Middle Years

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Typically, the Middle Years includes those students in Years 5-9. At ST BRIGID'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL, this focus is in Years 6 and 7 students. All Middle Years learners are individuals who come from a range of linguistic, cultural and social backgrounds. They bring to learning their own prior knowledge and experiences, needs, interests, concerns, expectations and aspirations.

In addition, Middle Years learners are:

  • experiencing adolescence and the accompanying emotional, physical and sexual changes.
  • learning to form, articulate and manage relationships.
  • keen to develop greater interdependence with their peers and independence in their lives.
  • questioning schooling and their engagement with schooling, reflecting on who they are, where they belong, what they value and where they’re going.
  • developing their own voice, often challenging the voices of their parents/caregivers, teachers and society.
  • aiming for a stronger sense of belonging through participation in wider adolescent cultures.
  • becoming aware that they can make changes for themselves and others.

To meet the needs of this range of learners, the learning process is complex, dynamic, interactive and cyclical, not linear. It involves students continuously extending, elaborating, reformulating and reflecting upon their frameworks of knowledge and values.
Within this concept of progress in learning, students are active learners who learn at different rates and need multiple challenges. They also need to be supported in developing responsibility for their own learning, and enthusiasm for continuous learning.

In our school this is characterised by:

  • A curriculum which is engaging with a focus of preparing students for secondary school
  • Lesson swaps so students experience different teachers, settings, methodologies and teachers can focus on areas of expertise.
  • Developing leadership through roles of responsibility within the school community.
  • Participating in extra-curricular activities such as camp, community service, sports carnivals and excursions.


Our Middle Years staff are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the Middle Years learning program.