Our Middle School
At Temple Christian College we believe that it is important for all students to complete their secondary schooling with the sense of genuine fulfilment that comes from achieving their best academically and growing demonstrably in character and maturity. We trust each student transitions from the Temple part of their life journey equipped with the skills and imbued with the confidence to pursue all that God has in store for them.
At each of the three Temple Christian College sites, our desire is to serve our community by delivering a consistent standard of excellence in this educational endeavour.
It is this vision that informs our approach to Middle School at the Marion campus. We understand that the foundations of achieving excellence are built in a school environment where relationships are strong and supportive, the faith of staff is authentic, and where the academic program is created principally around core skills that are fundamental to all learning areas; specifically numeracy, literacy and scientific enquiry.
With this in mind, the Temple Marion Middle School curriculum has a strong emphasis throughout on the areas of Mathematics, English and Science. Other subjects include the humanities, History and Geography, and technical specialties: Digital Technology, Design and Technology, and Home Economics. The Arts aspect of the curriculum features Drama, Music and Visual Art, Italian is the language taught, and all grade levels have 4 lessons of Physical Education and Health. The devotional and relational aspects which are important in all we do are reinforced in Care Group, Christian Living, in weekly assemblies, and in timetabled extra-curricula offerings in the last lesson of each Tuesday and Thursday.
Year 10 - Preparing for Senior School
Year 10 is a significant year in each student’s educational journey as it involves the formal preparation for their senior years, 11 & 12.
All students at Temple Christian College undertake a program of preparation during Year 10 that enable them to make selections for Stage One and Stage Two of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).
Year 10 at Marion Middle School in 2021
The Year 10 program at the Marion Middle School in 2021 will provide students with a thorough preparation for their senior school years, optimising both their academic outcomes and their orientation to their 11-12 destination. Benefits of a Year 10 experience at Marion will include:
- excellent student-teacher ratios in all classes, including Mathematics, English and Science
- Innovation in elective subjects, which will include Engineering, Home Economics, Drama, Art, Technology Studies, and Music
- opportunities for school leadership
- the facilitation of part of the curriculum, including the Personal Learning Plan (PLP), at Mile End as part of an intentional, comprehensive transition and acclimatisation process.
Preparing for Year 10 in 2021
Families with students in the Middle School at Marion have, in most cases, committed to an educational journey that has begun at Sunrise and continued into the sister school, Temple. While the senior school endpoint of that journey is Temple Mile End, we want to smoothly facilitate the options that families have around the timing of that move. Temple Marion Middle School students are guaranteed a place at Mile End, regardless of when in the middle school years they wish to transition.
As a leadership team we respect that a number of considerations will play into every family’s decision. With this in mind, we have developed some additional information and video support aimed as assisting our current middle school families.
Click here to view our special Year 10 preparation resources
Our Year 7 Program
With over 10 years’ experience of providing a thriving Year 7 educational program at our Mile End Campus, Temple Christian College is excited to promote its Year 7 program at our Marion Middle School.
All subjects mentioned in the overview above are compulsory at Year 7.
The focus on literacy, numeracy and science is supported by timetabling that has enabled applied and general classes in both Mathematics and English, and half classes in Science. This has allowed for excellent teacher-student ratios in these important areas.
An exciting development since January 2020 has been the implementation of an instrument tuition program as part of each Year 7’s semester study in Music. All Year 7 students have tuition in an instrument: saxophone, trumpet or flute, and build toward playing together in an ensemble.
Digital technology is another area that has been developed significantly to include more 3D design capacity and programming skills, with robots and drones being used in the latter.