Runcorn State High School is committed to the seamless transition of students from primary school into engaging and supportive Junior Secondary school classrooms that optimise student learning at every opportunity. We strive to provide a learning environment that is responsive and developmentally appropriate to the full range of needs, interests and achievements of young adolescent learners so that they will make senior secondary and onto their future pathways.
The junior secondary years (Year 7 and 8) are an important phase of learning for consolidating learning habits to ensure success in the senior school. At Runcorn State High School we believe junior secondary students need to focus on developing independence, resilience, and social and emotional competence as learners. Teachers work hard to form good relationships with students and encourage a love of learning. Learning goals are shared explicitly with students and their progress is carefully monitored with regular feedback given to build pathways for success. Student achievements are celebrated and a sense of pride develops in the students as they pursue their learning pathway in 'the Runcorn way'.
In Year 7 and 8, students will study English, Mathematics, Science, Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE), Health and Physical Education and Languages other than English (LOTE) Japanese as ‘core’ subjects. Technology and The Arts will be studied on a rotational basis every term.
Runcorn State High School operates with an "Ethic of Care" framework where teachers know every student and how they learn. We are committed to the development of the whole student and track each student's academic progress, attendance and well-being. All students in Year 7-8 participate in the Bridge Award Program during timetabled Special Programs. The Bridge Award is the preparatory course to the Duke of Edinburgh International Award Program.
Officers of Welfare and Learning (OWLS) for each level are appointed and these teachers are responsible for the care of the students. In Junior Secondary, each class has a Key Teacher whom is responsible for the welfare and care of each student.