curriculum

Middle School
prospectus

Year 7 – Year 9

Successful learning in the Middle Years is dependent upon the level of engagement, wellbeing and cognitive skills developed across the Early Years.

The culture of this Reception to Year 12 school is supportive of the development of these important elements which foster the essential learning qualities of persistence, conscientiousness and a sense of self-efficacy

Middle School students are challenged with greater ownership for their own learning as they engage in collaborative problem solving, inquiry learning and interdisciplinary learning in flexible learning spaces. The learning environment in Middle School is more separated than the Primary Years and there is an expectation that students become independent learners with the capacity to be inventive and innovative.

Students in Years 7-9 undertake a range of subjects aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Their learning occurs through a continuous mixing of explicit teaching and negotiated learning. Students are provided with the skills to analyse their own learning style and negotiate a preferred method of preparing and presenting their learning.
Middle School students undertake a common curriculum in the following learning areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science (including Agricultural Science)
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • The Arts
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Technologies (Design & Technology, Media, Home Economics, Agricultural and Cross- curricula Technologies)
Respect, participate, achieve

Middle schooling at Mount Compass recognises the needs of the adolescent learner and provides a broad curriculum that allows students to develop independent learning skills in an environment of mutual respect and trust.

Middle School

Student Leaders

Abbie, Year 7

Abbie For what year are you the captain? Year 7

Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I accepted the nomination because I wanted to make a difference and help others. I wanted to help improve the school in a way that other people want.

What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? The best thing about being chosen for me was that I actually get to help make a difference and make the school better.

What are your favourite subjects and why? My favourite subjects are PE because I love sports and I’m really active, Indonesian because I love learning about different cultures, English because I love writing stories, and Art because I am really creative.

Who is your favourite teacher and why? My favourite teachers are Mr Sinclair, Mr Nizzola, Bu Jemma and Ms De Zilwa because they all push me to be my best and be successful in life. Even though I haven’t had Mr Nizzola for a long time I know he is really kind and pushes everyone to be their best.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School? My favourite thing about Mount Compass Area School is all my memories and friends I have made along the way.

Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why? Yes, because it teaches great leadership skills and sometimes great life lessons.

What would I like to see change in the school? I would like to see the change of more charity events because people are struggling in life.

Nellie, Year 8

Nellie For what year are you the captain? Year 8

Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I accepted the nomination because being a Student Leader gives you the chance to be a role model and play an active role in the school. I also wanted a challenge and the opportunity to help my peers and school.

What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader?
The best thing I liked was the fact that even though I volunteered to be the leader I was chosen out of a bunch of students so I must be doing something right.

What are your favourite subjects and why?
My favourite subjects are by far PE and English. I love PE because I love being active and competitive with mental and physical challenges.

Who is your favourite teacher and why? My favourite teachers are Mrs Davis and Mr Sinclair. Mrs Davis is because she sets high expectations which seem harsh at the time but always prove to make you more successful, she also has an awesome sense of humour to get us through the lessons. Mr Sinclair is because he is enthusiastic about what he teaches and somehow manages to teach me more in a lesson than most teachers can. He is always happy to have a chat and always makes an effort to get to know his students. I have also had these teachers since reception so I have known them for a while.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School? At Mount Compass Area School the teachers care so much about us and are so helpful, we also have an amazing space to go to school every day.

Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why? Yes, because even if you don’t enjoy it you are putting yourself out there and trying something new. If you get nominated or chosen you know you are good enough and have earnt your place and are appreciated in the school community.

What would I like to see change in the school? I would like to see more students playing a more active role in the school and feel more comfortable in the school.

Indi, Year 9

Indi For what year are you the captain? Year 9

Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I accepted the nomination because I wanted to make a change in our wonderful school, and wanted students to get more of what they need or want to learn.

What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? The best thing is I love to help people in need and from personal experience I wanted people not to feel as though they were alone.

What are your favourite subjects and why?  Can I just say maths is not my strong point but my favourite subjects are English, Design & Technology, Ag and Science.

Who is your favourite teacher and why?  My favourite teachers are Ms Farquhar because she has an honest way of teaching and when you need help you get it, and Mr Nizzola who helps me with my Maths and kept pushing me to do my best.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School? What I love most is Ag and Science at Mount Compass Area School.

Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why? I would recommend Year Group Captain because it is really fun and you meet lots of new people.
What would I like to see change in the school? I would like to change more interactive lessons for older students.

Hannah, Year 7

HannahFor what year are you the captain? Year 7

Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I accepted because I knew I could help people and make the school a better place to be in.

What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? The best thing about being chosen as student leader was that I know teachers and SSOs trust me.

What are your favourite subjects and why? I like all of my subjects because they are all interesting and help me prepare for the rest of my life.

Who is your favourite teacher and why? I like all of my teachers because they are all different.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School? I love being taught things I need to know for the future at Mount Compass Area School.

Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why? I would recommend people to be a Year Group Captain because you meet people, make changes in the school and help the students.

What would I like to see change in the school? I would like to change people not being bullied and see people smile more.

Nathan, Year 8

NathanFor what year are you the captain? Year 8

Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I accepted the nomination because I wanted to help and make changes in the school.

What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader?  The best thing is that I can help students voice go into the school and help make the school a better learning place.

What are your favourite subjects and why? My favourite subjects are AG because I like to learn about animals and farms. I like Home Ec because I like to cook.

Who is your favourite teacher and why?  One of my favourite teachers is Mrs Edwards because she teaches AG and makes the lesson fun. My other favourite teacher is Mrs Davis because she pushes me to do the best I can.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?  What I love the best about Mount Compass is how nice the students and teachers are.

Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why?  I would recommend being a Student Leader because you can help change the school.

What would I like to see change in the school?  I would like to change Middle School talking more to the Junior school.

Tara, Year 9

TaraFor what year are you the captain? Year 9

Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I accepted the nomination because I thought it would be a great experience and I enjoyed it so much last year. I just really wanted to meet new people and make more connections around the school. I also just wanted to make a difference and help my fellow peers.

What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader?  The best thing about being chosen is it made me believe in myself and gave me confidence to know someone believed I could do the job right.

What are your favourite subjects and why? My favourite subject would be Maths because it is the same in every country and I just overall love all the different aspects and elements.

Who is your favourite teacher and why?  Ms Wilkinson is my favourite teacher because she is just an overall good teacher, gets straight to the point and sometimes she can be really funny. She is also just nice to all students and keeps it fair when needed.

What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?  I love how you can know everyone around you and have friendships across all year levels. I also love how welcoming and inviting Mount Compass Area School is, everyone is just caring and respectful, it’s just a really nice school.

Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why?  I would recommend it because it’s an opportunity to give your peers a voice and a chance to change your learning environment. You can also just get to know others.

What would I like to see change in the school?  I would just like an environment where everyone can come together, also for Mount Compass to be a place of laughs and learning.