The school was established to service a need for gifted athletes to combine their goals in tennis with a comprehensive and stimulating education. In 2011 Year 9 Basketball was added to the program. 2018 will see futher expansion of the Middle Years program to include AFL football for Year 9 students in addition to Basketball, Netball and Tennis for Year 7 to Year 9 students. The aim of Middle Years Sports program at Box Hill is to integrate academic and sporting achievement in order to achieve excellence in both education and sport. The academic program includes Victorian curriculum areas: English, Mathematics, Humanities, and Physical Education, Science. Year 9 students are enrolled in intermediate sport groupings with Year 10 students. They also have access to Year 10 electives which provides students with staff highly trained in both academic and sporting fields.
Camps, Excursions and Incursions
There are a number of camps, excursions and incursions both at the primary and secondary levels that focus on academic, civic and sporting development. Students in both the Tennis and Basketball Programs have the opportunity to participate in annual ranking tournaments on a state and interstate level.
Throughout the year students also engage in a range of extra – curricular activities including the Year 9 Leadership Program, The Premier’s Reading Challenge, writing competitions, National Tree Planting Day, Rubbish Free Day, Annual Diversity Day, House Activities, end of year performances and a range of fund raising activities including support for the Nischay Girls School in Jaipur, India.
Middle Years school is a Laptop program
Students are expected to participate in our Apple Laptop Program. Class resources and materials are available via ‘Moodle’ and Compass. Students can contact teachers electronically as well as submit work. Students are encouraged to use a range of software programs to enhance learning experiences and technical support is available.
Middle Years is about Educating the Whole Child
The Middle Years philosophy is underpinned by the belief that in order for students to achieve their sporting and academic potential, a balanced educational program that focuses on the individual, is essential. Our program fosters academic and sporting excellence while ensuring that qualities like fair play, respect, self-discipline and reflection are celebrated on a daily basis. Students are expected to work collaboratively and develop their interpersonal skills in a variety of learning experiences.
Students also take part in an Advocacy Program which focuses on self and social awareness, including access to organisations like Beyond Blue and the Butterfly Foundation. We also participates in the Victorian Police Community Schools Program promoting safe behaviour and the Cyber Safety Schools Program