An Overview of the Middle Years
Our learning approach integrates the principal learning areas so that they are relevant to the world of young people and engage them in stimulating ways so that when they come to make subject choices for the senior years they are ready. Science is a wonderful example of this. ELTHAM students won the NSW Education Department’s National Challenge, “Murder Under the Microscope”, in 2012. They know the value of science to themselves and to the community.
Young people study literacy and numeracy, the sciences, the humanities, the arts, languages and physical wellbeing but they do it in exciting ways. Literacy, for example, engages all young people in “doing Shakespeare” and their performances are inspiring!
For many students in the Middle Years, their journey begins at Year 7. It is an exciting time, when students have the opportunity to explore many new and challenging learning experiences, as well as building on the fundamental skills developed through their Primary years. New friendships will be formed as students experience the joys and challenges of adolescence. Our program at this stage focuses not only on our young people’s academic development, but on their emotional and social wellbeing
Year 8 marks the final year of the Middle Years journey and an exciting new beginning. The program is designed to enable our young people to consolidate the skills they have learned and the understandings they have developed. All students have the opportunity to explore their leadership skills and are expected to take on additional responsibilities within their communities to lead their peers. They begin to think about their future and ask questions about their potential pathways through school and beyond.