Middle School years 6 to 9
Our middle school is structured from years 6 - 9. The middle school is split into two transitionary areas, our 6 / 7's that still has a primary like structure. Our year 8 and 9 classes run similarly to secondary format. Appropriate methodologies have been taken into consideration in planning, timetable and pedagogy.
Our 6 / 7's are involved in a successful transition program. This program includes and utilises our two feeder school Geranium Primary and Pinnaroo Primary School . The program includes 'Focus Days', integrated sports programs, year level camps and a year 8 for three days program. This transition format allows students in all three schools to develop both academic and social relationships with people that they will be attending school with at the start of year 8.
This year we have brought the year 6/7 class into the secondary timetable with approximately ½ the time spent with one core teacher covering up to 4 learning areas and the rest of the curriculum areas being covered by specialised secondary teachers. Tech Studies and German are taught in seperate year 6 and 7 classes.
The last three years
In 2005 we initiated major changes to our middle school with the introduction of vertical home groups for years 8 - 10. These were named according to old school sites that were eventually amalgamated into Lameroo Regional Community School , Yappara, Allenby, Beauvale, Clanfield.
At the same time Teacher / subject rooms were initiated, and were transformed to a positive subject learning environment and an integrated pastoral care program, which have been highly successful.
The vertical home groups are designed and envisaged to promote cross age socialisation, tutoring, leadership opportunities and to create a peer support structure for all students that crossed age boundaries.
The names of the home groups allowed for the development of class mottos, banners and logos, these change every year allowing for new student input and development of ideas.
2006 Home Group Banners
2007 Home Group Banners
This is further developed by having inter-home group sports challenges and activities throughout the year where classes need to work as a team and develop skills in negotiation, communication, self esteem and group work. This is further exemplified by recognising the groups with coloured bandanas which align with their banner colours. All of these factors develop a sense of pride, comradely and mateship amongst the people in each home-group.
This development of ownership was transferred to the school lockers that were allocated to each home-group. Each home group was allocated a set of lockers and painted them with their name in their class colours. Since this has happened the occurrence of vandalism to these lockers has diminished dramatically.