Challenge and Choice

The Middle School’s ‘Challenge and Choice’ motto finds expression in a number of special aspects of the Learning Program and co-curricular activities in Middle School. 

Traditional subjects are enhanced with Specialisation and Elective units, taken for a semester, that provide a more in-depth understanding of a specific topic, cater for individual abilities and allow students to explore new areas of interest. A continually changing range of excursions takes them beyond the School, and visiting speakers give presentations to classes in various subjects.

At Carey, we expect our students to be active and responsible participants in their own learning. In Middle School, we help them to understand their own abilities, interests and learning styles. Our teachers help each student to develop clear learning goals and strategies to achieve them. They give clear and constructive feedback on how students are progressing to that they can move forward with confidence. Increasingly, this is being achieved in an online environment so that parents can track progress too.

Middle School’s policy of ‘real world learning’ also challenges students to explore beyond their physical and emotional boundaries. They visit rural, urban and remote locations throughout the state, exploring the different natural and built environments of Victoria, and the way in which people live, work and play. Every student in Middle School studies a different interdisciplinary unit each year, spending some time learning on location beyond the boundaries of Kew. Experiential, interdisciplinary learning encourages students to observe the world around them and to gain a deep and holistic understanding of the natural and human systems at work in each place.

The co-curricular program at Carey also provides experience and training in activities that can enrich students’ lives well beyond their school years and expand their friendship groups. There is something at Carey to suit every child’s interests and passions.

Electives and Specialisation

It would be hard to overstate the range of challenges and choices on offer in our elective program, because there really is something for everyone.

You can examine the positive and negative impact of tourism around the world; create computer animations and video effects; design your own fashion; explore the role that sport has played in Australia’s history; share your passion for literature or creative writing; study how to create more convincing characters in a stage performance; learn about the roles of lateral and logical thinking in maths; take a ‘hands-on’ instrumental jazz class; explore the principles of mechanics, physics and design by engineering your own medieval machines; sharpen your observational skills by learning to draw with a variety of different media; or investigate a passion through Follow Your Interest (FYI). You can explore the full list of more than 50 Elective and Specialisation subjects on Pathways at Carey.

For more information, about Middle School curriculum, please refer to Pathways at Carey.