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Junior secondary

Junior Secondary at Caboolture State High School is a distinct phase of education that specifically caters to the learning and emotional development of young adolescents in Years 7, 8 and 9. Students within this age group engage in a holistic curriculum, with our program allowing for specific wellbeing programs to help create opportunities for our students to take PRIDE in their school community and value their learning.

Due to the decision made by the Queensland Government, the Junior Secondary philosophy was officially recognised in 2014 when all Queensland state secondary facilities welcomed Year 7’s to their high school campuses. This was a significant change to the way schooling was structured in Queensland and facilitated the alignment of school structures with other states and with the Australian Curriculum.

The seamless transition was achieved, and continues to be successful, through the application of six guiding principles. These include: distinct identity, quality teaching, student well-being, parent and community involvement, leadership and local decision making.
 
Our Junior Secondary team is made up of the staff members who work closely with students during their transition, and follow the cohort through their journey as a Junior Secondary student. This team includes:
 
 
 

Left to right: Head of Department Junior Secondary Mrs Sarah Brady, Year 7 Coordinator Mr Rohan Young, Year 8 Coordinator Mr Imran Sirdar and Year 9 Coordinator Miss Jade Pinney.

Education Queensland has provided all state schools with six guiding principles to help during the planning and preparation stages of the transition. These include: distinct identity, quality teaching, student well-being, parent and community involvement, leadership and local decision making.

DISTINCT IDENTITY

Through the implementation of house groups, staff help to create a strong sense of belonging for their students through developing relationships with a specific group of students that continues from Year 7 through to Year 12. 

 
 


 

 
Core teaching teams are established where teachers may be paired to two core areas such as Math and Science or English and SOSE; thus reducing the number of teachers for each student.
 
A designated physical space has been established called the Junior Secondary Precinct, which helps students feel safe and have a sense of belonging.
 
A clear identity for our Junior Secondary students has been created through the new look Junior Secondary uniform that helps to visually separate our Junior Secondary students to the Senior Secondary students.
 

QUALITY TEACHING

 
In the Junior Secondary school, The Art and Science of Teaching pedagogy is implemented as it provides teaching strategies that are evidence-based and suited to adolescents.
 
With staff practicing the Art and Science of Teaching in their classrooms, we have a consistent approach when it comes to establishing routines, following rules and procedures.
 
Teachers also create learning environments that reflect our school values:
 
 
 
P - persistence
R - respect
I - integrity
D - diligence
E - excellence

 

STUDENT WELL-BEING

 
Peer support and mentoring programs, such as the Triple S Leaders (Seniors Support Sevens), support our students' well-being and transition needs.
 
Students are also supported by house group teachers who have the responsibility of mentoring and providing pastoral care for their subset of students within the broader group. This involves establishing a safe, supportive, caring and inclusive school community that fosters school connectedness and encourages a healthy lifestyle, including good nutrition and exercise.
 
Students are offered a range of extra-curricular opportunities as these programs are important in providing a sense of meaning and purpose through peer support, participation and working together as a group.
 

PARENT & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

 
Caboolture State High School encourages parents to stay connected to their children’s learning throughout secondary school. Parents are invited to:
 
  • Come into school to participate in twilight sessions.
  • Where possible, accompany their child to school events and functions.
  • Help with learning at home.
  • Be involved in school life by volunteering in the tuckshop and supporting the Parents and Citizens Association.
 

LEADERSHIP

 
Caboolture State High School supports our Junior Secondary students by giving them an opportunity to take on new challenges, build self-esteem and mentor other students through leadership.
 
The Junior Secondary leadership team, consisting of our Year 9 students, are appointed to lead the junior school. The leadership team includes two Junior Secondary Captains, two Junior Secondary Vice Captains, and two House Captains for each of the four house teams. 
 
Two House Group Captains are also appointed in all house group classes in Years 7, 8 and 9.
 
The leaders in our junior school help to organise key events throughout the year including student forums, carnivals and formal assemblies. This provides our students with the opportunity to influence, motivate and serve the needs of their peers. 

LOCAL DECISION MAKING

 
Caboolture State High School nurtures strong relationships with the community by providing parents with opportunities for involvement in school events and school-based decision making.
 
Opportunities are also provided for student involvement in decision making during the student forums run by our Junior Secondary Captains.
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you for visiting the Junior Secondary section of our school website. Down the right side of this webpage are links to further information including our Junior Secondary Parent Handbook and Junior Secondary Parent Guide.
  
Alternatively, for more information, do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly team members at the school on (07) 5498 0111.
 
 
 
 
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