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Middle School at St John’s Catholic College encompasses Years 7 to Year 9 and is informed by the following:

Religious Education

Journey in Faith program

The Australian Curriculum

Arts
English
Health and Physical Education
Humanities and Social Sciences (History and Geography)
Languages
Mathematics
Science
Technologies

Core Subjects

English
Health and Physical Education
Humanities and Social Sciences (History and Geography)
Mathematics
Religious Education
Science

Assessment

The assessment of student work is in line with the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards

A range of programs

A range of programs catering for student literacy needs – see Targeted Placement

Specialist teachers

Subject specialist teachers

Smaller classes

Smaller class sizes

Support for additional learning needs

Provision of a Learning Centre supporting students with additional learning needs

English program

International Intensive English Program

Retreat and Camp program

Students will participate in a retreat as part of their study in the Religious Education program

Access to the Darwin Region School Sport program

A range of sporting opportunities are available throughout the year

Leadership opportunities

Student Representative Council: Students from each year level form a council to discuss student needs and initiatives within the College

Learning Centre

Provision of a learning centre to support students with additional learning needs

Laptop Program

Students in Year 7 are provided with a laptop to use for their classes. Each student is designated a laptop which they are responsible for. Students will continue to use this laptop in Year 8 and 9. The laptop remains the property of the school and does not leave the school premises

Textbooks

Students loan their textbooks from the College library for subjects like Mathematics

Reports

St John’s Catholic College reports to parents four times a year with an Interim Report at the end of Term 1 and Term 3; and an End of Semester Report at the end of Term 2 and Term 4

Elective Program Year 7

Students undertake Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese and two of the following as part of a taster program:
Art
Dance
Design and Technology: Materials
Drama
Food and Hospitality
Music

Elective Program Years 8 & 9

Students in Year 8 and Year 9 undertake two electives from the following list:
Art
Bahasa Indonesia
Dance
Design and Technology: Materials
Drama
Food and Hospitality
Japanese
Music

*Please note that Year 8 and Year 9 electives are combined classes.

Targeted Placement:

Targeted Placement occurs in the Middle School, Years 7 – 9. Targeted Placement is used in the following subject areas: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science and SOSE. Targeted Placement refers to the grouping of students in classes based on academic levels to better cater for their learning needs. Targeted Placement provides the opportunity for students to receive support and/or extension depending on their progress in each subject area. Targeted Placement decisions are informed by a range of data collected through: NAPLAN, standardised tests and school assessment.

LOTE – Language other than English:

St John’s Catholic College operates a LOTE (Language other than English) program. Pathways in both Bahasa Indonesia and Japanese are offered. Students undertake a semester of each in Year 7 and have the option to pursue these languages further as part of the Elective Program.