Middle school curriculum guide


The Middle Years at Cardijn College aim to provide an exciting and dynamic experience of schooling for our students in Years 7, 8 and 9. Middle schooling is an educational approach that better caters for the physical, social, emotional, moral and cognitive needs of young people. It bridges the divide between primary and secondary education by extending students in this middle phase, equipping them with the skills to become independent learners and successful citizens in this new and ever-changing world.

Cardijn College is committed to best-practice middle schooling through an approach to teaching and learning that is student-centred, authentic, collaborative, developmental and challenging. We offer our students a diverse range of experiences that foster students' love for learning and enthusiasm to participate in a range of activities that nurture a sense of community commitment and outreach.

Our teachers play a critical role in each student’s success. They stimulate and challenge students to think beyond the next question and encourage them to be co-constructors of their learning and development. Teachers differentiate and extend the curriculum to meet the needs of all students, whereby students can develop self-confidence through achieving success. Students progressively develop a sense of who they are and of the personal, spiritual and social values which will be part of their lives.

We work together to give Middle Years students the confidence and self-worth to effectively tackle the challenges of the more exclusively academic orientation of the senior curriculum. This Curriculum Guide details the course offerings at Cardijn College for 2024.

For further information, please contact:

Ashleigh Taylor
Director of Teaching and Learning
8392 9405

Or alternatively 
Wade Champion
Deputy Head of Campus
8392 9500

Lavalla Centre

Cardijn College provides flexible learning for students from Years 7 to 12 who have a specific learning need or disability through an Individual Learning Plan or specifically identified accommodations. We aim to provide the very best education available for students with such needs or disabilities and have specialised areas which are accessed through negotiated programmed time. Our focus is to provide an innovative and inclusive environment where students have the opportunity to gain support to achieve success.

We strive to build a learning community where students are secure in their experience of belonging and acceptance and where students have clear pathways into the community. Having high expectations for students, building trusting relationships and a learning community which thinks, creates, works and learns together are key objectives.

Students work individually or in small groups with a Teacher or Education Support Officer to assist them to improve their literacy, numeracy, organisational and social skills.


Marist Centre

The Marist Centre caters for students with intellectual disabilities in an inclusive setting. Our programs have a strong academic focus where students work in small groups with a Teacher or Education Support Officer to improve their functional literacy, numeracy and social skills.

Students may also receive additional support in general classes to enable them to work with their peers. The amount and nature of this inclusion time is tailored to the individual student and their personal plan for learning.

There is a seamless flow for students as they progress from the middle years to the senior years and vocational programs, with all eligible students being supported through the “SACE Modified”.

The senior years focus on promoting a learning culture where our students are enthused and equipped to achieve success through meaningful post school options including employment pathways, community contributions and managing their lives.

As a College, we are proud and passionate about our education support and our students. We collaborate respectfully, knowing we are making a difference. We enjoy the challenge of striving for excellence. We build pathways for our students into the community.


English as an Additional Language

Language EAL support caters for those students who have recently arrived in Australia from a non-English speaking country or those who have recently exited from an Intensive English Centre (IEC).

At each year level, students are encouraged to take advantage of EAL support to improve and consolidate their English language and literacy skills. Being a competent user of English is essential for success at school.

EAL support is not a modified mainstream English course, but rather focuses on improving oral and written language skills across a range of English texts and subject area content.

In particular, our EAL support is designed to help students with basic aspects of English such as:

  • Pronunciation
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary development
  • Grammar
  • Sentence construction
  • Paragraph organisation
  • Whole text construction