Middle School is more than just a transition from Primary to Secondary School. It coincides with a period of change in young people that can be both challenging and exciting in which they, their families and teachers adjust to new roles, identities and expectations, new interactions and new relationships.
Adolescents have the need for identity, purpose, empowerment and success and as such, our Middle School practices are centred on the learner, collaboratively organised and outcome-based. Our main aims are to ensure learners are engaged, focused and achieving, that the curriculum and teaching methods are effective and that we create genuine partnerships and ongoing support.
Set in beautiful surroundings, our Middle School is a caring and welcoming place where students develop the confidence they need to successfully learn and grow. Our philosophy hinges on the fundamental principles of Identity, Interactions and Innovation. Recognising that students in this age group are experiencing a period of self-discovery, our Middle School program is structured and supportive, recognises the value in meaningful interactions, while at the same time catering to students’ increasingly individual interests by allowing choice.
At Matthew Flinders Anglican College we work hard to establish a platform of trust and an environment in which students feel a sense of belonging and connectedness to their school. We encourage our students to extend themselves in a challenging, stimulating environment with highly qualified teachers that are supportive and cognisant of the unique needs of this age group.
The curriculum is designed to be challenging, innovative, flexible, differentiated, creative, richly resourced and 21st century relevant. The learning program is engaging and inspiring. Our curriculum’s purpose is to specifically capture the interest and imagination of students at this stage in their learning journey. We set high expectations with regard to academic rigour and encourage our students to think of themselves as learners and thinkers.
Our emphasis is very much on student welfare and by the end of the Middle School phase of schooling, the qualities that we aim to engender in our students are:
- a sense of identity
- intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual growth
- positive relationships
- acceptance and
Pastoral Care Programs have been designed to develop these qualities and students are under the care of Homeroom Mentors, Heads of House and Year Level Co-ordinators. The program as a whole is strategic yet flexible, very well-resourced and enjoys a successful collaboration between all parties.
Students in the Middle School have access to the same exceptional facilities, highly valued specialist teachers and educational community activities enjoyed by their Senior Secondary counterparts, ensuring that their time at the College will achieve the best outcomes possible.
Middle School matters!