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Junior secondary

Junior secondary schooling at Maroochydore State High School encompasses Year 7, 8 and 9. We provide high quality schooling and every student with the opportunity to be well prepared for life success through learning and education. We aim to lay the foundations that engage young people in life-long education and training and to enrich their lives through equipping students with the skills and attitudes they need to create a bright and prosperous future.

Our learning environment is based on strong traditional values, it features an innovative and dynamic curriculum, rich digital learning experiences and it is enhanced by excellent teaching and resources. 

Student learning opportunities benefit because our approach looks to the future while at the same time, attending to the current needs of each student.  Schooling at Maroochydore State High School seeks to develop each student’s pride, passion for learning and performance. More information about our approach can be found in our junior secondary curriculum booklet (PDF, 2.5 MB).

Our curriculum philosophy recognises a number of principles specific to junior secondary schooling:-

  1. Teaching strategies, learning experiences and curriculum offerings need to reflect the developmental stages of young people.  The needs of junior secondary students (Years 7, 8 and 9) are very different to those of senior secondary students (Years 10, 11 and 12).

  2. Junior secondary schooling is based around a broad and general education with a central core of English, Maths, Science and History; this seeks to build relationships, engage students and lay the foundations for success in the senior school.  This is shaped by the Australian curriculum.

  3. The junior secondary curriculum has a distinct focus on literacy and numeracy and includes social, cultural, scientific, technological and aesthetic learning.

Features of junior secondary schooling at Maroochydore State High School 

The Junior Secondary Sub School at Maroochydore State High School provides a three year program that accommodates the developmental needs of young adolescents. (Students in the junior secondary years of schooling are aged from 11 to 15 years.) 

This period of adolescence is one of intense growth and change and the school endeavours to consider the many developmental factors that affect students at school during Years 7, 8 and 9.  

The central focus in the three year program is on developing relationships - with each other and with teachers. 

To cater for this, our teachers have developed a range of strategies that endeavour to enhance the nature of learning and student engagement.  Our aim is for students to develop deep knowledge and higher order thinking skills.  Our teachers provide the leadership and direction to facilitate and develop these learning opportunities. 

In essence, the Junior Secondary Sub School at Maroochydore State High School is about:- 

  • Relationships – building positive, healthy relationships with their peers, students in other year levels and teachers based on being able to work with others, communicating, negotiating and resolving conflicts. 

  • Rigor – developing good academic skills, meeting good academic and behaviour standards and developing self-discipline skills. 

  • Relevance - engaging in learning activities that have meaning beyond the classroom, that prepare students for success in the senior school and beyond and that develop the citizen role of young people as healthy, informed, creative, democratic eco-utilizers. 

Education Queensland has identified six principles of Junior Secondary Schooling; these underpin all aspects of the Junior Secondary Sub School at Maroochydore State High School:- 

  • Distinct identity - Junior Secondary students are supported to develop their own group identity within the broader school community, and have a strong sense of belonging and ownership of their school and their learning. 
  • Quality teaching - The learning and achievement of Junior Secondary students is supported by highly skilled teachers with pedagogical knowledge and practice appropriate for this age group. 
  • Student wellbeing - Student wellbeing is positioned as core business, and there is a whole of school commitment to ensuring a safe, supportive, inclusive and disciplined environment for all Junior Secondary students as they make the transition to a secondary setting. 
  • Parent and community involvement - There is a range of avenues to build the active and authentic involvement of Junior Secondary parents and community, and reciprocal partnerships exist between parents and the school. 
  • Leadership - Leadership opportunities for staff and students are delivered through strong school leadership and a focus on support for Junior Secondary students.   
  • Local decision-making - Local school communities influence the shape of the Junior Secondary model in each school, reflecting local needs.