The Pymble Middle School provides girls in Years 7 and 8 with dynamic and inspiring learning experiences and the emotional support appropriate for this unique stage of their lives. During these formative years, students’ abilities and interests are nurtured in a strong and caring community. A comprehensive academic, co-curricular and Student Wellbeing Program supports the intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual growth of every girl.
Middle School students are encouraged to engage in intellectual pursuits, to express themselves creatively, to extend themselves physically and to develop their character and personal leadership in the many areas and activities available to Pymble girls.
Staff in the Middle School work collaboratively to provide the ideal blend of structure and freedom that helps young women flourish; offering them a supportive environment where they feel challenged enough to grow, yet comfortable enough to try new approaches. The teachers encourage students to set high standards of themselves and to develop into compassionate and resilient young women, capable of realising their full potential.
Student Wellbeing Program
In the Middle School there is recognition that both emotional and social education is important for girls to gain maximum benefit from their school experience. Students need to feel healthy and safe in their learning environments in order to thrive both at school and in their personal lives. By providing an environment where each girl can learn lifelong skills, students continually develop personal values and build adaptive relationships to assist personal development and success.
Our Student Wellbeing Program promotes identity formation, positive relationships, resilience, a strong sense of community and environmental awareness. There is a focus on inclusiveness and support for adolescent girls at a time of great change in their lives. The program is designed to facilitate and engender tolerance, perspective and understanding amongst the girls. Leadership and community service are very important components of adolescent education alongside a focus on being supportive of one another. Most girls will find this a productive time when they learn valuable life lessons including the importance of self-care and the care of others.
The focus in the Year 7 program is adaptation to life in the Secondary School setting. Through a program called ‘Connection Week’, students enjoy workshops and information sessions on areas such as time management, organisation, communication and use of technology.
In Year 8, girls are encouraged to develop a greater awareness of themselves as learners and are taught to set goals in an effective way. Recognising their strengths and how they can make a valuable contribution to our community is crucial to the Student Wellbeing Program, aimed at developing skills that enable responsible decision making and enhance resilience and leadership.
The Year 8 Connect Group initiative, ‘Sh8ke it Up Club’ is a wonderful example of girls striving for the highest as they take on leadership opportunities and try new skills.
Service Learning is a powerful means of connecting students with the world and providing a sense that they can make a difference. It fosters a belief that they can be active and informed citizens capable of making changes in their own lives and in the lives of others.
In Year 7 students have the opportunity to participate in community service activities supporting environmental programs and the College community. The experiences gained here help prepare students for the Upper School Community Service program.
In Year 8, girls take part in the national Kids Teaching Kids program. This provides students with the opportunity to select an environmental cause and working with a mentor, they design and plan environmental workshops for local primary school students. Year 8 students can volunteer for other initiatives including putting together Birthing Kits for the Fistula Foundation, Prep School reading support or assisting with the Year 7 Community Service program.
The Year 7 Core Subjects are as follows:
- Religion and Ethics
- Visual Arts
- French, Japanese, German or Mandarin-Beginner or Heritage level
In Year 8 students study History and Geography at present and are given the choice to continue their Year 7 language choice and an additional elective or select two elective from the list below:
- Financial Literacy
- Visual Arts
- Literacy and Language (by invitation only)
The Scholars’ Program
The Pymble Ladies’ College Scholars’ Program is designed to enable academically talented Year 8 students to research a topic of their own choice and to create an original work of their own with the guidance of a staff mentor. Selections are based on academic results and staff nominations.
Leadership (Peer Support and Mentoring)
The girls are strongly encouraged during their time in the Middle School to explore effective leadership, consider role models in the community and to apply for one or more of the many leadership roles available to them. The leadership opportunities include:
- Student Wellbeing Captains
- Pymble Morning Tour Guide
- Year 7/8 Elevate Leader
- Future Film Leaders Group
- Media Team Leaders
- Community and Service Leaders
- Chapel Leaders
- House Liaison
- SRC Leaders
- Middle School Leaders
7/8 Elevate is an online portal news space for all things Middle School. Student-focused and run by a keen team of Years 7 and 8 students, the space provides an opportunity for students to stay up-to-date with Middle School news, student achievements, classroom highlights whilst also offering students an area to express the views close to their hearts.
Outdoor Education Learning Experiences
The Middle School Outdoor Education program promotes the use of the outdoors in enabling and developing educational and personal development changes. The program encourages positive relationships and fosters integration as a cohort in a natural setting, free of modern distractions. The learning experiences address various aspects of the ongoing development of students, including:
- Developing specific outdoor skills
- Raising environmental awareness and appreciation
- Extending self-perception
- Focusing on the skills required to live together in small communities