At each Junior Campus there is a strong focus on teams. Each team has a separate area within the campus with home rooms and team teaching areas. Students in teams have taken responsibility for establishing gardens, painting murals and working together in multi-age groups to complete special projects.
Middle School teachers are committed to their team and typically teach more than one subject. This allows and integrated approach to the curriculum to develop and flourish. Students progress in teams through the school with the same group of teachers whom they come to know very well. This Middle School structure develops a sense of community and school pride.
Curriculum Structure for Years 7 to 10
Students at Copperfield College receive a challenging and inclusive program, based around the Victorian Essential Learning Standards. Programs are delivered using an Inquiry approach, where students are immersed in a culture of learning, as well as being provided with the thinking tools required to scaffold their education, in order to assist them in becoming life-long learners.
The Middle Years (7 & 8)
Each junior campus is structured around the team-based approach. Two teams on each junior campus house Years 7 and 8 students, who are taught by a core group of teachers following Middle Years principles. Each team is lead by two Team Leaders with oversight by a Year 7/8 Campus Leader. The aim is to develop an integrated, negotiated curriculum that develops both students’ self and peer assessment skills.
Upper Middle (9 & 10)
The Upper Middle School consists of two teams housing year 9 and 10 students. Students at Year 9 receive a curriculum that supports Challenge Day, an exciting program designed to develop students’ leadership potential, teamwork and goal setting skills. One of the aims is to increase and develop students’ community awareness, under the new Civic and Citizenship Domain within the standards. Students have subject choices in both Art and Technology.
The focus for Year 10 is depth. Students receive a challenging and innovative program that is divided into two sections. Essential - what they are required to undertake; and Choice - what they choose to study. Students are presented with a wide selection of subjects to choose from, including the opportunity to select a VCE subject.