Middle
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Welcome from the Head of Middle School

Middle School students are rewarding and fascinating individuals who have much to offer their school and the wider community. This simple, yet powerful, philosophy underpins our approach to the education of students in Years 5 to 8 at Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School.

The purpose of Middle School at Lindisfarne is to create an educational environment that nurtures the development of responsible, thoughtful citizens in an increasingly interdependent global society. Our Middle School students are challenged to explore, create, make decisions and actively participate in and become accountable for their learning.

The Middle School environment is founded on close, caring connections between teachers and students within an educational framework closely aligned to the Anglican ethos. In this environment, we provide a diverse, engaging and rigorous academic program that develops competent, self-reliant, 21st-century problem solvers.

Jeremy Godden
Head of Middle School

At a stage where students are undergoing many physical, social and emotional changes, students require a focused approach in early adolescence to meet their specific needs.

Curriculum (Years 5 to 8)

At the heart of our Middle School philosophy is the importance of being able to meet the individual needs of our students and provide a seamless transition through the stages.

Students in Stage 3 (Years 5 and 6) are emerging from the directed learning environment of primary school, and are starting to think more independently and develop a greater sense of self. Whilst still gaining the benefits of one core teacher and their own classroom, students in Stage 3 enjoy the variety of specialist teachers in subjects such as Music, Dance, Drama, Language, Visual Art and PDHPE.

Students in Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8) have emerged into a new environment that places importance on independence, but they still require support, structure and guidance to ensure that their changing needs are being met both within and outside of the classroom. Students enjoy the consistency of time with their Homeroom Teacher every morning to provide the support needed as their independent learning journey begins.

The students and staff are supported by Year Level Coordinators under the guidance of the Head of Middle School.

Years 5 and 6 (Stage 3)

  • Performing Arts Opportunities
  • English
  • History
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Library
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • PDHPE
  • Religious and Values Education
  • Science and Technology
  • Visual Arts
  • HSIE

Years 7 and 8 (Stage 4)

  • Drama
  • English
  • French or Japanese
  • Human Society and Its Environment
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • PDHPE
  • Religious and Values Education
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts

Information Technology is integrated into all areas of Stage 4.

STEM

Lindisfarne has a solid program to implement and develop cross-curricular STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) projects through all year levels.

National STEM school education initiatives are focused on the development of skills in cross-disciplinary, critical and creative thinking, problem-solving and digital technologies, which are essential in all 21st-century occupations. This is critical in ensuring that all young Australians are equipped with the necessary STEM skills and knowledge that they will need to succeed.

Lindisfarne has entered into a partnership with the University of Sydney’s STEM Enrichment Academy. Established in 2014 and the first of its kind in Australia, the Academy offers knowledge, skills, support and resources to enable teachers to make a real change in their classroom teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects.

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Academic Enrichment

A holistic program designed to cater for the needs of all Lindisfarne students by guiding them on a passionate learning journey filled with opportunities, as they embark on a voyage of discovery.

Our Academic Enrichment Program allows students to be driving their own learning and foster a passion for lifelong learning with the support of Learning Enrichment Specialists. Students’ talents are extended through enrichment programs allowing them to discover new pathways, take risks and follow their passions.

These experiences are varied and extensive and include:

  • Creative Entrepreneurs (DisruptEd).
  • Challenges and engagement with industry professionals.
  • Accelerated pathways of study (Business at Bond).
  • Engagement with visiting Global Entrepreneurs and Academics.
  • Competitions to challenge and ignite that spark for learning.
  • Australian Futuristic Space Design Competition.
  • Creative Musical and Dramatic Performance.

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Ad Astra

The introduction of the Ad Astra Advanced Academics Program provides the School with additional opportunity to support and enhance the academic achievement of our high performing and high potential students in Years 6 and 7.

The aim of the Ad Astra Advanced Academics Program is to recognise outstanding young students who have consistently demonstrated advanced academic abilities and provide them with opportunities to extend themselves in fields that are of interest to them, whilst developing thinking skills and being exposed to experiences that expand their horizons in all areas of their school life.

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Learning enrichment

The varied interests and talents of students are encouraged through a wide variety of programs, rich in quality differentiation, catering for individual needs through tailored plans.

Our Learning and Support Enrichment Program works collaboratively with students, families, teachers and external professionals to inspire and nurture talents to ensure the best possible outcomes for students.

Wellbeing

We are committed to promoting the wellbeing of all students by supporting them to be physically and mentally healthy and able to cope with life’s challenges in a positive and constructive way. Crucial to this is the excellent pastoral care provided to all Middle School students through their Homeroom Teachers and Year Level Coordinators.

In order to ensure our students are well-positioned within a safe and supportive environment that will nurture and develop their potential, academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually, Lindisfarne places a great deal of emphasis on student wellbeing and resilience.

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Music, Sport and our co-curricular program continue to be important aspects of schooling throughout the Middle School.

Co-curricular, Music and Sport

In the Middle School, we encourage all students to participate actively in all co-curricular opportunities. Not only are these activities fun and engaging, but they also help shape the well-rounded mindsets we aspire for our students.

A wide range of Co-curricular choices

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