Middle School

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  • Grades 7 & 8

    Fostering an intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being through a holistic curriculum.
Utilizing the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme's (IB MYP) framework, Newman encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. 
  • The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.
  • The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical, and reflective thinkers.
The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents. 

We provide students the opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage their lives and take responsible actions in their future.

Each year, Newman students  engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary course that involves multiple subject groups. Students also complete one long term project, deciding what they want to learn, identifying what they need to know, and planning the process through completion.
Middle School students experience volunteering, tennis, kayaking, ice skating, rock climbing, traditional team sports, as well as mindfulness practice.

Areas of Study

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  • Language and literature

    Language is fundamental to learning, thinking and communicating, therefore it permeates the whole curriculum.

    The power of language is best experienced through quality literature. The study of language and literature enables students to become highly proficient in their understanding and use of their language.  Learning that language and literature are creative processes encourages the development of imagination and creativity through self-expression. 

    MYP Language and Literature is academically rigorous, and equips students with linguistic, analytical and communicative skills that can also be used in an interdisciplinary manner across all other subject groups. There are six skill areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting, which develop as both independent and interdependent skills. Students develop these skills through the study of both language and literature. 
  • Language acquisition

    Language is fundamental to learning, thinking and communicating, therefore it permeates the whole curriculum.

    The IB acknowledges that learning additional languages greatly contributes to the holistic development of students and to the strengthening of lifelong learning skills. Language is central to learning, as well as to literacy. The purpose of Language acquisition is to enable students to become competent in a language other than their mother tongue, and is based around proficiency in speaking, reading and writing. Students are encouraged to communicate as far as possible in the target language and to learn about the parts of the world in which their language of choice is spoken. This knowledge should in turn develop understanding of and nurture respect for cultures other than their own.
  • Arts

    The arts are a universal form of human expression and a unique way of engaging us in effective, imaginative and productive activity.

    Learning through the arts helps us to explore, shape and communicate our sense of identity and understanding of the world, while providing opportunities to develop self-confidence, resilience and adaptability. 

    At Newman, students will be instructed in Visual Art, Film, Theatre, and Music.
  • Individuals and societies

    Individuals and societies encourages learners to respect and understand the world around them and equips them with a skills base appropriate for a learner in the 21st century.

    Individuals and societies involves inquiring into historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological, and cultural contexts that influence and have an impact on individuals, societies, and environments. 
  • Mathematics

    Mathematics in grades 7 & 8 aims to equip all students with the knowledge, understanding, and intellectual capabilities to address further courses in mathematics, as well as to prepare those students who will use mathematics in their workplace and life in general.

    Mathematics plays an essential role both within the school and in society. It promotes a powerful universal language, analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills that contribute to the development of logical, abstract and critical thinking. Moreover, understanding and being able to use mathematics with confidence is not only an advantage in school but also a skill for problem- solving and decision-making in everyday life. Mathematics is well known as a foundation for the study of sciences, engineering and technology. However, it is also increasingly important in other areas of knowledge such as economics and other social sciences. MYP mathematics aims to equip all students with the knowledge, understanding and intellectual capabilities to address further courses in mathematics, as well as to prepare those students who will use mathematics in their workplace and life in general. 
  • Sciences

    Inquiry is at the heart of  Newman  science courses and aims to support students’ understanding of sciences by providing them with opportunities to independently investigate relevant issues through both research and experimentation.

    The vision of MYP sciences is to contribute to the development of students as inquirers, scientifically literate, caring and responsible individuals who will think critically and creatively when solving problems and making decisions about aspects affecting themselves, others and their social and natural environments. Science and its methods of investigation offer a way of learning that contributes to the development of an analytical and critical way of thinking. . Science is taught in an investigative approach, providing students with a way of knowing through inquiry that contributes to the development of analytical and critical thinking. Science topics are designed to be relevant to the needs and interests of students, providing them with opportunities to explore the role of science in everyday life and the dynamic interactions between science and society.
  • Design

    Design at Newman aims to provide the means and the context to help students become skillful problem solvers, who can appreciate the role of technology in everyday life and society and who can respond critically and resourcefully to real life challenges.

    Technology and technological developments have given rise to profound changes in society, transforming how we access and process information, how we communicate with others and how we work and solve problems. The MYP holistic approach to teaching and learning acknowledges that inquiry and problem solving contribute to students’ development of thinking skills and strategies that will equip them to face the rapidly changing demands of the 21st century. 
Newman provides opportunity for students from broadly diverse backgrounds to pursue serious studies in a welcoming and supportive environment where self and community are paramount.