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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 incorporates all the key concepts in food preparation, using a variety of different equipment, processes and methods of analysis.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Media is everywhere so why not enjoy it? Film and Media 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 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 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.
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:
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 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.
The SEEK (Student Extension and Enrichment at Kingswood) programs provided for gifted and high achieving students, are designed to enhance an individual’s learning experience.
The SEEK Program has been specifically designed to provide gifted and high achieving students with both academic rigour and a variety of life-enhancing challenges.
While extension and enrichment are embedded across the general curriculum, further opportunities have been designed for high achieving students to interact and work with others of high ability and like minds to allow time for further development of leadership abilities; interpersonal communication skills; fostering teamwork; and to provide time for work on creative self-directed projects.
The SEEK Program incorporates excursions, competitions, incursions, clubs, specialist classes as well as withdrawal programs and in-class extension in a range of disciplines including English, Maths, Humanities, Science, Art and LOTE.
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.
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 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.
In Digital Media and Film 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 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 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 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.
‘I do a lot of the music here, I play Saxophone. I’m in the concert band, the big band and I’m about to start with the woodwind ensemble and they’re very fun. It’s a good way to get to know people older and younger than you. It’s just a good thing to do. I’m also involved in a bit of sport around the place, with inter-school which is fun. It takes the mind off all the work, and you get to hang out with friends really. I also do SEEK which helps to challenge me a lot more with my classes and they do things you wouldn’t normally do in a classroom.’
‘I think from the moment that we came to Kingswood College we really did get that community feel. It wasn’t just our children studying their education, it was us really belonging to a great community. There was so many opportunities for us to be involved with the school.’
‘I didn’t have any trouble transitioning to university at all. I found organising myself and getting everything done and doing really well was incredibly easy for me. Which I’ve seen in my university peers is not the case for everyone. So I think Kingswood College has been really beneficial in giving me that type of skill.’
‘I really like Kingswood College because they give you a good mixture between education and fun. So you get a little bit of both and it’s not just boring old school.’
Class of 2018 student Margaret took out top honours at the 2019 Premier’s VCE Awards in June – winning the Award for History – Revolutions. While in Year 12, Margaret completed Units 3 and 4 of History – Revolutions scoring a perfect 50, and achieving an ATAR of 97.25 placing her in the top 3% of the state and nationally.
Year 10 student Ruby participated in The Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria and Tasmania (CLTAV) 2019 Hanyuqiao Speaking and Performance Competition for Second Language students of Chinese. The competition consisted of a 2.5-minute speech in Chinese followed by a cultural performance. Ruby’s speech was Learning Chinese and creating a better future. She drew a beautiful painting of lotus flowers within three minutes. Ruby won first place and her prize includes a sponsored trip to China in October.
Class of 2014 graduate Jamie was on the cusp of publishing her debut novel on Tumblr or as a zine. Lucky she didn’t! Jamie is the youngest person in the history of the award to be shortlisted for the $50,000 2019 Stella Prize, which is given annually to an Australian woman for a work of literature in any genre.
Patrick from the Class of 2018, was selected to exhibit his work in the VCE Season of Excellence – Top Designs for his animation on fire safety. Patrick developed this animation as part of his VET Creative Digital Media course, to raise awareness and educate home owners about what to do in the event of a bush fire. His animation and folio are on display for the duration of the VCE Seasons of Excellence Top Designs exhibition at the Melbourne Museum.
Year 8 student Brendan has received the Rotary Club of Forest Hill Youth Citizenship Award 2019. Brendan is a positive, mature and enthusiastic member of the Year 8 cohort at Kingswood College who represents our core values of Respect, Responsibility, Compassion and Integrity. He is dedicated to learning and being his best self. Brendan is also willing to help others be the best they can be and demonstrates excellent communication and relationship skills.
Brendan involves himself across the College as a Social Justice Leader, singing with the Male Voice Choir, the College Production and setting up AV for College events. Brendan is always willing to help. He is heavily involved in the community as a Patrol Leader for scouts, leading and mentoring younger members. Brendan was invited to undertake a Scouting leadership course.
Year 11 student Zoe is passionate about raising awareness of cancer, and in the last two years she has rallied the Kingswood College community to participate in Relay for Life. Her amazing enthusiasm and leadership has mobilised the community for this worthwhile cause which has now raised $25,000 for the Cancer Council.