MIDDLE SCHOOL 5-8
Some of your best and most embarrassing memories come from that period of time when you go from being a child to a teenager. Parents tell us that their children seem to change overnight and they have to start their relationship with them all over again.
No matter what happens or how the student changes we are here for them and we cherish the opportunity to walk with them in this journey.
Our middle school operates between Year 5 and Year 8. Students have a seamless transition from Year 6 (the traditional end of primary school) into Year 7 with their friends and a familiar campus.
Year 5 and Year 6 have homeroom teachers in the same way that we teach in the Junior School but we add another teacher so that students have one teacher for English and History and another teacher for Maths and Science.
In Years 7 and 8 students study the mandatory learning program for New South Wales schools which includes Maths, English, History, Geography, Technology, PDHPE, Visual Art, Music and Mandarin.
It’s the little things that matter in Middle School. Students sit their semester exams in a formal examination setting that is close to the same standard that they will experience in the Higher School Certificate. By starting these processes in Middle School they are getting used to the experience that they will have in Year 12 (but don’t tell them that)!
The use of technology in the classroom is an every day event in Middle School. Every student in the Middle School needs to have an iPad and/or a Macbook Air Laptop. Most of our classroom communication and resources are delivered through our ACC Online platform.
Another important aspect of technology in the Middle School is we want to develop an entrepreneurial spirit among our students to be a positive impact in the world that they live in. One example of this is when our Year 7 students are tasked with designing an emergency relief shelter for the developing world. They need to learn how to use CAD Design on the computer to achieve the goal but along the way they learn about the needs of people who will need our help as we go forward as a society.
Students represent ACC in a wide range of sports
Middle School students get the opportunity to take part in interschool sport. Students can represent the school in a wide range of sports including swimming, track and field, cross country, soccer, volleyball, and netball.
Now is a good time to talk about NAPLAN testing
If you read through our Junior School section you would have learned about how we use our own diagnostic tools to develop better ways to teach literacy in our school. These tools continue through the Middle School providing valuable feedback for our teachers and our parents.
We see NAPLAN as another opportunity to see where students are at. We have heard a number of disturbing stories from parents with students who have experienced negative pressure from the NAPLAN tests. We’re not that kind of school. The most important thing is that we learn more about our students’ needs to help them to achieve the ultimate goal of lifelong learning. We don’t see our students as a test score – we want them to develop the attributes in our ACC Learner Profile.
You can see our NAPLAN results here.