CITIPOINTE is sensitive to the needs of young adolescents, so the middle years of schooling receive different teaching and learning approaches. Although we do not have a separate middle school campus, we do, however, apply middle schooling principles to these important years.
The emphasis in these years is on Exploration of Interests. Studies include integrated units, with a focus on real life contexts. Different learning styles and personalities of both boys and girls are catered for within gender-specific classes for some subjects, and across-the-year-level specially designed projects.
Relationships are crucial to this age group, so pastoral care receives extra attention, with the pastoral care program also accommodating the emotional and social needs of both genders, through camps, pastoral care classes, and specialist staff.
All students entering the College are assessed so that intellectual strengths and weaknesses are more clearly identified. The College strives to cater for the range of students and student aspirations through learning support, EAL and extension classes, and streaming according to ability in some core subject areas.
EXPLORE: YEARS 7, 8 & 9 MIDDLE SCHOOLING
Year 7 is the step up to Secondary. The first year of Secondary aims to provide a transition between Primary and Secondary to obtain new skills, explore new subjects and to provide a combination of a Core course of Australian Curriculum Phase 1 Learning Areas and speciality secondary areas.
Year 8 aims to explore interests. Studies focus on real life contexts and aim to broaden student experience through a wider range of subjects. Students study a Core Course of Australian Curriculum Learning Areas of English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Arts, Languages, Technology, Business and HPE, and College subjects of Christian Studies, Chapel and Sport. There are choices of subjects within the Learning Areas of Arts, Languages and Technology.
Year 9 continues the exploration but with greater focus, with a Core Course of the Australian Curriculum Learning Areas of English, Maths, Science, History and Geography, and electives from subjects within the Learning Areas of Arts, Languages, Technology, Business and HPE. College subjects are continued.