Runcorn State High School’s Junior Secondary block has recently been completed and will change the way classes are taught.
Adam Malheiros, the Head of Department for Junior Secondary from 2015, explained how the new facilities will help to shape learning for young adolescent learners.
“Over the past three years, Runcorn State High School has been working towards establishing a Junior Secondary model based on the department’s six guiding principles. One of our key focuses at the moment is establishing a distinct identity for students in the early years of high school.
“The new Junior Secondary precinct will help to achieve this, but it’s more than the building, it’s really about what students are doing differently in the classroom,” Adam said.
“We are aiming to develop a culture of learning amongst students in Years 7 to 9; a real love of learning that will continue with them through senior school and beyond.”
Adam said that the investment in more modern classrooms and quality teaching approaches will pay dividends for students at Runcorn State High School.
“Gone are the days of rows of desks and chairs in classrooms and a teacher remaining firmly at the front of the classroom,” he said.
“We’ve embraced the idea of a flexible learning environment, and our new facility enables teachers to be more innovative with how they structure their lessons and what content they choose to cover.
“We’ve now got different spaces geared towards group work, flexible learning, and conversations. During classes, students are encouraged to join in with collaborative, enquiry-based and project-based learning,” Adam said.