I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all of our Year 6 families who are joining the Adolescent Program here at MIC in 2021.

The transition from Year 6 in Senior Primary to Year 7 in the Secondary College is a big one! We have developed this page to help Year 6 families as they embark on a new adventure – from childhood into the adolescent years. The Adolescent Program at MIC is undergoing some changes as we renew our focus on the Montessori principles we value so highly and these changes are reflected in the videos and other content on this page. Please take the time to watch thesPart 1 – Ite videos, taking notes and writing down questions as you go. It’s a lot to take in! We look forward to receiving your questions via the form at the bottom of this page – your question (and the answer) will then be added to our Frequently Asked Questions so other families can see it as well.

On behalf of all of the Secondary College staff, I wish our Year 6 families all the best during this transition and look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students in the final week of Term 4.

Nick Harrison,

Assistant Principal, Secondary College

Adolescent Development

In this video Assistant Principal Primary and Early Years, Larissa Rook, explains the changes between childhood and adolescence and how the MIC Adolescent Program meets their developmental needs.

A summary transcript of this Adolescent Development video is available here.

In these videos, Chiray Fitton, Principal, provides a snapshot of the Adolescent Program from Year 7 to Year 12, focusing on the Montessori principles we value so highly.

Provided over four parts, this first part is:

1. It’s About Becoming

In these videos, Chiray Fitton, Principal, provides a snapshot of the Adolescent Program from Year 7 to Year 12, focusing on the Montessori principles we value so highly.

Provided over four parts, this second part is:

2. It’s About Belonging and Community

In these videos, Chiray Fitton, Principal, provides a snapshot of the Adolescent Program from Year 7 to Year 12, focusing on the Montessori principles we value so highly.

Provided over four parts, this third part is:

3. It’s About Purposeful Work and Moral Education

In these videos, Chiray Fitton, Principal, provides a snapshot of the Adolescent Program from Year 7 to Year 12, focusing on the Montessori principles we value so highly.

Provided over four parts, this fourth part is:

4. It’s About Couplets

In this video Sarah Thompson, Adolescent Guide, gives a clear overview of the integration of subjects and topics across the 2021 curriculum, explaining that although the delivery may look different, students still cover all aspects of the content in the Australian Curriculum.

In this video, Caley Roe, Adolescent Guide, explains the purpose of the clubs and teams program and provides an overview of potential clubs and teams. Caley also explains the value of the extended day program with parents invited to participate in extended day on Wednesday afternoons.

This video provides parents with a step-by-step overview of how to use Google Classroom.

What students think

Year 8 student Elisabeth provides a student perspective on the transition from Senior Primary to the Adolescent Program at MIC.
Year 7 student Ciaran provides a student perspective on the transition from Senior Primary to the Adolescent Program at MIC.
Year 7 student Zach provides a student persepective on the transition from Senior Primary to the Adolescent Program at MIC.

What parents think

Year 8 parent Tanya provides a parent perspective on the transition from Senior Primary to the Adolescent Program at MIC.

Downloads & Further Information

Click on any of the below resources to get more information.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much homework is there in Year 7 at MIC?

In the Land and Community Program, it is expected that students will have regular homework to complete. The amount of time devoted to homework and independent study will vary according to the student’s learning needs, assessment requirements, and each student’s program of learning.

Every Year 7 student is part of an advisory group of around 10-15 students and one dedicated advisor. The advisor meets with their advisory group every morning and afternoon to touch base and care for their environment. Adolescents also meet with their advisory group every day for 30 minutes to sit down and discuss topical issues, get support with tasks, or work independently. On Friday, adolescents will have a 1-1 or small group learning conference with their advisor to check in and review student progress and provide important feedback.

In addition to their advisor, adolescents will work alongside a number of specialists and guides within the Adolescent Program.

The continuum of education at MIC ensures a smooth transition between cohorts with new concepts always building upon previous learning and knowledge. Year 7 students generally find the transition from Senior Primary to Adolescence an exciting change, and with this excitement comes a little bit of nervousness. Unlike Senior Primary, adolescents move from class to class and with this new developmental stage, young adolescents are asked to take more ownership over their education with continuous support from their Guides as well as family.

Odyssey is a 10-day travelling, learning and adventure experience in which adolescents get to know their peers and work alongside one another to manage new experiences and challenges. Adolescents will experience Odyssey for four consecutive years – Years 7, 8, 9 and 10.

In Years 7/8, the first week of Odyssey is an opportunity for the young adolescents to get to know each other and their Guides before being joined by the Year 9 and 10 students.

In Years 9/10, the first week of Odyssey consists of  leadership learning experiences in preparation for their leadership responsibilities within the Adolescent Program. In the second week, the Year 9 and 10 students build bonds of care and trust with the Year 7 and 8 students while acting as leaders in a series of challenges. 

Year 7 students will be put into key lesson groups with a mixture of peers from the different advisories. These groups will change each term, allowing them to share key lessons with all of their peers. Here is a link to an example timetable for your review.

As this is a new level of responsibility, Year 7 students are supported by their Guides to follow their timetable, as it requires them to relocate to different classrooms for each lesson.

Formal lunch is at 11.45am each day with all of the Year 7 and 8 students sitting at tables and eating together in the Pavilion. Lunch is hosted by student table leaders and provides the adolescents opportunities for developing civility within their community. 

 A community shared lunch is also prepared and served in the Pavilion every Wednesday.

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