Middle School

In 2020 Pacific Brook Christian School will begin Middle School, with the first Year 7 class starting in this year, and Year 8 will start the following year.

A lot of research has shown that children aged 10 to 14 years learn significantly differently to younger children, and also differently to students who are older.

In the traditional model of schooling there is a big change from Year 6 to Year 7. Most Year 6 children have one teacher for approximately 90% of the time, and then in Year 7 they have a multitude of teachers. This means that students go from having one important teacher in their lives, to having a large number of teachers, but with no one teacher taking on that important pastoral role for the students.

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pbcs ms imageMiddle School aims to meet the needs of the children and students in this age range, to better provide for the social and academic needs, and still being connected to the other sections of the school community. Once Middle School begins Year 5 students will spend 85% of their time with one main teacher, and the remainder of the time with specialist teachers, such as for science. Over Year 6, 7 and 8 the amount of time students have with their main teacher will gradually decrease over the course of 4 years, rather than the sudden decrease that students experience now as they move from Year 6 to Year 7.

The focus is on keeping the relationship with the student throughout the often tumultuous 10-14 year old period.

If you would like further details about Middle School, please contact the school.