Middle School is comprised of Years 7-10. The Middle School Program aims to build a strong foundation so that students are well prepared to meet the demands of the VCE and beyond. Our teachers understand the specific needs of young adolescents who are developing physically, intellectually and emotionally. Middle School is a time when patterns of behaviour and thinking are established, and our program provides a creative and stimulating environment for students to grow and mature.

Transition to Middle School

The College has a comprehensive transition program into Year 7 including orientation days the year prior to entry and a camp for all students in the first few days of Term 1 in the year of entry. The camp program gives students the opportunity to quickly form relationships with their teachers and peers in a supportive and relaxed environment and enables students to return to the classroom with greater ease and confidence having already established new friendships.

Years 8 – 10

Throughout the middle school years students are challenged to give their best and to develop values such as honesty, trust, respect, sensitivity, tolerance, responsibility, diligence and self-discipline. In Years 8-9, students build on their knowledge and experiences and are challenged to participate in a variety of enrichment programs and activities. After completing these years, students are provided with a number of broad choices made available to them through the core and elective program offered at Year 10. This final year in the Middle School is very much seen as a culmination of the middle years of schooling and a preparation year for the VCE.

Curriculum

General Information

Years 7 – Year 10
At a time of transition and physical change from childhood to adolescence, students in Middle School embark on an exciting new phase of their learning journey.

Middle School is a time for students to discover and refine their interests and talents – whether in the Arts, English, ICT, languages, Mathematics, Music, Drama, Sport, Technology or Sciences. It is a formative time for students to create and shape their future, make discoveries, achieve personal goals, nurture and develop their leadership qualities and participate and engage in a wide variety of curricular and co-curricular activities.

Wellbeing
An essential adjunct to the academic program in the middle school years is our ongoing wellbeing program – with different themes interweaving across the year levels.

YEAR 7: self-esteem and self-awareness, discovering and understanding of each student’s individual learning style.

YEAR 8: team-work, peer respect and responsibility, community.

YEAR 9: relationships, communication, environment, the global community.

YEAR 10: ethics, leadership, community, self-respect, purposeful living.

Fundamental to the wellbeing of each student is the opportunity to work in a three-way partnership with their teachers and parents.

  • YEAR 7
  • YEAR 8
  • YEAR 9
  • YEAR 10
  • ENGLISH

English is a common study that encourages students to regard reading, writing, listening, speaking and thinking as active and integrated processes. It approaches language development through a variety of contexts in which language is used.

  • HUMANITIES

Humanities is a study of human progress considering how people have organised themselves into societies over time and how they have interacted with their physical environments. Humanities includes the disciplines of History, Geography, Environmental Studies, Economics, Legal and Political Studies.

  • CHINESE

The aim is to develop students’ communication skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in Chinese to enable them to understand and talk about simple topics.

The course also seeks to foster an understanding and tolerance of others, broaden students’ cultural horizons and general knowledge by introducing them to the Chinese way of life and culture.

  • FRENCH

Students embarking on the study of French will discover how the French have contributed to many different aspects of the modern world in a range of areas such as the Arts, music, theatre, literature, gastronomy, science, mathematics, medecine, sport and other areas.

The study of French may also culminate in the participation in a language immersion exchange to France where students can put their language skills into practice and learn in greater detail about the lives of the French people and their culture. These exchanges are often the beginning of a lifelong journey where students develop ongoing friendships with their French host families and friends.

 

  • MATHEMATICS

Mathematics is the study of function and pattern in number, logic, space and structure. It provides both a framework for thinking and a means of symbolic communication that is powerful, logical, concise and precise. It also provides a means by which people can understand and manage their environment. Essential mathematical activities include calculating and computing, abstracting, conjecturing, proving, applying, investigating, modelling, and problem posing and solving.

  • SCIENCE

Science classes provide students with an opportunity to develop a solid foundation in scientific knowledge, understanding, skills and values on which further learning and adult life can be built. Students should be able to engage in communication of and about science, value evidence and scepticism, and question scientific claims made by others.

  • PRODUCT DESIGN + TECHNOLOGY

Product Design and Technology is offered at each year level with increased skills and competencies. Central to the development of technology in society is the use of materials, both natural and synthetic, to meet the needs of individuals and society as a whole. This study focuses on the understanding and use of the materials of wood, metal and plastic and their importance to our society.

  • FOOD STUDIES

Food Studies incorporates all the key concepts in food preparation, using a variety of different equipment, processes and methods of analysis.

  • PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Education examines the benefits of physical activity, and factors that influence people’s attitudes towards participation in physical activity. Physical Education provides another avenue for student’s to develop values, sportspersonship, teamwork, experiential learning skills and fitness.

