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This is a time when children really open to the global world. They develop abstract reasoning, and begin to make cause and effect connections. Girls generally enter visible stages of puberty in these years. By the end of this period, most girls are at or near the end of puberty and boys are generally well advanced.
At puberty children are particularly sensitive to experiencing the uncertainties of their changing bodies and to the feelings of how others may view them. There is a lot going internally and externally as their emerging self explores its place in the bigger world that is opening to them. Kids at this age are often excited about the growth and freedom that comes with the teenage years, while still retaining a connection to their childhood enthusiasm. This is often a time of high ideals and wanting to take action to support a cause.
11-12 years old (year 7 & 8)
This is a major growth period. It marks the completion of the limbic system (emotional) development and the beginning of the cerebellum development stage. The cerebellum is known to be involved with the harmonious organisation of higher cognitive and social behaviour.
Students make increasing use of computers to exploring learning opportunities, and for communicating with the outside world. Personal laptops become very useful learning tools. At the same time, practical hands-on, experiences are constantly provided to further develop students' creative abilities and to engage them more deeply in the real-world outside school. In this lead up to the secondary school years, our academic programme steps up to help students become increasingly competent and independent with their literacy and numeracy skills. Advanced thinking and reasoning skills are a more regular focus, as the students are supported to become self-motivated and self-empowered learners.