At Rostrevor, we believe strong relationships between teachers and students are the key to student wellbeing and academic success. When we take the time to get to know each boy, it reminds him that he is important for who he is. Therefore, we place great emphasis on every boy being known by name by his teachers, by other boys and indeed most people he will encounter across the school day.
The Middle Years at Rostrevor includes Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9; the first half of their secondary education. It is not a separate school within the College but is a clearly defined stage of educational development that requires a focussed and tailored approach in order to bring out the best in every boy during early adolescence. At the same time, it is vital that our Middle School boys enjoy many everyday interactions with their peers in the Senior Years.
With a major intake of students at Year 7, Rostrevor draws boys from more than 25 local primary schools who join with approximately 50 boys from our own Junior Years to begin their secondary schooling. Consequently, Year 7 is an exciting time when many new friendships are formed with boys from different backgrounds and interests. It is no coincidence that our Year 7 boys usually make the most of the broad range of sporting and other co-curricular activities on offer here at the College.
Based upon the principle that, 'to educate boys, you have to know them well', the Middle School is structured around each year level having 4-5 classes of 24 boys in each class. Thus, your son will have approximately 100 other boys in his year level. Keeping class sizes close to this number provides teachers with the time they need to get to know each boy, his preferences and strengths as a learner, which enables them to better design lessons and learning activities that will engage his interest and passion.