Middle School

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Middle school students Genesis Christian College, Bray Park
Middle School at Genesis Christian College caters for Years 7, 8 and 9 and in turn, for the distinct needs of our adolescent students. With students typically spanning in age from 12 to 15 years, we recognise they are at a pivotal stage in their development as they adjust to significant intellectual, emotional, social and physical changes.

The Middle School philosophy prioritises modelling and educating for Christian habits of heart, mind and body which will equip students to maintain and build their Christian values and witness. For us, Middle School, is an important bridging period between primary and senior school and one which opens up more exciting pathways as students discover more about their passions and talents.

Middle School students are encouraged to be role models for our Primary School and their peers. Leadership and community involvement is actively encouraged. Year 6 students are transitioned into the Secondary School through a purposeful transition program where they are prepared for the increased academic, social and emotional challenges that lie ahead. Similarly, the Middle School prepares Year 9 students for the rigours of Senior School and, of course, for life beyond the classroom, whether that be in tertiary education or the workforce.

Our distinctive Middle School environment and curriculum:

  • acts as a watershed between the Primary and Senior School years
  • provides a Christian environment that is both secure and safe
  • recognises that each student is unique and special
  • engages students in highly relevant, “hands on” student-centred activities with a strong technological focus
  • values equity while providing clear boundaries and expectations
  • seeks to enable changes to occur gradually and sensitively
  • encourages collaborative decision making; and
  • meets social needs through the inclusion of special school-specific events and traditions.

During their years in Middle School our students have exposure to our Senior School. When the times comes for them to transition to Senior school they do so more assured of themselves and more relaxed and open to the changes and opportunities that await them in their final years of schooling.


How students learn at Genesis

The philosophy of the College’s Middle School pedagogical framework, Dimensions of Learning, is to foster a love of learning in an engaging and challenging  environment. Our curriculum is in planned to to be relevant and of interest to our students.

Latest research and knowledge about the art of teaching and engaging adolescent students reinforces the need for differences in the way we view teaching and learning in Middle School students (Years 7 to 9) and Senior School students (Years 10 to 12) and has a major influence on our approach.

All students in Middle School are encouraged to become self-directed and autonomous learners as they move through the Middle School.

These are important years as young people in this developmental phase crystallise their beliefs about themselves, their philosophies of life, their values and their aspirations for the future. As such, the Middle School curriculum offers students choice and the opportunity to experience a variety of subjects before they enter their senior studies.

The extensive scope listed below provides a varied, stimulating and well balanced program which caters for all interests and aptitudes/abilities.


A typical Year 7 timetable:

  • Chapel
  • Christian Life Studies
  • The Arts: Visual Arts, Media Arts, Drama, Dance and Music (a choice of one per semester)*
  • Elective (one per semester)
  • English
  • Humanities: History and Geography
  • Health & Physical Education (HPE)
  • Japanese
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Technologies: Digital Technologies

* The Arts as a compulsory subject

In Year 7, students must select two Arts subjects (Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts) as part of their core subject selection. Depending on class sizes and teacher availability, students will have a choice as to which two Arts subjects they study.

Additionally, to enhance the students’ skills and broaden their experience, Year 7 students will complete two Electives which are semester-based selected from the list below:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Creative & Interactive Technologies (CIT)
  • Design
  • Food & Textile Technologies
  • Industrial Skills
  • LEEP COGs
  • LEEP STEM

A typical Year 8 timetable:

  • Chapel
  • Christian Life Studies
  • The Arts: Visual Arts, Media Arts, Drama, Dance and Music*
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2
  • English
  • Humanities: History and Geography
  • Health & Physical Education (HPE)
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Technologies: Design & Technologies

* The Arts as a compulsory subject

In Year 8, students must select at least one Arts subject (Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts) which will be studied for a year. Students are able to select further subjects from The Arts as Electives. Two Electives are to be selected from the following list and are a year in duration:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Business Studies
  • Creative & Interactive Technologies (CIT)
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Drama
  • Food & Textile Technologies
  • Industrial Skills
  • Japanese
  • LEEP COGs
  • LEEP STEM
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Visual Arts

A typical Year 9 timetable:

  • Chapel
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2
  • Elective 3
  • English
  • History
  • Health & Physical Education (HPE)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Sport
  • The Rite Journey

Three Electives are to be selected from the following list and are a year in duration:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Business Studies
  • Creative & Interactive Technologies (CIT)
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Drama
  • Food & Textile Technologies
  • Geography
  • Industrial Skills
  • Japanese
  • LEEP COGs
  • LEEP STEM
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Visual Arts

Beyond the classroom, Genesis offers a huge range of co-curricular opportunities including: