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Middle School: Years 6 to 8

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Scotch College's middle secondary school programme creates a smooth transition from junior and early secondary schooling to senior schooling.

Transition, innovation and engagement

Serving students from Year 6 to Year 8, the curriculum provides vast opportunities to explore and pursue new areas of interest that will then allow students to streamline their learning throughout Senior School. Our private secondary school is committed to creating an environment where students are given the best chance to foster their growing independence, social awareness and leadership capabilities.

Curriculum and International Baccalaureate

Welcome to the Scotch College Middle School years, an exciting and challenging period of physical, intellectual and social transition for your son. Our academic program delivers the Australian National Curriculum within the framework of the International Baccalaureate's Middle Years Programme. Service, collaboration and preparation for participation in an increasingly global society are strong features of our Middle Years programme.

Developmental needs

Whilst providing an environment where students feel secure, happy and recognised, the middle years are also about offering boys increased opportunity and challenges to discover how they learn, how to manage themselves, how to work with others and where they want to go. Opportunities abound in Music, Performing Arts, Design and Technology, Sport, the Visual Arts and Outdoor Education to develop and pursue areas of interest to sophisticated levels.

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I invite you to contact the College to arrange a tour of Middle School and see our community in action. Additionally, we are pleased to offer a Discover Day at Scotch College where your son can gain some insight into the rich experiences on offer at the College. Please contact Admissions to arrange this.

As the Head of Middle School it is my pleasure to work with you and your son in arguably one of the most dynamic learning periods of his life.

Mr Brad Gill
Head of Middle School

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Teaching and Learning

The Middle School teaches the Australian Curriculum and is delivered within the framework of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.

The focus in the MYP is on concept-based learning and developing the transferable skills described in the Approaches to Learning.

In Year 8 the Community Project is a collaborative project that presents boys the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, communication, research, thinking and social skills as a culminating experience of the MYP.

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Co-curricular opportunities add a richness that boys can elect to take part in. From before and after school homework clubs to participating in full scale drama productions, musical concerts or community service activities. Chess Club, Ceramics Club, King of the Courts and Philosophy Club hint at the range of creative thinking and challenging opportunities on offer each term.

Community and Service

The Community and Service programme at Scotch has evolved over decades of engagement by boys in a multitude of service activities. Service action is facilitated through partnerships with agencies and encouraging boys to seek out individual opportunities to serve, giving tangible expression to our Christian values.

From Kindergarten to Year 12, boys have access to service activities framed around the Scotch Service Model cornerstones: Nurture; Inspire; Sustain; and Connect. Service is at the heart of all three International Baccalaureate programmes, and central to our school motto of 'Preparing Boys for Life' - a life of servant leadership.

In Middle School boys are provided opportunities to serve through class activities and service clubs. Boys are encouraged to initiate service action and take a leadership role in managing activities.

Examples of service activities in Middle School include:

  • Fundraising for Dunally School in Tasmania which was destroyed in a fire
  • Making dolls for Uthando Orphanage in Zimbabwe
  • Collecting clothing and food for the homeless
  • Performing music at aged care facilities

Pastoral Care and Wellbeing

The wellbeing of students in the Middle School is developed and managed through our pastoral care programs and is built upon the concept of recognising and respecting the rights of others.

Underpinning the pastoral care culture of Middle School is the Home Room and Home Room teacher structure. Each student has a Home Room teacher who has the most significant pastoral care responsibility for the boy. Class by class generated Essential Agreements provide an agreed guiding framework for expectations and behaviour.

Supporting the Home Room teachers in the area of Wellbeing and Pastoral Care are Year Level Coordinators, Chaplain, Psychologist, Deputy Head of Middle School and Director of Wellbeing, with oversight of Wellbeing and Pastoral Care throughout the College.

The wellbeing of our community is a priority of the College.

Sport and Outdoor Education

Sport is a valuable component of the secondary school programme at Scotch College. The School recognises the need for every boy to participate in sport and places a strong emphasis on participation as well as performing to individual potential. Participation is crucial to a student's development. All boys have access to the School's renowned sports playing fields and recreational facilities.

