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Middle School

Welcome to the Middle School

Growing in confidence and character

In Years 7 to 9 at Prince Alfred College, our boys continue to explore their place in the world through an education emphasising intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth. With a focus on academic excellence, co-curricular enhancement and deeply embedded pastoral care, our boys become young men of confidence and character, ready to excel in their senior years. 

Academic excellence

With high-quality teaching and learning, our curriculum focuses on educating the whole boy through an engaging program that transforms boys into capable young men. With a focus on academic excellence and inquiry-led discovery, our boys learn how to discover and apply in-depth knowledge and practical skills in the real world. 

The highlight of this year was creating a film in English as I got to create special effects and use my drone to get footage.

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With the introduction of elective choices, our boys explore personal interests and strengths within a framework that supports a breadth of opportunities and development of their intellectual curiosity.

Core learning areas

In the Middle School, we deliver the Australian Curriculum along with a range of additional choices to give our boys a rich education that builds in-depth knowledge and subject area expertise. Our core learning areas include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Technologies
  • Health & PE
  • Arts (Art, Music, Drama)
  • Languages (French, Italian or Chinese)

Specialist programs

Specialist programs add rigour and richness to our curriculum and enhance the delivery of an all-round education for our boys. In the Middle School years, boys enjoy a range of activities, tours, excursions, academic competitions and industry talks. They also participate in eduCook and eduKart where they develop lifelong skills in teamwork, problem solving and resourcefulness. 

In Year 9, our boys head to the College’s Wambana Campus for a five-week holistic learning program that develops independence and teamwork skills as an essential step in the journey to becoming young men of character, substance and compassion.

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Academic support and extension

Our teaching and learning programs encourage boys to develop their natural curiosity and love of learning, and we expect every student to strive to achieve their best in all subjects. Through regular assessment, we monitor how each boy is performing and identify any needs for support or academic extension.

Strategic and flexible class groupings in maths and English give boys a breadth and depth of learning to suit their individual needs. Each boy also has a teacher assigned to them as a tutor to guide and support their academic success through their Middle School years.

At PAC, we encourage academic extension for all students. Our scholars’ forum offers extension opportunities for Prince Alfred College Middle School boys who show a strong desire for learning, or interest in a particular subject. This enrichment program allows boys to broaden their knowledge in a range of areas beyond the set curriculum. The scholars’ forum encourages debate and discussion and supports our philosophy of educating the whole boy.


Homework

In the Middle School, our boys are set regular homework across their range of subjects to support classroom learning. The frequency and length will vary between subjects.


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Co-Curricular

Our extensive co-curricular program is integral to developing young men of wide-ranging interests and enhanced capability as part of the well-rounded education offered at PAC. 

Our Middle School boys discover their passions, broaden their knowledge and develop wide-ranging skills through co-curricular opportunities including sport, chess, debating, public speaking, performing arts, community service and outdoor education.

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Pastoral Care

Quality pastoral care is essential to the development of a Princes Man as a well-rounded and knowledgeable man of courage, kindness and principles. Our pastoral care program focuses on developing character and compassion as part of an all-round education that nurtures the unique qualities and interests of each boy as they become the best young men they can be.

Our team of educators, counsellors, Chaplain and support staff work together to support the needs every Middle School boy. Guided by our mantra of, ‘Work Hard, Be Kind’ we make sure our boys know they are cared for, respected and valued as they thrive on their journey to becoming a Princes Man.