Peregian Beach College

Middle School
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The Middle School at Peregian Beach College commenced in 2017 in response to a trend, both in Australia and internationally, towards addressing the distinct and unique needs of adolescents as a group in transition to adulthood. The creation of the Middle School also enables the College to respond in a more coherent manner to the curriculum requirements of Phase 3 (the final phase) of the Australian Curriculum.  The Middle School will consist of Years 5, 6, 7 and 8 and the students and teachers will work as part of the secondary school.  Middle schooling with Years 5 to 8, whilst consistent with a true ‘middle school’ philosophy, will be unique on the Sunshine Coast.

The emphasis in the Middle School is on an holistic, student-centred style of learning which encompasses the physical, intellectual and emotional well-being of our students. Given the considerable psychological and physiological stresses upon adolescents during their middle school years, it is not surprising that there are reports of a decline in motivation and performance for many students as they move from primary into secondary school.

Our Middle School will be designed to engage student learners in a crucial time in their development, in part by developing a curriculum which ‘emphasises the successful acquisition of broad general knowledge, skills and attitudes, in an interactive process which is relevant, accessible and flexible in its pedagogy’.

The Middle School curriculum at our College sets out the core knowledge, understanding, skills and general capabilities as outlined in the Australian Curriculum documents. Our curriculum uses this documentation to describe the work programmes being implemented as a foundation for students’ future learning and growth.

Our teachers have planned from the curriculum in ways that respond to the needs and interests of both our student body as well as those of the individual. Our curriculum acknowledges the varied ways in which young people learn, as well as the ever-changing body of knowledge which needs to be imparted.

A key element in the education of students during the middle years is the safe broadening of the curriculum. This entails a graduated experience of increased choice, without the worry of having to contend with numerous teachers and classroom changes. The table below shows the core curriculum taught each year, as well as the specialisation that occurs, particularly in The Arts and Technology, as students move through their middle years’ education.

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Pastoral Care

Peregian Beach College has a highly valued Pastoral Care program that addresses the social and emotional well-being of our students. The Pastoral Care program is integrated into the curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12. Our College principles and values guide all that we do at school, both in the classroom and beyond. The College values are: Inclusivity, Excellence, Service of Others and Reflective Practice.
The College has also implemented the You Can Do It! (YCDI!) Program, which focuses on building the social, emotional and motivational capacity of young people. The YCDI! Program is based on five foundations: Confidence, Persistence, Organisation, Getting Along and Resilience and within these foundations are supporting 12 Positive Habits of Mind.
Students have one identified lesson of Pastoral Care each week although the College values and YCDI! Program are integrated in all learning. A major focus of the program is to teach young people to think more positively and confidently and take more responsibility for their learning.

The Pastoral Care program in the Junior school is directed by the classroom teacher and in the Middle and Senior school, students have a Pastoral Care teacher according to their house or Year group.

In the Middle and Senior school, students have Homeroom every morning for roll and announcements and a Pastoral Care lesson once a week, although the College values and YCDI! ethos are embedded in all learning. Students also have two Pastoral Care Days in which they explore social and emotional learning in more depth. The Pastoral Care (Homeroom) teacher is responsible for the general care and well-being of the students in their group and is the first point of contact regarding student-related issues (academic, behaviour, social, family matters, uniform standards, etc). 
During late Term 3 and early Term 4, the Pastoral Care program focuses on Sexuality & Relationship Education.  The program is based on guidelines provided by Family Planning Qld and develops five general themes at an age appropriate level: Keeping Safe, Understanding our bodies, Developing relationships, Healthy choices, and Living in the community.  Prior to the commencement of the program parents will be provided further details of the SRE for each Year level.

Handbook Middle School

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