Schools educational and supporting programs and the transition to these, is a critical issue in early adolescence.
How well the school environment fits the needs of early adolescents during this difficult stage is an influential factor in the shaping of their learning outcomes.
Adolescents typically enter their Middle School (Years 6-9) at a time of heightened self-focus. They bring with them a rising desire for autonomy and self-determination, and an increased ability to use higher level cognitive strategies. They view peer relations as being especially important. They may also be in need of close adult relationships outside the home.
AISPP is reflecting as an organization how the programme, environment, pastoral care strategies and pedagogy can be designed to meet their needs and interests to ensure engagement, support and expression.
Together with our initial staff training of Launching the MYP, we also open our MY Zone recreation area for our students. The students will be involved in designing the remaining components and have a long wish of wishes!
The IB Middle Years Programme, along with our Australian curriculum provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers in a supported specifically designed environment.
These years are a critical period in the development of young people. Success in school is closely related to personal, social and emotional well-being. At a time when students are establishing their identity and building their self-esteem, the MYP can motivate students and help them to achieve success in school and in life be. Homeroom teachers (with a focus on student well being and organization) and specialist subject teachers collaborate to build programs suited to our students.
The MYP offers students opportunities to develop their potential, to explore their own learning preferences, to take appropriate risks, and to reflect on, and develop, a strong sense of personal identity.
The MYP at AISPP is focussed upon high expectations, a safe and supported learning environment for our MYP students.