MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS 5-8

Middle School, at the Corio Campus of Geelong Grammar School, provides an education for boys and girls from Years 5 to 8. Students may choose to be either full or weekly boarders, living in one of the three boarding houses, day boarders, who stay to complete homework at school, or day students, who leave at the end of the school day.

Transition

Middle School at Corio is a vibrant, creative place where a broad liberal approach to education is at the heart of all learning. The natural flow from one year level to the next enables students to make a smooth transition from the primary classroom to the more challenging environment of secondary school. Those who teach in Middle School recognise the importance of these transitional years and are experienced in working with younger students.

The Pastoral Care Programme

Student life at Corio is co-ordinated through the pastoral care programme. Heads of House assume responsibility for students in each House. Houses are then divided into smaller tutorial groups. The pastoral care programme, small tutorial groups, close attention to academic abilities and standards, and an assessment and reporting programme which closely monitors the progress of each child, ensure that students in Middle School receive individual attention to their particular needs.

Whilst Middle School has a long and sound tradition in academic excellence, in sport and other co-curricular pursuits, the most powerful influence in the School is the relationships formed between student and student, between student and teacher, and between teacher and parent. It is the quality of these relationships that gives Geelong Grammar School its distinctive character.

An International Dimension

Middle School provides a sound, social environment that brings students into contact with students and teachers from many countries. This contact enables them to value other cultures and to develop an understanding of the traditions that comprise our world. Our students are encouraged to look beyond their own community and to see the demands of a diverse world. The development of citizenship and social awareness is an important goal.

The Sport and Co-Curricular Programmes

The Sport and Co-curricular programmes enable the Middle School students to move beyond their own egocentric world. At Corio, students are expected to take the opportunity to participate in team games. Such pursuits give them an awareness of their own value to a team and establishes for them a worthy place amongst their peers. Through winning and losing, they come to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their team-mates, of themselves, and their dependence for success on their fellow students. 

The Middle School Co-Curricular Music Programme creates a dedicated time in the Middle School programme where students can purposefully engage in the learning and developmental benefits associated with participating in an Instumental-based music programme. The Middle School programme also provides students with a range of individual challenges and adventure activities.

Community Service and Activities

Middle School students display a marvellous enthusiasm for learning and participation. It is our aim to build on this by providing a wide range of experiences as well as preparing students academically and socially for their life at Timbertop, Senior School and beyond.

Chapel Life

The Chapel of All Saints provides a visible expression of the spiritual life of the School. Seen from all parts of the campus and visited regularly on both formal and informal occasions, the Chapel plays an important role in the life of Middle School students. The spiritual dimension of life at Corio finds its expression in many forms.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STRUCTURE

Ms Michelle Phillips - Head of Middle School - (oversees Middle School)

Mr Stephen Pearce - Deputy Head of Middle School - (supports Teaching & Learning, issues of student welfare and co-ordinates the Middle School programme)

Mr Cameron Mackenzie - Middle School Student Learning Coordinator - (works with the Head of Middle School and the Deputy Head of Middle School on issues concerning individual students’ academic needs)

Head of House - (responsible for the welfare of students in their House)

Assistant Head of House - (assists the Head of House)

Tutorial Staff - (each Tutor is assigned a group of students in the House to monitor and assist). 

MIDDLE SCHOOL HOUSES

Barrabool (Boys’ Boarding House)

Barwon (Boys’ Boarding House)

Connewarre (Girls’ Boarding House)

Highton (Boys’ and Girls’ Day House)

Otway (Boys’ and Girls’ Day House)

Each class in Years 5 and 6 is based in one well-equipped room with a classroom teacher for the majority of their lessons.

Years 5 and 6 Academic Programme

Most lessons in Middle School are 50 minutes in duration. In Years 5 and 6, there is generally a focus on core subjects at the beginning of the day.

English, Mathematics, Religious Studies, Positive Education and Humanities are usually taught by the classroom teacher, with specialist teachers for Art, Drama, Health and Physical Education, Japanese, Library, Music, Science and Technology.

