Middle & Senior School

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We create independent thinkers, preparing your child for 21st century success

The Australian Curriculum teaches our students to think and learn for themselves. Combined with Visible Learning techniques, proven to increase student learning, we help our students develop the skills they need to be successful 21st century global citizens.

Year 8, Maths Assessment Music Video - Geometry Reasonings and Angles. Be amazed by the creativity of our students who presented a Maths assessment through a music video.
Credits: Xuan Lin, Qi Lin Kong , Aoi Kanda

Students in their Middle and Senior School years strive to develop:

  • Higher order thinking skills – an important part of the Australian curriculum and essential for 21st century success
  • Content knowledge and the ability to analyse it and present their ideas
  • Resilience – to bounce back from life’s challenges with our pastoral care programs
  • Emotional intelligence and support through our pastoral care programs
  • Leadership skills – through the many varied opportunities available at AISM.

Middle School – support and challenge your child in transition to secondary school

Over the Middle School years, we work to help develop increasing academic and social independence in our students, readying them for the rigours of Senior School.

At AISM, our pastoral care programs aim to ensure your child is happy and relaxed in our school environment – a necessity to fulfil their full potential at school. The pastoral care program for our Middle School students includes support by homeroom teachers experienced in this age group.

In Middle School, your child will study a range of subjects which will give them a breadth of understanding, laying an important foundation for later success. In Years 9 and 10 they will start specialising and choose elective subjects.

Middle School commences in Year 6 or around age 11 years of age and continues until Year 8.

Senior School – challenging our learners with a rigorous internationally recognised qualification

From Year 9 onwards, we help your child to further develop the discipline and high order thinking skills they need for university and careers.

In Australian education, it is expected that all students will complete 13 years of schooling, which culminates in the internationally recognised New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC). The final results for the HSC are based on fifty percent internal assessment and fifty percent is an external public examination for each subject – an approach recognised to demonstrate your child’s learning more accurately and to assess their learning of the skills required in tertiary education. In Years 9 and 10, our students study core subjects as well as electives, in preparation for further specialisation in the Higher School Certificate.

Our learning model has 8 components:

In the Australian Curriculum, we have a strong focus on 'general capabilities'. These refer to a set of knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that can be developed and applied across the curriculum to help students become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens. Throughout their schooling, students develop and use these capabilities across all learning areas, in Co curricular programs such as sport, school camps and drama productions, and in their lives outside school. There are seven general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Information and communication technology competence
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social competence
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Intercultural understanding.

The Australian Curriculum is based on the fact that to meet the changing expectations of society and to contribute to the creation of a more productive, sustainable and just society, young people will need a wide and adaptive set of knowledge, understanding, skills and dispositions. Although the curriculum is organised by subjects, it also includes general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities which add richness and depth to each subject and help students see the interconnectedness and relevance of their learning.

How our students learn

Our class sizes

Our class sizes in Middle and Senior School are capped at 25. Many classes are smaller, for example, if they are held in a laboratory environment, particularly in the Senior years. The small groupings allows for greater one to one opportunities for our students.

What support is available for my child?

Children have different abilities and learning styles, and we have academic enrichment support in place to assist students with their individual learning needs. These include our Learning Support teachers, English as an Additional Language and Intensive English Support teachers and those staff who support gifted students.

Homework expectations

Homework is an expected part of learning at AISM. As our students progress through the School, the amount of homework needed to support in-class learning will increase.