What is Junior Secondary?
Junior Secondary is a phase of education in state secondary schools for Years 7 & 8 which helps to ensure the bridge between primary and secondary school is safe, strong and consistent for all students.
Junior Secondary students will be encouraged and supported to develop their own group identity within the wider high school. This involves dedicated school areas and events. See our Junior Secondary Zone
Teachers working with students in the Junior Secondary years are using the quality teaching skills they need through additional professional development, so they can support young teens through these crucial early high school years. Our school uses the "Art and Science of Teaching".
We will meet the social and emotional needs of Junior Secondary students with a strong focus on pastoral care. For example, we will provide a home room for core subjects to support students as they adjust to new routines and greater academic demands in Year 8.
Parent and community involvement
We want parents to stay connected with their students' learning when they enter high school. Parent involvement in special events, award ceremonies and leadership presentations will be welcomed. Our school communicates strongly with parents about learning with a weekly email update focused on curriculum.
We strongly encourage students to nominate for leadership roles in Years 7 & 8. Dedicated teachers experienced with teaching young adolescents will lead Junior Secondary supported by the Principal, Deputy Principal, Head of Department, Heads of Year and our administration team.
Our school will accommodate the special needs of the community and will influence how Junior Secondary looks and feels at Sunshine Beach High. For example, our school is part of the Noosa Biosphere.
Junior Secondary Schooling Goal
Sunshine Beach High has high expectations that every junior secondary student will:
Attend school regularly
Focus on performance (improve or maintain satisfactory academic grades)
Behave positively and have a go
Contribute to community events or represent the school
Develop life-long literacy skills
Every day counts. Students are expected to be at school everyday. Our school expects students to have an attendance rate of 95% or greater.
Performance = success. Students are expected to either improve academic grades or maintain academic grades that are already very high. This is not about every student receiving As on their report card - it is about moving forward and not moving backwards.
High behaviour standards are expected of all students. Students are measured on their behaviour and effort and the expectation is of B or greater.
Contributing to the school and community is important in the development of junior secondary students. Students are expected to either represent their school through academic, cultural or sporting teams and/or contribute to a community event in the local area.
Regular reading can improve reading comprehension, writing skills, vocabulary and general knowledge. Students are expected to read, and log with their mentor, a minimum of 5 fiction books per year.
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