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Junior secondary

Mackay North State High School’s Junior Secondary curriculum represents a sequence of carefully planned and balanced learning experiences designed to meet the current and future needs of our students. It is grounded in student focused educational philosophy and practice, responsive to individual student needs, as well as being rich in real-life significance.
Please find our downloadable junior secondary schooling curriculum guide on this page which contains all subject level information needed to make your subject selection choices in the links listed below.
 

 
If you cannot download the curriculum document linked from this page, please feel free to contact the school and we will provide a pre-printed copy via the school office.

Year 7

Students in year 7 will study our core subjects for the duration of the Year: English, Maths, History, Science, Language studies and Physical education. They will then be able to “taste test” a variety of elective subjects for a semester. Students will also undertake studies in Student Development Program which address wellbeing, academic, values and education.
 

Year 8

Students will continue studies from year 7, building on learning experiences in English,  Maths, History, Science, Language studies and Physical education. They will then be able to “taste test” further subjects for a semester. Students will also undertake studies in Student Development Program which address wellbeing, academic, values and education.
 

Year 9

In year 9 students while still continuing with core subjects of English, Maths, History, Science and Physical education, students are also able to select two electives to study for the duration of the year. This approach to curriculum engages our students in an educational pathway most suited to their individual needs. Students will also undertake studies in Student Development Program which address wellbeing, academic, values and education.
 

Primary school partnerships

We work closely with our local primary schools to ensure a smooth transition into high school. We hold a number of open nights, school tours and an orientation day  to allow students not only to engage in enhanced learning opportunities and to meet and engage with other students from within the cluster, but also to familiarise them with our school surrounds thus allowing for a seamless transition.
 
The creation of Junior Secondary as a distinct phase of learning at Mackay North State High School is designed to respond to the needs of students in early adolescence.  
 

Distinct identity

Students are encouraged and supported to develop their own group identity within the wider high school. This includes dedicated school areas and events. Currently we have a distinct Junior Secondary precinct, parades, lunchtime events, enrichment days and excursions.
 

Quality teaching

Teachers working with students in the Junior Secondary years are given professional development to enhance their skills and understanding to best support and engage the adolescent learner. 
 

Student well-being

Our school has a strong focus on pastoral care. Each student from years 7-12 is placed in a Home Group, where their individual learning needs are discussed and reflected on.
 

Parent and community involvement

We encourage parents to stay connected with their students’ learning when they enter high school. Parent involvement in special events, welcome BBQ, May Fair, parent teacher interview evenings, open nights, award ceremonies, leadership presentations and parent partnership meetings are always welcomed.
 

Leadership

Leadership roles are available for all students in the Junior Secondary.  A variety of working parties are held throughout the year as well as the Junior Secondary Leadership Positions in Year 9. A dedicated junior secondary team including Year Level Coordinator, Head of Junior Secondary, Junior Secondary Deputy Principals and Principal lead the Junior Secondary.
 

Local decision making

The needs of our school community influence how the Junior Secondary is implemented in our school.
 

Junior Secondary Bring Your Own Device (BYOx)

For information about the Junior Secondary Bring Your Own Device please click on the link below.
 
 
 
 
We look forward to the opportunity to provide a high quality education to all students in these very important years of development.
 
For more information contact Mrs Rebecca Cooper, Head of Department, Junior Secondary.