In addition to the Physical Education programme the boys from Years 5 to Year 12 choose a seasonal sport. There are a great range of sports to choose from including Basketball, Cricket, Rowing, Swimming, Water Polo, Volleyball, Tennis, Sailing, Strength & Conditioning (Year 11 & 12), Badminton, Cross Country, Football, Hockey, Rugby, Soccer, Triathlon, Touch, Golf and Surfing.

All boys participate in Swimming, Cross-Country and Athletics and take part in Inter-House and Inter-School competitions throughout the year.

Information Learning Technology and Libraries

The Scotch Library and Information Learning Technology departments form a strategic partnership to create an environment at Scotch that provides each boy with access to the most up to date information through the most suitable technological tools for learning. Through common goals each department supports the boys on a daily basis with dedicated teams delivering a rich curriculum.

For students in the Middle School, the library builds on the foundations of the Unit of Inquiry, which explores the personal aspects of students through the Primary Years Programme. The Middle Years Programme begins to lead students beyond the personal to local and international communities, and it is the library's role to maintain links to resources delivering differing levels of complexity for your son to access for his classes and his own personal interests.

Years 6 and 7

Students in Years 6 and 7 have a timetabled library period directed by the teacher librarian and the classroom teacher. Both are present in the library while the lesson is delivered and play co-operative roles in the delivery and support of the lesson content. These lessons are based on the scope and sequence to teach students research techniques while encompassing the general competencies that are a part of the Australian curriculum.

Year 8

Year 8 students do not have a dedicated library period; rather the library is involved in lessons by accommodating requests for research guides which the teachers deliver inside their normal classroom. The boys do have dedicated borrowing periods where teachers bring them to the library to borrow new books and to discuss their reading with the teacher librarian. This represents the start of a change in the operations of the library as this is the same methodology in the Senior Library.

Device use

In the middle years, your son's use of technology increases with greater emphasis on personal use and organisation while using his device. This is a critical time for your son to develop understanding of his role in a digital world and the expectations and responsibilities that come with being a digital citizen.

Throughout his day, he will be required to have his iPad and Apple pencil as a tool for learning in Year 6 and Year 7.  In Year 8, he will use his laptop to access his curriculum courses.  The vision for digital learning at Scotch College is focused on a connected, collaborative and creative curriculum afforded by the use of technologies when relevant to the learning experience.

Digital technologies are seamlessly integrated with tradition methods of teaching and learning and as a tool to transform learning possibilities.  There are a variety of possibilities throughout each day in different subject areas that involve video, audio, sketch-noting, design and research skills.

As an Apple Distinguished School, we are committed to the Apple ecosystem that we believe provides the best overall experience for learning.

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Specialist facilities

Specialist facilities in the Middle School include integrated academic support classrooms, a dedicated food technology centre, design technology workshops, French and Indonesian Language classrooms and music studio and practice rooms all overlooking our expansive College ovals. Year 7 and 8 boarders live in the Year 7 and 8 boarding House also known as Anderson House. The Middle School buildings border a central grassed quadrangle that provides a centre for boys to meet, socialise and play.

Academic Extension

For boys of high academic ability, we offer a range of targeted, differentiated and innovative educational programmes. These are designed to empower boys to realize their potential and harness their talents towards making a positive contribution to the global community.

Being accepted into an enrichment opportunity requires the student to be able to manage the normal curriculum and, at times, be withdrawn from classes or attend before school and after school sessions.

The Enrichment Programme in Years 6–8 is overseen and coordinated by an Enrichment Programme Coordinator in conjunction with the Middle School Dean of Teaching and Learning.

Academic Support

The role of Academic Support in the Middle School is to initially identify boys with special educational needs who are not achieving at year level or those boys with gaps in their knowledge and understanding, who would benefit from smaller classes in English and/or Mathematics. Analysis of Orientation Day Academic Assessment Services test results, NAPLAN results, school reports, reports from external specialists as well as parent information is used to determine students requiring additional support.

Scotch College Middle School caters for these students through the option of attending smaller Mathematics or English classes. These classes are limited to ten students in Year 6 and 14 students in Years 7 and 8. The classes run at the same time as mainstream classes on the timetable.

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Scotch College is a highly esteemed all boys private secondary school in Perth, Western Australia committed to enriching the lives of students across the state.

If you'd like to find out more about Scotch College's Middle School programme, contact us on +61 8 9383 6800 or email us at today.

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