Middle Years

At St Ursula’s College, students in Years 7 to 9 experience a Middle Years Framework where fostering a love of learning and developing lifelong learners is our primary aim. This middle schooling philosophy is based on particular pedagogy and curriculum rather than organisational structures. Our Middle Years Learners are given opportunities to develop these attributes of life-long learners through our diverse curriculum where students experience education of the mind and heart. These skills and attributes allow our students to become effective participants in modern knowledge economies and societies. The potential of each student is nurtured, challenged and guided to enable full and transformative participation in the twenty-first century world in which we live. 

The Middle Years are a time of immense change for young adolescents when they experience major physiological changes that impact not only their ability to learn, but their behaviour. Our Academic Care program incorporates many experiences that focus on the spiritual, emotional, social and physical needs of the Middle Years Learner. Relationships are integral to the Academic Care program and each student is part of the vertical Pastoral Care system at the College. Pastoral Care and academic progress are inextricably linked; therefore our Academic Care structures and processes are sympathetic to adolescent needs. A Head of Year for each of the middle years facilitates these areas. 

Subjects at St Ursula’s College incorporate Literacy, Numeracy and ICTs with authentic links to Cross-Curricular Perspectives and the General Capabilities from the Australian Curriculum. We provide learning experiences that aim to engage and motivate our students whilst fostering organisational and problem solving skills within real life experiences. 

The Year 7 curriculum is a set program where students experience their transition into high school with core teachers, core and specialist subjects. Year 8 students make decisions about some subjects according to their own needs, talents and gifts. The Year 9 students are encouraged to explore our diverse curriculum through a greater selection of specialist subjects.

Key characteristics of Middle Schooling at St Ursula's College

  • Academic Care program focusing on meaningful concepts for each year level.
  • Seamless and purposefully designed orientation and transition program
  • Core classes with core teaching teams
  • Year 7 terms based around a Big Idea and Inquiry Question
  • Integrated units of study
  • Resource-based program on mindfulness in order to care for students’ emotional health and wellbeing
  • Project Based Learning
  • Explicit teaching of executive functioning skills
  • Diverse range of subjects studied with subject choice increasing each year
  • Integrated Literacy, Numeracy and ICT program
  • Critical and creative thinking

    Year 7

    What makes our Year 7 program unique?

    • The Pastoral Care of younger students as they move into the Secondary School environment
    • Our understanding of the individual development needs of early adolescent learners and supporting the transition to high school
    • Quality relationships with staff, students and the St Ursula's College Community
    • Education by core teaching teams of specialists working collaboratively and employing teaching strategies to challenge and extend students within a safe and supportive learning environment.

    All of our Students will:

    • Receive a MacBook Air as part of our 1-to-1 Laptop Program
    • Be a member of a small Pastoral Care group made up of students in Years 7 - 12, which is a valued and important aspect of life at St Ursula's. It underpins all we do both within the classroom and outside and is about quality relationships, nurturing the hopes of our students and sharing our stories
    • Have access to new 21st century learning spaces that are flexible, student centred environments that provide access to the latest technology
    • Have access to specialist rooms including science laboratories, dance rooms, media and arts facilities and home economics kitchen.

    Our College offers:

    • boarding community that seeks to provide an environment in which each girl is nurtured, supported, cared for and offered opportunities in a 'home like' residential community. 
    • global Ursuline network, where we have established connections with schools, colleges and educational institutions across the world with whom we can participate in sister school exchanges, educational partnerships, and other global learning experiences throughout the year
    • "Serviam - I Will Serve" underpins much of the teaching and learning at St Ursula's College. Each student learns how to contribute responsibly to her own transformation and to that of society
    • Access to an extensive sporting program including a multitude of team and individual sporting activities that allow the student to discover ways of leading healthy and active lives and to reach their full potential
    • first-class music program including our Instrumental Immersion program being launched in 2015 and facilities including soundproof studios, access to a wide range of instruments, full-staging capabilities, private tutors and opportunities to perform in productions, assemblies, eisteddfods and more
    • Creative thinking, reflection, problem solving and expressive dynamic production in Film, Television and New Media, and Visual Arts which are an integral part of the learning process