Middle School

Middle School at Hallett Cove Comprises Year 7 through to Year 9

Head of Middle School: Bronwyn Phillips

Year Level Managers

Year 7: Rachael Partridge

Year 8: Stuart Kenny

Year 9: Bronwyn Phillips

Middle Schooling Philosophy

The Middle School curriculum at Hallett Cove School is aligned with the Australian Curriculum, and encompasses all we do to support the academic, physical, social and emotional growth of our students. This is underpinned by strategies employed to cater for the needs young adolescents, their learning styles and needs as students in contemporary society.

Fundamental and contemporary approaches to learning and teaching in Middle Schooling are supported through:

  • Authentic learning engaging students in deep and meaningful learning experiences.
  • Learning and teaching processes are constantly constructed and reconstructed to respect the particular needs and circumstances of the learner.
  • Students learn and incorporate skills into tasks requiring creative problem solving and complex thinking combined with in-depth knowledge which is used to solve problems and create actual solutions to real life situations.
  • Physical aspects such as timetabling and lesson allocation allow for relationships to develop between teacher and student.
  • The teachers utilises information and data collected about how students learn and designs learning experiences and tasks based upon this knowledge. All learning tasks are scaffolded and essential skills are explicitly taught for each task.
  • Higher-order thinking and problem solving skills are explicitly taught so that students are able to transform information and ideas to construct meaning from their learning. Students are encouraged to engage in collaborative tasks to construct significant ideas and questions that facilitate this style of authentic learning.
  • Students feel connected to the world beyond the classroom with authentic instruction connecting the classroom to real world problems or personal experiences that the student can relate to.

Middle School at Hallett Cove comprises Year 7 through to Year 9 and is supported by Year Level Leaders for each year level and a Head of Middle School.

This means that we:

  • Build strong relationships which are trusting and respectful
  • Develop students’ emotional, social, intellectual and physical well being
  • Provide a community of learners in an environment which is stimulating, supportive and promotes success
  • Offer a differentiated curriculum that is interesting, challenging and caters for all students

At Hallett Cove School, Year 7 students transition from Junior School to experience being physically located in the Middle School with their classroom teacher and peers. Some lessons are taken by specialist teachers to assist them to become ready for Year 8 where they have more teachers in choice subjects. This allows Year 7 students to experience practical subjects in a science laboratory, kitchen, art studio and technology workshop.

In Years 8 and 9, the core subjects of: English, Maths, Science and Humanities and Social Science are all undertaken with their classmates in their home room. At least one of these subjects is taught to the class by their Home Group teacher, transitioning them from the Year 7 model to Senior Secondary in Year 10. Middle School students choose a variety of subjects from:

  • The Arts
  • Health
  • Physical Education
  • Technology.

All Middle School students have the opportunity to participate in Student Voice and School Leadership.

YEAR 7 OVERVIEW

Year 7 at Hallett Cove School comprises of students who have attended Junior School at Hallett Cove. In recognition of the special needs of young adolescents we offer a unique curriculum and provide opportunities for students to develop effective relationships with peers and teachers.

Year 7 in Middle School at Hallett Cove School means that:

  • Home groups are based around the information shared from parents and year 6 teachers at Hallett Cove
  • Each class has a Home Group classroom which they use for most of their subjects and the Pastoral Care program. Students develop a class identity and ownership of their Home Group room.
  • The Home Group stay together for English, Japanese, SOSE, Mathematics and Science. Students are divided into smaller class grouping for practical subjects; Technical Studies, Home Economics, The Arts and Physical Education.
  • Where possible, a small team of teachers with expertise in Middle Schooling work with each Home Group class for their core subjects.
  • The Year 7 Year Level Manager is pivotal in managing the students, teachers and curriculum. Parent and student issues and concerns should be referred to the Home Group teacher, the Year Level Manager or the Head of Middle School.

At the end of year 6 in term 4, and the beginning of term one, Year 7 students will be involved in an orientation program designed to assist in the transition from primary school to secondary school.

