Phoenix is at the forefront in developing teaching and learning strategies for students in these crucial years. Utilising significant research, the College is committed to “essential outcomes” for students by the completion of Year 9.

These “essential outcomes” relate to levels of performance in literacy, numeracy, information communication technology skills, enrichment, social competencies and leadership skills.

Students in the Middle School access a rich curriculum which addresses their individual learning needs, from those who enjoy a challenge to those who need additional learning access. Our College “Academic Achievers” program provides an accelerated learning pathway for students across all learning areas.

Individual learning styles are acknowledged and incorporated into teaching practice in these years. The development of sound study habits and strategies is integrated into the Year 7 program. Students in Year 8 consolidate this sound foundation of core skills, accessing programs that further develop their thinking skills and ability to problem solve.

In Year 9, students undertake semester length programs designed to engage and challenge them in their learning. Community-based projects provide opportunities for self-discovery, leadership and self-directed learning, providing a solid foundation for their senior years.

Year 7

Year 7 is an important year in which students settle into the secondary school environment, culture and learning habits. Year 7 students have a minimised number of teachers and have a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy while participating in a broad range of specialist subjects. This establishes a strong foundation for future learning in the secondary environment. The Year 7 program is made up of compulsory subjects so that students experience all areas.

Subjects:

  • English
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • HAPE (Heath and Physical Education)
  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Chinese
  • Food Technology
  • Woodwork
  • Textiles
  • Metals

Year 8

In Year 8, students again study from the complete range of learning areas to enable them to make considered decisions about their pathway and interests when they enter Year 9. Classes will be reorganised into core groups and students will be mixed across the Villages. This provides a transition to the more flexible timetable structure in Year 9. It assists with students’ ability to manage change and allows them to broaden their friendship groups across the College.

Subjects:

  • English
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • HAPE (Heath and Physical Education)
  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Chinese
  • Food Technology
  • Woodwork
  • Textiles
  • Metals

Year 9

In Year 9 the student learning program becomes individualised to meet the specific needs of each student. Students will have comprehensive counselling to ensure that literacy and numeracy teaching meets their point of need. Student learning horizons are broadened in Year 9 to include the first opportunity to experience an applied learning module, known as Phoenix Connect. Students will undertake Phoenix Connect for one semester.

Subjects:

  • English
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • HAPE (Heath and Physical Education)
  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Chinese
  • Food Technology
  • Woodwork
  • Textiles
  • Metals
  • Applied Learning

Academic Achievers

Each year Phoenix College runs a select entry Academic Achievers Program in Year 7. These students will undertake enriched studies in English, Mathematics, Humanities and Science; and will study Chinese as LOTE for the whole year.

Entry to the Academic Achievers Program is determined by application, testing and interview. Academic achievements are the focus for this class and students within the program will need to ensure they consistently demonstrate a strong work ethic both in and out of class.

Beyond Year 7, students in the Academic Achievers Program will remain together as a class in Years 8 and 9 for their core studies of English, Mathematics, Humanities and Science; and continue their studies of LOTE. These students will be given course counselling by the Academic Achievers Program Coordinator to select elective classes in The Arts, Technology and HAPE to provide a full program.

Phoenix Connect

Year 9 students undertake the Phoenix Connect Program for a semester. This program is centred in the Applied Learning open space within the Bonshaw Village. Phoenix Connect is an inquiry-based learning program with key themes on developing understanding of self. Projects move initially from a school community level, progressively to a local community platform and then finally developing projects to include a global community focus.

Phoenix Connect encompasses all kinds of learning styles using individual small and large group work scenarios. A variety of learning platforms from visual, audio, reading/writing and kinaesthetic activities are used to deliver content.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care encompasses learning to help students map a pathway to life beyond school. PCG time will be used for independent reading and study, career and school pathway development, leisure and personal interest skills and activities and, organisation and goal setting. The PCG teacher can act as an advocate for the student and should be the first point of contact for families.