Junior School

Junior School Philosophy
The middle phase of learning encompasses Years 4 to Year 9 (Years 7, 8 & 9 at high school). Research shows that during this time children begin to think in more abstract ways about global issues. It is during this time that young people are experiencing the greatest physical emotional intellectual and social changes in their lives ( Source: Middle Phase of Learning State School Action Plan). At Bribie Island SHS the needs of students in the Junior school are recognised and addressed through a number of school initiatives.

1. School organization
– Students in the junior school are taught by teachers predominantly from the same Learning Community. This provides a level of consistency and connectedness for students. Teachers of Mathematics, Science, SOSE and English work as a team to plan the learning experiences and assessment for students in the Learning Community. This team approach extends to mapping the types of writing genres, assessment types and times and learning experiences that complement what is being learnt in each faculty.

2. Transition
– As part of our extensive Year 6 into 7 Transition Program, all Year 6 parents and students from our feeder schools participate in this program: Transition day where students try some new learning areas, Parent information evening, Enrolment presentations, Academy applications and welcome to High School evening.

3. Curriculum
– Curriculum is organised under the “Key Learning Area” structure.
There are 8 KLAs; English, Mathematics, Science, Study of Society and Environment, Health, Language other than English (Indonesian), Arts and Technology. Students are required to complete a program of study encompassing all of the KLAs in year 7, 8 & 9. Commencing in 2013 with year 8, students will be able to identify a specialist Academy program that best suits their needs and talents. Students can choose from one of the following Academies: Comprehensive, Focus, Performing Arts, Sport, Academic excellence. Entry into the Academic, Performing Arts and Sport academies will be by written application. Students in the Sport and Performing Arts academies will spend extra curriculum time in their chosen area at the expense of one of their elective subjects (Home Economics or Industrial Technology). The Focus Academy will target students who need extra time and support to achieve outcomes. The Comprehensive Academy will allow students to study the full range of subjects on offer. The Academic academy will also study the full range of subjects. Details of each academy are available in the enrolment package available from this website or the school administration office. 
4. Transition to Senior – The ” Jump” from year 10 to 11 has been lessened through the introduction of a “pre-senior” semester in year 10 where students can select units preparing them specifically for a senior course of study.

Support and Enhancement Programs
Learning Support – In the middle school, learning support focuses on ensuring students have a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy. Students with learning difficulties are identified in Year 7, and via ongoing teacher feedback and assessments. Support is provided through direct in class assistance, withdrawal of students or development of programs for students for teachers to implement.
Students development is supported throughout a compulsory year 8 camp where students experience challenges requiring team efforts.Ongoing programs in “Rocket Water” occur through the year.

Learning Assistance Program (LAP) –
The LAP allows students have access one to one assistance from local retirees that volunteer their time. Volunteers receive training on how to assist students in numeracy and literacy skills.
CIC Challenging curriculum, International focus and Community Service
Students that possess an aptitude for academic studies may apply to part of the CIC program for year 8 and 9. The CIC program provides opportunities for a group of committed, academic students to work together in their Mathematics, Science, English and Social Science classes. The CIC classes will study concepts in greater depth and employ teaching strategies that allow students greater autonomy, and experience more challenging topics.
CIC aims to provide an international content while responding to local requirements and interests. The program will stimulate curiosity and inquiry in order to foster a spirit of discovery and an enjoyment of learning. An International perspective will achieved via students studying international issues within the curriculum, becoming involved in international organisations such as Amnesty international, Red Cross and World Vision.
While the school encourages all students to be involved, it mandatory for CIC students to participate in community service activities. The community service component is designed develop stronger links between school and community as well as contributing to the holistic development of students. The majority of the community service program will occur as part of the English and Social Science program ranging from local initiatives such as peer tutoring of students in primary schools to the study of and participation in international organisations.
Physical activity and Creative pursuits may be satisfied through the study of elective subjects at school, participation in extracurricular activities eg. School sport, musicals or community based organisations.

Education and Career Planning –
In the Junior school ECP focuses on Subject selection and the following aspects of career education.
  • Different reasons why people work. A definition of work and the different types of work.
  • Different reasons why people work.
  • That most large organisations have many different types of work opportunities.
  • Their own personal attributes and how these can relate to different careers.
  • Their own work values and how these influence career decisions.
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  • School Office

    Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:00am to 4:00pm and Friday 8:00am to 3:30pm.

    General Enquiries: 07 3400 2444

    Student Absences: 07 3400 2460 24hrs/7days or absences@bribislashs.eq.edu.au

  • 2017 School Term Dates

    TERM 1: 23 January - 31 March 2017.

    TERM 2: 18 April - 23 June 2017.

    TERM 3: 10 July - 15 September 2017.

    TERM 4: 3 October - 8 December 2017.

    *The final date for Year 12 students is Friday 17 November 2017, with Years 10 and 11 finishing on Friday 24 November, 2017.