Years 7 and 8 – The Kingsgate Crucial Years

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year 7 and 8

Motivation, good study habits and happy healthy relationships. Well that’s what most of us wish our Year 5, Year 6, Year 7 & Year 8 consisted of. At Kingsgate we understand the research and we know our parents care a great deal about the transition from Primary/Elementary School to Secondary.

While for some children Years 1 to 6 are a breeze, we all know that things start to change as academic challenges increase. Survival in Years 7 and beyond require a different approach. If we want children to succeed, we know they need to develop strong study habits to continue to embrace learning, and to value education in general. Grades, of course, are important. But your child’s attitude about school and learning is potentially even more important. If your child develops strong study habits now (as opposed to coasting through middle school with little or no effort), that could play an important factor in how he or she does in high school, university, and beyond.

Years 7 and 8 are often years of adjustment and difficulty. There is a higher chance of bullying and as students go through the changes of puberty, they’re often confronted with a multitude of issues including their own self-awareness, the constant need to be accepted by their peers, and trying to figure out where they fit in.

At Kingsgate our teenage students are very involved in student leadership programs including our “Big Brothers, Big Sisters” buddy program.

Buddy systems teach, and give children the opportunity to practise, the important values of respect, care, valuing difference, responsibility, friendship and more. Through looking after and caring for smaller, vulnerable children who are just starting school, older children learn the skills associated with empathy and compassion through activities in the classroom and in the playground.  This helps combat bullying and other forms of antisocial behaviour such as harassment and teasing.  Teaching pro-social values and skills can also contribute to the development of resilience, a protective factor for children if they experience hardship or loss.

We believe that children need to be starting new pathways by now if they truly want to establish good habits going forward. It is a great time to change habits, improve behaviours and, if appropriate, change schools.

Kingsgate’s Year 7 and 8 programme is carefully designed as a transition program to set up students well for IGCSE. While our focus is on strong academic habits and foundation skills, we prioritise the soft skills that are so essential helping students settle and develop healthy relationships.

We actually call this period including year 9″Pre-IGCSE.”

The advantages at Kingsgate for grades 7, 8 and 9 are very clear:

  • Small classes (usually less than 12) to encourage discussion and debate
  • Improved English skills and study skills
  • Interactive teaching, developing key skills such as critical thinking and problem solving
  • Academic focus
  • Motivating focussed environment where teenagers can get results

Year 7 and 8 needs to be smooth and it needs to be a launching pad for “pre-IGCSE year 9” and beyond.

Before we celebrate success we need to prepare for success!

CEO and Education Expert, Greg Parry

Internationally renowned for his expertise in education leadership, Greg Parry’s vast experience includes leadership of projects for edu-cation institutions throughout Australia, the Middle East, the United States, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. Recognised for his numerous contributions in the education arena, Greg has received the Ministers Award for Excellence in School Leadership based on improvements in school performance and a range of successful principal training and leadership development programs, as well as the School of Excellence Award for Industry/School Partnerships and the School of Excellence Award for Technology Innovation. His company GSE (Global Services in Education) has been recognised as having the Best Global Brand in International Education 2015 and 2016.

Considered one of the premier experts in his profession, Greg has trained teachers and principals throughout the world in areas such as critical thinking, language development and leadership. His expertise in school start up projects, leadership and curriculum development, has made him a sought after authority in these disciplines. | | @KingsgateInternationalSchool