  • SPORT

Sport is a common study for all students. It provides them with an opportunity to participate in a variety of sports in a competitive environment. Sport is a component of Physical Education that includes the development of sport skills, an understanding of the origins and rules of various sports and an appreciation of codes of behaviour.

  • VISUAL ART

Visual Art encourages personal and creative responses to a range of stimulus through the investigation of different materials, techniques and processes. The course develops each student’s individual style and they are supported to produce highly imaginative visual approaches and explore and develop their ideas.

Students explore self-identity and self-expression through their personal art making and when responding to artworks by a range of artists.

  • MUSIC

In Music, students are instructed to identify and manipulate rhythm, pitch, dynamics and expression, form and structure, timbre and texture in their listening, composing and performing. They will also consider social, cultural and historical contexts of music.

  • DRAMA

Work in this course varies to reflect the abilities and interests of the students through an exploration of drama and movement. Students will be able to show their understanding of key concepts through performance skills and styles. The course also places emphasis on collaborative decision-making and group dynamics.

  • GLOBAL CHEF

Students will explore international cuisines and exotic desserts gaining an understanding of the tastes and textures that are enjoyed by people of other countries.

During practical sessions students will develop their culinary competencies by preparing and taste testing unusual food combinations and different cooking techniques to produce international dishes and exotic desserts.

  • ROBOTICS

In this elective students will investigate, design and create robotic solutions to solve a range of technical real world problems. Higher order thinking skills will be required to create innovative hardware and software solutions that robots can usefully employ. Students will work collaboratively in teams to analyse and develop mechanical and electronic solutions.

  • MAKE, BAKE, CREATE

Investigating a variety of traditional and innovative techniques to produce a range of baked goods. Discover exciting emerging technologies used within commercial and domestic food production.

  • FURNITURE DESIGN

Students will design and create an item of furniture used to seat an occupant. Topics that are investigated in this course include sustainable design, ergonomics and the research and development of a creative solution to a design brief. The project will develop a range of practical construction skills in advanced timber joinery. The practical knowledge of the safe and correct use of a range of tools and equipment commonly used in furniture manufacture will also be a focus of the course.

  • FILM AND EDITING

Media is everywhere so why not enjoy it? Film and Editing will explore how media reflects modern society and influences change and attitudes. In this elective students will explore a range of filming and editing techniques and skills to produce a variety of short films.

  • VISUAL COMMUNICATION AND DESIGN

Visual Communication Design explores the use of design in the everyday environment. Students will study Communication, Product and Environmental Designs before designing their own products. Visual Communication Design is the commercial application of Art and can lead to careers in fields including Engineering, Graphic Design, Architecture, Landscape Design, Product Design, Games Design, Multimedia and Interior Design.

  • THEATRE STUDIES

Theatre Studies explores the world of devised and scripted drama. Students get an opportunity to work with their classmates to create short plays. Theatre Studies focuses on the ‘comedy’ style of performance, while learning about historical and modern comedy styles and having a lot of fun doing it.

  • VCE STUDIES

Kingswood College’s innovative Year 10 VCE Studies Program teaches students how to future-proof their career choices.

Kingswood is the only school in Victoria to offer this program that provides students with essential skills including problem solving, creativity, financial and digital literacy, critical thinking, presentations, communications and team work.

Students develop their own individual Career Action Plan to give them an understanding of their strengths, skills and aptitude, and enable them to self-manage their learning and career goals.

All coursework is completed online via a dedicated portal. On completion of Year 10 students attain the following nationally recognised certificates:

  • 10584 National Certificate ll in Career Preparation
  • 10585 National Certificate lll in Career Advancement

The units of study required to obtain these certificates have been mapped to the Year 10 curriculum and students complete these as part of their standard Year 10 course.

Having completed the two certificates, students are then eligible for two VCE units accredited in Year 11 and two VCE units accredited in Year 12. This gives them a distinct advantage in their ATAR score.

  • COMMERCE

Commerce explores the ways in which individuals, families, the community, workers, businesses and governments make decisions in relation to the allocation of resources. It enables students to understand the process of economic and business decision-making at the personal, local, national, regional and global levels and the effects of these decisions on themselves and others, now and in the future. Students learn to appreciate the interdependence of decisions made and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that will inform and encourage them to participate in, and contribute to, the economy.

  • LINKS

This subject is designed to support and assist students who have previously undertaken LINKS classes and who will benefit from additional attention to the improvement of skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. This course complements other subjects and develops skills that are essential for all subject areas such as literacy skills, organisation and study skills.

  • CAFE MASTERCLASS

Students build on their basic culinary skills and cooking techniques through meal planning while having the opportunity to use new and advanced technology. Students conduct practical research by visiting local cafes, and food halls, food markets and specialty food outlets investigating what new foods and ingredients are available in the marketplace.

