Stage 3 students continue to learn to exercise their independence, both as learners and leaders, in preparation for their transition to the Secondary Years. Teachers assume the role of facilitators who aim to evoke in students a higher level of independent cognitive function. We train students to take responsible 'risks' with their learning in order to achieve set goals. Students also prepare formal presentations in order to develop all important skills in public speaking.
We understand that starting Year 7 is exciting and can be a little scary. Our Year 6 students approach the transition to Year 7 with confidence because we teach them the necessary skills for success. Throughout Year 6, students are given explicit guidance and instruction in preparation for the expectations of Secondary schooling. They are gradually introduced to the Secondary Years at special events and are encouraged to make and maintain friendships with Secondary students through our peer support program, so that when they arrive they already feel like part of the family.
Students in Years 6 are encouraged to undertake specific portfolios of leadership including House Captains, Chapel, Technology, Environment, Community, Ministry, and Journalism. The Primary Years’ leadership team attends external leadership workshops to help equip them to lead confidently as they each focus on their particular portfolio. They meet together during the year to plan and coordinate student-led initiatives. Students in Year 5 are able to apply for these leadership portfolios at the end of Year 5. Students sit for an interview for positions for the following year and are able to apply for Primary Captaincy for the final Primary year as well.
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The camps in Stage 3 add a strong academic focus to the outdoor and travel skills developed in the Stage 2 camps. These camps reinforce concepts taught in academic units on the Gold Rush and Australian Government. They provide hands-on, life experiences to assist understanding of unfamiliar situations and complex concepts in each student’s learning journey, and further develop positive relationships with their peers.