Year 7

Discovery

Year 7 is a special year in the lives of the students. The transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is a time of great change not only academically but socially and emotionally as well. To support the students in this journey from primary to secondary school, skilled and specialised teachers are appointed to Year 7 Learning Teams. Each teacher will teach their Year 7 class for at least two different subjects which means each student will only have a small number of teachers to get to know when they begin their secondary schooling. This smaller pool of teachers interacting on a daily basis with the students also allows for much stronger teaching and learning relationships to develop between the student and her teachers. Each of the specialised teachers in the teaching team will have an additional pastoral responsibility for a small group of Year 7 students. They will be the first point of contact for students, parents or teachers.

To further assist the Year 7 students in the process of transition into Middle School, a block of time called ‘Thinking Time’ is set aside once a week. Thinking Time has been created to provide an opportunity for students to think more deeply about themselves and the world they inhabit. It creates a time where the individual needs of the students can be catered to more effectively and also allows the staff to respond in a timely manner to issues affecting the whole year level. Thinking Time might be for Lifeskills sessions as the need arises. Teachers may offer tutorials in specific skills in areas such as Maths, English, Science, History or Geography or the time might be spent catching up on homework. Thinking Time offers an opportunity for extra support and assistance to students who require it while also allowing extension work to be completed by gifted and talented students. A variety of subject based competitions or structured extension activities could also be completed during these sessions.

Core studies:

  • Drama
  • English
  • Food Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Life Skills
  • Languages: Chinese or French
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Visual Arts
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