Winton State School has been running a 7/8 Middle years program for a number of years. In 2015 Year 7 will officially become part of Junior Secondary state-wide. Winton State School is in an advantageous position due to the P-12 context of the school and the already embedded research based practices that form the foundation of the existing Junior Secondary class. Winton State School has reviewed its Junior Secondary philosophy to align with the six guiding principles. The principles also provide an evidence-based approach to teaching and learning practices that meet the needs of students in early adolescence.
Winton State School believes that each student has the right to feel valued as a member of the school community. The transitions between phases of learning are planned and deliberate. So are the experiences each child undertakes within each phase of learning. The Junior secondary class provides two years of transition into the 9/10 middle secondary structure, which in turn acts as a two year preparation period for entering senior schooling. The Junior Secondary class has its own distinct space within the school which is located away from both the primary students, and the middle and upper secondary wings. Due to the small nature of our school, students are exposed to a small core group of specialist teachers for their subjects. Pedagogy is research based and supported through quality professional development and collegial coaching processes at a whole school level. Leadership and student council positions allow specific opportunities for this age cohort to be involved in decision making processes within the school and are highly valued by the student body. As a school-wide positive behaviour support school, expectations are explicitly taught, goal and targets set and celebrated.
- English (A)/English Communications
- Mathematics A (A)/Mathematics B (A)/Prevocational Mathematics
- Biology (A)/Agricultural Studies
- Ancient History (A)/Building & Construction
- Geography (A)/Certificate II in Hospitality or other certificates/Early Childhood
- Creative Arts/Recreation Studies/Microsoft IT Academy
- School-based traineeship or apprenticeship/school-based senior requirements (e.g. first aid, QCS practice sessions, Social and Emotional Learning Program)
School-based traineeships and apprenticeships
Friday will be Traineeship day. Students will have some tutorials on other days in which they can do their TAFE and other study.
Students who wish to obtain an Overall Position (OP) must undertake 5 Authority Subjects. It is possible to select other subjects offered through Distance Education, or TAFE. These require discussion with the Principal.
Certificate II in Hospitality
The unit is offered to students as an allocated subject in the student timetable. This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for a student to be competent in a range of kitchen functions and activities that require the application of a limited range of practical skills.
Work is undertaken on the Outback College of Hospitality’s Big Red Truck where food is prepared and served in the style restaurants, hotels, catering operations, clubs pubs & cafeterias. Students also have the opportunity to gain their Responsible Service of Alcohol qualifications.