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Junior secondary

 
Kedron offers a seamless transition program for students moving from primary to secondary school. Our Junior Secondary philosophy is around supporting each student to develop personally, academically and find their place within the larger school context. At Kedron State High School we offer a wide variety of programs to support and extend students to achieve their best and delve deeper into their passion areas.
 
Kedron is a highly sought after secondary school. Many families elect to send their children to be members of our community because we offer a traditional, disciplined, academic and diverse schooling experience. Our world-class teachers exceed parental expectations. Our students are exceptional every day and are provided with every opportunity to strive and to shine.
 

Junior Secondary Staff

 
Kedron State High School has a number of staff to ensure each student is supported through their time at school. In Junior Secondary the following people are important for your student to know:
  • Deputy Principal Junior Secondary – Ross Bailey
  • Head of Department Junior Secondary – Zoe Wilson (returning May 2017)
  • A/Head of Department Junior Secondary – Dana Holden (until May 2017)
  • Year 7 Coordinator – Marietta Careedy-Rayner
  • Year 8 Coordinator – Dave Sharp
  • Junior Secondary Officer – Joan Linde
  • HOSES English as another language or dialect – Petrina Mercer
  • HOSES Student Support Unit – Marilyn Milner
  • Head of Department International – Yuki Asano
  • Sports Coordinator – Corey Tucker
  • Guidance Officers – Kathy Bermingham and Liz Smith

Organisation of Classes

At Kedron State High School, Junior secondary students have on offer three levels of learning in core subjects. 

Extension learning is for those students who are motivated and enjoy being challenged in their learning.  Beside covering the essential content, for students in these classes learning will be extended in the breadth and depth of subject matter.  These students will be preparing themselves to take on the more challenging subjects in the senior school.

Mainstream learning is for the majority of students who wish to achieve to the best of their ability.  These students complete all the content in every subject with the focus on achieving the highest grades possible.

Assisted learning is for the very few students who experience some difficulty with their learning.  These students undertake a modified curriculum with the focus of achieving a pass in every subject.

Class size

The state staffing model allows for class sizes of 28 students in years 8-10 and 25 students in years 11 & 12.  However at Kedron High, there is a policy to adjust class size to meet the different needs of subjects and the ability level of students where ever possible.  Therefore:

  • Extension classes, due to demand and ability level, contain a maximum of 28 students.
  • Mainstream classes are targeted at approximately 25 students.
  • Supported classes are targeted at 10 students.
  • Practical classes are targeted at 24 students in the Middle School and 18 students in the senior school.

Curriculum Framework – Junior secondary

Students must study one subject from each of the eight mandated key learning areas during Years 8 and 9:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Art, Music, Drama
  • Industrial Technology & Design, Food Studies, Information Technology
  • Japanese, French, Chinese, Spanish or Auslan.

 

As students progress from Years 8 to 9 the following applies.

  • Science, English, Mathematics and Science are studied until the end of Year 10 when choices can be made to specialise in different sciences in Years 11 & 12.
  • History is studied in Years 8 and 9 and 10.  Students have the options of studying Geography  in 2nd Semester Year 10 and in Years 11 & 12.
  • Students have a choice of Languages other than English (LOTE) of Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Auslan or French and must complete one language or Multi-Cultural Studies until the end of Year 8.  Students may either elect to continue their language after Year 8 or choose an additional Arts or Technology subject in Year 9.
  • In the Arts, students will undertake a foundation study in the three strands, Art, Drama and Music, before making their choice to continue at least one of those subjects to the end of Year 9.
  • In Technology, a similar situation will occur where students will select 2 of the 3 Technology subjects of MEC (Multi-Media Education through Computers), Food Studies and Industrial Technology & Design before making their choice to continue at least one to the end of Year 9.
  • H&PE is studied by all students in Years 8 & 9, as part of core studies.  In Year 10, H&PE becomes an elective.