Our Junior Secondary School offers a safe, supportive and seamless curriculum that emphasises student engagement, increases learning outcomes and builds positive relationships amongst students, teachers and our surrounding community. With student well-being as our core priority, our students will transition as happy, healthy and productive lifelong learners prepared for the 21st century.
Our teachers and staff realise how important student/teacher relationships are to engagement in the classroom which in turn leads to improved student outcomes. The transition from primary to secondary can often undermine this relationship as students are all of a sudden met with more teachers than ever before. This can lead to anxiety, fear and disengagement. All year 7 and year 8 students in 2015 will have access to 2 'Launch teachers' meaning they will have the same teacher for a minimum of 7 periods per week. It is important to note that we are not replicating the primary experience as Junior Secondary students will have more teachers and require greater personal responsibility than in primary - but the transition will not be as steep.
Dimensions of Learning
At Nerang State High School we have embedded the Dimensions Of Learning as our pedagogical framework. The framework is a common sense approach to teaching which is based on sound research. By implementing a school wide pedagogical framework we are able to provide a consistent language of learning for all of our Junior Secondary students enabling them to settle in easier and be aware of learning expectations placed upon them.
2015 Signature Programs
Our Junior Secondary School offers a wide range of support and pathways for students. These include The Comets Academic Signature Programs and The Quality Arts Signature Program. Download our Signature Program booklet for more details.
2015 Year 7 and Year 8 Areas:
Nerang State High School offers a safe and inclusive environment for all of our students no matter what year of their schooling. However, we do recognise that the move to the 'big school' can seem daunting and overwhelming for some. This is why we have put in place plans to construct areas for our Year 7 and our Year 8 students. A place available solely for the purpose of ensuring our young students have an area to call their own. These zones will be close to amenities, have shelter and be regularly supervised by teaching staff and the Junior Secondary Leadership team.
Leaders of Tomorrow
In 2015, all Junior Secondary students can apply for leadership positions. The Junior Secondary Captains, Vice Captains and the Student Council will also work closely with our Senior Leaders to promote the need for civic responsibility inside and outside of our school.
The Nerang Alliance School Community
The Junior Secondary school will continue working with our Primary partners closer than ever. Curriculum alignment and effective transition processes will be our key priority. By ensuring that the lines of communication between the high school and the surrounding primary schools are open and productive, our students are assured of a smoother transition. We know where your students have been and we know where they want to go.
We believe in our students and we expect them to rise to the occasion. The Junior Secondary School at Nerang State High School believes in setting high expectations for all of our students. This includes presentation and the wearing of our brand new uniform with PRIDE. Our students aim to set the standard high and conduct themselves admirably.