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PARENT  INFORMATION

Middle School

Early adolescence is a time of rapid physical, social, emotional and cognitive change for children.

We target teaching and learning to each level of developing maturity represented by our Middle School. This includes emphasising values, prioritising social-emotional wellbeing, and developing extracurricular activities and classroom structures to meet their specific needs. This approach equips Middle School students with vital skills, knowledge and attitudes for their senior years and helps them reach their full potential.

During Middle School, students make the gradual transition from primary school to the greater independence of secondary school. In Years 5 and 6, they enjoy the security of a single classroom and one teacher for most of their core learning, while also exploring a limited number of additional classrooms and teachers for specialist subjects. By Years 7 and 8, they gradually transition to subject-based learning characteristics of the secondary school curriculum, while still enjoying the additional security and support of a homeroom teacher. This gradual increase in independence and stimulation allows students to experiment with new specialties, pursue passions, take greater responsibility for their learning, and include or exclude subject options for their senior phase of schooling.

We encourage you to get in touch for more information or enrol for middle school today.

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We help your child develop values based on the qualities displayed by Jesus. These values will contribute to shaping their characters as adults. Love, justice, compassion, forgiveness, service, humility, courage, hope and appreciation are taught explicitly during morning devotional time and our weekly chapel service. They are also inherent in the way we instruct, guide and support students in their daily learning activities and social interactions.

Firm boundaries and an emphasis on service to others during the middle school years enables students to look beyond themselves and explore how their behaviours and attitudes make a contribution to the lives of those around them.

Year 5 & 6

  • Bible
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History & Geography
  • Personal Development
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Art
  • Music
  • Technology
  • Library

Year 7

  • Bible
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Art
  • Music
  • Technology (Food Tech/Timber Tech/Textiles)

Year 8

  • Biblical Studies
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education
  • Science
  • Visual Art
  • LOTE (French)
  • 2 x 50 hour electives 
  • 1 x 100 hour electives

Please note Year 8 electives are based on student interests so can change from year to year.  

 

It is understood that each student learns in a different manner. Our teachers aim to cater for all learning styles and incorporate a wide variety of activities such as student-led tutorials, excursions, question and answer sessions, experiments, group work, creative expression and arts, multi-media, games, technology, and discussions. These activities complement teaching, textbook use, projects and assessments.

Personal excellence is a focus in every classroom, with assessments and activities used as a basis for extending those who show greater levels of interest and ability. Further extension opportunities are available through international competitions and assessments for schools (ICAS) and co-curricular activities distinctive to Middle School.

Primary School Sport (Years K to 6)

At Wahroonga Adventist School we run a sports program for our Primary School Students on a weekly basis and are also active participants in both Interschool and Intraschool sporting events.

Weekly Sport

Physical Education in our Primary School is focused on developing a range of skills and techniques that can be applied within popular sports. Students are provided with opportunities to play on both the field and court with a variety of equipment to assist their fundamental movement skills and prepare them for an active future.

The areas of focus include: 

Term

Early Stage 1
(Prep & Kindy)

Stage 1
(Years 1 & 2)

Stage 2
(Years 3 & 4)

Stage 3
(Years 5 & 6)

1

Athletics

Athletics

Athletics

Athletics

2

Game Sense

Basketball/Netball

Netball/Volleyball

Basketball/Netball/

Turbo Touch

3

Ball Skills

Skipping/dance

Soccer/Oz-tag

Oz-tag/Lacrosse

4

Swimming

Swimming/Cricket

Swimming/Cricket

Swimming/Softball

PATHWAYS: ASISSA and CIS

Eligibility for representative pathways in interschool sports for Primary aged students begins in the year they turn 8 years old. Those students who are selected and are successful will usually progress through the stages below:
 

  1. WAS - Wahroonga Adventist School
  2. ASISSA - All Suburbs Independent School Sports Association
  3. CIS – Combined Independent Schools
  4. NSWPSSA – NSW Primary Schools Sports Association
  5. SSA – School Sport Australia

For details on upcoming events please visit;

CIS - https://www.cis.nsw.edu.au/events/

SDA Gala Days

As Wahroonga Adventist School is also part of the Greater Sydney Adventist Conference we participate in competitions (for Years 3-6) each term against other schools in our region. Please see below for this year’s schedule:

Term

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Sport

Basketball

Years 5 & 6

Soccer

Years 3 & 4

Touch Football

Years 5 & 6

Cricket

Years 3 & 4

High School Sport  (Years 7 to 12)  

Wahroonga Adventist School provides many opportunities for students to engage and participate in sport. Students attend weekly sport on Tuesday and are able to trial for numerous teams and individual sports throughout the year.

Tuesday Sport

Every Tuesday from 1:30-3:10, students can select sports to participate in. Each term these sports change, offering students a wide variety of options. These sports are played on school grounds, at local council facilities and at external providers. These sports include, but are not limited to; soccer, basketball, cricket, softball, touch football, oztag, netball, volleyball, badminton, tennis, flag football, AFL 9s, golf, dance, squash, self defence and mountain biking.

Tuesday Representative Sport

Each term, students can trial for the weekly representative team that competes against CSSA Nepean Zone schools. 

