Igniting our spark
Becoming our best
Ready for our future.
This exciting pathway directs us to meeting our target of all students, seeing greater than a year’s worth of growth in a happy classroom.
Our pathway also reflects the needs of our learners in the early years of adolescence. Early adolescence is a distinct period in a child’s life often characterised by rapid physical growth, exposure to a range of social pressures and changes in intellectual, emotional and moral development.
We believe that the key to a successful middle schooling experience lies in the strength of the partnership between the teacher, the student and home. We encourage all parents and carers to actively participate and be involved in their child’s education through the middle school years.
The Middle School of Kelvin Grove State College conducts a CARE Teacher Program that acknowledges and caters to the needs of young adolescent learners. During this phase of learning, significant physical, cognitive, emotional, social and moral changes occur more rapidly than any other period in their life. The CARE Teacher Program also recognises that there are two transitions that take place during this phase of learning - from Primary Schooling into Junior Secondary, and from Junior Secondary into Senior Schooling and future pathways. The needs of learners evolve as they progress through this journey, as does the focus of The CARE Teacher Program.
Each Middle School class from Years 6-9 has a CARE Teacher that takes on additional responsibilities in an intentional approach to teaching and learning that is responsive to the full range of needs, interests and achievements of middle years students. These are summarised within the CARE Teacher Program of Connectedness, Achievement, Responsibility and Engagement.
C – Connectedness
Fostering a strong teacher-student relationship with each student and making connections between home and school as the first point of contact for parents.
Liaising with other teachers to assist and enhance student support.
Communicating student successes and concerns to Middle School leadership team.
A – Achievement
R – Responsibility
Assisting students to manage the increasing degree of student independence and self-management required as students transitions through Middle School.
Supporting students to navigate and take ownership of the social and emotional challenges that will present during young adolescence.
E – Engagement
Utilising a comprehensive range of strategies and organisational initiatives to engage young adolescents in meaningful and challenging learning.
Encouraging students to become immersed in the full range of classroom and extra-curricular activities available at KGSC.
Another highlight of our Middle School is MY PB. All students across our Middle School at Kelvin Grove State College will, from 2018, participate in MyPB (My Personal Best).
An important part of our philosophy is that students own their own learning, developing the skills and attitudes necessary to plan, monitor and evaluate their own educational pathway. As such, the program focuses on school engagement and connectedness, student wellbeing, academic skills and pathways, and preparation for life in senior school and beyond.
Each year level will have a specialised focus area for each term, with content specific to the developmental needs of the age cohorts. MyPB has been designed to specifically align with the Australian Curriculum’s general capabilities, which “encompass knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that, together with curriculum content in each learning area and the cross-curriculum priorities, will assist students to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century” (ACARA, 2017). The general capabilities support the goals defined in the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA) 2008, that our students are equipped with the knowledge and skills and confidence to become active, informed citizens. These skills include literacy, numeracy, information and communication technology capability, critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, and ethical and intercultural understanding.