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Junior secondary

Welcome to Junior Secondary at Woodcrest State College.  
 
In Junior Secondary, we value:
 
  • the distinctive qualities of teachers and teaching in the Junior Secondary Phase of Learning
  • the importance of building positive relationships between students and teachers
  • a curriculum which actively engages all students and which meets their individual needs, interests and abilities 
  • explicit teaching of literacy and numeracy
  • increased students’ access to specialist learning areas as they move from Year 7 to 9 
  • seamless progression of students across the Year 6/7 and Year 9/10  interfaces
  • class structures, programs and events which support the effective engagement of students in their studies and which place a high priority on positive relationships.
Our Junior Secondary curriculum is:
 
  • Developmental, focussed upon enabling each student to improve his or her skills and abilities (socially, emotionally, academically, culturally, physically and behaviourally) 
  • Engaging and challenging, using diverse teaching and learning strategies to assist each child improve their skills and abilities
  • Flexible in meeting the individual needs of students
  • Explicit and based on the Australian Curriculum 
  • and the P-12 curriculum, assessment and reporting framework.

 

Core Curriculum

 
The core curriculum is based on Australian Curriculum studies in English, Mathematics, Science and History. Students are organized into home classes in their year level where they generally have one teacher for English and History and another teacher for Mathematics and Science.
 

Elective Curriculum 

 
As students progress from Year 7 to 9, they have increasing opportunity to elect to study subjects which suit their particular needs, interests and abilities. In Years 7 and 8, all students participate in an elective program which gives them a foundation in The Arts, LOTE, Technology and HPE KLAs.  In Year 9, a number of elective subjects have been designed based on student interests, links to the senior curriculum and the ability of the school to provide appropriate resources. In Year 9, students choose two electives to study each semester. 
 

Literacy and Numeracy

 
Woodcrest State College is strongly committed to improving the literacy and numeracy levels of our students. We recognise that improved student literacy levels are integral to effective learning across the curriculum. It is expected that every classroom and every teacher will have literacy and numeracy. Additionally, students engage in a specific year level literacy enhancement program. 
 

Learning Support

 
The Learning Support team of teachers and aides provides learning support to students on a priority basis. A range of data, including school reports and NAPLAN testing, is used to help identify students in need. All students are tested annually in literacy and numeracy (PAT tests).
 

 
 
The Student Support Service Team meets weekly to identify students requiring appraisement or support or referral to other agencies.
 

The Woodcrest State College Junior Secondary Certificate

 
Junior Secondary School students will be best prepared for their chosen senior schooling pathway if they accomplish key minimum expectations in each year of Junior Secondary schooling. 
 

 
 

Students’ success in meeting these expectations will be recognised with a Woodcrest State College Junior Secondary Education Certificate at the end of year 9.

 

To be awarded a Woodcrest State College Junior Secondary Education Certificate at the end of Year 9, students must achieve the following:

 

  • maintain a minimum of a ‘C’ standard across the four core subjects – English, Maths, Science and Social Sciences on both semester one and semester two report cards.

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  • maintain a minimum of a ‘satisfactory’ effort result across the four core subjects and all specialist subjects on both semester one and semester two report cards. 

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  • maintain an attendance rate of at least 85%. Students with evidence of significant medical issues are exempted from this requirement at the discretion of the Principal. 

 
Students failing to maintain a ‘C’ standard across the four core subjects will be ineligible to participate in the end of semester extension activities and will be required to work to achieve minimum standards during a Consolidation Block. This includes ineligibility to participate in the end of year excursion. Special consideration will be given to students with identified learning difficulties or disabilities.​​​​​​​​​​​