Change is an important and necessary part of life, and the Middle Years of schooling is certainly a time when students experience change. This time of transition from childhood to young adulthood can be a time of excitement and energy and yet at the same time daunting, as one comes to terms with one’s personal identity. It is a time of testing the boundaries and challenging the accepted norms. During these years, in order to achieve their personal best both academically and socially, students need understanding, empathy, and firm yet patient guidance from their teachers. All this needs to be nurtured in an environment where students experience a sense of belonging with their peers, and connectedness with their formal learning.
At Lakeside College, we thrive on the challenge and the privilege of walking alongside students at this critical and fascinating time in their lives. We encourage students in the middle years to explore, challenge and wrestle with the big questions, whilst at the same time teaching them to value the wisdom, experience and knowledge of those who have gone before them and those around them. In so doing, they build breadth and depth into their knowledge,understanding and personal growth. Our curriculum therefore incorporates learning opportunities which enable students to engage in learning and interaction across the various academic disciplines, as well as practical life-related experiences.
Our students engage in Public Speaking, ‘Tournament of the Minds’, debating, and engagement in Community Service programs. Outdoor Education experiences at Lakeside College, including surfing, kayaking, snow skiing, and educational tours taking in Aboriginal and early Australian History, are an integral part of the learning opportunities at the College. As a Performing and Visual Arts school, our students have opportunities to participate in music and drama productions, and also create and exhibit a wide range of visual artworks.
Our very strong Physical Education and Sporting programs give our students the opportunity to participate in a wide range of inter-school sporting activities and competitions. It is our goal that, by the time they complete the Middle Years of schooling, our students will be adequately equipped to successfully transition to the further challenge of the Senior Years and VCE.