Middle School
Monday, 01 January 2007 00:00

 

A Middle School is an organisational structure that most ably meets the needs of the early adolescent in such a way that each person that leaves this phase:

  • has a healthy self-image which is based on self-respect
  • has inculcated in his/her character values such as honesty, respect and integrity.
  • has a confidence that allows them to take on challenges without being guaranteed success
  • has a sustainable work ethic, that will enable each individual to meet academic expectations.

Formal introduction to College

Our grade 7 pupils are formally accepted into the College during an Induction Ceremony held at the beginning of each year and to which their parents are invited.

 

Organisational skills

We workshop the following skills with our pupils:

  • keeping an effective diary
  • exam skills – time management & question processing skills
  • study skills
  • effective filing

 

Testing/Exams

It is of the utmost importance that the students acquire and practise certain skills in order to be successful exam candidates. We have identified the following skills as being important:

  • time management in the preparation for exams
  • time management in writing of the exam
  • techniques in answering a variety of question topics
  • coping with the pressure of exams

However, we do not believe that excessive examining results in the successful acquisition of these necessary skills.  A more gradual introduction to exams allows for pupils to be coached in their exam technique, and the exams are set in such a way as to facilitate this development. The result of this policy decision affects the number of exams written and thus only those subjects that have the greatest proportion of time allocated to them on our timetable are examined.  In taking this approach,  we have alleviated some of the stress that is associated with exams and we emphasise the educational principle that exams are the NOT the only means of assessing our pupils.

Gold bars  & ACE

Gold bars are awarded at the end of each term to those pupils who have achieved an overall aggregate of 80% or more.  If a pupil receives a gold bar in each term or achieves an average percentage of 80% or more over the four terms, she/he will receive an academic badge at the annual Prize Giving Ceremony.

A.C.E. (Academic and Cultural Enrichment)

A.C.E. is a programme aimed at providing those pupils who achieve in either humanities or sciences an opportunity to be enriched outside of the classroom. We achieve this by arranging visits to the theatre, art galleries and universities.  Over the past five years, A.C.E. has provided a great deal of motivation for our pupils to achieve academically. The Grade 7 students participate in this incentive programme from the beginning of the second semester.

Grade 9 Award Ceremony


One of the most important functions of our Middle School is to instil values in the lives of our students. There is no doubt that these character traits will ultimately give each individual the capability and moral strength to succeed in the 21st Century.  We believe it is important to acknowledge those Grade 9 pupils who have developed and demonstrated sound values as part of their characters, as they move into Grade 10. The students are recognised for the following characteristics: Good Manners, Leadership, Perseverance, Service to the Community, Service to the College, Sportsmanship, All Round Contribution to our Middle School Life, Diligence, Enthusiasm, Goodwill and Harmony.

Conclusion:

In this phase important issues pertaining to the students' development, physically, emotionally, cognitively, morally and spiritually, can be addressed in such a manner that we enable each individual to become an effective member of our society. Grantleigh provides an ideal environment, through the Middle School, in which the young adolescent can thrive and develop the necessary skills to be an effective adult.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 May 2017 05:20