MIDDLE SCHOOL

The Bridge in the Middle

A sense of wonder and exploration is at the core of our middle school program as learners discover themselves, their relationships, their strengths, passions, the environment and the broader world around them. We offer the opportunity for discovery, at the individual level, to the global level.

A carefully curated range of courses, experiences and projects empowers our learners to take responsibility, master skills and develop values. We strike the balance between a sense of play, social and emotional learning (critical to this stage), academic challenge and the realisation of the power that lies within each child to make a positive difference to our world.

Deep reflective practice is a focus as we shepherd learners through this junior high school experience and prepare them to be more independent and confident learners.

We focus on teaching students to ask the right questions and be confident searching for answers.

In addition to strong Proficiency programs (Literacy, Mathematics, Science), students are able to choose their Physical Wellbeing, Arts, and Jalan-Jalan (experiential) classes. Our Middle School education honors the Three Frames of Learning and has a strong focus on thematic-based learning, reflecting the way the world is – integrated.

“Middle School provides the opportunity for students to experience an extensive range of topics and ideas which promotes self-actualisation and aids in the discovery of their true passions. It is a time where students across grade levels collaborate on integrated topics that encourage the evolution of relationships, and futhers student understanding of sustainability across multiple topics and subject areas.”

DAN MC CLOY – HEAD OF MIDDLE SCHOOL

Our Learning in Action

JALAN-JALAN

Taking students off the timetable for ½ day each week, these courses focus on experiential learning in the areas of service, enterprise and outdoor education. Students are asked to step outside of their comfort zones and try something new, as well as given a chance to pursue some of their passions in these areas. Students work with teachers to identify their personal learning outcomes to compliment those designed by the teacher. Courses are designed to help foster the Green School Skills, with a particular emphasis on adaptability, leadership, awareness, collaboration and creative thinking.

PROJECT-BASED LEARNING

We know that students learn more from how they are taught than what they are taught. That is why we employ a project-based approach and let students experience their learning in a more hands-on way. Students in Middle School are empowered to start leading their own learning journeys and select their own courses. In addition, they have the freedom to follow their passions, explore an issue they would like to solve and try to find solutions to it.

This could take a number of forms, for example a student creating a renewable energy source, making surfboards from bottle caps collected through trash walks around the beaches of Bali, campaigning for local restaurants to stop using plastic straws and provide them with bamboo straws made at our on-campus Innovation Hub, or trying to conserve and regenerate coral reefs by re-planting them in the ocean. Watch this video to learn more.

PROJECT-BASED LEARNING

We know that students learn more from how they are taught than what they are taught. That is why we employ a project-based approach and let students experience their learning in a more hands-on way. Students in Middle School are empowered to start leading their own learning journeys and select their own courses. In addition, they have the freedom to follow their passions, explore an issue they would like to solve and try to find solutions to it.

This could take a number of forms, for example a student creating a renewable energy source, making surfboards from bottle caps collected through trash walks around the beaches of Bali, campaigning for local restaurants to stop using plastic straws and provide them with bamboo straws made at our on-campus Innovation Hub, or trying to conserve and regenerate coral reefs by re-planting them in the ocean. Watch this video to learn more.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL WELLBEING

Social and emotional skills of developing an understanding of ‘who I am’ in the world and ‘how do I respond’ is integral in shaping each individual middle schooler. This time in a student’s life is all about relationships – with themselves, their peers, their parents, their teachers, and with the world around them. SEL classes are weekly and focus on age-appropriate themes for personal development and awareness. Our mindfulness programme also plays an integral role in this self development process. Mindfulness offers easy strategies to help students focus their attention, improve self-regulation skills, build resilience, and develop a positive mindset whilst at school and in life. Mindfulness as a practice in class and school wide is a feature of each day. We meet as a whole MS each morning to nurture our relationships and practice mindfulness together.

Students learn best when they are engaged, mindful and active. Our wellbeing programme (physical, social and emotional, and relationship education) skills students up as stewards of their own health and wellbeing and reflects our holistic approach to education.  To learn more about how we approach student wellbeing at Green School, click here.

QUEST

Quest is a Grade 8 Capstone Project that challenges students to identify one of their passions and turn it into a project that has an aspect of environmental or societal sustainability to it. The project culminates in a TED Talk style presentation that helps prepare our students for success in their High School Greenstone presentations and beyond.

QUEST

Quest is a Grade 8 Capstone Project that challenges students to identify one of their passions and turn it into a project that has an aspect of environmental or societal sustainability to it. The project culminates in a TED Talk style presentation that helps prepare our students for success in their High School Green Stone presentations and beyond.

Watch some inspiring Quest below:

Gusde

One Small Step

Kyan

Hair for Hope

Isaac Wheeler

Understanding The Swastika

To watch more student Quest presentations click here.

Our Educators


Coming from all corners of the globe, our educators all have one thing in common: their passion for progressive education and educating for sustainability. Unique to them is also their passion for empowering students to lead their own learning journeys. Meet some of our educators and hear as they share their experiences and ideas with the world. These teachers are experts in a wide variety of fields, and continue to collaborate and share their knowledge to ensure we have a faculty of lifelong learners. Our teachers are role models to the students, and demonstrate a respect and continuing relationship with new and exciting topics. They celebrate the uniqueness of each middle school student and empower them to follow their passions.

Daniel McCloy

MIDDLE SCHOOL, FACULTY STORIES

Jesse Driver

MIDDLE SCHOOL, FACULTY STORIES

David Purcell

THINKING IS AN ACTION

Nicola Unite

CHANGE THE WAY YOU BREATHE

Jaclyn George

THE CHICKEN COOP IS ENOUGH

Download our Middle School Curriculum Overview

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