The next fundamental development in the young person’s life occurs between the ages of twelve and fifteen. This stage, known as adolescence or puberty, is one of great physical change and is also reflected in the young person’s intellectual, emotional and spiritual life. As each young person’s thinking changes, our Middle School strives to inspire students by encouraging them to develop a love of learning through the engagement of their will. As a team of teachers, we encourage these young adults to become independent thinkers, to observe the world around them and to ask questions in order to form their own conclusions.
As students come into the Middle School, they are nurtured by a Class Guardian, who follows the class up through the grades providing pastoral care, as well as a group of Specialist Teachers. These adults help the young person to extend their thinking as they delve in depth into each curriculum subject. As the adolescent begins to ask questions and to seek answers in a more abstract way, the Specialist Teacher is there to guide, support and encourage them.
The Main Lesson structure established in the Primary School years is preserved throughout the Middle School and students continue to explore a full range of academic subjects. As the students mature, they are encouraged to be more responsible as they move from classroom to classroom which strengthens their experience of independence.
After Main Lesson, the rest of the day is dedicated to practice lessons which include English, Mathematics, Visual Art, Design Technology, Workshop/Manual Crafts, Foreign Language, Music, Physical Education and Gardening.
The development of the will in the Preschool and feelings in the Primary School is now tempered by the more intellectual emphasis in the Middle School providing age appropriate, engaging learning.