Middle Years 2014
Middle Years at Marist
The Middle Years Learning Program at Marist Regional College, involving students in Year 7 and 8, recognises that young adolescents have particular academic, pastoral and social needs as they make the transition from primary to secondary education.
The term middle schooling is a model for learning aimed at:
- improving the wellbeing and academic achievements of Year 7 and 8 students
- using collaborative teaching strategies with teams of teachers
- improving literacy and numeracy
- prioritising essential skills and knowledge
- emphasising deep understanding and learning for the whole person
- focusing on critical thinking and problem solving
Middle years’ learning places particular emphasis on pastoral care, school-parent partnerships, teacher-student and student-student relationships through students having extended contact with a small number of teachers and collaborative learning.
The Middle Years Learning Program will include an integrated curriculum structured around themes that cuts across subject specialisations, yet respects the distinctiveness and specialisation of each subject area.
All commencing students in Year 7 participate in a structured 2-day Induction Program at the beginning of Term 1 that formally welcomes them to the Marist community. Induction aims to develop positive relationships between students and Year 7 teachers prior to commencing timetabled academic study.
- activities designed to help students get to know one another
- class rules and behaviour expectations
- diary and study practices
- activities to foster group dynamics and working together
- College rules, values and structures
- opportunities to build positive Class Teacher groups
The College believes it is important for students to know that they are accepted and safe at school. Each student needs to feel that they are valued and can make a difference. The Middle Years Induction Program assists students to work together to achieve common goals and help others succeed. It also enables students to learn in a positive environment where they challenge themselves and mistakes are seen as learning opportunities.