Learning Environment

MIddle School Learning Environment

The Middle School teaching team comprises a small group of teachers working collaboratively to present a diverse curriculum to students in Years 7, 8 and 9. This team is led by the Associate Principal for the Middle Years of Schooling and the Director of Teaching and Learning for Middle School.

John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School implemented a middle school structure in 2000, with the inclusion of Year 7 students from its primary and associated feeder schools on to the Mirrabooka Campus. A purpose built Year Seven Suite is specifically provided for the Year Seven Learning Community.

This building caters for 192 Year 7 students and their needs in their transition from the upper primary phase of schooling, particularly fostering the important aspect of relationships and community that have a great bearing on the development of students in early adolescence.

A separate Years 8 and 9 Middle School Learning Community building caters for the educational and social needs of 384 students. The features of the Middle School building include 12 classrooms, kitchenette, lounge facilities and a ‘Learning Street’ where integrated programs and informal social interactions between staff and students are encouraged and initiated. A staff preparation area caters for the requirements of teaching staff from the core learning areas and Education Support Services. The Director of Teaching and Learning for Middle School, and Middle School House Coordinators are also located in this building.

The wide, light-filled Learning Street runs the length of the building and contains student lockers, comfortable chairs and a student food preparation area. Classrooms, all equipped with Smart Boards open off this area. The Year 8 and 9 building has a dedicated student reception desk where attendance checks, uniform passes and other administrative tasks can be handled efficiently. On the south side the modern exterior opens onto Carnley Court, the campus’ central recreation area. The Middle School building has easy access to all major facilities at the Mirrabooka campus including the Catherine O’Neil Library ICT Centre and Cafeteria.

The Learning Street is well designed to cater for student assemblies, House gatherings, Parent Interviews and functions, with a drop down screen and projector enabling professional presentations to take place.  Students work can be easily displayed in this area through learning expos and events such as the annual Art and Design Exhibition.  Photos of student activities are displayed daily along with important notices on our multimedia display screens.