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Developing Students’ Leadership and Voice

Whenever possible we provide students in the Middle School Ocean View College with the right opportunities to develop from spectator to participants within the wider community, through personal contribution. When students have a voice in how and what they learn, they become more aware of themselves as learners. As active participants in school wide decision making, students become invested in helping create a healthy school climate that encourages learning for all.

Students will have an opportunity to be involved in the following:

  • Leadership in the Middle School (LIMS – years 8 and 9).
  • Students Working Actively Together (SWAT – community and leadership program years 6 and 7).
  • Transition programs from year 7 to year 8 and from year 9 to year 10.
  • Flinders University from Secondary to Tertiary programs.

Creating a Safe Learning Environment

Through the development of a strong sense of community in the Middle School and by teaching students how to manage anger, resolve conflicts and prevent negative behaviours, students will have an increased sense of well-being and become more likely to succeed academically.

Students will have an opportunity to be involved in the following:

  • Small classes and care-groups at all levels
  • Boys social learning group at year 6 and 7
  • Girls social learning group at year 6 and year 7
  • Art Club from years 6 to 9
  • Literacy Development Centre – intensive group support for students with needs
  • Lunch Time Activities
  • Mentoring students at risk
  • Flexible Individualised Programming
  • NEP (Negotiated Education Plan) and for students with learning difficulties we offer the Literacy Development Centre – intensive group support for students with needs.

Engaging Students in the Community

At Ocean View College we offer links to the wider community so our students will have a desire to have a positive impact on their community. Intellectually, students need opportunities to reason through complex problems. Morally students need to contribute to building a just society. Emotionally and socially, they need opportunities to make decisions and be held accountable in real ways.

Students will have an opportunity to be involved in the following:

  • Working with students with disabilities in a volunteers program at our neighbouring campus Adelaide West.
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Clowning Troupe
  • Wide range of sporting teams and activities
  • Specialist Middle School Programs including: Student run assemblies, wards, Middle School excursions, sports days, beach day and celebrations.

Full-Time Middle School Counsellor

Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval. At Ocean View College we have a full-time Middle School Counsellor who works closely with students to support their experiences and connections within the Middle School in a variety of ways.