Years 7 – 10
Middle School Curriculum

Courses are planned around Australian, statewide and school-based syllabi from which units of study have been developed; subjects are usually of one semester duration. Flexibility provided by the structure allows students to be grouped in a multi-age setting, spanning two year levels in some learning areas.

The benefits of organising the curriculum into modules are that:
  • students work towards clear learning goals within manageable timelines
  • students consult with their families and teachers in order to make choices every semester
  • students work at their own pace, and control the amount of time spent on subjects which are important to them
  • students access curriculum choices beyond the Australian and statewide syllabi offerings
  • responses to changes in the workplace, particularly in the areas of technology are made more quickly, more easily and more effectively.

The units of work in the compulsory years have been developed from subjects which are supervised within seven facilities.

  • English / Languages
  • Arts / Humanities / Business
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Education
  • Science
  • Vocational Education / Trade Skills
  • HPE / Technologies

Australian Curriculum mandated subjects to Year 7, 8 & 9:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • The Arts
  • LOTE
  • Technology
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Religious Education

Australian Curriculum mandated subjects to Year 10:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Religious Education

Electives

Subjects may be chosen from any other subject area. Within this selection students may also elect to choose additional science modules.

Information on these web pages has been designed to provide information to help in planning a course of study for students in the junior years at St James College. It is hoped that students, in consultation with their families and teachers will make choices that ensure full participation and positive outcomes from their educational experiences.

Modules are offered subject to numbers, staffing and resources.

Subjects which are covered by Modules

Business & Information Technology Business Principles
Information Technology
Design, Art & Technology Design and Technology
English English
Humanities Art
Drama
Geography
Mathematics Mathematics
Outdoor Recreation & Health Health and Physical Education
Outdoor Education
Religious Education Religious Education
Science Biology
Chemistry
Earth Science
Physics
Tourism & Hospitality Cooking

Learning Support Monitoring Process

In responding to the challenge to make learning accessible to all learners, St James College adheres to the principles of Universal Design for Learning. The Teaching Learning Department aims to promote inclusive practices and acts in a consultative and collaborative capacity in ensuring that the diverse range of learners successfully access the curriculum and participate in the life of the college. Learning differences are identified at the enrolment stage and appropriate support and monitoring processes are initiated to meet the educational needs of diverse learners such as:

  • Students diagnosed with disabilities
  • Students experiencing learning difficulties and disabilities which impact on literacy and/or numeracy skill acquisition
  • Students who have language barriers because of English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Students from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB)
  • International students on study visas
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students (ATSI)
  • Gifted and Talented students who require enriched and extended learning experiences

Teaching and learning is informed through a thorough understanding and background knowledge of learner's needs and the factors impacting on their learning.

For students identified as eligible for entry into the Educational Adjustment Program (EAP), a multi-disciplinary team consisting of parents, relevant specialists, personnel from primary schools, teaching learning support and pastoral staff from St James, collaborate in initiating an Individual Student Plan (ISP). This plan which is communicated to all staff, outlines the educational support needs of students with significant needs and the necessary adjustments for implementation within the inclusive curriculum model offered at St James College.

Implications for teaching and learning are identified and support strategies, adjustments and accommodations to curriculum delivery are negotiated in consultation with the Teaching Learning Head of Department. Support staff including teacher aides, volunteers, ESL teachers and Learning Support teachers, are allocated to classrooms; however the classroom teacher is central to the process of responding to the needs of students with learning differences. A process of data collection and close monitoring by the support staff and ongoing feedback from the team aims to contribute to successful, quality learning outcomes for all students.

Parents and caregivers are important partners in the support process and are encouraged to advocate on behalf of their young people. Input by way of sharing information, specialists reports, assessment results and proven strategies etc., as well as ongoing feedback regarding successes and concerns with student progress is a valued part of the process.

Students are empowered to gain an understanding of the process involved in thinking and learning and encouraged to confidently take ownership of their own learning. By actively building up an individual learning profile, outlining their preferred thinking and learning styles, strengths and academic 'gaps', students are then assisted to develop strategies and skills to draw out their full potential as learners and thus achieve success.

Middle School Coordinator

Ms Karen Lindsey

Middle School News

2016 Day of Excellence 

Watch a video of Year 9 student Pirashanth Gopalakrishnan launching a water rocket at the Day of Excellence held at Nudgee College on 9 August.

WaterRocketvideo.mov