A place of transition for Years 5 to 8
Hills Adventist College provides students with a safe, nurturing place where they can thrive. Starting in Year 5 gives your child a chance to gently transition into the High School years supported by a homeroom teacher, with the benefit of specialist teachers encouraging your child in their journey, with a guaranteed place once they reach Year 7.
The Middle School years are a challenging time for tweens and they can also be a challenging time for their parents. At Hills Adventist College we recognise the significant character development that takes place during this time and want to partner with you to ensure that your child is able to develop and mature in a safe and supportive environment where your child can reach their full potential.
There is a gradual shift from dependence to independence through the Middle School years and with this comes an increasing need for adults who will foster strong values and provide the necessary care and encouragement for children to feel that they are confident individual’s who are invested in their learning.
The Middle School at Hills Adventist College is designed to provide students with a 'safety net' the enables them to develop as they embrace new experiences with assurance; knowing that they have the necessary support networks available. Utilising a process of staged transition that prepares students for Senior School, our staff work hard to ensure they become more independent and self-reliant throughout their Middle and Senior school years.
Pre-adolescent children are searching for identity and a feeling of safety. They are often overwhelmed by the way their lives are evolving resulting in insecurity and a change in behaviour. Middle School provides a fluid transition academically, socially, emotionally, physically and spirituality within the College environment.
Hills Adventist College prides itself on being a community of caring, of learning and most importantly a place where the development of character is a priority. As a Christian college our focus and drive is to develop in our students a pride in who they are as students and, more importantly, the integrity they offer as individuals.
Middle School teachers genuinely care about their students, enabling each child to develop their unique identity and abilities.
Here at Hills Adventist College, we are committed to providing quality and inclusive learning opportunities for all our students, placing a high level of importance on nurturing student wellbeing and positive mental health.
So how do we do this? Firstly, we have a strong team of experienced teachers, chaplains and counsellors who take the time to get to know and understand each student. They provide mentorship, guidance and foster in students a sense of belonging and involvement which helps them develop a strong sense of positive wellbeing.
While developing positive student wellbeing is incorporated into every aspect of our College experience, we also have several specialised programs which aim to strengthen this positive wellbeing even further. In our Middle School, our Peer Support program involves teachers and chaplains who train our Year 11 students to become leaders and mentors in our College. Each Year 7 student is part of a small group led by a team of Year 11 students, they meet on a weekly basis to provide support and help them get to know their peers a little better through team building activities and challenges. Similarly, our Year 8 students are mentored by their Homeroom Teachers to provide peer support to students in Year 5, helping them develop new friendships and confidence as they transition to new routines and learning environments in Middle School.
Our College has also implemented The Invictus Wellbeing Program which is a resilience program designed to equip students in Years 7 to 10 with the resilience necessary to flourish and reach their potential in our complex world. Students engage in ongoing outdoor education and regular memory events that promote positive psychology and resilience. Our Wellbeing team also includes the important work of our Chaplains and counsellors. Our chaplains aim to connect with students and their families, providing additional support when necessary and ensuring students feel they belong in our college community. Similarly, our College Counsellors are always available to provide emotional support and encouragement to help students.
In Year 5 and 6, students study the following subjects:
In Year 7 & 8 students have core subjects (listed below) and rotate through 4 mandatory technology options each semester over two years.
Mandatory Technology (1 semester each):
Students have the opportunity to participate in various extra-curricular and after school activities at the College. There is an additional cost involved in this and information is sent to families at the commencement of each year.
Music Tuition is available for students who would like to learn an instrument. This is facilitated by private tutors that attend the College during the day, to save you transporting your child to music tuition after school. Costs and availability can be discussed with the tutor directly.
After school activities such as soccer and tennis are also available during school terms.
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