Middle Years students are taught by specialist teachers across the curriculum. They spend significant time in one building in general learning areas, moving to specialised facilities around the school to meet their learning needs.
Students remain in their Home Group classes for all subjects and are taught by a small group of dedicated Middle Years teachers who get to know their students well.
Students who are entitled to extra support receive that in class.
Every Middle Years student is supplied with a school-owned digital device; Years 7 & 8 use iPads and Year 9 use Chromebook laptops.
The school day is divided into three 100 minute lessons which equates to fifteen lessons per week.
During each week students will participate in:
- five lessons (500 minutes) of Mathematics and Science delivered by one teacher allowing curriculum integration as well as explicit teaching and practice of skills.
- five lessons (500 minutes) of English and Humanities delivered in an integrated programme by one teacher supported by a specialist Asian Studies teacher, allowing curriculum integration as well as explicit teaching and practice of skills.
- five lessons (500 minutes) of either Health and Personal Development The Arts or Design and Technology taught by specialist subject teachers, allowing curriculum integration as well as explicit teaching and practice of skills.
Pastoral care is provided by the Home Group Teacher.
Every student meets in their Home Group for the first fifteen minutes and the last five minutes each day.
Year 7 – Home Group teachers take their Home Group classes for at least ten out of the fifteen lessons each week. The Pastoral care programme is integrated across these ten lessons.
Year 8/9 – Home Group teachers take their Home Group classes for at least six out of the fifteen lessons each week. The Pastoral care programme is taught in one of these lessons.
In addition, there is also a significant program of assemblies, award presentations, and MOC+ activities – our extracurricular program of clubs, study hubs, sport, and Children’s University activities.
In line with Department of Education and Child Care (DECD) policies, MOC teaching and learning is aligned to The Australian Curriculum framework (AC).
Assessment and Reporting
Student learning will be assessed using the Australian Curriculum framework.
Our student reports meet the requirements of the State Government’s plain-language student reports for South Australian public schools. This means that our reports:
• are provided in writing twice a year.
• use plain English that is easy to understand
• include A-E achievement levels for student learning
• provide a professional assessment of each student’s progress and achievement.
Twice a year in term 2 and term 4, there are Exhibitions of Learning where our Middle Years students showcase their learning to their families- with a focus on their project-based learning.
Middle Years Contacts:
Mr Craig Brown Executive Leader (Years 7-12), ICT & Data
Mr Adam Calnan Assistant Principal – Behaviour Management, Daily Organisation, Timetable & Reporting
Ms Jacky Smith Head of School
Mr Nigel Herbert Middle Years Wellbeing Leader, Attendance & Alternative Programs Coordinator
Ms Stella Reid Leader, Learning and Teaching (Year 7 & 8) & Transition Coordinator
Miss Elle Penekelis Leader, Learning and Teaching (Year 9 & 10) & PLP Coordinator