At MacKillop Catholic College, the Middle Years phase of learning encompass the formative period of the initial years secondary schooling. Students in the Middle Years Phase are typically between the ages of 12 and 14. A significant transition point is in the movement from the Junior Years to the Middle Years. We recognise that at this point significant numbers of students will be entering the College from surrounding State and Catholic Primary Schools. This demands a particular sensitivity on the part of the College community to support a spirit of welcome and inclusion for these students and their families.
The Middle Years of Learning prioritises a respectful and engaging learning environment that allows for the successful progression of student learning that recognises the various stages of spiritual, personal and cognitive development of young people.
Middle Years’ philosophy supports having fewer teachers across learning areas to maximize the teacher student relationship for each student and consequently pastoral support. The philosophy seeks to minimize room changes and disruptions.
The College Master Plan allows the Middle Year’s precinct to support teacher expertise and student learning.
|Most Learning Areas in flexible spaces||Some Learning Areas in Specialist Facilities|
In the Middle Years consideration is given to:
- Providing students with relevant support in managing the personal, intellectual, spiritual social and physical demands of this significant period of growth and development.
- Tangible representation of’ the College’s religious identity in symbols and icons.
- Teaming teachers within the Middle Years to ensure greater consistency in knowledge of and pastoral relationships with students.
- Location of Middle Years pastoral leaders close to the student precinct.
- Flexible spaces that support individual, small group and whole group learning with reference to student learning interests and capacities.
- Appropriate infrastructure to support the integration of state of the art ICT devices to enhance student learning activities.
During Year 9 students begin transition from the Middle Years to the Senior Phase of Learning. This offers a further opportunity for students to consolidate and depth their learning in core curriculum areas and to further develop their particular interests and abilities in chosen electives.