The transition from childhood to young adulthood presents many challenges, not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. During this period of early adolescence, the obvious physical change is accompanied by mental development, which allows teenagers to learn, interact socially, and react to – and think about – situations with an emerging maturity, and with this, greater self-regulation, responsibility and independence.
The needs of young people in early adolescence
In the 7-9 Phase, Learning and Teaching is grounded in an understanding of the developmental, social and emotional needs of students in their early adolescence. Learning is optimised when young people
- feel safe, respected and valued, have a sense of belonging;
- are in an environment in which mistakes are regarded as both permissible and integral to the learning process;
- are supported and challenged personally and academically and believe that they can achieve success
- are afforded opportunities to make choices and decisions that facilitate their growth towards responsible independence.
Consequently, MacKillop Catholic College offers a specially tailored curriculum in an innovative learning environment aimed at nurturing our students holistically and engaging them in interactive and collaborative approaches to their studies through a relevant and student-centred curriculum.