Middle School

At a stage where they are undergoing many physical, emotional and social changes, students in early adolescence have their own unique needs.

Educationally, children have emerged from the directed learning environment of primary school, and are starting to think differently and in a more abstract, independent, way. Socially and emotionally, they are developing their own sense of self: no longer little children, but with many steps still to take on their journey to adulthood.

Recognising this, as a leader in the education of early adolescent students, TAS in 2000, established Middle School, a distinct academic and residential precinct for students in Years 6-8.  A rich, challenging and stimulating curriculum is designed to generate an enthusiasm for life-long learning, in a way that excites and engages 11-14 year olds boys and girls. At the centre of our academic program is the view that English, Mathematics and Science, as core subjects, require prioritised teaching time and that all Middle School staff, regardless of their subject specialty, are teachers of the skills necessary to successful reading and comprehension skills so that each student is literate in all academic disciplines.

Following the successful implementation of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme in Junior School last year, the next strategic development in our academic vision is our application for IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) candidacy for Middle School. The NSW curriculum will still be at the heart of what is taught at Middle School, but the MYP changes how it is taught, encouraging a great level of inquiry, curiosity and exploration of the content as it is taught. The process of moving from IB ‘candidacy’ to ‘registration’ is a lengthy one, with implementation rolling out over time. More information will be shared with our families as plans are progressed.

Mark Harrison, Head of Middle School