Our Philosophy for Junior Secondary
Our Junior Secondary Schooling at St Michael's College is founded on an appreciation of the specific needs, characteristics and aptitudes of the young adolescent learner. We provide academically challenging and technology rich programs to nurture critical, creative and global thinking. Our Pastorally caring Catholic environment offers young adolescents security, support and certainty in the midst of multiple challenges and changes in their physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social development.
Teachers and support staff in Junior Secondary foster positive relationships recognising the complexity of early adolescence and respecting the uniqueness of each individual. They strive to promote in students resilience, curiosity, positive self-esteem, right relationships and increasing independence as a foundation for deep learning and engagement. Students develop a strong sense of belonging both through service to others and their own experience of being valued, welcomed and encouraged.
As a result, young adolescents at St Michael's are thoroughly prepared to enter the senior phase of schooling as active, confident and numerate learners with a strong sense of community and an enthusiasm for learning.
The Junior Secondary (Years 7, 8 and 9) curriculum offers students the opportunity to study learning programs that are developed using the Australian Curriculum (AC) and the College Learning and Teaching Framework.
All students study a Religious Education program that has been developed using the guidelines and the Brisbane Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Brisbane curriculum documents. This newly developed program will provide "an inclusive, excellent Religious Education ...a right of every student entrusted to our care." (Archbishop Mark Coleridge, 2013, p4)