At St Peter Claver College we recognise that young adolescent learners have particular academic, pastoral and social needs as they make their transition from Primary to Secondary education. Our aim is to ensure that the passage is made easier for students and to help them overcome the emotional, social, intellectual and physical challenges by reducing apprehension and increasing students’ sense of belonging.
The underlying philosophy revolves around the seamless transition from primary to secondary schooling leading to more effective student learning, positive experiences in adolescence and a desire and capacity for lifelong learning.
SPCC's Middle Years curriculum encourages the following identified successful teaching strategies for young adolescent learners.
Supportive relationships between: student-student, teacher-student, teacher-teacher, and school–home
During the students first year at St Peter Claver College, a set transition program is designed to introduce them to secondary schooling. Students are assisted in feeling at home in the College through Home Class activities, as well as by remaining with the same classmates for their core subjects (English, Humanities, Mathematics and Science). There are separate groupings for Health & Physical Education, Arts and Technology. This settled atmosphere, combined with a Personal and Social Development Program, assists students to make friends, feel a sense of belonging and achieve personal bests in their learning.
Students engage with a set fortnightly program that includes English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, History/Geography, Literacy and Health and Physical Education. Students also have the opportunity for Semester rotational taster subjects including Visual Arts, Japanese, Drama, Food/Fashion/Digital or Industrial Technology and either Music or Dance. A core literacy program also operates as part of the essential learnings of students. This starts at Year 7 and develops through to the end of Year 8.
The Year 8 curriculum is designed to enable students to work confidently as individuals and in groups. It is a stepping stone between belonging to a core group and also experiencing greater independence. As well as studying a core curriculum in English, Mathematics, History, Science and Religious Education, students have a variety of elective subjects including Health & Physical Education, Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Art, Japanese, and Industrial/Food/Fashion/Digital Technology.
The Year 9 Curriculum is designed to enable students to work confidently as individuals and in groups at levels that encourage continuous improvement. The emphasis in this final part of their Middle Years journey is on Choice, Challenge and Competence. As well as studying a core curriculum in English, Mathematics, History, Science and Religious Education, students have a variety of elective subjects including Visual Arts, Japanese, Drama, Food/Fashion/Digital or Industrial Technology, and Health & Physical Education specialty units – Dance, Rugby League, Soccer/Futsal, Netball and Life Sports
Learning in the Middle Years is a vital pathway for lifelong learning and future success. Effective learning requires full engagement with learning at school as well as some focused learning at home.
Teachers work with students to set a variety of opportunities for learning at home.
Learning at home enhances learning, provides good habits for senior years and lifelong learning. It also assists parents to understand what their child is learning and to assist in an effective learning partnership.
When set learning at home tasks are not completed, teachers discuss the consequences of not learning with the student. If this bad habit becomes repetitive, Academic Middle Leaders and parents are informed so they may collaborate in a plan to address the issue.