Middle Years Of Schooling

 

In Victoria the Middle Years of Schooling refer to Years 5 – 9. At Wodonga West Primary School our middle years students (Years 5 & 6) are organised in multi-age groupings.
Where possible, students spend two years with their classroom teacher, allowing strong student/teacher relationships to build and maximise engagement with curriculum before secondary school.
 
Our bi-annual camp, as well as being an enjoyable educational experience, is also a chance for team building activities and the development of social skills.
  
Students are encouraged to take a leadership role within the school and can be elected to the Student Leadership Council and take an active role in school activities and decision making.
 
We have many sporting opportunities. The emphasis is on fun, fitness, participation and developing a positive sporting attitude. Students take part in interschool swimming, athletics and cross country running, as well as participating in Winter Sports and Kanga Cricket carnivals
 
STUDENT LEADERSHIP
 
Wodonga West Primary School’s Student Leadership Council comprises of two elected representatives from each of the classes in Year 5 and 6, whilst representing all students in the school. Prior to the election at the beginning of each year, nominated students prepare and present their “Maiden Speech” to the class. Each year two School Captains are appointed from applications to the Principal and represent our school at significant events as well as being part of the Student Leadership Council.
 
The SLC meets regularly to discuss issues relevant to the school community and initiatives from the student body. The group discusses ideas about how to help maintain and enhance our school environment as well as ideas related to developing positive relationships with the wider community.
 
The SLC members are encouraged to act as role models for all students and are also given the opportunity to develop Leadership skills.
Some of the responsibilities and opportunities SLC members enjoy are:
  • Preparing and running a fortnightly assembly - which includes organising the agenda, liaising with staff and students and an opportunity to practise public speaking.
  • Being responsible for organising and promoting fundraisers for school and community projects through Casual Dress Days.
  • Representing our school at community ceremonies such as ANZAC day and Remembrance Day services
  • Participating in Leadership Forums with student leaders from other Wodonga schools.
  • Attending the annual Rotary Leadership Camp at Bogong Outdoor Education Centre.
  • Assisting with showing parents and prospective students around our school on Foundation Orientation Day.
  • Reporting to School Council.
  • Holding regular class meetings as a means of gaining feedback from students on relevant issues.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

AVID is a university and work readiness preparatory system that is implemented in both primary and secondary schools (WWPS was the first primary school in Australia to begin implementing AVID in their classrooms in 2012 and is vertically aligned with the Wodonga Middle Years and Senior Secondary Colleges). The system provides students with academic and social scaffolding to prepare for them rigours of University and/ or Work readiness. These strategies and skills are based around ‘WICOR’ (Writing to learn, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organisation and Reading to learn).

Students learn to organise their materials (including a display folder and display pockets). They utilise a daily/weekly agenda planner that includes a daily reflection, reminders, agenda and parent comment section. This is used as a communication tool between home and school and aimed at fostering independence, responsibility, routine and organisation. Students learn note-taking strategies (2 and 3 column notes) so they can be exposed to organised thinking and learning in both Literacy, Numeracy and across various areas of the curriculum. Their note-taking includes the learning intention, notes (in an organised way) and a summary (reflection). Some other skills/strategies that have been implemented are; skilled questioning, Socratic Seminars, Quick writes/discussion, Critical thinking activities and Open-Minded activities.

In late 2016 Wodonga West Primary achieved accreditation in AVID.  This is strong recognition of the training of staff and implementation of strategies which assist our students now and as they move through education.

Key Components:

  • Student Success Skills: communication skills, educational self-advocacy, study skills
  • Organization: mental and physical organization within agenda/planner, organizational tools, time management, goal setting, note-taking strategies (3 formats)
  • WICOR Lessons: emphasis on writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organization, reading to learn in all content areas
  • Partnerships: classroom, grade levels, sites, feeder patterns, families, communities