The Middle School is a welcoming and secure environment that promotes self-confidence, independence, responsibility and self-expression. Our vision: ‘We value ourselves and others and take responsibility for exploring opportunities to grow.’
Key learning principles include:
- An emphasis on numeracy, literacy and information and communications technology skills for use in a range of learning situations;
- A student-directed approach to learning;
- Ensuring learning is engaging and connected to real-life experiences;
- Supporting the growth of independence and peer group orientation through collaboration;
- Intellectual challenge, through the use of disciplined thinking and conceptual frameworks;
- Providing a balanced curriculum that encourages depth and links between learning areas, with interconnectedness between the various fields of human endeavour;
- Enabling teachers to plan collaboratively, provide academic care and monitor student learning.
To ensure students are engaged with their schooling at this critical time, Wesley offers a stimulating and rigorous academic program, including some flexibility of choice and intensive learning through project-based electives.
The Year Groups
Years 5 to 8 | Co-educational Years 5 and 6 | Boys only Years 7 to 8
As well as a focus on academic success for each child, we provide a wealth of cross-curricular, extra-curricular and multidisciplinary opportunities both in classrooms and across our community. Our flagship Katitjin program is one example of the ways in which we help students develop self-awareness, attention to social justice and leadership capabilities.
Wesley’s Middle School students are part of a large Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 school community with a rich heritage and a thriving Boarding House. Within this broader community the Middle School provides an intimate environment of care, appropriate to this age and stage. Middle schooling at Wesley allows each student to live our College vision and motto: to lead purposeful lives by daring, and by doing.
Year 5 is a major entry point at Wesley, meaning there are many new students and opportunities to make new friends. Middle School is co-educational up to Year 6.
In Year 5, classes have one teacher, or tutor, responsible for all four core learning areas of Mathematics, Science, English and Humanities and Social Science, as well as being responsible for the Pastoral Care and Social and Emotional Learning of each student in their class.
In Year 6, classes are designed to begin the learning pathway to the Year 7 structure with tutors working in pairs. A student’s tutor provides the pastoral and social and emotional support as well as providing an academic framework to enhance organisational skills.
A gradual increase in exposure to specialist teachers occurs in these years, with some grouping of students. Students have the opportunity to make choices within subjects and through academic projects, as supported by their teachers. Project-based learning occurs each term and incorporates all four core subjects, including the popular Billy Carts program where students design, build and race their own Billy Cart.
The early Middle School years see a gradual progression away from a primary school style of learning. Moving from a primary school model to mirror the Year 7/8 tutor style marks the transition into the upper Middle School learning environment.
In Year 5, students participate in a compulsory band program, incorporating instrumental and performing arts lessons and band rehearsals, to ensure all students experience the many educational benefits of a music-based performing arts program.
In Year 7, the Middle School becomes boys-only and is the next major entry level at Wesley. At this stage, the boys transition toward secondary schooling by becoming accustomed to being taught by a greater number of teachers and exposed to a greater level of expertise through specialist teachers. Students select a language in Year 7 for a minimum two-year period.
Classes are taught by a variety of specialist teachers with a core teacher, or tutor, in two learning areas. The tutor provides both pastoral and academic support. Tutors work in pairs comprising a Maths/Science specialist and an English/Humanities and Social Sciences specialist.
Year 8 students participate in a range of term-long elective subjects in the Arts and Technology and Enterprise. They are also involved in project work, solving problems collaboratively. All Year 8 students are required to complete the term-long Katitjin program.
There is a greater sense of personal responsibility and accountability for learning in these years.
Mr Brad Hilliard – Head of Middle School
The middle years of schooling are a vitally important time for each child, and for each parent as their child grows towards and into adolescence. At Wesley College’s unique Middle School, we understand this and provide an environment of support and challenge that nurtures our students and facilitates their emerging independence. Rather than an abrupt jump between primary and secondary schooling, our Middle School acts as a bridge that provides a smooth transition to Senior School.
To support the rapid physical and cognitive development that occurs as students mature between Year 5 and Year 8, our Middle School prioritises relationships. By developing strong relationships with each child—through more attention from fewer teachers—we provide learning environments and opportunities that meet the specific needs of each child. Our community extends beyond the teacher and the student to the family.