Y 7 - 9
Belong | Believe | Achieve
As a community at MDCS, we are interested not only in what our students are learning and the skills they are acquiring, but also in who they are becoming. As such, teachers are interested in their students’ development as ‘whole’ people, not just as academic learners.
In the Secondary years, they assist their students to develop skills in the areas of time management, problem solving, articulating themselves effectively and in applying what they are learning in class to real life situations. Along with these academic skills, students are also learning to appreciate the diversity within their classroom, work well in a team and develop a supportive network of friends, becoming more resilient, growing in empathy for others and forming a strong sense of justice.
As they become increasingly independent in their thinking and action, our Secondary students continue to develop a knowledge of the living God and foster a relationship with Him. Through a growing appreciation of the centrality of the Bible to all of life, they are challenged to see how they can live out their giftedness and faith in their relationships and community.
Curriculum and Subjects
Our educational objectives are guided by the Australian Curriculum framework and have been developed with a foundation of Biblical perspectives. In our classrooms we aim to develop learning communities, each contributing from their own knowledge and talents and helping others in the learning task.
Year 7 - 9 Highlight Examples
Year 7-8 Camp – Usually in Term One, this camp enhances learning of the General Studies topic as well as helping in the development of relationships and community. Locations vary from year-to-year, and include hiking at Wilsons Promontory and Camp Coolamatong on the Gippsland Lakes.
Year 9 Challenge Camp – This is an anticipated and highly valuable experience.
House Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country Events.
Interschool Athletics, Swimming, Cross Country Running, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Football and Netball competitions.
Music Showcase – Music celebration evening where students perform as class groups and individually before an audience of family and friends.
Production – Secondary students spend time making sets, learning lines, arranging costumes, and working as a team to perform a very entertaining and high quality production.
Year 8 ‘Starting a Business’ Unit – From conception to execution, the Year 8 class brainstorms, decides, structures, plans, makes, creates, advertises and sells a product or service to foster an understanding of the elements involved in running a business.