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 transition. Year 7, 8 & 9 are
considered Junior Secondary with Senior Secondary Year 10, 11 & 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.
identity – Junior Secondary students are encouraged and supported to
develop their own identity as well as commit to the Wolf Shield identity of
Junior Secondary. This involves dedicated school areas and events.
teaching – Teachers working with students in the Junior Secondary years are
given the skills they need through additional professional development, so they
can support young teens through these crucial early high school years.
wellbeing – We meet the social and emotional needs of Junior Secondary with
a strong focus on pastoral care. PC classes meet each day and remain unchanged
from Year 7 – 12.
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 is
– Schools create leadership roles for Years 7, 8 and 9. Dedicated teachers
experienced with teaching young adolescents will lead Junior Secondary
supported by the principal and administration team.
decision-making – The needs of each school community will influence how
Junior Secondary is implemented in each school. P& C plays a vital role for
parents to provide input.
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
Curriculum in Junior Secondary
Queensland schools 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 & Physical Education, Languages other than English (Japanese), Mathematics, Science, History Studies of Society and Environment, and Technology.
In Year 7 and 8, students participate in all subject areas. In Year 9 students make their first elective choices.