Learning in the Middle School
The middle school years are a time to get excited about learning and enjoy the passion and expertise that specialist teachers bring to their subjects.We are fortunate that our Middle School, known as Rosstrevor, is a self-contained community within the broader campus giving the boys in Years 7 and 8 the chance to run, play, socialise and learn together without feeling overwhelmed by the boys from the Senior School.
We know boys need to feel connected with each other and the School to really thrive and to embrace the opportunity to try new things. Therefore in the early months of Year 7 the focus is on the boys getting to know each other and the staff, the routine of secondary school, finding their way around, having fun, learning to manage the homework expectations and generally feeling comfortable and safe in their new environment.
Early adolescence is recognised as being a time of enormous physical and emotional change and boys need to have the space to develop their sense of self, but they also need to understand where they fit in the group. With the support of the Form Teacher, Head of Year, Rosstrevor Chaplain, School Counsellor and weekly Personal Development lesson undertaken by the Form Teacher, each boy is carefully supported during this time of rapid change.
In addition every activity that is offered in the Middle School, whether it’s the drama production, book club, camps or Saturday sport, is staffed by a member of the Middle School team. This allows the boys and staff to get to know each other and build relationships that are multi-dimensional.
We know boys of all ages love rules, as it gives them a sense of security and knowledge of what is expected of them. No more so than in the middle years of school. But equally so, boys thrive on the opportunity to be responsible and to develop their leadership skills.
Our Middle School has an extensive leadership program. Every boy in Year 8 whether he holds an official badge wearing leadership role or not (and many do) has instilled in him that he is a leader. “Raise the standard of all that I do” is the Year 8 motto complemented by the mantra, “Every action I take is an example to others”
In Year 7 the motto is focussed on setting personal standards, namely:
“I welcome and support everyone at Rosstrevor. I take pride in my work and all that I do. I respect the learning rights of others”.
Developing life skills such as the ability to lead is considered integral to the Middle School experience.
We believe exposing boys to the challenge of thinking on one’s feet in debating and overcoming the nerves of public speaking are two more fundamental skills that will prepare the boys not only for the Senior School but for life beyond school.
Another important characteristic we continue to nurture in the Middle School is the notion of each person’s responsibility to contribute to the wider community both locally and beyond. This is partially achieved through the Community Service program which is a vital part of the Brighton Grammar School experience.
Learn more about the Middle School Curriculum
View a taste of life in the Middle School