Years 7 and 8 Academic Programme

Students in Years 7 and 8 are taught by specialist teachers in all subject areas. In Year 7, there are core teachers who teach students in two or three subjects. In addition, some subjects are semesterised to reduce the number of different teachers met by a student each day.

Subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Languages - Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin) or French (and German Year 8 only), Health and Physical Education, Geography/History, Art/Technology, Drama/Religious Studies, Music/Ensemble Music and Positive Education.

Challenge Grades are calculated early In Term 2 to give each Middle School student specific goals and objectives to work towards with targeted Achievement grades and/or Attitude and Effort marks to achieve. This provides strong motivation for success in the academic programme.

Middle School Computing

Each student and teacher uses his or her personal notebook computer as an integral part of teaching and learning with the aim of successfully integrating information technology into all curriculum areas. The classrooms in Middle School are well-equipped allowing easy access to both the School’s intranet and the internet.

Prep (Homework)

Prep, regularly set as reinforcement (or extension), for academic progress in the middle years. Students are required to enter prep in their diary. An orderly, neat diary is almost always a sign that a student is setting about academic matters properly. Tutorial staff in boarding houses check diaries. Parents of day students are asked to do the same. It is important that each student accepts responsibility for his or her own learning and in doing so becomes a life-long learner. Prep is an integral part of the study programme for all students. As students progress through Middle School, teachers place prep on the Portal so that students and their parents have an online resource of their prep details each evening.

Middle School Prep Expectation

Year 5 30 minutes prep plus 20 minutes reading
Year 6 30 minutes prep plus 20 minutes reading
Years 7-8 75 minutes prep plus reading

Some of the Additional Activities Offered at Years 5 and 6

- Australasian Problem-solving Mathematics Olympiad
- International Competition and Assessment for Schools
- Accelerated Reading Programme
- Geelong Grammar School Speakers’ Festival

Some of the Additional Activities Offered at Years 7 and 8

- Legacy Public Speaking Competition
- Writers’ Conference
- Inter-School Debating
- Australasian Mathematics Competition
- Dorothy Mackellar Poetry Competition
- Geelong Grammar School Speakers’ Competition
- Alliance Française Awards
- Tournament of Minds

Academic Support

Academic Support caters to the needs of individuals in the Middle School. An initial screening test is conducted to identify students who may be underachieving academically, have high intellectual potential or have a specific learning difficulty. Appropriate support structures are then put into place. These include withdrawal, in-class support, acceleration and after-hours academic support. Each student’s academic progress is carefully monitored throughout the course of the year.

Contact with Parents

There is regular contact with parents, through interviews and a comprehensive reporting system. Informal contact with parents is also encouraged via the student diary or contact with the Head of House or Tutor by telephone or email.

Years 5 and 6

Term 1
- “Meet the Teachers” Afternoon with Parents
- Mid-term Progress Report
- Parent Teacher Interview Evening
- Interim Attitude and Effort Grades
Term 2
- Mid-term Interim Report
- Subject Reports and Head of House Report
Term 3
- Parent Student Teacher Interview Evening
- Mid-term Interim Attitude and Effort Grades
- Interim Attitude and Effort Grades
Term 4
- Interim Attitude and Effort Grades
- Subject Reports and Head of House Report
In Years 5 and 6, reports are available at the end of each semester. These are accessed through the Community Portal in 'My Child' and Online Reports (for further information see Website).

Years 7 and 8

Term 1
- Progress Report
- Parent Student Teacher Interview Evening (Year 7) 
- Interim Report
Term 2
- Parent Student Teacher Interview Evening (Year 8)
- Mid-term Interim Report
- Subject Reports and Head of House Report
Term 3
- Mid-term Interim Report 
- Parent Student Teacher Interview Evening (Year 7)
 Parent Student Teacher Interview Evening (Year 8)
- Interim Report
Term 4
- Mid-term Interim Report
- Subject Reports and Head of House Report

In Years 7 and 8, reports are available at the end of each semester. These are accessed through the Community Portal in 'My Child' and Online Reports (for further information see Website).