Leading Sunshine Coast independent school Matthew Flinders Anglican College is pleased to announce that it has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2022–2025 for its outstanding implementation of Apple technology.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence.
They use Apple technology to inspire creativity, collaboration and critical thinking in learning, teaching and the school environment, and have documented results of academic accomplishment.
Flinders Principal Stuart Meade said it was an honour for the College to be recognised for its commitment to being a leader in education.
“The selection of Flinders as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as we strive to provide a compelling learning and teaching environment for our students and staff,” Stuart said.
“Technology plays an important role at Flinders, providing opportunities for rich and varied learning experiences while also developing essential digital literacy skills,” he said.
“Our College staff team embraces opportunities to be at the forefront of teaching pedagogy, and enjoy using Apple technology in creative and compelling ways.”
Miss Laura Bain, Head of Emerging Technologies and Innovation in the Flinders Primary School, said the College’s aim was to help students become masterful users of technology.
“In our increasingly digital society, we are mindful that our students need to be equipped with a deep understanding of the role of technology in our world and a strong sense of digital citizenship,” Laura said.
“In the Flinders Primary we provide opportunities for our students to collaborate in safe online spaces with staff and peers to learn these skills,” she said.
“The exciting work we do in the classroom with Apple technology helps to make the learning experience at Flinders more personalised, creative and memorable.
“For example, through our I-care and i-Impact design thinking programs, students from Prep to Year 6 are continuously utilising Apple technology to explore and create projects that are interactive and engaging.”
In the Flinders Primary School, students work 1:1 with Apple Pencil and iPad with the aim that these tools enable students to:
- be creators with technology, instead of being consumers on technology
- discover effective modes of communication and collaboration, and
- solve problems, think creatively and learn deeply
Similarly, teachers at Flinders Primary School use Apple technology and other digital resources to:
- utilise the best pedagogical approaches with technology that will enable the best outcomes for teaching and learning
- discover time-efficient workflows
- lead the way in innovative tools and practices with classroom technology