time, physical change can make students awkward and self conscious. Our goal is to support students in this transition by providing a nurturing Home Group with a consistent adult to teach a range of subjects. The Home Group teacher provides stability and support during this schooling transition. We work towards a model of:

Year 7 – Home group teacher 50% of contact time
Year 8 – Home group teacher 40% of contact time
Year 9 – Home group teacher 30% of contact time

Faith
Our Christian faith is the foundation of all we do. It informs our teaching practices, pastoral care and behaviour management. It is at the very core of each staff member’s involvement with the College. Our aim is to teach and foster Christian values through our Bible teaching programme, in which students study the Old and New Testaments and Biblical applications for daily living. We support students to actively live out their faith and to create a safe and caring community. Students have opportunities to grow their understanding of faith during Home groups, assemblies, devotions, bible studies and school community based events.

Curriculum
The core subjects of the Middle School curriculum provide a solid foundation for the Senior School years. Semester subjects introduce a broad choice of elective subjects from Year 9. We encourage students to strive for the very best they can in all things. Academic excellence is encouraged and supported throughout our curriculum.

Below are links to the Middle School Curriculum Handbook for 2017 

Year 7:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gsJyVwRA_13lUYMzZ6ySXV9bAL_TmEZZVwVQR_vsSEI/edit?usp=sharing

 Year 8: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ywi3abChh-iAQhAxmOwhyIsoQYZOo7H7WmqiTeFami4/edit?usp=sharing

 Year 9:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bUxp9Q21VtxVVzQok8_n0a1bNCBc7KC1N8wjxn2jd6s/edit?usp=sharing

 Here are the links to Subject Selection Forms Year 8 and Year 9 for 2017.

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Core Subjects

  • Christian Studies
  • Civics & Citizenship
  • Computer Studies
  • Economics & Business
  • English
  • French / Indonesian / Curriculum Support
  • Geography / History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Science

Core Subjects

  • Christian Studies
  • Civics & Citizenship
  • Computer Studies
  • Economics & Business
  • English / ESL
  • French / Indonesian / Curriculum Support
  • Geography / History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Science

Core Subjects

  • Civics & Citizenship
  • Economics & Business
  • English / ESL
  • Geography / History
  • Mathematics
  • Music (Choice)
  • Outdoor Education
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Rite Journey
  • Science

Semester Subjects

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Home Economics
  • Technology Studies

Semester Subjects

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Home Economics
  • Technology Studies

Semester Subjects

  • Art
  • Computer Studies
  • Drama
  • French / Indonesian / Curriculum Support
  • Home Economics
  • Technology Studies
  • Work Studies

Music
All students in the Middle School can participate in classroom Music lessons. Individual instrumental lessons are also available for those students wishing to pursue more in-depth studies in music. We equip our students to contribute to the music ministry program of their youth groups and churches. Worship is a feature of our weekly school assemblies in the Middle School. Students play a key role in these assemblies through their involvement in leadership, worship bands, speaking and singing groups.

Camps
Communication, confidence, planning and teamwork are important skills to learn, and we use our camps as an avenue to develop these. The Year 7 and 8 camps involve interaction with peers in fun and challenging situations. The Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp focuses on endurance, survival skills, self-confidence and self-discipline and also encourages students to cooperate and help one another.

Co-Curricular Activities
The College offers a variety of co-curricular activities to enrich and develop student abilities.

Buddy Classes

Camps

 

Charities Fundraising

Community Assemblies

Corporate Worship

Debating

Drama/Musical Productions

40 Hour Famine

Instrumental Music Tuition

Leadership Development

Maths Club

Music Ensembles

Outdoor Education Camp

Performing Arts

Sports Programs

Student Representative Council

Swimming Carnival

Tournament of Minds

Weekly Assembly

Worship Bands

Special Education
We aim to cater to the individual learning needs of students throughout the Middle Years. Teaching staff and our Special Education staff provide small group and individual support to students in need. Supporting and extending gifted and talented students is also included in classroom pedagogy, individual and group activities, and through various programmes in the College. Parents of students continuing from the Junior School, or transferring to Emmaus Christian College from other schools, can be confident that specific needs are addressed.

Reports
Students are assessed continually throughout the year, using a variety of methods. Feedback is given on academic achievement, study habits, general development, attitudes, effort and overall progress. Student progress is reported to parents at the end of each semester.

Term 1 and Term 3 Teacher/Parent Interviews
Term 2 and Term 4 Semester Report

Parents are welcome to contact the College at any time to make appointments to discuss matters relating to their child's development.