“The Middle School aims to provide programs that are ideally suited to the requirements of young adolescents. These programs, both academic and co-curricular, are aimed at enabling students to develop traits and skills that ensure they are well-equipped, well-rounded and well-prepared for future challenges.
Academic focus is important and students are urged to deliver their best at all times. To this end, study skills and tips, organisation and time management, and goal setting are explored to ensure that students are able to reach their full potential. A dedicated teaching staff is on hand at all times to provide the necessary support and guidance and to ensure that all learning expectations are met. Extension and support programs cater for the needs of individual students.
Co-curricular activities underpin the notion of developing students who are well-rounded and who can adapt to the environment in which they find themselves. The tutor program activities aim to foster a sense of responsibility and ownership for actions, with a resilient, persistent and determined approach to dealing with setbacks.
Team-building activities are essential when fostering a nurturing and caring atmosphere. The tutor program, structured in Houses and led by dedicated tutors, develops the School values of Respect, Resilience, Responsibility, Achievement, and Care and Empathy. By creating an awareness of others, students are nurtured to have a higher regard of the opportunities and prospects available to them, and to work together with shared values and a common goal.
The Middle School encourages students to achieve their best, show respect for others, be accepting of differences and develop a sound sense of honesty, integrity and thoughtfulness.”
Head of Middle School
Years 7, 8 & 9
Middle School at Knox is Years 7, 8 and 9.
They have separate learning spaces with teachers who are specially trained to understand the needs of the growing adolescent. The Middle School allows students to enter the Senior School with confidence in the uniqueness of self, in their talents and with their relationships.
The adolescent years offer a challenging time for many young people and our dynamic Middle School has at its core, a curriculum focus on adolescent Health and Wellbeing. Our aim is to develop in our students, greater social and personal development, confidence, resilience and self-esteem.
While a dedicated team of staff ensures that key learning areas are met, there are a number of self-discovery programs that your child will go on – all programs that are very important as they deal with the varied challenges of adolescence in the modern world.
Active community service promotes a positive self-identity for young people. Citizenship programs are a way of reducing mental health issues associated with anxiety and depression. Year 7 explores the values of Care and Empathy related to community service; Year 8 engages in a program exploring the impact of community involvement; Year 9 completes 20 hours of community service during the year.
Spend a Day
Almost all students entering the school at Year 7 identify “making new friends” as their biggest concern. As a result of this we invite students coming to The Knox School to come and spend a day with our Year 6 students during the year preceding their entry into Year 7.
PAT tests are done for all our incoming Year 7 students. In this way we are able to have a spread of academic ability in each class and teachers are aware of the individual differences between students.
Peer Support Program
Although the Middle School itself provides a structured and thoughtful transition into secondary education, the Peer Support Program fosters links between our Year 7 students and Year 10 leaders. The senior students are trained to develop sessions that focus on team building, pastoral support and guidance. Meetings are scheduled on a regular basis and the Year 10 students attend our Year 7 camp to cement the relationships formed at the beginning of the program. Having student links throughout the School community assists in building a strong and supportive student network.
Middle School Opportunities
There are vast opportunities to take part in fun and exciting co-curricular activities such as:
- House Carnivals including Swimming, Athletics, Cross-Country, Creative & Performing Arts
- Academic Competitions including: University of New South Wales, Westpac Mathematics & Rio Tinto Science
- Enrichment Program and Year 7 Decathlon
- Tournament of Minds
- Interschool Debating
- Public Speaking Competitions
- Interschool Sport
- Robotics Program
Year 7 students have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument at no additional cost as part of the Music BASE Program (Band and String Extension). Students can choose their own instruments and receive training once a week in a group situation. The Classroom Music curriculum is linked to the BASE program, providing students with a thorough and rounded Music Education.
Students have the opportunity to play in a vast range of ensembles and choirs. Students are encouraged to enrol in the Instrumental Music Program if they wish to receive expert individual instrumental tuition.
There are many performance opportunities for all year levels as well as a busy Music Concert Series which continues throughout the year.
The Year 7 camp at Campaspe Downs near Kyneton provides an ideal opportunity early in the academic year for students to bond. It also gives students the chance to build on their skills and confidence while undertaking a range of challenging, team-building activities.
Year 8 students take part in adventurous team-building activities at Camp Rumbug near Foster. Year 9 students spend a week on Western Port Bay where they participate in a wide range of science-based activities designed to provide them with an appreciation of marine flora and fauna, as well as an understanding of the importance of conservation, ecosystems and environmental sustainability.
All of these camps provide a wonderful opportunity for students to work together and develop new skills in unique environments.
Need more information?
Contact our Registrar today to arrange a tour. Ask about our Spend A Day program.