The Middle Years 5 - 9
The focus of the Middle Years of schooling (Years 5-9) at Macleod is on individualising the program to accommodate student interests, Learning needs and abilities, while still providing the necessary rigour to prepare them for their later years of schooling.
There are 3 dedicated learning areas, each recently built or renovated, to accommodate the particular needs of students at these levels. They are each staffed by a dedicated team who are always on hand for help or advice whenever needed.
The younger levels have a modern building which is light, spacious and fitted with ICT devices, such as interactive whiteboards, ceiling projectors and netbook banks. Breakout rooms allow for quiet group work, interviews or extra tuition.
On the whole, students operate within their class groups, enjoying a varied program of core subjects, along with specialist classes in Music, Languages, PE and Art. During Literacy Support Years 5-8 move to same ability groups for more individualised help.
Outside the classroom there are camps, sports days, music events, theme days and many other ways in which student engagement is assured. As an extension activity, students also have the option to compete in the Tournament of the Minds competition held at La Trobe University.
Students at this level have a recently renovated wing of the school primarily for their use. The spaces are open, flexible and are also very well resourced (in terms of ICT), with digital projectors or large format TV's in every room.
Apart from the core subjects, students enjoy a range of Art/Technology courses, along with German as our study language. During Literacy Support classes Years 5-8 move to same ability groups for more individualised help. Years 7 and 9 also share Literature Circles where groups are matched with a novel for discussion and response purposes. Students host special culminating performances for the school community on areas of personal interest which are very popular with all concerned.