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
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 focused 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:
- A Junior Secondary precinct which accommodates
Year 7 and 8 core classrooms.
- Each Year 7 and 8 class will have core teachers.
- Year 7, 8 and 9 students will have a distinct
Junior Secondary formal and sports uniform.
- An alternate program during the first week of
school to provide opportunities to settle in and develop relationships
with peers and staff.
- Specialist Junior Secondary teachers including
primary trained teachers.
- Specialist teachers for The Arts, Health &
Physical Education and technologies.
- Intervention programs for reading and literacy.
- 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
- Designated areas for Year 7 within the Junior
- The concept of having core teachers allows
positive relationship to be built between staff and students.
- Student Support Services such as HOD – Junior
Schooling, Dean, DP, Guidance Officer, Youth Support Coordinator, School
Nurse and Chaplain.
- Intensive Transition Program from Year 5 through
to Year 7 including - Experience Days, Information Nights, Orientation Days and HOD visits to primary schools.
- Well-being program covering social and emotional
well-being and social skills.
- Open and constant communication with parents.
- House representative positions can be applied for
throughout the Junior School.
- Leadership workshops in preparation for junior
- Year 9 - Junior School Captains, Arts Captain,
Cultural Captain, Sports Captain and Community Captain.
- Decisions made around our Junior Secondary
concept have included; primary staff information sessions, visiting
- Parent/carer and community welcome at: Building My
Future Expo, Sporting Carnivals, Teacher/Carer/Parent/Student Interviews,
Presentation Night and Arts events.
- Regular contact between staff and parents via
phone, email, school sign and website.
- Open channels of feedback.