Our students in Years Four to Six are encouraged to use their ‘foundation’ knowledge from their Infant years to grow and extend themselves as learners. There is a strong focus on assisting students to become independent and organised in their learning. Students begin to use Homework diaries to organise their homework and commitments, and begin to prepare and submit larger pieces of work for assessment. Educational Assistant support continues to be provided to enable additional assistance.
In these year levels, we consolidate early work in understanding how memory works, how to learn new information and skills effectively, how to manage stress and anxiety, and how to approach assessment challenges. Students undertake a range of units of work that integrate subject areas, creating links between the disciplines and enabling students to build a broad body of knowledge and skills.
Our Year Five and Six all benefit from our state-of-the-art 1:1 notebook (laptop) program, and are supported in being role models in our College. Senior students wear a different school uniform. Throughout their final year of schooling, our school leaders take on a range of responsibilities and are supported in exploring their leadership potential, (e.g. a Prefect interested in the environment may implement a recycling project, and our School Captains speak at local ANZAC Day ceremonies).
Our Senior program forms a vital transition between Primary and Secondary schooling.
Senior students are also encouraged to participate in extension opportunities across the curriculum, (e.g. enrichment days, gifted and talented camps, music extension days, choral workshops, interschool, district and regional sport).
At the end of Year Six, graduating students attend a candle lit service in the Chapel and a dinner with their parents, which includes celebrations of their learning journey at St. Michael’s College.