  • PROGRAMMING AND GAMES DEVELOPMENT

Programming and Games Development explores a range of programming languages and game genres. Students will write their own mobile game and use a range of editing techniques and digital drawing skills to produce a variety of designs.

  • CREATIVE DIGITAL MEDIA

In Creative Digital Media students use current industry software programs and the College’s TV studio and recording facilities to help them manipulate, edit and produce professional quality work.

  • PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography teaches the skills and processes of ‘black and white’ photography and darkroom procedures, and introduces students to the care and operation of photographic equipment, including the SLR camera and photographic enlargers. Students are taught correct processing and printing and are encouraged to explore ideas in an imaginative way, developing an awareness of the techniques and skills required to produce photographic images of quality.

  • BODY IN MOTION

Body in Motion develops knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body and focuses on the practical application of such knowledge in relation to sport, physical education and recreation.

  • SPORT COACHING AND MANAGEMENT

Sport Coaching and Management is an extension for students wanting to explore beyond the bounds of the regular Physical Education program. They gain first hand experience in planning and conducting an event, are given the opportunity to coach their peers (and junior students, where possible) on various skills.

ENGLISH

English is a common study that encourages students to regard reading, writing, listening, speaking and thinking as active and integrated processes. It approaches language development through a variety of contexts in which language is used.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
HUMANITIES

Humanities is a study of human progress considering how people have organised themselves into societies over time and how they have interacted with their physical environments. Humanities includes the disciplines of History, Geography, Environmental Studies, Economics, Legal and Political Studies.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
CHINESE

The aim is to develop students’ communication skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in Chinese to enable them to understand and talk about simple topics.

The course also seeks to foster an understanding and tolerance of others, broaden students’ cultural horizons and general knowledge by introducing them to the Chinese way of life and culture.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
FRENCH

Students embarking on the study of French will discover how the French have contributed to many different aspects of the modern world in a range of areas such as the Arts, music, theatre, literature, gastronomy, science, mathematics, medecine, sport and other areas.

The study of French may also culminate in the participation in a language immersion exchange to France where students can put their language skills into practice and learn in greater detail about the lives of the French people and their culture. These exchanges are often the beginning of a lifelong journey where students develop ongoing friendships with their French host families and friends.

 

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
MATHEMATICS

Mathematics is the study of function and pattern in number, logic, space and structure. It provides both a framework for thinking and a means of symbolic communication that is powerful, logical, concise and precise. It also provides a means by which people can understand and manage their environment. Essential mathematical activities include calculating and computing, abstracting, conjecturing, proving, applying, investigating, modelling, and problem posing and solving.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
SCIENCE

Science classes provide students with an opportunity to develop a solid foundation in scientific knowledge, understanding, skills and values on which further learning and adult life can be built. Students should be able to engage in communication of and about science, value evidence and scepticism, and question scientific claims made by others.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
PRODUCT DESIGN + TECHNOLOGY

Product Design and Technology is offered at each year level with increased skills and competencies. Central to the development of technology in society is the use of materials, both natural and synthetic, to meet the needs of individuals and society as a whole. This study focuses on the understanding and use of the materials of wood, metal and plastic and their importance to our society.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
FOOD STUDIES

Food Studies incorporates all the key concepts in food preparation, using a variety of different equipment, processes and methods of analysis.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Education examines the benefits of physical activity, and factors that influence people’s attitudes towards participation in physical activity. Physical Education provides another avenue for student’s to develop values, sportspersonship, teamwork, experiential learning skills and fitness.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
SPORT

Sport is a common study for all students. It provides them with an opportunity to participate in a variety of sports in a competitive environment. Sport is a component of Physical Education that includes the development of sport skills, an understanding of the origins and rules of various sports and an appreciation of codes of behaviour.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
VISUAL ART

Visual Art encourages personal and creative responses to a range of stimulus through the investigation of different materials, techniques and processes. The course develops each student’s individual style and they are supported to produce highly imaginative visual approaches and explore and develop their ideas.

Students explore self-identity and self-expression through their personal art making and when responding to artworks by a range of artists.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
MUSIC

In Music, students are instructed to identify and manipulate rhythm, pitch, dynamics and expression, form and structure, timbre and texture in their listening, composing and performing. They will also consider social, cultural and historical contexts of music.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
DRAMA

Work in this course varies to reflect the abilities and interests of the students through an exploration of drama and movement. Students will be able to show their understanding of key concepts through performance skills and styles. The course also places emphasis on collaborative decision-making and group dynamics.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
GLOBAL CHEF

Students will explore international cuisines and exotic desserts gaining an understanding of the tastes and textures that are enjoyed by people of other countries.

