185-205 Intake Road
Cairns Queensland 4870
CRICOS course code: 082488C
Level of study: Primary and High School
At St Andrew’s Catholic College, the Middle Years sector is designed to cater for the unique and often challenging years of adolescence.
During the teen years, it is imperative that society recognizes and is responsive to these needs, by creating a learning environment that strategically supports and engages adolescents in their learning and their life journeys. The success of our Middle Years sector is due to both our philosophy and our unique structure, as these foster and maintain student engagement through a specialised curriculum that utilizes the contemporary interests and skills of modern learners. We also have expert teachers who create a teen friendly learning environment and understand the strategies required to help our students succeed in this phase of their development.
The Middle Years provide experiences that allow our students to develop their abilities to acquire information and make meaning through investigation and problem solving, to become effective communicators and reflective learners. We concentrate on the skills and knowledge that need to be developed within this stage, while also ensuring students have a smooth transition from the Junior Years, and progress into the Senior Years with the necessary learning skills for life in the 21st century.
It is important to me as Head of Middle Years, that all our students feel a sense of belonging and love for their College. Our Pastoral Care and Religious Education programs are designed to facilitate connection to community, through a caring and nurturing home form environment. The students are challenged to reach their full potential as prosocial citizens through our high expectations and behaviour management guidelines. In Years 6 and 7, the Pastoral Care Home form Teacher educates their students for more than half of the weekly timetabled lessons. This allows our students to experience a diversity of learning environments in specialist classrooms whilst maintaining the consistency of having a primary educator who knows each child well. In Years 8 and 9, the Pastoral Care Home form Teacher educates their home form for approximately one third of the weekly lessons, allowing for a more specialised curriculum that offers a broader range of educational opportunities. Year 8 and 9 students are given an extensive range of electives to choose from, which further engages the children in the learning process and have some choice in their learning pathway.
All learning areas provide innovative programs which look to enrich our students and support their learning. Our students receive the assistance they need to continually develop through our relevant, interesting, flexible, empowering and challenging curriculum. Community involvement is encouraged, and a focus on real world issues is utilised to foster well-informed, confident citizens of the future
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St Andrew's Catholic College, Redlynch Valley185-205 Intake Road