Our Executive Team is led by our Principal Mr Neville Stanway and he is supported by our Head of Primary Mrs Sharon Mitchell and Head of Secondary Mrs Melissa Richardson. Our Business Manager, Mr Mark Thomas is also part of our Executive Team.
In 2021, we welcomed Mr Orlando dos Santos to the Team who is our Coordinator of Staff and Student Development.
Foundation Christian College welcomed Mr Stanway as Principal at the beginning of 2020. He brings with him 30 years of educational experience.
Mr Stanway's vision for the College is to have every child develop personally and academically. He is passionate about the introduction of the College's 21st Century Learning Programmes and the 2021 Student Development Programme.
“We intend to mentor students to develop them as future leaders by providing them with the age-appropriate avenues to lead and serve others and help them plan for their future.
"Children in Kindergarten actually begin learning the 21st Century skills and qualities that need to be recognized and nurtured throughout Primary School, whereas the students in Junior High have so much energy and ideas, they need the space to be able to make them happen.
“In order to facilitate this, we have created specialized learning hubs across the College. We are developing an Integrated Learning Hub for Primary School, the Goodwill Innovation Centre for Junior High, and for Senior High School Students in Years 10-12, the College has broadened the Career and Vocational Pathways including online VET courses and an additional ATAR courses,” Mr Stanway said.
“It is an exciting time for the College, with the restructure of our Executive Team and the introduction of Curriculum coordinators across Early Childhood, Primary/Junior High School and Senior High School plus Student Mentors in Year 7, 8 & 9 and 10-12, we know that we are in a great position to support our teachers who will give our students a schooling experience that will bring out their very best.”
The education of the whole child has been a lifelong passion for our Head of Primary, Mrs Sharon Mitchell. Her career in education has spanned over 40 years, and we have been blessed to have her lead our Primary Team for the last 12 years.
During this time, Mrs Mitchell has seen the Primary School grow in size, implement consistency of curriculum and focus on children as individuals. She has a desire to see children develop their true potential, focusing on their strengths.
Mrs Mitchell has been instrumental in leading our Primary staff to create a rich and child-centred learning environment which is responsive to each child’s educational and social needs. With the open and honest partnership between teachers and families, a safe and fun community has been developed.
Mrs Melissa Richardson joined the Executive Team at Foundation Christian College in 2018, having moved to Mandurah from regional Western Australia with her family. As a former student of a Christian School herself, she highly values the strong partnership with parents and the broader community that can be developed within schools.
Mrs Richardson is a passionate advocate of young people finding their identity in Christ as they are immersed in a diverse and engaging educational programme, developing a robust and living faith for the twenty-first century.
Leading our highly skilled Secondary staff team, she is committed to academic excellence, the individualised progress of every student, and an authentic Christian culture being intentionally at the core of our College practices. Her work goal is to continually strive to equip FCC students for ever-challenging economic, technological and ethical environments in our world.
Mr Mark Thomas joined the College Executive Team in 2020. He has a degree in Economics and Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching. His career experience means that not only does he bring financial and managerial expertise to the College, but also an understanding of teaching; its demands and requirements.
Mr Thomas has a passion for education and enabling teachers to bring the best out in their students. Providing all staff with the training, tools and infrastructure they need to succeed is crucial. Mark also believes that this is best done through having cohesive leadership and a fantastic Administration team; without them an effective school would not be possible.
He is a keen reader, hiker and a passionate Eagles supporter.
He has a heart for Christian Education and to see Foundation Christian College to stand out in the community as a provider of quality education that is available and affordable for all Christian families.
The Life Motto of Mr Orlando dos Santos is: “Seeking To Make Others Successful in God”.
Mr dos Santos seeks to create culture through a biblical perspective and a values-driven environment. He also desires to create a safe environment where students and staff are free to discover who they really are.
As Staff and Student Development Coordinator, Mr dos Santos aims to provide exceptional care and outstanding opportunities for every student and every staff member to discover who they are in God and dream big dreams for God. He seeks to empower students to do mighty exploits for God.
From being bullied, emotionally broken and developing a debilitating stutter as a teenager, to serving God through many opportunities, he knows that ‘With God, all things are possible.’
"Under God’s leading and His blessing, I was honoured to be the founding Principal of a local Christian school in WA, before moving to NSW and recently was the Principal of another local Christian school.
I believe that God created us all special. I know that with a biblical worldview and Godly empowered thinking every one of us can reach higher and accomplish extraordinary things in God and for God," Mr dos Santos said.