During practical sessions students will develop their culinary competencies by preparing and taste testing unusual food combinations and different cooking techniques to produce international dishes and exotic desserts.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
ROBOTICS

In this elective students will investigate, design and create robotic solutions to solve a range of technical real world problems. Higher order thinking skills will be required to create innovative hardware and software solutions that robots can usefully employ. Students will work collaboratively in teams to analyse and develop mechanical and electronic solutions.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
MAKE, BAKE, CREATE

Investigating a variety of traditional and innovative techniques to produce a range of baked goods. Discover exciting emerging technologies used within commercial and domestic food production.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
FURNITURE DESIGN

Students will design and create an item of furniture used to seat an occupant. Topics that are investigated in this course include sustainable design, ergonomics and the research and development of a creative solution to a design brief. The project will develop a range of practical construction skills in advanced timber joinery. The practical knowledge of the safe and correct use of a range of tools and equipment commonly used in furniture manufacture will also be a focus of the course.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
FILM AND EDITING

Media is everywhere so why not enjoy it? Film and Editing will explore how media reflects modern society and influences change and attitudes. In this elective students will explore a range of filming and editing techniques and skills to produce a variety of short films.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
VISUAL COMMUNICATION AND DESIGN

Visual Communication Design explores the use of design in the everyday environment. Students will study Communication, Product and Environmental Designs before designing their own products. Visual Communication Design is the commercial application of Art and can lead to careers in fields including Engineering, Graphic Design, Architecture, Landscape Design, Product Design, Games Design, Multimedia and Interior Design.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
THEATRE STUDIES

Theatre Studies explores the world of devised and scripted drama. Students get an opportunity to work with their classmates to create short plays. Theatre Studies focuses on the ‘comedy’ style of performance, while learning about historical and modern comedy styles and having a lot of fun doing it.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
VCE STUDIES

Kingswood College’s innovative Year 10 VCE Studies Program teaches students how to future-proof their career choices.

Kingswood is the only school in Victoria to offer this program that provides students with essential skills including problem solving, creativity, financial and digital literacy, critical thinking, presentations, communications and team work.

Students develop their own individual Career Action Plan to give them an understanding of their strengths, skills and aptitude, and enable them to self-manage their learning and career goals.

All coursework is completed online via a dedicated portal. On completion of Year 10 students attain the following nationally recognised certificates:

  • 10584 National Certificate ll in Career Preparation
  • 10585 National Certificate lll in Career Advancement

The units of study required to obtain these certificates have been mapped to the Year 10 curriculum and students complete these as part of their standard Year 10 course.

Having completed the two certificates, students are then eligible for two VCE units accredited in Year 11 and two VCE units accredited in Year 12. This gives them a distinct advantage in their ATAR score.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
COMMERCE

Commerce explores the ways in which individuals, families, the community, workers, businesses and governments make decisions in relation to the allocation of resources. It enables students to understand the process of economic and business decision-making at the personal, local, national, regional and global levels and the effects of these decisions on themselves and others, now and in the future. Students learn to appreciate the interdependence of decisions made and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that will inform and encourage them to participate in, and contribute to, the economy.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
LINKS

This subject is designed to support and assist students who have previously undertaken LINKS classes and who will benefit from additional attention to the improvement of skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. This course complements other subjects and develops skills that are essential for all subject areas such as literacy skills, organisation and study skills.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
CAFE MASTERCLASS

Students build on their basic culinary skills and cooking techniques through meal planning while having the opportunity to use new and advanced technology. Students conduct practical research by visiting local cafes, and food halls, food markets and specialty food outlets investigating what new foods and ingredients are available in the marketplace.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
PROGRAMMING AND GAMES DEVELOPMENT

Programming and Games Development explores a range of programming languages and game genres. Students will write their own mobile game and use a range of editing techniques and digital drawing skills to produce a variety of designs.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
CREATIVE DIGITAL MEDIA

In Creative Digital Media students use current industry software programs and the College’s TV studio and recording facilities to help them manipulate, edit and produce professional quality work.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography teaches the skills and processes of ‘black and white’ photography and darkroom procedures, and introduces students to the care and operation of photographic equipment, including the SLR camera and photographic enlargers. Students are taught correct processing and printing and are encouraged to explore ideas in an imaginative way, developing an awareness of the techniques and skills required to produce photographic images of quality.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
BODY IN MOTION

Body in Motion develops knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body and focuses on the practical application of such knowledge in relation to sport, physical education and recreation.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10
SPORT COACHING AND MANAGEMENT

Sport Coaching and Management is an extension for students wanting to explore beyond the bounds of the regular Physical Education program. They gain first hand experience in planning and conducting an event, are given the opportunity to coach their peers (and junior students, where possible) on various skills.

  • YR7
  • YR8
  • YR9
  • YR10

Testimonials

Student Successes

Are you ready
to belong?