Choosing quality education on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Many parents relocating to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from large city centres tell us they don’t want to compromise on quality education for their children, and that’s why they choose Matthew Flinders Anglican College. Furthermore, experienced educators and professionals are also looking for a reputable, innovative and warm school community to be a part of.
Based in Buderim on a charming 22-hectare rainforest-fringed campus, Flinders is a co-educational school from Prep to Year 12 that is regarded as one of the leading independent schools in Australia. Flinders has a reputation for balancing academic rigour with a strong co-curricular program and exciting opportunities for leadership and community engagement.
Our community is friendly, supportive and vibrant, characterised by students who strive to fulfil their potential and are nurtured and supported in all areas of learning. Our teaching team are committed to ongoing professional learning and collaboration, and are deeply committed to the students in their care.
The senior assessment results attained each year place our students, both individually and as a cohort, in the top echelon in Queensland, an achievement of which we are very proud. In most years, these outstanding results mean that over 95% of our Year 12 graduates seeking tertiary education gain entry into their chosen university courses.
Lifestyle on the Sunshine Coast
Located in South East Queensland, about 100 kilometres north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is known as one of Australia’s most desirable places to live. Home to nearly 300,000 people and predicted to grow to 470,000 by 2036, the Sunshine Coast earns its name with an average of seven hours of sunshine a day and a sub-tropical climate that makes outdoor dining and leisure a year-round proposition.
The Sunshine Coast offers excellent educational opportunities and has a supportive business community. The region’s growth is fuelled by significant investment in major infrastructure and community projects.
With world-acclaimed family-friendly beaches and an enchanting hinterland, the Sunshine Coast has long been one of Australia’s top tourist destinations.
Segment taken from the Sunshine Coast Council’s Invest’s ‘Relocating to the Sunshine Coast’ guide. You can read more here.
Average Season Temperatures (Low to High)
Summer December – February: 20°C – 28°C
Autumn March – May: 16°C – 25°C
Winter June – August: 10°C – 21°C
Spring September – November: 15°C – 25°C
The Sunshine Coast has a population of almost 300,000 people and contains a number of urban centres, each with a contiguous urban area and a central business district. They are Caloundra, Kawana, Maroochydore, Coolum, Nambour and Buderim where Matthew Flinders Anglican College is located. Most houses on the Sunshine Coast are sold or rented by a real estate agent and can be found on popular sites such as domain.com.au and realestate.com.au
Road, rail and air
The Sunshine Coast is just over one hour by road north of Brisbane, Queensland’s state capital. The region covers an area of 2,291 square kilometres with 52.3 kilometres of open coastline stretching from Caloundra to Noosa. The Sunshine Coast is accessible via the Bruce Highway and rail lines from Brisbane and to the north. The Sunshine Motorway joins the southern and the northern ends of the region.
The Sunshine Coast Airport is ideally situated in the heart of the Sunshine Coast and its expansion program will see a second runway by 2020. The airport is actively adding new routes, with direct Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Auckland, New Zealand flights available across a range of carriers and connections to the world. The airport’s expansion will deliver access to increasing numbers of domestic and international destinations.
Local public transport includes bus and rail, and light rail is planned for Caloundra to Maroochydore. Local bus services operate door-to-door shuttles between Brisbane Airport and Sunshine Coast Airport seven days a week.
School buses – all of the areas from which our enrolments are drawn are serviced by buses. Parents should contact their local bus company for specific route information as well as departure and return times.