Middle School (Years 7-9)
At a time when young people will experience some of their most rapid personal growth and move towards academic maturity, St Andrew’s Middle School provides a purposeful programme designed to engage students from Year 7-9 in a supportive learning culture and prepare them for a smooth transition into Senior College and beyond.
Flexible and dynamic education in modern surrounds
We are committed to providing an effective, flexible and dynamic education in the heart of Sydney’s CBD that reflects both our modern surrounds and the differing learning patterns of students. Our philosophy of learning is centred on custom developed education that is tailored to the unique developmental needs of young adolescents.
Catering for the needs of boys and girls
All of our Middle School classes are coeducational. However, in Year 9, we run The Rite Journey programme, which sees single-sex tutor groups covering gender-specific issues relating to adolescence.
A broad education
Preparation for the Senior Years extends past the core curriculum – the Middle School is concerned with growth and supports this through year-based tutor groups, year coordinators and an academic coordinator, all of whom are involved with building and extending the skills of every student.
Pastoral care and student development
As the crucial years of socialisation, Middle School exists as a place to feel welcome and is fully integrated into the broader St Andrew’s community. The Christian underpinnings of St Andrew’s are reflected in a culture of care between students and staff. Through extensive co-curricular programmes and community service activities, Middle school students are encouraged to fully engage in passions beyond the classroom.
Library for research and creativity
Located on the ground floor of St Andrew's House, the Library offers a unique and relaxed space for Middle School students where they can create, socialise, read, and study. It is open from before school until after school, giving students plenty of opportunities to access the library space. SACS library also regularly runs lunchtimes clubs and fun competitions for students. Library staff can assist students with reading recommendations and research skills. Students can borrow up to six books at a time from a constantly updated collection of titles.
SACS Library is online and can be found at http://library.sacs.nsw.edu.au/
Preparation for the senior years
Our Middle School staff understand the importance of continuity in education – therefore we aim to develop skills in our students that will enable them to transfer with ease into Senior College (Years 10-12).
IB Middle Years Programme
In 2016 exciting changes are underway with the introduction of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP).
The IB MYP is an internationally accredited framework for learning which is specifically designed for students aged 11 to 16 and caters for their particular learning needs and styles during this stage of life. Students continue to follow the content of NSW syllabuses within the MYP educational framework. It is inclusive in nature, providing for all students, including gifted and talented and those needing support. It will be undertaken by all students in Years 7 to 10 starting with Year 7 in 2016.
As the culmination of the students’ final year of the MYP, they undertake an independent ‘Personal Project’, which is a significant piece of work of the student’s own initiative and creativity. The project requires research and the creation of a product with supporting documentation. Examples of this have been the creation of a garden, a website regarding ways to save power or the writing of a novel. This incredibly rewarding project gives students an opportunity to research an area of passion which may not have been covered in school subjects.
Preparing students for HSC or IB
Whether they select to study the Higher School Certificate and International Baccalaureate in their senior years, students will be required to possess a broad, rich skillset. Our Middle School teaching strategies integrate higher order thinking skills of synthesis, analysis and reason across core subjects and the broad range of electives.
Connecting with the world
Increasingly our classrooms are becoming the sites for global connections, whether it be Year 9 Visual Art classes collaborating with a school in Beijing or Year 8 English students publishing newspaper articles to global online student networks.
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Watch: Head of Middle School, Mr David Smith, shares his perspective on the culture of care and unique educational philosophies within the St Andrew's Middle School.