Middle School - Years 8-10 Our Middle School program comprises the Year 8, 9 and 10 mainstream students, in addition to students transitioning from the Intensive English Centre. A defining attribute of the Middle School is the diversity of its student body which represents over 60 different nationalities. The Middle School program at Balga SHS provides a model through which the individual literacy and numeracy needs of students are targeted across the curriculum. Students are exposed to a range of exciting learning areas and are provided with opportunities to develop their skills in English, Mathematics, Science, The Arts, Technology and Enterprise as well as Health and Physical Education.
The Australian Curriculum (AC) stream provides students with a strong sense of belonging in and out of the classroom. This sense of belonging is built through quality teacher-student relationships which are embedded in the pastoral care philosophy of our school. Our teachers prioritise students’ emotional and social well-being in order to develop their academic achievement. This translates into classrooms that are supportive, caring and conducive to student learning.
The focus of the AC stream is:
- Quality teaching: our lessons are well structured providing clarity and feedback to each student. Students are given explicit and meaningful feedback to allow them to further understand how they can improve their results,
- The creation of a supportive learning environment: our goal is to provide students with a safe and supportive classroom, which encourages students to take educational ‘risks’ in their learning. By taking risks students develop a higher level of participation in the classroom, and are able to build on their confidence as they trust their surroundings,
- Opportunities for learning: we strive to provide each student with rich learning opportunities. Our focus on pastoral care and an excellent Behaviour Management Policy enables our teachers to deliver quality teaching in the classroom. Students participate in a range of learning opportunities that are based on promoting engagement through sustaining student interest in a range of learning activities,
- Differentiated learning: our teachers recognise the individual learning needs of their students and create learning strategies to assist them in their learning. Along with this, student learning styles are catered for to ensure that their classroom environment enhances their learning opportunities,
- High expectation of student performance: our teachers expect students to achieve to the best of their ability. To assist them, teachers use a broad range of teaching and assessment strategies to optimise a student’s capacity to learn and to demonstrate what they know.