Middle Years


At Wangaratta High School our Middle Years includes all students and programs from Years 7 to 9.  Students in our Middle Years are provided with a broad range of challenging programs reflective of the diversity of our broader community and are fortunate to be involved in quality, personalised, learning programs and co-curricular opportunities that include an extensive music program, World Challenge, Duke of Edinburgh Award, International Exchange Programs and a variety of sporting and extension activities.

Students are able to select from a broad range of courses so as to provide alternative pathways beyond secondary school.

 

Middle Years Course Structure

Year 7

In Year 7, students study a common core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Health and Physical Education (HAPE). Students undertake the majority of their classes in mentor groups and all students study Italian. 

 

Art and Technology subjects are rotated across Years 7 and 8.  This ensures that all students are able to try a range of Art and Technology subjects to support future elective choice and to gain an understanding of pathway options.

 

Subjects include;

  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Digitial Technology
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • Music
  • Photography 
  • Textiles
  • Visual Communication
  • Wood

Commencing Year 7 Information Booklet 2021

 

Year 8

In Year 8, students study a common core curriculum and rotate through Art and Technology subjects.  Students undertake the majority of their classes in mentor groups and all students study Italian. 

 

Year 9

In Year 9 students consolidate their core learning as well as choosing electives from the Arts, Technologies, Health and Physical Education and Languages learning Areas.

 

All Year 9 students also undertake a student-directed, community-based, independent learning experience Community Leadership Challenge (CLC). This is one full day for one semester.

 

NAPLAN testing takes place in Year 9 as an important check to see how well students are learning the essential skills of reading, writing and mathematics – skills that will set them upon the path to success as adults. For more information about NAPLAN please see here.

 

Community Learning Challenge (CLC)

The Community Leadership Challenge (CLC) Program is an integral part of Wangaratta High School and encourages students to link their learning to real life situations in a local and global community context whilst working with a dedicated team of teachers and mentors.

 

The CLC program builds on international research about student learning at a Year 9 level that indicates that the CLC program significantly enhances Year 9 independence in learning and maximises student learning potential for the future. Project based learning is considered best practice in teaching and learning; its relevance and links to the real world give students the opportunity to take control of their learning and develop the essential interpersonal and organisational skills that enable them to take their place as valued members of society. 

 

CLC students have a dedicated learning space that provides a welcoming but educative atmosphere for all involved and are provided with a CLC t-shirt for the duration of the program.

 

The CLC program comprises of a Community Project where students direct themselves in collaboration with the community to complete a project. Projects from previous years have included collaborations with local primary schools, aged care homes and community groups around environmental and wellbeing issues. Students present their projects at an end of year event. 

 

The program also enables students to attain the internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award.  The aim of the award is to empower all young Australians aged 14-24 to explore their full potential and find their purpose, passion and place in the world, regardless of their location or circumstance.

 

Macquarie Literature (MacqLit)

Wangaratta High School has a trained MacqLit provider to deliver the MacqLit program to all students who need some help with their reading.

 

Our assistant works with small groups for up to an hour a day, four or five times a week, using the carefully structured MacqLit materials. The program teaches students how to read and spell words using appropriate strategies.

 

MacqLit has been developed by MultiLit, a research-based initiative of Macquarie University. Many decades of research into reading have shown teachers how best to teach reading and MacqLit uses these research-based teaching methods.