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The heads up on sub-schools

28 October 2016
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It’s that time of the year when Beaconhills students get a taste of what lies ahead for their learning in 2017 with our series of ‘headstart’ programs.

For students in early learning, Year 4, Year 8 and 9, it’s an especially important time as they prepare for the transition to a new sub-school.

Parents often query the rationale behind the sub-school structure. Why, for example, do we have Middle School (Year 5-8) rather than the traditional system of primary (Prep-6) and secondary (7-12)?

My simplest answer is that if you think of a child’s development to adulthood, it falls into three stages: children, adolescents and then young adults. Sub-schools – including our Year 9 program which meets the specific needs of this age group – best match these stages.

Our sub-schools are also small enough to provide a community feel within the bigger College, but large enough to offer great educational opportunities.

Middle School students during the Celebration of Learning event

Middle School students during the Celebration of Learning event



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