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New centre helps Years 5 and 6 students learn to be the best they can be

Posted 6 August 2018
Wesley Year 5 & 6 Centre

A purpose-built hub for Years 5 and 6 students at Wesley’s Glen Waverley Campus is now operational. The recently opened Wells Centre enables students to meet as a community as well as work in groups or individually.

The state-of-the-art centre marks the first chapter of the Glen Waverley Middle School redevelopment project, following the loss of several classrooms to a fire in 2016.  

According to Principal Dr Helen Drennen AM, the ongoing project reflects Wesley’s commitment to providing opportunities for young adolescents to learn and grow, in preparation for senior school.

‘In the fire of 2016, we lost 10 classrooms, including six Years 5 and 6 homerooms,’ Dr Drennen said.
‘A carefully considered education brief has inspired the concept for this exciting development, which gives greater recognition to the transitions central in the adolescent school years.’

Commencing in Year 5 at Wesley College offers each child a smooth transition from the upper primary years in preparation for middle and senior schools. 

Wesley Year 5 & 6 Centre

In Year 5, Wesley’s transdisciplinary approach to learning guides students through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme, providing a solid foundation for transition to the IB Middle Years Programme in Year 7. 

In the IB Primary and Middle Years Programmes students learn through inquiry, harnessing their passions and interests, and applying their knowledge and skills across subjects.

Middle School teachers design authentic learning experiences to give students the skills necessary to become lifelong learners. 

The inquiry approach enables Wesley teachers to challenge and support all students to work individually and collaboratively towards appropriate but challenging ‘stretch’ goals for learning and provide feedback to help them take the next productive steps in their learning. 

According to Daniel Mackay, Years 5 and 6 Cluster Leader at the Glen Waverley Campus, fostering independence is a key focus of the Years 5 and 6 program.  

‘Students follow their own timetable, move to and from specialist lessons independently, and are guided and supported to adapt to an increased workload, including Home Learning,’ Mr Mackay said. 

‘We foster learning through a “growth mindset” approach, encouraging students to take risks and make mistakes. A growth mindset has been shown to increase motivation and achievement, and foster long-term success, as students learn the value of persevering to meet challenging goals.’

Wesley Year 5 & 6 Centre

While encouraged to be independent risk-takers, students are still continually supported and guided through a robust pastoral care program, in which teachers and students work together to explore themes of resilience, acceptance, appreciation and gratitude, and safety online. 

‘The themes explored through our pastoral care program ground our young adolescent students during what is a transitional period of their lives.

‘We also continually empower students to find reward in being a responsible citizen and having a positive influence on others.’

Wesley College also offers a broad range of co-curricular opportunities, with Years 5 and 6 students able to access extensive music and drama programs, sport, debating and much more.  

For Mr Mackay, a Wesley education is a true education, one underpinned by the timeless principles of learning – to know, do, live with and be. 

‘Our students are always learning, exploring, doing. They model collaboration, responsibility and accountability,’ he said. 

‘The new Wells Centre at the Glen Waverley Campus is helping each Year 5 and 6 student learn to be the best they can be.’

 

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