The Walford Middle School provides a carefully-designed environment of care and challenge, and a bridge between the primary and senior years of schooling, to support each girl as she explores her identity, negotiates social groups and develops her character and voice. The Walford Middle School focuses on curiosity, lifelong learning skills, and rich knowledge, as well as opportunities for service, leadership, and challenge by choice.
Learning and Teaching
During Years 6-9, students will study a core of subjects that include English, Science, Mathematics, Humanities, the Arts (Drama, Visual Arts and Music), Health and Physical Education, Chinese/French, and Digital and Design Technologies.
Further to the core subjects, Middle School students undertake an exciting array of electives that have real-life application. These include business start-ups, philosophy (ways of thinking and knowing) and community service learning projects.
Each phase of the Middle School journey is underpinned by the concept of Her Voice, a thread woven through both curriculum and pastoral care learning activities. This knits together the classroom activities with key social and emotional developments relevant for each age and stage. Each Walford student emerges from the Middle School having grown as a young person ready to take on the challenges of her senior schooling years.
Wellbeing, Engagement and Belonging (WEB)
Each girl who enters the Middle School has her own Mentor who supports, guides and encourages her academic and personal growth. She sees her Mentor every day and is assisted to maintain a healthy, achievable schedule, develop her study habits and be encouraged to participate in the myriad experiences available to her within and beyond the classroom in a balanced way.
Mentors work in partnership with the Heads of House, School Counsellor, Wellbeing Coordinator and the Heads of School to provide a ‘wrap around’ approach that supports the emotional needs of students during these fundamental years.
Unique and central to Walford’s wellbeing framework is our Student Wellbeing Committee. This committee of student representatives from across all year levels, works closely with the School’s wellbeing professionals to co-create the content of the formal wellbeing program, ensuring that the topics covered are responsive to the real life needs of students at any given time. The School engages psychologists and key experts throughout the year to ensure that the topics explored are grounded in evidence based research.
In addition to their teacher Mentors, all students in Years 6 and 7 and new Year 8 and 9 students each have a peer support leader, an older girl in the School who is trained to provide support and encouragement that helps to build the confidence of their younger peers.
Leading and Leadership
- Student Ambassadors
- Middle School Committee Representatives
- Student Wellbeing Committee
- Sporting Ambassadors
- Road Crossing Monitors
- Student buddies
- Smith Family Student2Student program
- Student Mentors (orchestra, choir, bands)
- Sport Coaches
- Junior School Umpires
Beyond the Classroom
In addition to the many co-curricular opportunities available, the Walford Middle School encourages students to be active in a range of initiatives that encourage agency and self management, challenge thinking, grow friendships and are fun.
The knowledge and thinking of students is enriched through participation in a variety of competitions and experiences throughout the year. These include:
- Extension Mathematics
- Tournament of Minds and the da Vinci Decathlon
- Festival of Ideas
- Year 8 Start Ups – small businesses are brought to life at school
- Enrichment pathways and accelerated subject study
- Walford Literary Festival
Healthy attitudes towards sport and recreation are fostered throughout the Middle School along with opportunities to build performance capabilities through the co-curricular program and the following activities:
- Year 6/7 Drama Production
- School Musical
- Sports Centre lunchtime activities
- Interschool collaborations
Students are involved in many outreach programs through the year with the holiday mentoring program with KickStart for Kids a highlight.