Middle School at Matthew Flinders Anglican College 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 adjust to new roles, identities and expectations. Adolescents of this age have the need for purpose, empowerment, independence and success and as such, our Middle School practices are collaborative, outcome-based and centred on the learner. 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.
Our Middle School is a caring and welcoming place where students develop the confidence they need to successfully learn and grow. 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 setting with our highly qualified teachers who are supportive and cognisant of the unique needs of this age group.
Flinders Middle School Curriculum is designed to extend students and develop their capacities well beyond the expectations set out by ACARA through the Australian Curriculum. Ever mindful of the developmental needs of early adolescents, our curriculum places a deliberate focus on the core skills of literacy and numeracy whilst challenging students towards higher-order thinking. This is achieved through a balance of a traditional core of subjects, including English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and Physical Education, and an array of elective choices, which expands from year to year. These electives are grouped around and designed to promote the 21st century skills of Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Character, Communication and Citizenship.
Across all subjects, the Middle Years’ Curriculum is deeply committed to fostering the values, attitudes and behaviours conducive to further learning, to effective citizenship and to leadership. Our teaching practices in the Middle Years reflect a commitment to deep learning, collaboration and the formation of a growth mindset as we build the foundations for future success in the senior years.
Pastoral Care Programs have been designed to develop the Flinders Learner Traits 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 our 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 our College will achieve the best outcomes possible.
Middle School matters!
Middle School Handbook 2020