PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
Matthew Flinders Anglican College is investing more than $30 million as part of its Flinders Masterplan to provide contemporary learning spaces for its 1,380 students from Prep to Year 12.
The five-year project commenced in 2019 to deliver the following projects:
- the Year 7 Precinct (opened in August 2020)
- The Flagship Centre in the Flinders Primary (opened in January, 2021 catering to our Years 5 and 6 students)
- Wonderarium (opened in Term 4, 2021)
- Design Centre (to open in 2024)
- Secondary Administration Centre
- Secondary Library and Resource Hub
- Secondary English Faculty
Flinders also has a 15-year Masterplan for the future to ensure the College continues to strive for excellence and provide high quality, functional, expertly designed facilities to support effective teaching and learning.
The design rationale is that an agile learning environment has the ability to turn a static space into a dynamic space, and to encourage all learners to be creators rather than consumers.
These spaces are designed with movable furniture and walls, and equipped with intuitive digital technology.
This new design enables students and teachers to move, interact and collaborate as they engage in different pedagogical styles and work on different tasks.
At Flinders, our experience with students in these modern classrooms is that they step up to the challenge and develop a new mindset where they are active and ready to spontaneously engage in personalised and hands-on learning as well as group work, team building and other ‘flipped’ learning activities.
In terms of aesthetics in design, the new Flinders buildings will be light-filled, aspirational and modern spaces that will be a pleasure to teach and learn in.
New Year 7 Precinct
OPENED IN AUGUST, 2020
The new Year 7 Precinct opened in August, 2020 as the first Flinders Masterplan project to be completed.
The two-storey, state-of-the-art facility is a technology-rich space for students to learn and develop the skills of collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, communication, citizenship and character.
The new Precinct gives the Year 7 students a dedicated space to grow as a cohort and develop a sense of belonging, confidence and connectedness as they transition into the Secondary School.
The Flagship Centre
OPENED IN JANUARY, 2021
Designed over two storeys, The Flagship Centre supports our Year 5 students on the ground level and our Year 6 students on the first floor. The space is a welcoming and flexible environment, with richly integrated technologies, to ensure the learning is innovative and personalised to each student's needs.
The Centre's seamless integration of indoor-outdoor learning also enables our students and staff to engage with nature for their enhanced wellbeing.
OPENED IN TERM 4, 2021
Primary School students at Matthew Flinders Anglican College on the Sunshine Coast are learning in their brand new Wonderarium – a place designed to inspire wonder, awe and curiosity through literature, artefacts, works of art and provocations.
The $1.3 million state-of-the-art facility is wholly funded by the Flinders Foundation. To learn more, watch this short video by our Head of Primary, Mrs Trudi Edwards.
Learning will be ignited through Wonder Lessons, or Wonderations, explained in more depth in this short video by Head of Information, Literature and Resource Services, Primary, Mrs Shona Henderson.
SET TO OPEN IN 2024
Construction is underway on the two-storey facility in the Secondary School, designed to be a dynamic and agile hub for students to embrace and explore entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity and design thinking across the subjects of Visual Art, Design, Technology, Digital Tech, Business and more. Learners will develop a sense of maturity directing them towards their future post-school learning pathways.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL, STUART MEADE
Matthew Flinders Anglican College was founded in 1990 and has proudly grown to become one of the leading academic schools in Australia within 30 years.
Our goal is to build on our College’s reputation for academic excellence whilst maintaining a clear focus on the wellbeing and potential of each child.
To achieve this goal, it is vital that we provide flexible and versatile learning spaces, equipped with modern technology, that enable our students to learn 21st century skills like creativity, collaboration and innovation.
As we plan for the future, we are determined to ensure that Flinders continues to grow as a learning community with a focus on providing excellence in education for learning and life.
We invite families considering a Flinders education to book a personalised tour of our campus to see our new facilities and construction projects for yourself.