Lower Secondary is about growing up as a student but in a phase of the school which retains a family approach. Students meet more subject specialists and a more varied timetable. They meet seven or eight different teachers each week, yet remain in the care of a Form Tutor who oversees their welfare and progress.
Close links between home and school are still valued. The School embraces and celebrates the passing of a young person’s development from a child to that of a young adult. It is a joy to see students develop an understanding of their gifts, abilities, strengths and weaknesses.
Students are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves in increasing measure. This extends to taking responsibility for their own learning, organisation, behaviour, attitude, relationships, and very importantly, for their own faith and relationship with God.
We use two scriptures as benchmarks to help us assist the development of our students. The first is the short passage that speaks of Jesus’ visit to the temple as a twelve year old, in which he seeks to begin to be ‘about his father’s business’.
The second passage describes the transition from ‘childhood to maturity’.
I write to you children,
Because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake…
… I write to young men because you have
overcome the wicked one.
I write to you children because you have known the father…
… I write to you, young men,
Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you,
and you have overcome the wicked one.
1 John 2:12-14