The Middle School


As a Christian College, we have reshaped the middle years to create an effective learning community for our adolescent students. Middle-schooling develops independent and positive learners which is vital in preparation for Senior School and tertiary studies in an environment of nurture and care. Students completing primary education at Foundation Christian College are joined by new enrolments from other schools to study in the Middle School. This is another sub-school within the College with students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. While the Middle School has many differences to the primary school, it remains part of the whole school. The College will continue to have a careful balance of whole-school interactions between all students, as a Christian community to providing some autonomy to the Middle School students to cater for their particular social and emotional needs.

By providing this model of education it allows all students to be successful and to focus on achieving their potential, with skills for learning how to learn being developed. Time management and responsibility are developed through quality relationships and effective communication. It is these very elements of preparation for higher education involvement that are developed at Foundation Christian College through middle-schooling strategies. 

The College customises the programme for Year 7 and 8 with a set programme delivered to each year level. The study of a second language (Indonesian) continues but Technology-based subjects are introduced. The use of ICT is embedded in the programme with students having ready access to up-to-date computers. 

Students participate in the Year 9, and 10 programmes as separate year groups. Some academic streaming occurs in Year 9 and 10 so that students are appropriately prepared for their chosen course in Senior School. Year 9 and 10 students have two afternoons every week to experience elective subjects, catering for their interests and strengths.

Middle schooling is a way of structuring a school, using resources effectively and maximising the opportunity for student learning to occur. It:

 

  • focuses on the unique needs of the 11-15 year age group.
  • recognises that education is not a process of filling up of students with content or knowledge, but is a two-way process of communication and relationship.
  • caters for the fact that adolescents learn their teacher before the content or subject.
  • reduces the number of teachers with which students need to develop relationships.
  • values the diversity of learners and experience within each class so that many different learning strategies will be used.
  • makes use of collaborative learning skills, peer tutoring and small group instruction
  • provides an emotionally safe learning and social environment