In the Middle School, the curriculum and pastoral care models are designed to meet the needs of students as they journey through the transitional years of adolescence. Our objective is to provide a positive, safe yet disciplined environment for these students from Years 7 – 9 to be academically challenged, and to provide each individual with the means and opportunities to grow emotionally, socially and spiritually.
The year level tutor group structure is the core of Middle School’s excellent pastoral care. Our tutors are energetic, empathetic and committed to providing the scaffold needed to support students in all facets of their school life. The tutor is the first point of contact for parents/guardians and strong relationships are developed with students and with their parents/ guardians.
At Cathedral, Year 7 is a transition year which offers some of the security of the Junior School structure but with a wider range of opportunities, both academic and extracurricular. Year 8 is a year of consolidation and possibilities, where students experience a wider variety of subjects. In Year 9, students begin to move towards a more Senior School oriented model with choices of electives in areas of personal interest.
Cathedral’s Middle School curriculum is a mix of challenge, basic foundations and some student choice. It includes a range of traditional and modern skills that prepare students for the academic rigours of Senior School and for participation in our increasingly complex, information driven, society. The integration of subject areas and knowledge is an important element of our Year 7 program whilst in Year 8 and Year 9 a more subject oriented approach is utilised. Our approach to teaching and learning is characterised by the three components of effective classroom pedagogy. These being; the usage of effective instructional strategies; the use of effective management strategies and the use of effective classroom curriculum design strategies. In summary, our pedagogical approach is based upon the principles of the Art and Science of Teaching which is a well-respected framework based on proven strategies which work.
The Cathedral Middle School provides a host of extracurricular, sporting, cultural, service and leadership opportunities for its students. We operate within a Christian context in the Anglican tradition and encourage our students to live by these values in their daily interactions with one another.
Mr Darren Parks
Head of Middle School