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Welcome to Junior secondary at Emerald State High School

Junior Secondary is a phase of education in Queensland state secondary schools for
Years 7, 8 and 9, which helps to ensure the bridge between primary and secondary school is safe, strong and consistent for all students.
Junior Secondary focuses on age appropriate education and support for students’ wellbeing and transitions. From 2015, Years 7, 8 and 9 is now known as Junior Secondary. The Senior Secondary years will remain as Years 10, 11 and 12.
While it will look different in every secondary school, six principles have been developed to underpin Junior Secondary. Under six guiding principles, Junior Secondary will provide challenging educational offerings that engage young adolescents, while giving them a sense of belonging and support through the changes they face.
  • Distinct identity -Junior Secondary students will be encouraged and supported to develop their own identity as well as commit to the Wolf Shield identity of Junior Secondary. This can involve dedicated school areas and events.
  • Quality teaching -Teachers working with students in the Junior Secondary years will be given the skills they need through additional professional development, so they can support young teens through these crucial early high school years.
  • Student wellbeing-We will meet the social and emotional needs of Junior Secondary students with a strong focus on pastoral care. For example, schools could provide a home room to support students as they adjust to new routines and greater academic demands.
  • Parent and community involvement-We want parents to stay connected with their students' learning when they enter high school. Parent involvement in assemblies, special events, award ceremonies and leadership presentations will be welcomed.
  • Leadership-Schools will be encouraged to create leadership roles for students in Years 7, 8 and 9. Dedicated teachers experienced with teaching young adolescents will lead Junior Secondary supported by the principal and administration team.
  • Local decision-making-The needs of each school community will influence how Junior Secondary is implemented in each school.
Here at Emerald State High School, we are using the six guiding principles of Junior Secondary to develop our whole-school approach, to implement and strengthen Junior Secondary practices. The elements of each principle are regularly considered as we review our practices and processes to ensure that we provide the optimum learning environment for our Junior Secondary students.

Curriculum in Junior Secondary

From 2016 Queensland schools will plan, teach, assess and report across the year levels using the Australian Curriculum.
The focus in Junior Secondary at Emerald State High is participation. The emphasis is on continuing literacy and numeracy development and learning focused on the key learning areas (KLAs): The Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, Languages other than English (Japanese), Mathematics, Science, History, Studies of Society and Environment, and Technology.
In year 7, students participate in all subject areas. In year 8-9, students continue their studies in English, Maths, Science, History/Geography and HPE but have the opportunity to select from the other KLAs