The purpose of Middle School is to enable all students to identify their passions, gifts and strengths to pursue the pathway best suited to them, and to develop both a sense of purpose and Christian character. We aspire to develop engaged, creative, independent lifelong learners who will be contributing and responsible members of the global community.

Year 7 and Year 8 Programs

All children have different learning needs from each other. Grouping by ability or achievement is a form of instructional management that can be used in conjunction with accelerated progression, differentiated curriculum and coaching interventions to improve the learning outcomes for all students.  This is the essence of the Matthew Flinders and Navigators Programs in Years 7 and 8.

The Navigators Program consolidates learning and builds upon fundamentals, to equip students with the knowledge and skills that will maximise their options for Year 9 and beyond.

The Matthew Flinders Program presents highly academic students with deeper, inquiry-based, age-appropriate challenges. 

Both programs conclude at the end of Year 8 enabling all students to select from the full range of options in Year 9.

Matthew Flinders Program Overview

The Matthew Flinders Program contains accelerated content, thoughtfully planned and relevant enrichment activities, teamwork with peers of similar ability, and access to mentors who have high levels of academic expertise.

Matthew Flinders students are required to maintain a high academic standard across Mathematics, Science, English and Humanities.  The will also participate in National Mathematics, English, Science and History competitions and other events which provide suitable extensions of their skills and interests.

Application to the Matthew Flinders Program starts when prospective students are in Grade 6.  Applicants are invited to undertake tests in Mathematics, Comprehension, Writing and General Ability. These tests, along with feedback obtained from school reports, form the basis for determining which program best suits the applicant.

If your child is currently attending Flinders, please contact the Grade 6 Coordinator for advice. If your child currently goes to a different school, please contact the Enrolments team at the College on 9785 0000 or email

Year 9 Program

The programmes and subjects in Year 9 are designed to build learning capacity and equip students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes essential to success in their final years of Secondary School. 

Students will undertake Morrisby testing and interviews with staff to help identify career pathways and assist with elective subject selection. 

Students can select from a wide range of combined Year 9/10 elective subjects to facilitate both personal interest and study pathways, as they progress toward Years 11 and 12. 

Carrum Downs Year 7 & 8 Course Guide 2021
Carrum Downs Year 9 & 10 Course Guide 2021
Carrum Downs Year 7 - 10 Course Guide 2022