unique learning environment
a progressive educational structure to best support adolescent learners in their critical stage of growth and development
The concept of Middle School is not new but is a first for the Central West of NSW and many local students from Bathurst and surrounding areas are benefiting from this individual student-centred approach to learning in the critical formative Years 5 to 8.
Introduced on All Saints Campus, Bathurst in the foundation year of Scots All Saints College the Middle School structure delivers outstanding results in and outside the classroom. Acknowledging that adolescent learners have specific needs, our Middle School has a structure that allows us to implement a quality student wellbeing program in a meaningful context.
Middle Schooling focuses on an individual student-centred approach to learning where we are committed to developing today’s learners into tomorrow’s leaders who are informed, compassionate and confident men and women of faith, who will flourish as global-minded citizens.
There are also opportunities for Year 8 students who could easily be ‘lost’ in a larger high school environment, to take on leadership roles as Captains and Prefects and represent their College in the community. In effect, this adequately prepares them before they reach the more senior years of High School. Progressing through Junior school to Middle School at Scots All Saints College provides an excellent starting point in the early years of schooling to maximise the opportunities at the College before entering Middle School. Alternatively, entry into Middle School from Year 5 is another popular avenue for many enrolments enabling students to fully embrace the physical, social, emotional and spiritual learning environment.
The new multi-campus structure at Scots All Saints College of Junior (Years K-4), Middle School (Years 5-8) on All Saints Campus and Senior School (Years 9-12) on Scots Campus also encourages students in Years 9-12 to grow in a level of maturity for they can focus on study and learning confident and ready for life after school.
“Essentially, we are building leaders for our future. We are confident, our students will be the ‘influencers’ in our communities – well-informed, compassionate and confident men and women of faith, who will flourish as independent, responsible young people,” Mr Jackman said.
The features of our Year 5 to 8 Middle School learning environment include:
- Engaging and rigorous academic program – committed to academic excellence, supporting each child to achieve their potential by offering a broad range of courses which challenge students to reach their personal best. Guided by current research ensuring best practice teaching practices and learning framework. Greater and early access to specialist subjects including science, STEM, Visual Arts, Design & Technology, PE.
- Student wellbeing as a priority – Emphasis on quality pastoral care and the delivery of scientifically proven research-based Positive Psychology programs and support services. All students from Years 5 to 8 have a Core teacher who knows students well and looks after their wellbeing.
- Christian Worldview – An understanding of Christian values based on the faith of Christ.
- Leadership structure – Unique opportunity for Year 8 students to hold leadership roles. Each year there are 10 Year 8 students elected by their peers and teachers to represent the All Saints Campus student body. These students form the Year 8 Student Leadership Team and are an integral part of helping give direction to the future of our College. We have a boy and girl Captain, and then the Vice Captains and the remaining 6 students are given a variety of portfolios to manage which include Chapel, Academic Excellence, Social Justice and Student Wellbeing which fall in line with our four College Values of Faith, Knowledge, Respect and Compassion respectively. In addition, a boy and girl are elected to be a Sports House Captain (5 houses)
- Co-curricular – An extensive range of sporting, music, dance and personal enrichment programs are available including, equestrian, highland dancing, pipes and drums, cadets, mountain biking, orienteering, strength and conditioning.
- Collaboration – 3-way relationship connecting teachers, parents, students working together with proactive communication. Core teacher is the first point of contact and there are also Year Group Co-ordinators. Head of House is also a key contact for boarding parents.
Student wellbeing and pastoral care
The care and concern shown by our teachers toward our students is grounded in our shared faith, reflecting Christian values.
Acknowledging that adolescent learners have specific needs, our Middle School has a structure that allows us to implement a quality student wellbeing program in a meaningful context.
In Year 5 and 6 the classroom teacher will have the primary responsibility for the pastoral care and wellbeing of the students in their class. In Year 7 and 8 the Core teacher will have the primary responsibility for the pastoral care and wellbeing of the students in their class. These teachers will be guided by the Stage 3 Coordinator and the Year 7 and 8 Coordinators.
The class and core teachers will explicitly teach resilience skills through program such as Bounce Back (Year 5 and 6) and Achieve – “You can do it” (Year 7 and 8).
The Middle School also has a focus on Positive Education. Positive Education is the scientific study of human flourishing, and an applied approach to optimal functioning. It is the study of strengths and values that enable individuals, communities and organisations to thrive. It does not seek to deny the importance of how things go wrong, but rather to emphasise the importance of using the scientific method to determine how things go right.
“Committed to developing today’s learners into tomorrow’s leaders who are informed, compassionate and confident men and women of faith, who will flourish as global minded citizens.”
committed to developing today’s learners into tomorrow’s leaders
The curriculum is guided by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) for Stage 3 (Year 5 & 6) and Stage 4 (Years 7 & 8).
- HSIE (Geography and History)
- Personal Development
- Physical Education
- Creative and Performing Arts
At Scots All Saints College we have a student-centred approach to educating the whole person. Outside the classroom, a range of exciting opportunities complement our academic program. There is also a comprehensive Music and Sport co-curricular program that includes:
Performing Arts Academy: Students have the opportunity to join an ensemble, band and have the option for individual music lessons, dance, drama, visual arts and technical and lighting for musicals and performances.
Winter: Soccer, Rugby Union, Netball and Hockey
Summer: Swimming Squad, Cricket, Basketball and Tennis.
At Scots All Saints College we have a student-centred approach to educating the whole person. Outside the classroom, a range of exciting opportunities complement our academic program.