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Junior secondary

Years 7, 8 and 9

A Junior Secondary curriculum approach is used in Years 7, 8 and 9.  Junior Secondary is an approach to teaching and learning that recognises the unique developmental needs of early adolescents and supports transition from primary to secondary education. It emphasizes real life, meaningful learning experiences undertaken in a stable and supportive environment and recognises the cognitive, emotional, social, physical and moral developments during adolescence.

The Gap State High School responds to this unique stage of development by providing a Junior Secondary approach. This includes:

  • A learner-centred approach whereby coherent curriculum is focused on identified needs, interests and concerns of students, and with an emphasis on self-directed and co-constructed learning
  • Collaboratively organised teams of teachers who know and understand their students very well, employ powerful pedagogical strategies to challenge and extend students within a supportive school environment
  • Ethically aware practices of justice, care, respect and concern for the needs of others as reflected in every-day practice of students, teachers and administrators
  • Adequately resourced curriculum through the provision of high quality facilities, technology, equipment and materials to support experienced teachers and ancillary staff.

Year 7 is the introduction to secondary school where students experience new learning environments, routines, knowledge and ways of thinking.  We understand that ‘Laying Foundations’ is a crucial aspect of the Junior Secondary School.  Year 7 students need to learn how to organise and maintain independent study routines, make decisions that promote personal success, understand themselves as learners and how they contribute to the positive learning culture of The Gap State High School.