Year 9 Program
We know that the middle years of secondary schooling require a specialised approach. During this time of rapid physical, social and emotional change it is essential that students are supported, challenged, encouraged and connected. With this in mind we have designed an exciting and progressive program for Year 9 students which is different to traditional schooling. With a small team of specialist teachers, whom the students know and see everyday, students in Year 9 at St Paul’s are challenged, known, safe and supported.
The Year 9 program has been designed specifically for students of this age. It is aimed at challenging students through engagement, active enquiry, autonomy, personal and social responsibility and independent learning – all attributes which equip our Year 9 students with a rigourous academic grounding, as well as contemporary life skills for VCE and beyond.
Throughout the year, students are asked to consider their own values and expectations, as well as to consider their role within our immediate community and then how they can contribute as a global citizen. There is an ongoing emphasis on considering individual responsibility as well as promoting an understanding of the social responsibility students have to their community.
The Personal Development Program is designed to be an exciting and inspiring academic, physical, spiritual and emotional journey for our students and addresses five specific areas:
- Career Development
- Community Awareness
- Outdoor Education Camp
- City Experience
- City Camp
The structure of the Personal Development Program links in effectively with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which all Year 9 students are invited to complete.
The Thinking and Learning component of the Year 9 program at the Warragul Campus enables students to explore their own place in the world, contribute to community, critically evaluate historical, religious, philosophical and social influences as well as develop positive applications for transformative technologies.
Our Year 9 program provides students with a unique opportunity to combine strong core academic learning with an engaging personal development program designed to extend, challenge and encourage students to learn in new ways. It allows time for students to consider ‘big questions’ and to identify and explore natural interrelationships between topics and subjects. Through the delivery of our core subjects and our thematic based ‘Thinking and Learning’ units we give our students the opportunity to research the historical, geographical, political, social, scientific and health aspects of a particular topic. Some of these units are of a more open ended nature, giving students the choice of how to research the topic and present their understanding. The aim of these units is to provide self-directed projects where students can demonstrate what they know, imagine and can do well as contributing in a meaningful way to their local and broader communities. They will develop their own understanding of their place in their communities through independent learning, collaboration and community service.
One of the strengths of our campus is the small team and the strong sense of community we foster. Our students enjoy this every year they are on our campus. Our students know all of their teachers very well and equally, our staff know the students exceptionally well. The ability to foster meaningful relationships with adults and students is a key developmental stage for adolescents and our specialised middle school environment is the perfect setting for this stage in our students’ journey.