The Middle School Program strives to provide opportunities for our Year 7, 8 and 9 students to become reflective and self-directed learners through innovative and rigorous curricular and co-curricular experiences within our faith community.
All students in the Middle School (Year 7-9) are allocated a Core Class and a Core Teacher. Core Teachers work closely with students, other teachers of the Core Classes and parents to ensure the academic needs of the individual students are met during this crucial time in the student's educational journey.
To find out more about our Middle School, please review our Middle School Handbook.
Our Middle School Teachers
Ms Karen Lester
Assistant Principal: Students (Middle School)
Miss Jacinta Taske
Middle Schooling Assistant
Assessment + ReferralAs a College, we gather information about our students from a variety of sources including report cards, meetings with parents and staff and discussions with the students. This information is reviewed and then support strategies are developed. Throughout this process, we may conduct diagnostic testing of individuals or groups to assess specific skills (e.g. literacy, numeracy) or conduct general diagnostic interviews to determine the nature of problems at school. If necessary, and in consultation with parents, we may refer a student to our College's Student Support Officers or an outside agency or specialist for further evaluation and testing.
Modification of Existing Resources, Assignments + TestsOur Curriculum Support Team will work with teachers to modify existing resources, assignments and/or tests to meet the educational level of our students with learning difficulties. We also help with ongoing lesson/unit planning to help our teachers cater for the learning needs of all students in their classrooms.
Research + Development of Resources, Assignments + TestsOur Curriculum Support Team will research and help to develop new materials to support students with learning difficulties.
Examination + Assignment SupportSome students with specific difficulties may require examination and assignment support to help them succeed. These students attend the College's Curriculum Support Centre and work closely with our support staff to develop their assignment and research skills. Examination support may also be provided and our teacher assistants can help our students understand the examination questions and we may scribe answers if necessary.
In-Class SupportOur Teacher Assistants work with our teachers to support our verified students and those with learning difficulties in may of their classes.
Transition SupportWe understand that the transition to high school can be extremely difficult for some and our Curriculum Support Team are closely involved in the transition of Year 6 students into the College for this reason. We work proactively to ensure all incoming students have any special needs identified and addressed so they can feel supported.
Verification + Individual Education PlansStudents with high-level physical, cognitive or emotional issues affecting their learning are generally identified at a primary school level and 'verified' according to the Educational Adjustment Program (EAP) process. However, some students can be identified at a secondary level. These students receive additional funding and support, including an Individual Education Plan (IEP). This plan identifies learning/behavioural goals for that student. Our Curriculum Support Staff act as Case Managers for verified students and meet with their parents, teachers and teacher assistants to review students' progress towards IEP goals.
To discover more about our Middle School Program, please review our Handbooks below. Alternatively, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Assistant Principal: Students (Middle School), Ms Karen Lester.