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Junior secondary

Cleveland District State High School places high priority on ensuring that we are leaders in Middle Schooling in our district. We have a strong relationship with our main feeder schools which are Cleveland State School, Thornlands State School, Ormiston State School, Mount Cotton State School, Bay View State School and Dunwich State School. There are many curriculum connections as well as a comprehensive transition program. There is regular sharing of resources and this means the students of these schools feel confident to commence high school in Year 7 at Cleveland District.

The Middle School curriculum has a strong student centred learning focus emphasising student engagement, the building of strong relationships and laying the foundations for life-long learning. All subjects in the Middle School adhere to the National Curriculum requirements. NAPLAN results and primary school results are used by our teachers to map student progression and also as a guide to individualise lesson plans to cater for student needs.   

As a strategy to aid in the transition of your Year 7 students, they remain with their class group throughout the day and move to classes together. This not only eliminates the concern of lost individual students but also allows the students to develop a rapport with their peers with whom they are spending all of their class time.

Students in Year 7 are placed into classes based on their academic, sporting or musical interests. Students are asked to identify friendships on their enrolment forms which help us to place students in classes based on a combination of educational and social outcomes. This has proved incredibly powerful in terms of assisting the smooth transition of our students into the secondary setting.

We also offer scholarships to students in Year 7. These are awarded in the areas of academic, sporting, or musical excellence. The scholarship program has attracted strong interest and we present scholarships in Term 3.

Our school philosophy of creating a safe, supportive environment where all students feel welcome is manifest at the commencement of every year when we host a welcome barbecue for new families into our school. There are always a high proportion of Year 7 parents present who come along to meet the teachers and to get an insight into what lies ahead at high school.

There are many highlights throughout the year for Year 7 students, but the major highlight is the Year 7 camp, which is usually in August. The camp enables students to participate in a variety of team building activities and games which allows students to get to know their class mates and teachers in an environment away from the school setting. Activities undertaken include canoeing, giant swing, water activities and various team building challenges.

Classes in Year 8 follow the same class and curriculum structure as in Year 7.  In Year 9, students get to choose three elective subjects while continuing with the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, History and HPE. Students now have each class with a different combination of students. In our experience, students enjoy the change from Year 8 and are now experiencing the structure that flows through into the Senior School.