Middle Years (Years 7 – 9)
Welcome to Swan Valley Anglican Community Middle Years – Educating our young people to thrive in the 21st century!
As the Associate Principal: Middle Years, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Middle Years page. There is little doubt that the middle school years are an important and complex period of a student’s life. It is a period of rapid change and development: a period of transition and growth. This is why we, in Middle Years, recognise the unique needs, interests and skills of this wonderful group of young people and seek to address them by providing a rich academic experience within a caring and fostering environment.
I believe there are three essential aspects to our approach to Middle Years:
The first of these is relationships. We believe that strong relationships hold the key to educational success. In our school, you will see strong and meaningful relationships between students and their teachers; you will see thriving relationships between students and you will see close connections with parents. Indeed, all the research tells us that when schools, parents and communities work together in partnership there will be greater outcomes for all young people.
The second of these is that we want the young people in the Middle Years to be excited about learning: so excited that they want to be life-long learners, acquiring knowledge and skills throughout their lives so that they are able to adapt to this rapidly changing, complex and at times unpredictable world. We, at Swan Valley Anglican Community School, are committed to preparing our students in Middle Years for the challenges that lie ahead. At the centre of this approach is the need to develop deep learning competencies – so that our students are “creative, connected, and collaborative life-long problem solvers who are healthy, holistic human beings who not only contribute to but also create the common good in today’s knowledge-based, creative, interdependent world” (Michael Fullan in A Rich Seam: How New Pedagogies Find Deep Learning). In short, we have to educate our young people to thrive in the 21st century and to manage complex ways of thinking and working. We want them to be passionate about learning, curious and enthused. We want them to be challenged, engaged and to own their own learning. We want them to exceed their own expectations.
The third essential aspect of the Middle Years is our belief in nurturing the whole child. Working within a strong pastoral care model, we want to develop and nurture the social, emotional and spiritual well-being of the students in Years 7 to 9. We want them to have a sense of belonging to this thriving Christian community; we want our children to be strong, resilient and compassionate leaders of tomorrow, who care about this world and want to change it for the better.
Ms Debbie Davies
Associate Principal: Middle Years