This is a time when they need to be engaged, supported and challenged in all aspects of their lives. They need to see relevance in what they are doing, be given a voice, and the chance to engage in real life issues.
In line with our School aims, the Middle School strives to base all studies on the Word of God; to build a community of love and trust (Ephesians 4:29-32, 5:1-2); to show students the interconnectedness between disciplines, and to provide a rigorous and challenging curriculum in preparation for lifelong learning.
The subject, ‘Core Studies’, uses an interdisciplinary approach, providing students in Years 7 to 9 with a key teacher for curriculum which includes:English, History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, and BIPE (Bible Perspectives).
This approach allows interconnections between subjects and provides many positive outcomes for students in their learning. We continue to develop and refine the core curriculum, with the introduction of the Australian Curriculum across all subjects.
More individual choice is provided as the students progress through Year 7, 8 and 9 so that students begin to explore their strengths and gifts and possible career directions. Year 9 students choose three elective subjects per semester, enabling them to make decisions about possible future study into Senior School and beyond.
The Middle School years can be challenging for some students as they take more responsibility for their learning. At Torrens Valley Christian School we strive to make Year 7 to 9 meaningful, engaging students in their studies, allowing some negotiation of activities and assessment and providing opportunities for students to have a voice and to express opinions on increasingly complex issues.
A key aim is to increase responsibility for their own education by making good choices in terms of classroom participation, relationships, organisation and study habits. The middle years can be a difficult time for students; however, we believe our approach and partnership with parents can help make this time of growth and study a positive experience for all.