Middle Schooling at Wirreanda High School
Middle School Course Handbook
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The Middle School at Wirreanda High School aims to ensure a smooth 7-8 transition and a successful and enjoyable beginning of secondary school for our new students by responding to the particular needs of individual students . Our middle school aims to build on the success experienced by students at primary school, and we work closely with our local primary schools to share ideas and information and plan for continually improving transition experiences.
Our Middle School approach to students in Year 8 and Year 9 is aimed at best meeting the learning needs of young adolescents and to provide a foundation for future studies. We view Year 8 and 9 as foundation years for successful secondary schooling. Students focus on developing key skills across the middle school needed for success before moving into the senior school.
Our Middle School is based around four learning communities that have been developed to provide a structure for students to interact with a close network of students and teachers across the week. This fosters the development of stronger student-teacher relationships and enables students to develop a greater sense of 'connectedness' within our school environment. We believe that through this we have supported and enabled students to move successfully into the senior years.
Features of our middle school include:
- Four Learning Communities, each combining both Year 8 and 9 students
- Sub school leaders for each community that know their students and families well, and remain with these students throughout their time in the middle school
- A focus on the teaching of literacy across all learning areas
- Access to outstanding specialist learning facilities
- Independent Learning Plans and, at Year 9, Round Table Assessments
- A focus on restorative practices as a process for building positive relationships between students
- Access to specialist teachers and facilities
- Comprehensive transition program with local primary schools
- A focus on the effective and safe use of technologies
- Students have the opportunity to enrol in the Specialist Sport Course, and we are supported in developing high level skills both sporting and academically.
At Years 8 and 9 students will take subjects from the following curriculum areas:
- Health and Physical Education (including Home Economics, Health and PE)
- Studies of Society and Environment
- Arts (including Visual Arts, Drama and Music)
- Language (French)
- Technology (including Computing and Technical Studies)
When students enter Wirreanda,High School, we identify those who require extra support and those who will benefit from extension and enrichment programs. At Years 8 and 9 we provide learning for Students with High Intellectual Potential (SHIP) and offer targeted support for students with special learning needs through negotiated education plans and literacy support programs.