Seymour offers an outstanding Middle School program for Years 6–9. In this vital stage of development, the Middle School empowers girls to foster positive relationships with all members of the community and build a strong sense of self-worth and character.
The Middle School embeds the development of wellbeing in the curriculum and throughout all learning experiences to assist students to achieve both academic and personal success.
Our students have the confidence to navigate change, a positive self-image and a deep curiosity to learn more; not just about the world, but about themselves.
We encourage the girls to take ownership of their learning, to be reflective, critical and creative thinkers.
Seymour’s nationally-regarded Middle School “super-subjects” of GEM and STEM continue to attract attention and capture the imaginations of our students.
Global Studies, English and Media
A super-subject studied by all Year 6-8 students which integrates learning from the Humanities in a challenging and rigorous way. Teachers plan stand-alone English, History, Geography, Drama, Media and Drama curriculum, whilst also considering the ‘big ideas’ of national and global significance, such as women’s rights, historical legacies and technological change, entrepreneurship and social and political revolutions.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
The second of the Middle School super-subjects ensures that students access specialist teaching in Science and Mathematics, whilst engaging in cross-disciplinary studies in the area of Technology, Engineering such as robotics, coding and mechanics using the engineering design process. Recent problem-based learning has included the design of earthquake-proof houses, robotic pollinating bees and the design of ergonomic locker shelving using CAD and laser cutters.
In Years 6, 7 and 8, STEM, GEM, Music, Health and PE, Visual Art and a choice of Chinese or French are studied by all students.
Year 8 Tech Rotation
In addition to their STEM studies, Year 8 students study one term of each of the following subjects to further develop their skills and application in technology domains:
- Digital Design
- Food and Nutrition
Year 9 Electives
All students study English, Health and Physical Education, History, Mathematics and Science. In addition to more traditional subjects, they also choose from amongst the most innovative array of elective subjects in Australia. These options include:
- Business, Economics and the Law
- Digital Innovations
- Film and Media
- Food and Nutrition
- Global Politics
- Marketing and Design
- Medical Science
- Musical Theatre
- Visual Art
As the girls progress through the Middle School, so does their ability to self-regulate and to be their own advocates. In essence, we are teaching them the foundation skills for a lifetime of learning.
Their personal journey will be as individual and unique as they are.
You can download your copy of the Middle School Adventure brochure here.
The Middle School Adventure
Seymour College provides a unique curriculum pathway for girls in Years 6–9. The Middle School Adventure applies an individualised framework to each year level: Explore. Experiment. Enterprise. Empower.
To learn more about The Middle School Adventure and curriculum offerings, please click here to download our brochure.
Year 6: Explore
Year 6 girls are encouraged to explore both the traditions of Seymour College and our contemporary curriculum, centred around the two super-subjects STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and GEM (Global studies, English and Media).
Year 7: Experiment
Our Experiment framework encourages girls to think critically and creatively, to ask questions and then design ways to find answers.
Year 8: Enterprise
The Enterprise Framework encourages student to consider real problems, ideate solutions, create prototypes and then test these solutions with authentic audiences.
Year 9: Empower
All students in Year 9 undertake The Rite Journey program, a structured program that recognises the need for young adolescents to be given specific education and learning opportunities to ready them for adulthood. In this program, we empower students to make a difference in their world.