Year 6 – Year 9
Middle School students need to take risks and have a social context for their learning.
Welcome to Middle School at Mackay Christian College. Traditionally we gain a lot of new students in these years and these new people could potentially become your new best friends.
Our Middle School creates a gentle and safe introduction to High School. Year 6 students have a home room and access to an open learning space where a variety of learning experiences allow for a range of student choices and learning styles. Year 7 students will have specialist teachers for some of their core subjects and all electives. Year 8 and 9 will have different specialist teachers for each subject and move rooms nearly every lesson.
You will need to be very organised as you grow into a more mature student and will take increased responsibility for your learning choices. Using your iPad you will need to record your timetable, homework, assessment due dates and other important information.
Middle School learners begin to taper their choices and formulate ideas about their future and a pathway that suits their interests, needs and learning styles. A wide range of elective choices allow this to occur, along with an extensive co-curricular and enrichment/extension program, including a vast range of cultural, music, drama and sporting selections.
In Year 6, students travel to Canberra to experience our National Capital. In Year 7, 8 and 9 you will be able to attend a three day outdoor adventure camp. These camps progress in the level of independence and the degree of personal challenge as we help you develop resilience and character.
As you start to think about your elective subjects and make choices it is good to consider what your future may look like. These subject choices in Middle School provide an opportunity to try new subjects, develop your gifts and talents and work out what you might like in a job or your future learning.
Within the Middle School traditional classrooms there is a developing educational approach that is giving way to learning studios and break-out spaces where independent study, peer tutoring, group collaborative work, project-based learning and technology-based learning occur. These approaches for learning provide for different learning styles and facilitate innovative teaching strategies.
Critical, creative and reflective thinking skills are developed through learning experiences based around the Middle School student’s need to take risks, have a social context for their learning and is drawn from the College’s curriculum. Innovative learning spaces and future-focused technologies support learning at levels not previously available to students in Middle School.
At Mackay Christian College you will see we place a high value on relationships, Christian values, owning your own learning and creating and owning your own unique pathway.
You will feel like you belong at Mackay Christian College. We wish you well as you do your best to develop your God given gifts and talents to become all that God wants you to be.