Term

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Sport

Basketball

Cricket

Soccer

Netball

Softball

Volleyball

Rugby League 7s

Touch Football

Cricket

Pathways: CSSA and CIS

Wahroonga Adventist School is associated with Christian School Sports Association (CSSA) and uses this sports association as our pathway to CIS and beyond. Wahroonga Adventist School is part of the North Metropolitan Zone with Pacific Hills Christian School, Covenant Christian School, Northern Beaches Christian School and Oxford Falls Grammar School. For school based teams to progress through to CSSA State, students must first compete against these schools in the following sports; athletics, swimming, soccer, basketball, touch football, cricket. Other sports allow school teams and individuals to compete at CSSA State level straight away: cross country, netball, volleyball, oztag, futsal and softball.

Students wanting to trial as an individual athlete in sports will either need to be nominated to CSSA or CIS individually by the school sport coordinator. Weekly notifications will be available on Seqta with information on the upcoming sporting opportunities. To see a full list of all sports available, please visit the following links

CSSA: https://www.cssa.net.au/

CIS: https://www.cis.nsw.edu.au/home/

Gala Days

Wahroonga Adventist School competes in gala days against other schools in CSSA. This provides teams with an opportunity to progress through the pathways.

Z indicates that it is a CSSA Zone based gala day, S indicates it is a CSSA State based gala day;

Term

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Sport

Cricket (Z)

Hockey (S)

Football (Z)

Volleyball (S)

Netball (S)

Basketball (Z)

Oztag (S)

Futsal (S)

Touch Football (Z)

Softball (S)

Carnivals

Each year, students can compete at the school swimming, cross country and athletics carnival.

Carnival

Location

Time of year

Swimming Carnival

Knox Grammar School

Early Term 1

Cross Country Carnival

School oval and surrounding Coups Creek bushland

Early Term 2

Athletics Carnival

Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre Warm Up Track 

Mid Term 2

Individual Nomination

Students who play a sport at a high level can be nominated to trial as an individual athlete at CSSA and CIS levels. These trials are highly competitive and require a playing history when submitting the nomination. Information on the upcoming nominations are available on Seqta notices. Please note that CSSA and CIS do not accept late nominations.

Extracurricular Activities

Currently, Wahroonga Adventist School offers 3 regular sporting extracurricular activities. On Monday afternoons, 1hr basketball sessions are located on the school basketball courts. The training sessions involve basketball specific fitness, strength, skills and game sense;

  • Fundamental skills 3.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Advanced skills (selection based – 20 positions) 4.30pm – 5.30pm

On Friday mornings, running training runs from 7am-8am. The training sessions involve running multiple kilometres (3kms – 6kms) and completing fitness and strength drills. Activities are suitable for beginners through to advanced runners. Breakfast is available after running training for $2.

Twice a term, students and parents can come along to a Sunday morning mountain bike ride at various locations. Rides require fitness & involve an element of risk. Rides include multiple kilometres on dirt single trails with natural features including rocks, tree roots, trees & man-made features such as berms, jumps & drops. Some regular locations include Ourimbah XC MTB track, Hornsby – ‘Old Man’s Valley’ and Westleigh – ‘H20 loop’.

Trials and Trainings

Trials of all school teams happen either before or during school. Depending on popularity, there may be multiple trials. Once the team is selected, students are expected to attend the weekly training sessions leading up to the competition. These trainings can be before, during or after school.

There are a number of co-curricular opportunities that students of all ages can engage in at Wahroonga Adventist School. Below is an outline of the program for Term 2 along with links for registering.

Co-curricular Letter - Term 2 2021.pdf

Our classroom teachers and year level coordinators are on the front line of pastoral care as they interact with students on a day to day basis. We have an anti-bullying policy and discipline practices that are designed to build harmonious relationships and resolve issues of concern or conflict openly and respectfully.

Our chaplains provide support to students, staff and school families regardless of their faith. They are active in coordinating programs for social wellbeing and emotional development, interacting with students in the playground and offering a friendly listening ear, mentoring students with behavioural or emotional needs, enhancing engagement with the broader community, and providing a range of opportunities for spiritual reflection. In times of loss and trauma, they provide additional support to individuals, families and the school community.

Click here to view chaplaincy policy.

Our school counsellor is available for more specific social-emotional needs that require specialist assistance or outside referral.

Click here to view school counsellor policy.

We value our partnership with parents and recognise that when school and parents have shared expectations, positive behaviour and change for the better is most likely to occur. Concerned parents are welcome to contact their child's teacher, school chaplain, school counsellor or administration at any time.

Scholarships Available in 2022

- Year 7 Academic Scholarships 

2022 Academic Scholarships - Registrations Now CLOSED

Wahroonga Adventist School is offering three academic part scholarships (50% of tuition) for entry into Year 7 in 2022; scholarships awarded will follow through from Year 7 to Year 12. 

The scholarships awarded to Year 7 are for applicants who achieve excellent results in the Scholarship Exam.

Important Details

- Registrations for 2022 Scholarships are now closed
- Academic Tests will be held on: Friday, 5th March 2021
- No alternative testing date will be offered
- Successful applicants will be required to attend an interview

 

Please note:  Parents of all 2022 Scholarship applicants will be notified by the end of Term 2, 2021 as to whether a candidate has been successful in gaining an interview.

If you have any questions please contact the Registrar on 9487 2100 or contact us

 

Our classrooms are digitally equipped with age-appropriate technology. This enhances the delivery of the curriculum, caters to a broad range of learning styles, and allows students to solve problems, work, and connect with each other in today's world.