The Junior Secondary program at Marymount College will provide a rich learning environment for adolescents in Years 7 – 9, at a time characterized by growth and adjustments to profound physical, intellectual, emotional and social changes.
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 in a safe, supportive and secure community.
We are very mindful that the transition from Primary to Junior Secondary requires some adjusting for
students 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 through out 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.
Students continue studying the National Curriculum in Year 7 with access to core and elective subjects. All students study Religion and the National Curriculum demands a major focus on core subjects: English, Maths, Science and History. Students also complete core elements from Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, and Personal and Social Development Education, which are embedded across the core subject areas. Most significantly, students will be introduced to elective subject areas completing two elective subjects each term.
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Students are assigned to pastoral groups, and a pastoral care teacher. The pastoral group starts each day together for roll marking, daily notices. The presentation of notes for absence/illness/lateness/early departure happens at this time. While telephone advice is appreciated, parents are asked to back this up with a written note in the Student Record Book to keep attendance tight and ensure the pastoral teacher is aware of what is happening.
The pastoral group and the pastoral teacher is the first and most significant means of providing for the care of students. To ensure the development of closer understanding, the pastoral teacher will teach more than one core subject. The Year 7 Pastoral Coordinator and Assistant Pastoral Coordinator is the next level of supervision and care. Beyond this we have College counsellors and senior administration staff. In particular the Assistant Principal – Pastoral Care, Mr Browne and the Assistant Principal Junior Secondary, Ms Hansen.
Peer Support and Leadership
The transition into Secondary School is very exciting for Year 7 students, but for some it may be challenging. The Peer Mentoring Program will play an important role in helping the new Year 7 students feel part of our friendly school community. Peer Group Leaders will be selected from Year 11 to lead Year 7s through activities designed to familarise them with the layout, people and routines within the College.
From this early experience of senior student leadership, and throughout their time at Marymount, students are encouraged to consider how they can be leaders: within their classes, around the school and among their peers away from school; through involvement in music, dance, drama, public speaking, sport and other activities outside of school; by considering formal leadership roles for students at the College such as representing their pastoral groups in Year 7, representing their year level on the Student Teacher Advisory Council, volunteering for a mentoring role in Year 11 or nominating for Student Leadership as a Senior.
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.
Year 7 Camp
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 in their year level. At the same time the program builds individual and group self-esteem, fosters tolerance and understanding, encourages trust and team work and develops faith, values and belief.
YEAR 7 INFORMATION BOOKLET 2017.pdf