We recognise that the Middle Years is a formational phase of learning that consolidates and extends core knowledge and skills and cultivates students' enthusiasm and curiosity. Our dedicated approach to teaching and learning encourages emerging independence so our students can reach their potential as individuals.
Teaching and learning in the Middle Years at St Thomas More College is driven by our belief that relationships are at the centre of learning. During these important adolescent years, authentic learning takes place within the context of strong connections with teachers who foster a sense of belonging and provide opportunities for peer interaction for learning and growth.
The College's partnership with parents is highly privileged in our Middle School approach. Pastoral Care Teachers will take ownership of the academic and social development of their students and provide a strong conduit between school and home. Our Junior Education Transition (JET) plans take place early in Term 2 of Year 7. This is an opportunity to review each student's transition to secondary school and plan for progress during their journey through the middle phase of learning.
Students in Years 7 are allocated to a Core class for the mandatory subjects of the Australian Curriculum and Brisbane Archdiocesan Guidelines; Religious Education, English, Mathematics, History, Geography, Science and Health and Physical Education. Students remain with the same group of students for their core classes and are allocated a classroom where most of their learning experiences take place. The assignment of a core teacher across multiple subject areas allows strong relationships to develop, not only between teacher and students but also between teachers and parents.
One of the highlights for year 7 is the camp at Alexandra Headlands in term 1. This camp provides an extended time for the students to get to know each other outside of the classroom. The students participate in team building activities that increase confidence as well as support the formation of strong friendships with their peers.