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ABOUT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Welcome to The Heights Middle School.

Middle School Prospectus 2009

At The Heights we

  • Work hard to learn
  • Respect each other
  • Value acts of generosity

In addition to the three statements above, we also believe that:

The school and the teachers working with students will ensure that every opportunity is provided to achieve the best possible results from studies at this school. However, we expect and encourage students to demonstrate commitment, self-discipline and responsibility in order to maximise their learning.

The Middle School caters for the learning needs of students in Years 6/7, 8, and 9. We create a learning environment where the special needs of all students are catered for.

At each year level students are placed into mixed ability home groups, with roughly equal number of boys and girls. (See also the Gifted education page).

All home group classes are housed in the separate Middle School building, with a separate oval and play areas reserved exclusively for Middle School students.

All students follow the 8 leaning areas as set out in SACSA. (South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability)

The Year 6/7 students have their own class teacher with whom they do the majority of their work. Depending on the skills and interests of the Year 6/7 teachers, a system of rotation for different learning areas may occur.

The Year 8 students are taught by a team of teachers so that generally each class will have the same teacher for English and Society and Environment, and also the same teacher for Science and Mathematics. This ensures that for nearly 50% of their week the students are taught within the Middle School, and by only 2 teachers. For the remainder of the week the students move to other learning area sites where subject specialists teach them.

Year 9 students are placed in to home groups so that have at least 1 learning area taught by their home group teacher.

Each year level has a year level coordinator, who with class and home group teachers, meet regularly to discuss the needs and specific programmes for that group of students.

Each week a separate year level assembly is held, with each class responsible for the programme on a rotational basis.

Special whole of Middle School assemblies are held as required.