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    Hale School is a community that inspires the authentic development of every boy.

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    EXCELLENCE Always striving to be the

    finest versions of ourselves by giving our personal and collective best and making

    the most of each opportunity.

    CREATIVITY We support and encourage

    divergent, insightful, purposeful and unique

    concepts, ideas and solutions to problems.

    INTEGRITY We aspire to be true to who

    we are by being honest, trustworthy, respectful and

    consistent in our interactions.

    COURAGE We demonstrate the strength, commitment and confidence to embrace new challenging experiences and to see the

    opportunities these provide.

    RESILIENCE We support each other and encourage confidence and

    self-belief to try, to fail and to try again.

    SERVICE We have a duty to ourselves

    and others to serve with compassion and empathy.

    2 Our Motto, Statement of Purpose

    3 Our Values

    4 Welcome to Hale School • From the Head of Middle School

    5 School organisation • Student leadership

    6 Pastoral care • Pastoral care overview • The pastoral care system • Behaviour and expectations

    8 House system • Boarders and the house system • Houses

    10 Curriculum • Timetable • Gifted and Talented Education • Curriculum Support • Student diary • Homework • Student responsibility • Parent responsibility

    12 The school day • Late arrivals/absentees • Approved leave • Drop off and pick up - buses • Bus travel - code of conduct • Canteen • New student debit card account • Lockers and padlocks • Bicycles • Personal property • Mobile phones and similar devices • Uniform

    14 Communication • Obligations and expectations • Newsletter • Email communication • Parent interviews and reports

    15 Sport • Code of behaviour in sport • Students • Parents and other spectators

    17 Illness at school and medications • Long-term medication • Short-term medication • Day boys • Boarders • Nurse-initiated medication • Illness at school and medications

    policy • Emergency medication • Asthma • Allergies • Auto-injectors • Medication on camp/excursion/tour • Misuse of prescribed medication • Food allergies

    19 Contact details

    20 School Song

    21 School Prayer

    22 Campus map and floor plans

  • Welcome to Hale School

    The Middle School is a distinct and dynamic environment, focused on developing learning opportunities that are tailored to this unique

    period of growth and development. We provide a programme that allows for continued academic development, along with a significant emphasis on personal and social development. The culture is supportive yet challenging and the students are encouraged and guided to pursue personal excellence over their two-year journey in the Middle School.

    To support their growth in these critical years, we offer a purpose-built facility that provides a specialised learning environment with outstanding facilities. We understand that early adolescents have distinctive and diverse needs and our dedicated and highly-trained staff are cognisant of their social and academic requirements. As such, the teachers’ roles extend beyond the classroom as pastoral care leaders, coaches and managers of clubs and activities. These multiple roles allow

    staff to build positive relationships with our students. We believe that when students are known and valued they are more likely to experience and enjoy meaningful success, not only academically, but in other areas of their lives as well.

    Opportunities within the Middle School are abundant and our students are expected to become actively involved in the full life of the School, from academics and athletics to arts, community service and our music and sporting programmes. As a result, at this crucial age in their development, our students are able to find passions both within and beyond the classroom.

    We encourage you to visit the campus and see first-hand the enthusiasm, the intellectual exploration and the feeling of community that exists in the Middle School.

    Andrew Manley Head of Middle School



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    The Middle School community comprises 400 boys in 16 classes who are taught by a range of subject and specialist teachers. Each class has a Pastoral Care Leader who is responsible for the boys’ general well-being and communication with parents and their other teachers. They attend camps and have meetings with the boys before or after school on most days. The boys will have their own particular classroom for the year where they will undertake many of their core subjects. Their lockers are outside these classrooms and often this is where they will start their day.

    The Middle School features a large number of specialist teachers who teach the boys in Years 7 and 8 in various parts of the school as well as in their classrooms. As boys continue through Middle School, they will move from their classrooms during each day to various parts of the campus for subjects as diverse as French, Art, and Design and Technology. Their lessons coincide with the Senior School boys’ changeover and it is important that the Middle School boys have the opportunity to converse and interact with the senior boys and senior teachers in this informal daily routine.

    The Middle School is led by an executive team comprising of the Head of Middle School, Head of Middle School Curriculum, Head of Middle School Pastoral Care and Head of Brine House (Boarding). The teaching team also includes psychologists and the Chaplain, who support the boys through a strong pastoral care programme.

    A focus on student-teacher relationships and a rigorous, purposeful and engaging curriculum ensure our Middle School offers a dynamic, productive and memorable educational experience for all of our boys and their teachers.

    STUDENT LEADERSHIP The Middle School Leadership model is based on research suggesting that boys of this age have a very strong need to feel connected with their learning environment. In giving the students a voice within the School, they feel a sense of ownership over and commitment to the vision and values of Hale. In the Middle School we recognise that young adolescents face many challenges associated with the transition from dependence to independence. Our leadership programme facilitates practical opportunities that enable boys to be involved in a wide range of decision-making processes.

    Each semester, a student from each pastoral care group in Years 7 and 8 are elected by their peers to represent them as Student Councillors. From this group of Student Councillors, two Year 8 representatives are chosen by staff to be Middle School Captains.

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  • Hale School commits to the implementation of pastoral care processes that directly respond to the needs of young adolescent boys within the Middle School. A wealth of resources has been devoted to the effective delivery of targeted pastoral care and a large team of pastoral support staff work tirelessly to ensure the boys are feeling known, safe and happy.

    Pastoral Care Leaders (PCLs) are pivotal in ensuring the effective delivery and coordination of our pastoral care processes. Not only are they charged with maintaining effective communication between the students, parents and the staff who teach their group, they also have an integral role in the development of a collaborative culture as well as setting a climate that promotes continual improvement and best practice. Part of this responsibility includes the successful transition of students into and through the Middle School. This process involves the careful planning and implementation of strategies designed to ensure boys feel welcomed and secure as quickly as possible. Particular emphasis is given to Year 7 and 8 students entering the school for the first time, and to boarding students, where ongoing communication between Brine House, the School and the home is critical. In addition, PCLs also monitor the academic progress of each student in his/her group and communicates this progress to parents. They play a crucial role in initiating effective strategies to help students improve their performance.

    A climate of respect, warmth and care is evident within the Middle School, with an emphasis on providing students with opportunities to:

    • develop productive and affirming relationships with adults and peers

    • act independently, cooperatively and responsibly

    • use individual talents and expertise

    • have success recognised

    • set realistic learning challenges in an environment characterised by high expectations and constructive and honest feedback

    • learn in a safe, caring and stimulating environment that actively addresses issues of discrimination and harassment



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    THE PASTORAL CARE SYSTEM There are many people in the School community who are available to help with particular challenges. The first point of contact for Middle School boys is their Pastoral Care Leader. Occasionally, students may be referred to one of the following people for guidance or help:

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