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Junior school

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The Junior School at Smithfield State High School incorporates Years 7, 8 & 9.

The Junior Secondary model has been developed in conjunction with the Six Principles of Junior Secondary and offers a rich, challenging and stimulating environment designed to inspire students to become life-long learners.

Pedagogy

The explicit teaching model has been implemented across all junior school curriculum areas – this is a systematic method of presenting learning material in small steps, pausing to check for student understanding and eliciting active participation in the lesson from all students.

Transition Programs

Programs have been developed, in conjunction with cluster primary schools, to prepare students for the transition to high school in Year 7 – including more informed data around best class placement, and student capabilities in literacy and numeracy. Academic interventions are run in every term throughout years 7, 8 & 9 to support students to meet their learning goals.

Learning Communities

The principle aim of the Year 7 Junior Precinct is to create a learning community that provides students with sustained individual attention in a safe and caring school environment. To meet this the appointment of a Year Level Coordinator, a Head of Department Junior Secondary and a core teacher approach to Year 7 classes have been implemented. These resources, and this teacher model, are maintained throughout Years 8 & 9 giving a consistent, and greater pastoral approach, to building teacher and student relationships for better holistic student outcomes.

Student Leadership

A representative body that enables student voice has been adopted throughout the Junior Secondary School, and culminates in a Student Congress each term. Student leaders gather on a regular basis to discuss issues pertinent to their cohort, work toward fund-raising and social activities and promote core school values. The Junior Secondary School is represented by male and female Junior School Captains, elected by the cohort each Spring.

Parent & Community Engagement

Parent & Community Forums / Parent Information Nights/ Representation at P&C meetings / Year 7 Parent Meet & Greet / Parent Teacher Interviews /Centacare Parent Forums / Newsletter, Facebook and Website communications are all avenues through which parent and community views on educational matters pertaining to the school, and wellbeing concerns related to individual students, can be voiced. School to home liaison on student performance is strongly supported by the school community.

More information on program structure and subjects offered in the Junior Secondary School can be found in the Junior Course Guide in the enrolment section of this website.

For further information regarding Junior Secondary please contact

Head of Department: Kellie Winter
Phone: (07) 4058 4364
Email: kread50@eq.edu.au

Deputy Principal Year 7 & 8 : Paul Charles

Deputy Principal Year 09: Fiona Pitman
The six principles of Junior Secondary

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Last reviewed 04 February 2019
Last updated 04 February 2019