Our Middle Schooling philosophy aims to provide students with a positive and supportive learning environment that is tailored to suit the needs of young adolescents.
Middle School at Willunga High School includes students in years 8 and 9. It features a culture of care where learner achievement, student engagement, inclusion and wellbeing are key focus areas.
- Students are provided with a coordinated program designed to ensure a smooth transition. Students are placed in Homegroups based around information gained through Primary School Teachers and Caregivers through a supportive transition process. Open nights and Principals Tours are also available to help ease anxiety around starting at a new school.
- A dedicated Year Level Coordinator works with Students, Teachers and Caregivers to support student success. This person, along with Home Group Teachers, is a key contact person for parents and students.
- A dedicated Year 8 Area during break times allows students to reduce anxiety by socialising with same age peers.
- Minimising the number of teachers who take each student, enabling students to develop positive relationships with staff and a sense of connection and belonging. This also allows the teacher to develop a crucial understanding of the learner which supports curriculum differentiation and facilitation of flexible, student centred learning.
- Students stay with a consistent group of students for core subjects (Japanese, Maths, English, Science and HASS). Students will divide into smaller groups for practical subjects, like Physical Education, Home Economics, Dance, Drama, Art, Music and Technical Studies.
- Classrooms are designed with quality teaching practice in mind. This includes opportunities for classes to used shared spaces for collaborative teaching and learning.
- Students are encouraged to bring their own device (laptop or tablet) to enable use of technology within the classroom and to ensure all students have equal opportunity to develop ICT capabilities and digital literacies.
- Students have access to a variety of specialty learning areas such as Science, Art, Music, Technology, Home Economics and Drama rooms when needed as part of their lessons.
- Opportunities for extra support in Literacy and Numeracy are provided for students identified as needing additional assistance. Through our Differentiation and Stretch program, students are provided with opportunities to be extended within subject areas.
- Recognition Events celebrate student achievement and positive contribution to the school community and foster a culture of learner achievement and engagement.