Middle School

Middle School – Years 5 to 8 – focuses on developing conceptual understanding, and building knowledge and skills through a broad curriculum.

Middle School

Middle School is a time of significant personal and academic growth. The breadth of the Beaconhills curriculum allows students to discover their strengths and passions. Using an inquiry-based approach, students learn to link ideas and content in an integrated manner.

A key goal of Inquiry-based learning is to support students to become capable, independent learners who are willing to take risks in their learning and embrace challenges.


Middle School takes a holistic approach to student growth. We have partnered with the Resilience Project. This program’s focus on gratitude, empathy and mindfulness and frames our approach to building resilience in students. The College’s core values of Respect, Compassion and Integrity underpin the expectation of student conduct and learning.

This stage of young people’s lives is a dynamic time of growth, increasing independence and identity formation.  In partnership with families, our educators aim to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which students can navigate these exciting, but often challenging times.


Key learning areas:

  • English
  • Humanities
  • LOTE – French or Japanese. In non-Covid times, students may participate in overseas French or Japanese language exchanges
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Personal Development (Compass)
  • Religion and Values Education (RAVE)

There are semester-based specialist classes in Technology and Arts, Dance, Drama, Food Technology, Music, Product Design and Technology, Systems Engineering, Textiles Technology and Visual Arts.

Camps and co-curricular

Exciting opportunities and events throughout the year include Relay For Life, the popular Performing Arts Festival, leadership positions, sport, music and coding.

Year 5 students attend Log Cabin Camp in Creswick, Year 6s explore Canberra and Jindabyne and Year 7 the Mornington Peninsula for hiking, mountain biking and surfing. Year 8s tackle a more challenging program in Grampians National Park (Gariwerd) to build on bushwalking, camping, food preparation and leadership skills to prepare for the Year 9 extended hiking program.