Middle School (Years 7-9)
Middle School – the challenges of adolescence.
In the Middle School, classes are arranged in a horizontal (year level) structure, with Form teachers taking responsibility for the care of students in their class groups. In keeping with the overarching philosophy of the Middle School at MBBC, Form teachers play a critical role in assisting with the smooth transition of students into this next phase of education, and have substantial contact with their students in their daily teaching, getting to know each individual very well.
Form teachers are the first ‘port of call’ for students or their parents if they have any concerns. If an issue arises that may require extra assistance, the Team Leader and the Assistant Principal are also available to help. In addition, MBBC offers the services of our resident Chaplain and we maintain relationships with suitably qualified professionals, such as educational psychologists, occupational and speech therapists, to whom a family can be referred.
All students in the Middle School have both formal and informal student care sessions with their Form teacher. Discussions and activities may be based on themes such as respect, study habits, organisation, resolving conflict, strengthening support networks, dealing with stress, making decisions and developing friendships. Developing positive self esteem and emotional resilience are important features of the program.
Boys entering the Middle School are assigned to one of four Houses for sporting, cultural and other activities. House-based programs provide additional ways for students to build relationships with other students across the College. Just as the sea eagle (the school’s emblem) flies with its young under its wing, so the older boys of the College are expected to care for their younger peers.
Middle School Time
An integral part of the Middle School timetable is Middle School Time. Boys are organised in House groups or in mixed groups to develop relationships with students across the Middle School. Working through activities relating to personal development, the MIRROR attributes (Merciful, Independent, Resourceful, Respectful, Open Minded and Resilient) and community service related projects this is an invaluable opportunity for our students to practice important skills in teamwork, problem solving and communication.