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Junior secondary

At Craigslea SHS we believe Junior Secondary Schooling lays the foundation for our students to become active citizens in a global society.

We strive for excellence in teaching and learning through quality teaching, student engagement and collaborative practices. Individuality and diversity are fostered in a community that values compassion, tolerance and the social and emotional wellbeing of every student.

The relationship between students, teachers, parents and the wider community is critical to the success of our Junior Secondary experience. We believe the safe and disciplined environment at Craigslea State High School is fundamental to student learning and achievement.

Guiding Principles


We have focused on five of the Guiding Principles of Junior Secondary, each building on existing, recognised practices. These principles are:


1.       Distinct Identity

Developing a group identity fostering a sense of belonging and connectedness to the whole school through:

  • Designated Year 7 area
  • Home classrooms within a Junior School precinct
  • A small number of teachers who teach across curriculum areas
  • A core teacher who is both Form/Pastoral Care and classroom teacher
  • First Week Orientation program to foster relationships with peers, teachers and student buddies
  • Year 7 Camp focusing on teambuilding and social skills
  • Excellence Programs in Science, Music and Volleyball


2.       Quality Teaching

Learning and achievement of Junior Secondary students is supported by:

  • A full complement of Secondary Curriculum Subjects
  • Highly skilled teachers using Classroom Instruction that Works which focuses on research based strategies for increasing student achievement and providing a common language of learning
  • Primary school experiences with core teaching teams in English/Social Sciences and Mathematics / Science / Digital and Design Technology
  • Specialist teachers for Health & Physical Education and LOTE (German or Japanese) and the opportunity to experience all five Arts subjects (Dance, Drama, Media, Music and Visual Art)
  • Extension programs for high achieving students in English, Maths and Science
  • Special Education Program with individual case management
  • Intervention in reading and numeracy
  • Bring your own device iPad program for Year 7 and 8
  • Partnerships with local primary schools to ensure curriculum continuity


3.       Student Wellbeing

School-wide practices that develop the social and emotional competencies of Junior Secondary students include:

  • Building strong relationships with a small team of teachers to foster a sense of belonging in a community that values diversity, compassion, tolerance and the social and emotional wellbeing of every student
  • Student Support Services e.g. Deputy Principal, Junior Secondary HOD, Guidance Officer, Chaplain and School Health Nurse
  • A pastoral care program, Craigslea and Beyond (CAB) which in Year 7 focuses on Orientation, Goal Setting, Positive Self Talk, Positive Personal Characteristics, Bullying Enhancing Resilience and Leadership.
  • Student Buddy Leaders as mentors


4.       Leadership

Leadership opportunities are offered from Year 7 through to Year 9 with a focus on mentoring and developing skills. These opportunities include:

  • Junior Student Representative Council Membership
  • Junior Secondary Captains, SRC Executive, Music, Sports and Academic Captains
  • Extra-curricular programs covering diverse interests including Debating, Instrumental Music, Mathematics Tutorials, School Musicals, Environmental Group, Social Justice Group and Lunchtime Activities


5.       Parent and Community Involvement


Encouraging parents to stay connected with their students’ learning when they enter secondary school through:

  • Parents and Citizens’ Association
  • School Council
  • Parent Support Groups (Instrumental Music and CVA)
  • Parent/Teacher Meetings
  • Special Assemblies and Award Ceremonies
  • Newsletter, Website and Facebook updates


For further information please contact:
Ms Janelle Schloss, Deputy Principal
Ms Karen Zammit, Junior Secondary HOD
Phone: 3326 5222

Janelle Schloss                                        Karen Zammit