In year 7 students take part in a range of activities including:

  • Athletics Standards and Sports day
  • Anti -Harassment and Cyber Bullying Program in the Pastoral Care Program
  • House Sports competitions
  • Aquatics

YEAR 8 OVERVIEW

Students attending Hallett Cove School at year 8, come from over 15 primary schools. We offer a transition program in recognition of the importance of providing opportunities for the students to develop effective working relationships with teachers and peers.

Year 8 in Middle School at Hallett Cove School means that:

  • Home groups are based around the information shared from parents and year 7 teachers from Hallett Cove School and feeder primary schools.
  • Each class has a Home Group classroom which they use for most of their subjects and the Pastoral Care program. Students develop a class identity and ownership of their Home Group room.
  • The Home Groups stay together for English, Japanese, SOSE, Mathematics and Science. Students are divided into smaller class grouping for practical subjects; Technical Studies, Home Economics, The Arts and Physical Education.
  • Where possible, a small team of teachers with expertise in Middle Schooling work with each Home Group class for their core subjects.
  • The Year 8 Year Level Manager is pivotal in managing the students, teachers and curriculum. Parent and student issues and concerns should be referred to the Home Group teacher, the Year Level Manager or the Head of Middle School.

At the end of year 7 in term 4, and the beginning of term one, Year 8 students will be involved in an Orientation program designed to assist in the transition from primary school to secondary school.

Year 8 students take part in a range of activities including:

  • Orientation Day
  • Athletics Standards and Sports day
  • Anti -Harassment and Cyber Bullying Program in the Pastoral Care Program
  • House Sports competitions
  • A three day camp in the first few weeks of term one

Special programs at year 8

A year 8 Volleyball Focus Program. Students apply for entry to this program and are selected at trials at the end of year 7. Students participate in a number of tournaments, with teams being selected for participation in the Australian Schools Competition held in Melbourne towards the end of the school year.

A year 8 Soccer Focus Program. Students are selected for this program through an application and trials process. They receive specialist coaching from teachers and experts from FFSA to work towards improving their skills and learning through their passion. Students participate in a number of competitions both in and out of school hours.

YEAR 9 OVERVIEW

At year 9, we recognise that students are beginning the transition to their senior years of schooling. Students have the opportunity of more choice in their curriculum.  Course counselling ensures that future options remain open. Students choose from within a pattern of subjects based on their interests and future pathways.

Year 9 in Middle School at Hallett Cove School means that:

  • All year 9 students have access to a chrome book device, current software and a wireless network. Middle School teachers focus on the use of technology developing curriculum which is challenging and relevant.
  • Home groups are based around the information shared from Year 8 teachers and Middle School leaders at Hallett Cove School.
  • Each class has a Home Group classroom which they use for most of their subjects and the Pastoral Care program. Students develop a class identity and ownership of their Home Group room.
  • The Home Groups stay together for English, HASS, Mathematics and Science. A small team of teachers with expertise in Middle Schooling work with each Home Group class for their core subjects.
  • The Pastoral Care Program provides opportunities to develop an Individual Learning Plan which leads to the Year 10 Personal Learning Plan.
  • The Year 9 Year Level Leader is pivotal in managing the students, teachers and curriculum. Parent and student issues and concerns should be referred to the Home Group teacher and the Year Level Leader or the Head of Middle School.

At Year 9 students have the following subjects:

  • English - full year
  • Mathematics - full year
  • HASS - full year
  • Science - full year
  • Health & PE - full year
  • Design and Technology (Construction Technology, CAD design, Photography, Clothing & Textiles, Food & Nutrition) - one semester
  • The Arts (Visual Art, Drama, Music, Theatre Arts) - one semester

Students take part in a range of activities including:

  • Athletics Standards and Sports day
  • Anti - Harassment and Cyber Bullying Program in the Pastoral Care Program
  • House Sports competitions
  • Aquatics

We offer:

A year 9 Volleyball Focus Program. Students apply for entry to this program and are selected at trials. Students participate in a number of tournaments, with teams being selected for participation in the Australian Schools Competition held in Melbourne towards the end of the school year.

A year 9 Soccer Focus Program. Students are selected for this program through an application and trials process. They receive specialist coaching from teachers and experts from FFSA to work towards improving their skills and learning through their passion. Students participate in a number of competitions both in and out of school hours.

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