The Middle College caters for

students from Years 5 to 8


The Middle College at Sheldon College is a unique concept in that it has been established specifically to be more developmentally responsive to the needs of early adolescents.

"It is critical at this level of schooling that the links between learning experiences at school and the skills required for future life as learners and citizens be forged."

Mr Jarrod Pleass, Director of Teaching and Learning Secondary

Underpinning our practice, we align to the College principles of teaching; Love, Laughter and Learning.

Love

Middle College students have very specific learning, social and emotional needs as they move into early adolescence. The development of meaningful relationships between the teacher and student supports the students to be happy, confident and motivated to reach their full potential.

Laughter

Within the Middle College we recognise the importance of creating a supportive classroom environment where learning is active, fun and full of laughter and where planning involves careful and considered use of strategies for academic engagement.

Learning

Research shows that when high expectations for learning are expected, students perform work of higher intellectual quality and overall student academic performance increases. Within our programs we ensure we encourage our students to embrace creative and critical thinking, value the development of risk-tasking and solution focused thinking through real life-problem based tasks and hands-on tasks through a range of open-ended strategies. We value effort and celebrate student success. 

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Learning

Students in the Middle College are taught by subject specialist teachers who are masters of their craft and subject matter for each of the QCAA and Australian Curriculum Learning Areas.

The Middle College curriculum centres on actively engaging students in the learning process ensuring relevance and purposeful approach to curriculum design, where curiosity, inquiry and questioning is developed to broaden connections, challenge thinking and to think in ways that become progressively more abstract, critical and reflective and are able to apply 21st century fluencies and thinking to a real-world. We deliberately plan and implement the use of new generation technologies to transform and accelerate the learning of this curriculum.

At Sheldon College we focus on individual learning styles, where instruction is personalised and more relevant to the age level of these students with resilience, risk taking and self-efficacy is valued and encouraged and developed. Students have opportunities to take ownership for their own learning and are co-participants and co-constructors of the learning with the support of strong teacher and student relationships.

We have clearly defined an evidence based program to support the academic talent of our students to ensure they achieve personal and academic excellence. See the Academic Talent Development Program for further information.

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Co-Curricular

Students in the Middle College have a range of opportunities to develop their interests and passions beyond the classroom walls. 

Students have the opportunity to be actively involved in a range of co-curricular opportunities including participation in the instrumental music program and membership to a variety of performance ensembles and other various cultural pursuits from visual art classes to drama and dance classes.

At Sheldon College we have a very active technology program, students can elect to become part of the robotics club and participate in a range of school holiday workshops. Middle College students are able to explore a range of sporting opportunities including high performance swimming, triathlon and athletics programs within the Sheldon Academy of Sport and various team sports through participation in the Greater Brisbane Sporting Competition.

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Lifestyle

The positive personal relationships that are formed between the teachers and students in the Middle College are remarkable.

Teachers in the Middle College are carefully selected specialists who value working with this particular age group and are aware of the individual needs of their students. Initially the strong bond is formed on school camp at the beginning of the year. From kayaking at Tallebudgera to snorkelling in the ocean at Lake Ainsworth, the formation of a strong bond between the teachers and students is created on camp. Students have a weekly pastoral care lesson, whereby students and teachers discuss a range of topics appropriate to their age group. Our Middle College teachers work hard to assist students to build a strong and positive sense of self efficacy, self-esteem and self-concept.

Throughout Middle College students are given the opportunity to broaden their awareness and become more reflective of their wider community and the value of the contribution they can make as successful young adults. This includes participation in year level charity events, to community engagement projects through to leadership opportunities.

MIDDLE COLLEGE NEWS

SHAYLEA BRADFORD CREATES A BUZZ AT THE CICADA AWARDS
MONDAY 30 JULY, 2018
Year 8 student, Shaylea Bradford has won the Open Category of the Cicada Awards, a competition in the Redlands with a focus on environmental protection...
YEAR 6 STUDENTS FASCINATED BY VISIT TO BUDDHIST TEMPLE
FRIDAY 27 JULY, 2018
Last month, Sheldon College Year 6 students visited the Chung Tian Temple in Priestdale.  Most students were amazed by the size of the temple on...
NUMBER 1 IN QUEENSLAND FOR SHELDON COLLEGE CHINESE LANGUAGE STUDENTS
MONDAY 18 JUNE, 2018
Between 21 May to 31 May, Sheldon College Year 5 to 10 students put their Chinese language skills to the test as they participated in...
GONG XI SHELDON COLLEGE STUDENTS
TUESDAY 29 MAY, 2018
Sheldon College participated in its second Chinese Speaking Competition held on Saturday, 26 May at the Queensland University of Technology.  The competition attracted students from...
SHELDON COLLEGE CLAIMS SWIMMING DOUBLE
MONDAY 14 MAY, 2018
Sheldon College completed the 2018 double, winning both the Junior, The Associated Schools (JTAS) Years 3 to 6 and the Greater Brisbane Conference (GBC) Years...
QUEENSLAND FIRE SERVICE ANSWER THE CALL
FRIDAY 20 APRIL, 2018
A Crew from the Capalaba Fire Service answered the call to visit Year 6 students at Sheldon College this week. Students were excited to welcome...
STUDENTS TUNE INTO HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS
WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL, 2018
Sheldon College recently held three Holiday Technology Workshops for students in Years 1 to 10. Students immersed themselves in the evolving worlds of programming, design...
TOURISM CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE HOLDS CHINESE CULTURE DAY AT SHELDON COLLEGE
FRIDAY 13 APRIL, 2018
On the last day of Term 1, the team from the Tourism Confucius Institute (TCI) based at Griffith University, held a Chinese Culture Day at...
GRANDPARENTS AND SPECIAL FRIENDS’ HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN THE HEART
THURSDAY 29 MARCH, 2018
The Sheldon College Community was honoured to host hundreds of Grandparents and Special Friends to the College on Thursday 29 March for the annual Sheldon...