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Junior School

​Lowood State High School's Junior Secondary Philosophy concentrates on the social, emotional and academic development of our students to ensure a comprehensive transition from Primary School into Junior Secondary.  Our teaching and learning framework is both explicit and engaging and is underpinned by positive and productive relationship with high expectations for all.

Our curriculum is founded on an appreciation of the specific needs, characteristics and aptitudes of each adolescent learner.  Careful consideration is applied to all facets of junior schooling to ensure our students enter the senior phase of learning as active, confident, literate and numerate students with a desire to achieve to their potential.

We aim to nurture self-belief, increase opportunities and enhance learning outcomes for our Year 7, 8 and 9 students, instilling in them a love of learning.  In order to do this we have focussed on the six guiding principles for Junior Secondary school design: Distinct Identity, Quality Teaching, Student Wellbeing, Leadership, Parent and Community Involvement and Local Decision Making.

Some aspects of our distinct approach for Year 7, 8 and 9 students include:

 DISTINCT IDENTITY 

  • A Junior Secondary precinct which accommodates all Year 7 and 8 core classrooms.
  • In Year 7 and 8 students will be assigned a Home Room where they will have all of their core lessons.
  • Each Year 7 and 8 class will have two core teachers - one teacher for English and Humanities and the second teacher for Maths and Science.  One of these teachers will also be their Home Group teacher.
  • Year 7, 8 and 9 students will have a distinct Junior Secondary formal and sports uniform. 
  • Year 7 students will also have tuckshop delivered to their rooms.
  • Refurbished classrooms and flexible learning areas have been designed for students' learning needs.
  • Year 7 and 9 camp will be held during the first semester with a focus on team work and developing relationships with peers.
  • An Alternate program during the first week of 2015 to provide opportunities to settle in and develop relationships with peers and staff.

 

QUALITY TEACHING

  • Specialist Junior Secondary teachers including primary trained teachers.
  • Specialist teachers for Languages, The Arts, Health & Physical Education and technologies.
  • Intervention programs for reading and literacy.
  • Increased lesson allocation for English, Maths, Science and History.
  • School wide literacy framework, meaning all teachers are using the same language and expectations.
  • All teachers follow the Explicit Instruction framework.
  • Whole of cohort testing using PAT-M and PAT-R to determined student's ability levels and teaching styles.
  • Data gathered from primary schools to assist teachers in knowing students and their needs.
  • Partnerships developed with primary schools in order to share curriculum to ensure continuity from primary to secondary school.

 

STUDENT WELLBEING

  • Designated areas for Year 7 and 8 within the Junior Secondary Precinct.
  • The concept of having core teachers allows positive relationship to be built between staff and students.
  • Student Support Services such as Year Level Co, HOD, DP, Guidance Officer, School Nurse and Chaplain.
  • Intensive transition program from Year 5 through to Year 7 including - experience days, information nights, orientation days, Year 7 and 8 BBQ, HOD visits to primary schools.
  • HMG program covering social and emotional wellbeing and social skills.
  • Classes for SEP students.
  • Open and constant communication with parents.

 

LEADERSHIP

  • Student council representatives for each year level.
  • Class leaders.
  • Leadership workshops in preparation for Junior leadership positions.
  • Year 9 - Junior School Captains, Arts Captain, Cultural Captain, Sports Captain and House Captains.

 

PARENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Decisions made around our Junior Secondary concept have included; primary staff information sessions, meetings with primary school P&C's, visiting primary classrooms.
  • Parent and community welcome at: Open for Inspection Night, Talent Quests, Swimming and Athletics Carnivals, Teacher/Parent Interviews, Presentation Night.
  • Regular contact between staff and parents via phone, email, school sign and website.
  • Open channels of feedback.
  • Become a member of the P&C.

 

LOCAL DECISION MAKING

  • Decisions made with administration members, Lowood High staff, local primary school staff and administration, parents, community, P&C and students.
  • Feedback gathered throughout the year from 2014 Year 8 students and parents.
  • Open channels of feedback always welcome.