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Middle School

Grades 6 - 8 (approx. 12 - 14 years old)

Middle School is a turning point in a young person’s life. It is a point of transition from Elementary School to High School, from childhood to adolescence. In educational terms it marks a time when the core curriculum is no longer delivered by a Homeroom teacher but instead is taught by a team of subject specialists. At Marymount, Middle School students develop leadership skills and assume responsibility as they serve as an example to their fellow students and fulfil their potential as engaged members of the wider community.

The Middle School day begins with Advisory. This is a time when the students meet as a class with their Advisor for the purpose of advising them on academic, social and future planning issues. Built in to our Advisory session is a time for prayer and reflection. Advisory is designed to foster stronger teacher-student relationships and a stronger sense of community and belonging in students.

The rest of the day is broken down by academic discipline consisting of the Core Subjects of English Language Arts, Mathematics, French, Religion, Science and Social Studies, which are complemented by courses in Art, Drama, Music, Health and PE, which we collectively call the Specials. Running alongside these subject areas is technology integration, which involves a full time technology specialist working alongside students and teachers to ensure the best practices of 21st Century Learning.

In addition to the Core and Specials students have an opportunity to choose two courses that they study for one semester as part of our Exploratory program. The Exploratory program changes from year to year in order to offer students a wealth of opportunity. In recent times such courses as Mandarin, Spanish, Latin, Robotics, Forensic Science, French Basketball, Model United Nations, Math Competition, and Creative Technology have been offered to our students.


Assessment

The Middle School utilizes an Assessment Policy that focuses primarily on Formative Assessment. This is the mode of assessment that allows teachers to guide students towards deeper understandings through offering oral feedback, comments on students’ work and peer and self-review. Formative assessment is recognized as the most effective method of raising students’ attainment levels and does not have to involve the grading of students work. In fact much evidence suggests that it is detrimental to progress to grade student work too frequently as it negates the impact of written feedback that offers advice to further improve a piece of work. During the course of a semester students will complete Summative assessments in each subject area. These will be the marks that go towards their end of semester grades. The nature of the Summative assessment is at the discretion of the subject teachers but will consist of at least one examination that may be complemented by a research project, extended piece of work or similar. As well as these subject assessment all students will also complete one long-term multi disciplinary project focused on real world application and one examination that draws upon knowledge, skills and concepts from a breadth of subject areas. Students demonstrating outstanding attainment or excellent progress, across the range of subjects, will be eligible for the Marymount Diploma.

The RSHM Award

The RSHM Award is awarded annually to students who demonstrate sustained commitment in the area of Service Learning and in doing so live out the mission of our school.

In the words of Mother Butler, “The aims of a Marymount education are manifold: to educate the heart and mind, and to provide for each student’s total growth, intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically.”

Goal 1: To foster a personal relationship with God - Student participants will explore their spirituality.

Goal 2: To create unity through diversity - Student participants will experience team building through sports.

Goal 3: To instill a life-long love of learning - Student participants will develop and express critical thinking skills.

Goal 4: To encourage and affirm personal growth - Student participants will facilitate a learning experience for others.

Goal 5: To awaken a consciousness of social justice -Student participants will actively serve their community.

Goal 6: To fulfill the Mission of the RSHM: That all may have life - Student participants will conduct a personal reflection on what they have learned about themselves and how their experience is a reflection of the Mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary.

In order to achieve full honors in their Marymount Diploma students must have completed the RSHM Award program. This recognizes the holistic nature of Marymount where academic rigor and developing ones virtues are seen as essential aspects of education.

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