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 Academics (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 of 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, in which students can elect to become part of the robotics club or participate in a range of school holiday workshops.

Middle College students are also able to explore a range of sporting opportunities including athletics, swimming and tennis programs within the Sheldon Academy of Sport as well as various team sports through participation in interschool and club fixtures.

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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

TAYLA’S DRESSES IMPRESS AT THE 2019 AATFA QLD STATE FINALS
FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER, 2019
Congratulations to Year 7 fashion student, Tayla McFarlane for taking out a 1st and two 2nd place prizes at the 2019 AATFA QLD State Finals Competition held on Saturday 14 September.   Tayla wowed the judges with her designs...
A SCIENCETASTIC ACHIEVEMENT FOR LILY WIGAN
THURSDAY 22 AUGUST, 2019
Congratulations to Year 8 Sheldon College student, Lily Wigan, who recently won the Middle School Category of the ScienceXArt – ‘The Elements in Everyday Life’...
AN OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AT THE REGIONAL ROBOTICS COMPETITION (ROBOCUP)
MONDAY 29 JULY, 2019
Congratulations are in order for the Years 4 and 5 students who represented Sheldon College at the Regional Robotics Competition (RoboCup) held on Saturday 20 July...
WALKING FOR WHEELIES
THURSDAY 27 JUNE, 2019
On Monday afternoon, Year 5 Sheldon College students participated in a College Walkathon as part of their fundraising endeavour to support the Brisbane-based charity, Sporting...
PRODUCING SEEKERS OF TRUTH, INTEGRITY AND KNOWLEDGE IN THE JUNIOR LEARNING CENTRE IN SUPPORT OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION WEEK
TUESDAY 21 MAY, 2019
In celebration of Library and Information Week, Mrs Karen Bishop and the wonderful team in the Junior Learning Centre are excited to share with the...
FROM CLASSROOM TO NEWSROOM, YEAR 6 COHORT HOST CHANNEL 7
WEDNESDAY 01 MAY, 2019
The Year 6 Cohort at Sheldon College hosted Channel 7 News Brisbane Executive Producer, Ms Sally Eeles and Meteorologist, Mr Tony Auden for an educational...
YEAR 6 SHEKKA RAISES FUNDS FOR DOLLY’S DREAM
SUNDAY 07 APRIL, 2019
The Year 6 cohort organised the 2019 Sheldon College EKKA, or SHEKKA, to help raise money for the charity Dolly’s Dream. Students across the Middle...
SHELDON COLLEGE TENNIS FEATURES ON NATIONAL TV
THURSDAY 06 DECEMBER, 2018
The award-winning Sheldon College Tennis program was this morning showcased on Channel 9’s Today show as part of Nine’s promotion of the Brisbane International and the upcoming...
MIDDLE AND SENIOR COLLEGE CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE 2018
TUESDAY 13 NOVEMBER, 2018
Over 1400 family members and friends of Sheldon College’s Middle and Senior College students (Years 5 to 12) attended the 2018 Celebration of Excellence Ceremony...