Middle School Curriculum

Our caring Middle School environment allows students to thrive.

The Middle School curriculum is designed to deliver the core capabilities as well as develop students' individual interests and skills. Middle School core subjects and electives, taught by specialist teachers, include Mathematics, Humanities, English, Science, Media, Physical Education, Indonesian, Music, Visual Arts, Indigenous Studies, Business, STEM, Drama, Dance, Hospitality, Creative Writing and Aquaculture.

All students follow the Australian Curriculum. In the Australian Curriculum, capability encompasses knowledge, skills, behaviours, and dispositions. Students develop capability when they apply knowledge and skills confidently, effectively, and appropriately in complex and changing circumstances. This applies to their learning at school and in their lives outside school. 

In Years 7, 8 & 9 students can choose elective subjects based on their current interests and future career paths which provide students with the opportunity to expand the breadth and depth of their personal curriculum. The electives build opportunities for students to develop the necessary Global Competencies for Deep Learning

Middle School programs are designed to enrich the student's learning. They are combined with curriculum and some are self-selected by the student according to their personal interests.  

In Years 8 & 9 students are able to choose Electives which allow for development of the individual in their chosen subject areas and allow for progress to Stage 1 subjects in Year 10.

Electives choices may include, and are not limited to.

  • Aquaculture
  • Languages
  • Arts
  • Enrichment Mathematics
  • Extension Science
  • Technology 
  • Media 
  • Outdoor Education, and 
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology

View the current list of electives for 2021.

Student Leadership in the Middle School

At The Essington School in Darwin we aim to create students who are leaders and independent thinkers. In the Middle School years students have the opportunity to be elected to Leadership positions. Leadership is encouraged to provide students with the capacity to develop the following skills:

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Mentoring
  • Decision making
  • Negotiation

The students develop these skills in a collaborative team environment which helps them to develop their abilities and skills in this area. These leadership opportunities foster positive relationships amongst the students and their teachers whilst also contributing to the sense of community and inclusion which is at the heart of our School.