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At Matthew Flinders Anglican College your children will have the opportunity to discover their potential in a supportive, safe and stimulating environment. Students will benefit from a real-world holistic education which incorporates a challenging academic program and a wide range of co-curricular and enrichment activities.

Naturally, students excel in different fields and here at Flinders we celebrate every achievement, big or small, whether it is academic, sporting, the arts or in the community, as we strive to create an environment in which your child can find their best self.

The Primary School provides seven years of education from Preparatory to Year 6, with three classes in Years 1 to 4 and four classes in Years 5 and 6. Classes in the Preparatory Year to Year 2 have a target number of 22 students, while students in Years 3 to 6 have a target number of 26 students.

Specialist teachers in Physical Education, Music, Art, Information Technology, Library Studies, Religious Education, Learning Support and languages enhance the learning experience, with students also benefitting from well-resourced classrooms boasting state-of-the-art technologies.

The Primary School campus offers up a range of modern facilities, including specialist classrooms, adventure playgrounds and shaded sports areas with easy access to the College’s Chapel, Performance Centre, swimming pools, sports ovals, drama and lecture theatres, Secondary music department and the indoor Sports Centre.

The Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics, History, Science, Geography and The Arts forms the basis of the learning structure in Primary School with support from the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority for the remaining subjects.

Our experienced and talented teaching staff ensure students are engaged in meaningful, stimulated learning designed to cater to their diverse needs with integrated, well-planned programs designed by year level teams in consultation with specialist teachers.

Teachers explicitly plan learning experiences using the Dimensions of Learning framework to enhance the thinking and effective learning skills that are embedded within positive attitudes and perceptions and productive habits of mind.

Students benefit from a safe and supportive classroom environment, which motivates them to learn and equips them with the real-world skills expected of highly functioning members of society. Staff and students have a shared vision of expectation, appropriate behaviour and a commitment to focus. This positive environment results in successful educational outcomes and fosters encompassing and lifelong learning.

Students at Matthew Flinders Anglican College have access to a varied and interesting range of activities, which we believe affords them the opportunity of a well-rounded educational experience. They can consolidate and extend the creative, academic and physical talents they possess, practice leadership and initiative and achieve the balance favoured by universities and prospective employers.

Our enviable co-curricular program holds interest beyond the sporting field, with students able to find a niche wherever their interests lie. Included in the array of activities is an extensive Arts and Music program to replenish the soul, an active debating and chess program to sharpen the mind and develop communication skills, cutting-edge technology-based activities for the digitally inclined and a number of community-based programs for those who want to make a difference.

We encourage our students to discover their talents to enable them to be the best person they can be. Our co-curricular program, with its educational, social and psychological value and the emphasis on inclusion and fun, ensures the expression of potential capacities of each student, giving them a chance to truly shine.

Music

String Ensemble (Years 1–4) Flinders Strings (Years 4–7)
Junior Primary Choir (Years 1–3) Flinders Choir (Years 4–7)
Flinders Band (Years 4–7)
Instrumental tuition

Sunshine Coast Independent Schools Sports Association (Years 4-6)

Girls and Boys Basketball Softball Water Polo
Netball Rugby Soccer
Girls and Boys Touch Football Gymnastics Volleyball
Hockey AFL

Other Activities

Musical (Year 6) Bright Sparks (Prep–Yr 3); Share Care Club (Yrs 3–6)
Chess Club Debating (Year 6)
Tournament of the Minds (Years 4–6) Computer Club
Student Staff Council (Years 3–6) Sailing
Art Classes (private arrangement) Movie Making (Year 4–6)
Readers Cup Garden Club

Junior Primary modified sports

Minkey Hockey Fun Net (Netball)
Milo In2 Cricket Auskick

Flinders Club Sports

Cricket Rugby
Hockey Tennis
Netball Football (Soccer)
Swimming
Our outdoor education exercises are an important part of our quest to challenge both the mind and body.

Outdoor education offers fun, excitement and adventure and the important element of personal challenge, which forces students outside their comfort zones and encourages them to think laterally. It contributes to personal growth, social and environmental awareness and nurtures a sense of purpose and responsibility.

It also creates an avenue for students to shine, helping to develop independence and confidence, reinforcing a positive attitude to education and allowing teachers and students to strengthen relationships outside the classroom.

Each year level activity is designed to suit the developmental stage of the students involved:

  • Year 2 – sleepover at the College in the Sports Centre
  • Year 3 – overnight camp at Coolum
  • Year 4 – three-day camp at Mapleton
  • Year 5 – three-day camp at Currimundi
  • Year 6 – five-day tour to Canberra and a one-day outdoor camp

These outdoor educational activities are an important part of the College curriculum and the expectation is that all students attend.