Middle School Curriculum

Our caring Middle School environment allows students from Years 7 to 9 to thrive.

The Middle School curriculum caters to all students in Year 7 to Year 9 and is designed to deliver the core capabilities as well as develop your child’s individual interests and skills. Middle School core subjects taught by specialist teachers, include Mathematics, Humanities, English, Science, Media, Physical Education, Indonesian, Music, Visual Arts, and electives are be chosen from a wide variety of subjects including Business, STEM, Drama, Dance, Hospitality, Creative Writing and Aquaculture.  

As an Essington Middle School student, your child will be invited to participate in outdoor camps and has the opportunity to attend tours around the Northern Territory and Australia to learn more about the world around them, develop physical skills and build teamwork skills.

All students from Kinder to Year 12 follow the Australian Curriculum. In the Australian Curriculum, capability encompasses knowledge, skills, behaviours, and dispositions. Your child will develop capability when they apply knowledge and skills confidently, effectively, and appropriately in complex and changing circumstances. This applies to their individual learning at school and in their lives outside school. 

In Years 7, 8 and 9 at Essington your child can choose elective subjects based on their current interests and future career paths, providing them with the opportunity to expand the breadth and depth of their personal curriculum. The electives build opportunities for your learner to develop the necessary Global Competencies for Deep Learning

Essington's Middle School programs are designed to enrich your child's individual learning experience. 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
  • Creative Arts
  • Cooking and Nutrition
  • Enrichment Mathematics
  • English Literature
  • Extension Science
  • Languages
  • Media and Film Studies
  • Outdoor Education
  • Physical Education Extension
  • Psychology
  • Technology 

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 your child will have the opportunity to be elected to Leadership positions. Leadership is encouraged to provide your learner with the capacity to develop the following skills:

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

By working within a collaborative team environment, your child will develop their skills and abilities as future leaders. These leadership opportunities foster positive relationships amongst students and their teachers whilst also contributing to the sense of community and inclusion which is at the heart of our School.