Years 7 - 9
At Albert Park College, we believe that there are two crucial ingredients to ensure the academic success and wellbeing of our students: a rigorous, high-demand learning culture and relationships built on mutual respect and positivity. We adopt a positive, restorative approach and put students at the centre of everything we do as educators. We set high expectations, demanding the very best from students. We aim to nurture broad, critical and evolving perspectives on the world that compel students to think and see beyond themselves. As such, critical and creative thinking skills are taught explicitly across all subjects in the College because interrogating ideas, questioning, problem-solving and evaluating our own thinking and that of others are skills we want our students to take into the world to shape it into something better.
We believe that the intellectual, physical and social development of young adults requires an atmosphere of mutual respect and the encouragement of curious minds.
The Middle Years program at Albert Park College offers a guaranteed, quality online curriculum that is differentiated for each individual student’s abilities and interests. By differentiating process, product and content, students are immersed in deep learning which allows them to access curriculum that is suited to their individual level of knowledge and skill. Extension and enrichment opportunities are provided for students at all stages of learning across all subjects.
We challenge our younger students to develop their gifts through the combination of committed staff, a student-centred curriculum and innovative teaching that utilises the latest learning technologies and theoretical approaches. We empower our students to become deep researchers, collaborators and critical thinkers. Compulsory curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, LOTE, Health and Humanities subjects are supported by student electives from the arts, technology and extension subjects.
Our Middle Years curriculum focuses on three key themes:
- Arts and Culture
English, Humanities, French, Visual Art, Digital Art, Music and Drama
- Science and Exploration
Mathematics, Science, Environmental Enquiry, Food and Technology
- Student Leadership
Sport, Physical Education, Leadership and Community Engagement
Students are encouraged to aim high and reach their full potential in an environment that is both creative and challenging.
Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program (SEAL)
Albert Park College conducts an accredited Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program (SEAL).
The program places greater emphasis on higher order thinking and learning skills, independent learning, and research. The central aim of the program is to provide educational experiences of an appropriate type and quality for a group of students identified through the selection processes as having exceptional academic and/ or intellectual ability and/or potential. The program provides enrichment and extension material involving higher cognitive processes such as generalising, dealing with abstractions and recognising relationships.
Selection for the program is based on a test, an interview, and a report from the child’s parent and teacher.
Students who register for the program will complete the testing at Albert Park College. Registration for the testing program can made through the Edutest link.
The Da Vinci Project - Year 9
In Year 9, students undertake the Da Vinci Project which develops knowledge of the arts, humanities and sciences through the study of environmental issues.
We believe students at this age begin to develop a holistic understanding of the world and its interconnected elements. Consequently, the integrated curriculum of the Da Vinci Project is one that transcends the boundaries imposed by traditional individual subjects. It is ‘understanding’ driven and involves the integration of content with skills and processes.
Students engage in deep research into a field of environmental study, whether scientific or social. In response, they are asked to produce works of art that reflect their individual topic of investigation, and use this to promote a broad, in-depth discussion about the environment.
As part of the project, students are given the opportunity to undertake an expedition, which can range from the exploration of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland to World Challenge adventures in Borneo, Malaysia and Thailand.
The Da Vinci Program consists of three integrated areas of study: Environmental Enquiry (Humanities and Science), Creative Endeavour and Community Engagement. These studies are integrated through the various tasks and culminate in the Da Vinci Exhibition at the end of the semester, where students present their work to the community.
Our 40 Bay Street campus has been purpose built to complement the Year 9 program, as the curriculum and pedagogy complements the design of the building.
To find out more information - view the Middle Years Handbook here.