The Middle School is made up of students in Year 7 to 10. Students completing primary education at Foundation Christian College are joined by new enrolments from other schools to study in the Middle School. 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.
The teaching culture in Middle School has been strategically reshaped to create a very effective learning experience for adolescent students. Understanding teenagers and what makes them thrive, and connecting with them on the inside, is at the very centre of the Middle School philosophy.
The Middle School approach develops independent and positive learners, in a nurturing and caring environment, which is vital in preparation for Senior School and tertiary studies.
Highly passionate teachers deliver curriculum content in line with the Western Australian Curriculum. All students are given access to this curriculum via teaching pedagogy that is not only academically rigorous, but pitches to the learning styles and needs of individual students.
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.
Foundation Christian College has purposely created a model of education that allows all students to be successful and to focus on achieving to their potential. 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 that include:
- focusing on the unique needs of the 11-15 year age group.
- recognising 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.
- catering for the fact that adolescents learn their teacher before the content or subject.
- valuing the diversity of learners and experience within each class so that many different learning strategies will be used.
- making use of collaborative learning skills, peer tutoring and small group instruction.
- Providing an emotionally safe learning and social environment.