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Junior school philosophy​

The junior school encompasses year 7 to year 9. 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 State High School the needs of students in the junior school are recognised and addressed through a number of school initiatives.

  1. School organisation - 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, Study of Society and Environment (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. Students in year 7 have home rooms and a designated year 7 precinct.
  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' (KLA) structure. There are 8 KLAs: English, mathematics, science, SOSE, 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 and 9.
  4. Academy - Students are able to identify a specialist Academy Program that best suits their needs and talents for year 7 and 8. Students can choose from one of the following academies: Comprehensive, Focus, STEM (Science Technology and Mathematics), Sport, Academic Excellence. Entry into the Academic, Performing Arts and Sport academies will be by written application. 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.
  5. Year 9 - Students leave the Academy Program and are formed into cross learning community clas​ses in year 9. Extension classes in maths, science, English and humanities are formed based on academic performance in year 8. Students select three elective classes for a semester. Students also study Health and Physical Education for one semester.​​​​​