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Year 7

Year 7 at Peninsula Grammar

Peninsula Grammar introduced the Becoming Me program for Years 5 to 8 at the beginning of 2016. Designed to meet the needs of the 21st century learner, the program is centred on the growth and successful development of every child. Embedded within a unique curriculum, the program is structured to develop global citizens, whose understanding of self and society are intertwined through collaborative projects, real life experiences and shared learning journeys.

The Becoming Me program is a contemporary curriculum design. Starting in Year 5, our students are taken on a learning journey where we teach the Victorian Curriculum and inspire and grow every child. It is evolutionary in nature, targeting the needs of each child through smaller class sizes, targeted teaching and a breadth of subjects.

Students of the 21st century need to be prepared, challenged and inspired to be the very best learner they can be. The Becoming Me program motivates each learner to ensure they experience success and see growth over the course of their learning journey. We know our students are ready to be exposed to real-life, innovative learning and we have designed a framework that achieves this.

Using current research, data and teacher observation, students experience a learning program that targets them at their point of need. Flexibility in the program allows students to engage in a variety of teaching styles and learning environments that serve to enhance their exposure to new ideas and concepts.

The Becoming Me program includes interdisciplinary learning across a range of academic areas and an extensive outdoor education program. With a focus on smaller class sizes and targeted growth in English and Mathematics for each student, the Middle Years program prepares students for their transition in to the Senior Years.

Positive Psychology is explicitly taught in the Middle Years and integrates with both the Religious and Values Education Curriculum and the Personal and Social Learning program.

All students in the Middle Years are required to have a notebook computer - in Years 5 and 6 students are allocated a school notebook and in Year 7 students are required to purchase their own. Students are able to access their assignments and homework online via our own intranet, ‘Zenith’. This learning management system allows parents to also keep track of their child’s deadlines and assignments.

There are many opportunities for students to experience leadership challenges within the Becoming Me program including class captain roles, House leaders and SRC. All students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills through our Personal and Social Learning program. Year 7 and 8 students participate in the Personal Development program providing them with access to a range of life skills and community service activities.

 

What’s new in 2017?

At Peninsula Grammar we continually research, review and consider the needs and interests of our students in developing our programs for the years ahead. We have identified a number of opportunities to provide the optimal learning environment for Year 7 students and there are some exciting new initiatives in store.

After much planning and preparation, our Year 7 program now has a much greater focus on House-based activities to create a stronger sense of belonging and House spirit within our students. and they will also have co-educational and single gender classes for Mathematics and English.

 

House-based pastoral care activities

Peninsula Grammar has a rich tradition of over 55 years of House competition where our students have enjoyed and benefited from the connections and sense of belonging that develop in their House. In line with our commitment to nurturing our School and House spirit, our Year 7 students are allocated to House-based Mentor groups.

Students will come together in these groups with their Mentor at the beginning of each day, for their Positive Psychology classes and Personal and their Social Learning classes. They will also participate in camps and assemblies within their House-based groups as well as House-based competitions with other year levels including our sport competitions, music performances and a tug of war.

Our Senior Years students also participate in a House-based pastoral care system and the newly appointed Heads of House and Year 12 House Captains and Vice Captains will provide strong leadership for our Year 7 students.

 

Co-educational and single gender classes for Mathematics and English

In Year 7 we continue with the flexible learning groups for Mathematics and English that were established in Year 5 however we introduce high ability co-educational classes where boys and girls work in the same class; and single gender all ability classes where boys and girls work in separate classes.

This initiative, combined with our targeted teaching approach provides the optimal learning environment for students in this age group. It understands the social, emotional and physical changes that occur at this time and ensures every student has what they need to flourish.

All other classes are co-educational including humanities, science, drama, music and PE as well as specialist class grouping for art, languages and sport.

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SCHOOL TOURS 

Parents wishing to view the School are invited to contact our Admissions Office, who welcome enquiries at any time and will be happy to arrange personal tours for families. Telephone (03) 9788 7753 or email enrolments@tps.vic.edu.au.

our golden jubilee celebrations


All members of our community - past, present and future - were invited to join us as we celebrated fifty years of outstanding education on the Mornington Peninsula. We had a host of celebratory Golden Jubilee events in 2011. 

 

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