Middle School

From the Head of Middle School

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In Year 7, students enter our Middle School where a new phase of their education begins.
Each day starts in home group where students connect with a key teacher who supports them and communicates as needed with families.
With Middle Schooling now consolidated at Encounter, our facilities allow our Middle School students to utilise brand new learning spaces such as a Science laboratory, a spacious and inspiring Art Room, an innovative Food and Hospitality Kitchen and our most recent addition – a state of the art Tech Centre where subjects such as Design Technology and Communications are offered.
We place a priority on having a healthy and positive culture in our Middle School and have clear and intentional approaches to behaviour management, student use of mobile phones and other matters that impact student wellbeing.
Our Outdoor Education program also allows for our students to experience new challenges and environments ensuring that their learning extends beyond the classroom. Year 7s venture to Robe, Year 8, even further afield, to Melbourne, and in Year 9 a survival camp is offered which encompasses a trek along the challenging and picturesque Heysen Trail.
Being a relatively small Middle School, we have found a balance of being able to offer our students a unique and personable educational experience, while nurturing them as young adults at such a crucial stage of their lives. This allows our young people to transition seamlessly into Senior School for the final stage of their schooling journey.

Penny McKenzie

Head of Middle & Senior School

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Middle Years Program (MYP)


Encounter Lutheran College is an authorised IB World School for the Middle Years Programme. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Encounter Lutheran College believes is important for our students.

The aim of all IB Programs is to develop internationally-minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

The Middle Years Program enjoy the following features:
•Balanced study across a broad range of subjects
•An emphasis on language, acquisition and development
•Interdisciplinary learning
•The development of learning skills
•An opportunity for individual and collaborative planning and research
•A community service component requiring action and reflection

This program enables the College to respond to local interests while providing an international framework for learning.  We develop in our students an enjoyment of learning, strong skills, a positive sense of identity, and cultural awareness.

Our students are at an age of transition.  As they develop a keen need to question the values of others and examine the world and their place in it more critically, they are growing physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. They begin to see themselves and their relationship with others in a broader social and cultural context. The MYP program allows us to help students 'develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect'. (source:MYP Coordinator's handbook 2007-2008)

For more information about the IB and its programs visit www.ibo.org


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