Our Year 7 and 8 program is tailored to the individual needs and interests of the students through Differentiated Learning. Differentiated Learning is the structuring of lessons and activities around the students aptitude or school entry level, with the intent of engaging each child in the learning process, making their learning productive, relevant and meaningful. Our small class sizes across the school enables each teacher to develop a learning relationship with each child and can tailor their educational program to the students own individual needs.
Year 7 and 8 students undertake:
- Literacy (5 periods per week)
- Numeracy (5 periods per week)
- Inquiry (2 or 3 periods per week)
- Science (3 periods per week)
- PE (2 periods per week)
- Health (1 period per week)
- French (2 periods per week)
- Electives (4 or 5 periods per week)
Monterey Secondary College fully embraces 21st century learning through the implementation of a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program across the entire school. Through using the latest technology and resources to support the curriculum including Office 365, students will be further engaged in their studies. The BYOD program allows for students to personalize their learning and choose how they present their knowledge and skills through a suite of app and software programs.
All students across the college will be placed in a Pastoral Care class. This will involve students in Year 7 – 12 being split into groups together based on their house colour. In Pastoral Care classes, there is a strong focus on gaining a greater knowledge of each individual student and offers an avenue of peer support and mentoring from senior school students. Pastoral Care leaders are significant to a student’s education and development and a point of contact for your child throughout the year.
In 2017, the Year 7s will be housed within a flexible open learning environment in the heart of the college, dedicated solely to our Year 7 students. This will give them ownership of their own learning area and help them with the adjustment to secondary schooling.
A vital part of the Year 7 program, the Year 7 camp, represents an excellent opportunity for students to get to know their teachers and the other students in their year level. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop co-operation skills, are encouraged to take on responsibility roles as members of a team and to work in an outdoor environment where a positive respect for the natural environment can be developed.
Students enrolling in Year 7 at Monterey for the 2018 year are invited to apply for the Year 7 General Scholarship. Learn more here.
Steve Russell leads the Year 7 and 8 team and works in partnership with the teaching staff to ensure the smooth running of their level and deal with the day-to-day management of students. Mr Russell is also a member of the teaching staff and will get to know your child, giving them support, encouragement, and guidance throughout their first two years at Monterey.