Through the pastoral care program and co-curricular activities, students are provided with many opportunities to gain self-confidence and develop a sense of self-worth from activities - both inside and outside the classroom. Three years of Junior Secondary provides an opportunity for our students to develop a sense of identity and belonging to a safe, supportive and secure community.
We are very mindful that the transition from Primary to Junior Secondary requires some adjusting forstudents and our transition program will ensure that we cater well for students in this regard. Year 7 and 8 often coincide with the onset of independence when young people develop a need for autonomy and social identity that sometimes excludes their parents. However, it is during this time that they seek out and rely on their parents for supportive and active involvement in all aspects of their life including school. We value a strong school-family partnership throughout the six years of secondary schooling.
Academic learning will always be the core business of Marymount College. Our students are encouraged to develop independence and a responsible approach to both their studies and their relationships with others.Our approach to the curriculum is supported by the Whole School pedagogy, Marzano’s “The Art and Science of Teaching” and the College will continue to develop its quality curriculum in accordance with the Australian curriculum. It will academically challenge the students to excel in all areas.
Up to two reflection days led by guest speakers provide students with time for reflection, discussion and group activities. This time, within the context of a busy school year, attempts to integrate faith, life and peer culture at this stage in their development.
The Year 7 camp will provide students with the opportunity to meet new people beyond their pastoral group. Students will be encouraged to build positive relationships with all of their year level. At the same time, the program builds individual and group self-esteem fosters tolerance and understanding, encourages trust and teamwork and develops faith, values and belief.