Secondary Education is in a phase of significant educational reform and families are choosing Bold Park Community School as a school that delivers a unique, individualised learning environment inspired by constructively oriented curriculum and the latest in contemporary research in disciplines such as education, brain-research, philosophy and the arts.
Families can be confident that all programs delivered in Middle School meet all of the legislated Australian Curriculum standards and meet all compliance requirements of the NAPLAN (National Testing). All subjects and courses are delivered by WACOT registered teaching staff.
The Middle School week is not dictated by bells and timetables; whilst teaching staff are mindful of providing a balanced program of education across all learning areas, they have the flexibility to extend an investigation or activity when the momentum of student engagement demands.
At Bold Park Community School, all ‘intelligences’ are valued and celebrated. The belief that children are able to express these intelligences in ‘100 languages’ is a core value that underpins the school’s educational philosophy and is strongly reflected in the practices and procedures of classroom life.
Our current structure offers a community class with 12-14 year olds in Middle School with many activities and experiences merged with our College students (Years 10-12). This structure fosters a unique caring, nurturing and ‘family’ based environment for targeting the specific needs of emerging teenagers and young adults.
The Middle School Program
Middle School offers an integrated approach to the traditional core subjects (English, Maths, Science and Society & Environment). The Middle School program is greatly enriched by our focus Arts teaching staff.
Middle School and College students have incorporated a 1:1 iPad program to develop a working ownership of technology. This has been significantly supported by a systems approach to assessment and portfolio work through the “Schoology” platform.
Students have a great deal of “say” in the approach and focus of their studies and this has allowed for a wide range of exploration to emerge in our Middle School investigations. Our subject offerings have been too wide to list here; however, as an example; since 2013, students have studied and engaged in the following range of courses and experiences in Middle School;
|Society and Environment||History||Philosophy|
|Outdoor Education||Health Studies||Italian|
|Media Studies||Physical Education||Integrated Arts (see separate link)|
|Woodwork||Horse Care (RDA)||Cooking (with a Chef)|
|Sewing||Survival Skills||Boys & Girls Focus Groups|
|Rock Climbing||Orienteering||Beach Skills|
|Solar Boat & Car Challenge||“Zentangling”||Perth City Tours|
|Basketball||First Aid (Short Course)|
Integrated Arts Program
Whilst the Arts are losing their momentum in many West Australian schools; Bold Park Community School have committed to a comprehensive Arts program which forms a crucial and central role in the Middle School experience.
See Integrated Arts Program for more information.
Camps (See separate page for Camps Rationale)
Camps have been a part of our Middle School and College at BPCS for many years and give our students unforgettable experiences where they have opportunities to build and establish strong social bonds with their peers and teaching team; learning about each other enables them to work, learn and interact more successfully; they learn about themselves and about the things that challenge and motivate them, developing self-respect and respect for others; foster resilience, confidence and empowerment for students as they attempt things which may be outside their comfort zone.
Over the past few years, Middle School students have experienced the following camping environments;
|2019||Cape to Cape (Naturaliste to Leeuwin)|
|2017||Wheatbelt and Boyagin Rock Bush Camp|
|2016||Collie – Indigenous Experience at Wellington Cottages|
|2015||Morapoi (Kalgoorlie) – Indigenous Cultural Experience|
|2014||Rottnest Island – Beach Skills / Surfing / Outdoor Education|
|2013||Canberra – Cultural Focus / Politics / Protest / History|
|2012||Dryandra – Flaura & Fauna / Animal Trapping / Australian Wildlife|
|2011||Jurien Bay – Kayaking / Outdoor Education / Skill-Based|
Online Learning Management Platform – Schoology
“Schoology” was introduced to the Middle School and College community in 2011 as a way to “make visible” the expectations of assessment and homework to students and parents. It provides a user-friendly interface for students and an easily accessible “one stop spot” for students to view assessment materials, assessment sheets, due dates, updates, reminders and to interact with their teachers and peers through their learning journey.
Middle School at BPCS currently has 1 home classroom but use a range of places/spaces on (and off) site. We have a current total capacity of 26 students. Pending approvals of the Maylands Campus site for use in 2020, we anticipate that Middle School students will be additional learning spaces with the move of the College students to Maylands.
1:1 iPad Program & Online Course Accessibility
Middle School students have incorporated a 1:1 iPad program to develop a working ownership of technology. This has been significantly supported by a systems approach to assessment and portfolio work through the “Schoology” platform.
What to hear some stories from our Middle School program? Please visit our “On the Ground” page!
More information regarding the day to day structures of our Middle School program can be found on pages 66 to 69 of the Parent Handbook. Click on the image of the handbook to read more.