Junior Secondary

Students from Years 7 to 10 are going through one of the most challenging transition periods of their lives. Not only are they preparing to face significant choices about their future, but they are also navigating the precarious adolescent years, a time of rapid changes in many aspects of their lives. Our goal is to help them successfully and safely transition through this period, consolidate and build on the foundations of their learning and prepare for the exciting possibilities of their senior years.

Quality Learning

Classroom teachers employ Robert Marzano’s Art and Science of Teaching, an instructional model that promotes positive learning environments, explicit instruction, and effective feedback. Personal excellence is encouraged across all year levels.  
 
The College also offers many cocurricular activities that enhance learning and develop gifts and talents. For instance, the College Music Department offers opportunities for students to learn a wide variety of instruments and participate in College programs, eisteddfods and other music competitions. Debating and academic competitions motivate and assist students in developing skills and confidence. For students needing additional support, the learning support teacher and teacher aide collaborate with classroom teachers, parents and students to ensure equal access to learning for students assessed with disabilities and complex learning needs, including remedial and ESL students. Bi-weekly BAC Hub sessions provide additional support by assisting students with homework and assignments, research, study management, and exam preparation. 

Technology in the classroom

Every classroom on the secondary campus is digitally equipped with appropriate technology to enhance the delivery of the curriculum and meet the needs of a broad range of learning styles. With digital technology changing the way students solve problems, work and connect with each other and the world, our one-to-one laptop/tablet program gives them a solid grounding in harnessing and managing 21st century learning. The teachers, as part of a progressive professional learning community, participate in professional development that continually investigates research-based ways of enhancing student learning.

Wellbeing and Support

The wellbeing of individual students in the secondary school is monitored by a pastoral care team that includes year level coordinators, form teachers, school chaplains and class teachers. Added to this are the weekly iLive sessions, devoted to personal and academic development, and social inclusion. 
 
Secondary prioritises yearly class camps and special trips such as the Year 7 Canberra trip.  A research-based peer mentoring program, Stars, links Year 8 students with Year 11 mentors (supported by supervising teachers). The challenges that the Year 8s and their Year 11 mentors face together during the six month program develop close bonds and set adolescents on course for greater stability and success during their middle secondary years. These social and personal development events occur at strategic times for teenagers who are at an age when they are prone to periods of alienation and social exclusion.

CURRICULUM

The YEAR 7 program assists students in transitioning to the secondary campus, providing stability and predictability in the core subjects. Throughout the year, they are also given a strategic taste of a range of elective subjects.
 
YEARS 8 and 9 continue the development within key learning areas that provides a strong academic foundation for their senior studies. It is during these years that the faculty-based elective program allows students to explore specialty areas and by Year 9, they begin their pursuit of individual interests, gifts and talents through elective subjects.
 
YEAR 10 is a year of preparation, with an emphasis on increasing independence, consolidating knowledge and thinking about choices for the future. With the year heralding a transition to senior school, advanced courses in mathematics and science prepare students who have demonstrated an aptitude for specialisations in those fields (maths B and C, physics, chemistry and biology). Throughout the year, students begin a process of formulating a comprehensive ‘senior phase of learning’ plan (an agreement between themselves, parents and the school) culminating in subject selection and choices about career pathways for their senior years.

Core Subjects for Years 7-10:

  • Encounter (religious studies)
  • English 
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History/Geography
  • Health and Physical Education 
  • Class Sport 

Sample Specialisations and Electives for Years 7-10: 

  • Analytical Mathematics (Year 10 only)
  • Design and Technologies
  • Digital Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics and Business
  • Engineering Technology
  • Exploring Literature (Year 10 only)
  • Home Economics
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Investigating STEM (Year 10 only)
  • Language (DSE)
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Visual Art

BAC Distinctives 

Our parallel programs are designed to enhance the growth of the whole person and the development of ‘character'.
 
Spiritual enhancement:
  • Weekly chapel programs 
  • Week of Worship (WOW)
Personal development and social inclusion: 
  • Class socials (each term)
  • Year 7 Canberra trip
  • Year 8 STARS personal development and mentoring program 
  • Empowering Girls program (Years 7-9)
  • New Zealand snowskiing trip (every second year)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
Community awareness:
  • The Kokoda Challenge team fundraising and endurance event
  • Sonship international service trip to Solomon Islands 
  • Community service option for school sport
  • ANZAC Day, Diversity Day and NAIDOC Week celebrations
Talent development:

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