Flinders Primary Nominated for Best Primary School of the Year, Non-Government in the Australian Education Awards

Matthew Flinders Anglican College on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland has been shortlisted for ‘Best Primary School of the Year (Non-Government)’ in the Australian Education Awards (AEA).

Flinders is a leading independent co-educational school of 1,380 students from Prep to Year 12, with the Flinders Early Learning Centre supporting families with children through pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs.

The Educator announced the shortlisted Excellence Awardees for the Australian Education Awards 2023 on Monday, 15 May.

The Australian Education Awards, now in their sixth year, recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the country’s top performing schools, principals, department heads and teachers.

As an Excellence Awardee, Flinders will go on to be judged by an independent panel who will announce the final category winners at the AEA Gala Dinner on Friday, 11 August in Sydney. 

Principal Stuart Meade said the College was thrilled to be a part of what are Australia's leading independent awards in the K-12 education sector. 

“Matthew Flinders Anglican College Primary School has been recognised as one of the most rigorous and robust schools in the nation,” Stuart said.

“The Australian Education Awards celebrate the most innovative schools and individuals making a profound difference to teaching and learning across the nation, so it’s wonderful to be in such outstanding company,” he said.  

“We know that any school is only as good as its people, and this award recognises the efforts and dedication of our Flinders Primary team of more than 70 staff.

“We believe that one of the keys to our team’s success is the commitment, as individuals and collectively, to growing through ongoing, rigorous and expert professional development.  

“We look forward to sharing this accolade with our Flinders community of students, staff, parents, families and supporters in the wider community; we appreciate their willingness to support the College’s vision for excellence in learning and life.” 

Flinders’ Head of Primary, Mrs Trudi Edwards said, “At Flinders Primary School, learning is at the heart of all we do.  

“We are committed to educating our students so they are of good mind and good heart, and grow into capable, open-minded, compassionate and adaptable young people,” Trudi said. 

“As a community, we immerse students in a values rich, high aspiration environment where kindness and curiosity, expectations and support, responsibility and accountability, enquiry and mastery, encouragement and challenge, and rigour and engagement work together to provide a robust foundation for our students.  

“This drives our staff team to support the children in our care to achieve academic excellence and develop a strong moral character, with the empathy, skills and agency to contribute to a better world.” 

Flinders Primary delivers bespoke curriculum and co-curricular programs that are innovative, rigorous, personalised and evidence-based. 

Trudi said, “We take great pride in being recognised as a leading school in human-centred design thinking with our I-care and i-Impact curriculum programs, and providing a strong academic focus with specialist teaching in Maths and Literacy through our Ready For… approach.

“Students are also encouraged to be insatiably curious and to develop creativity through our signature Wonderations curriculum in the Wonderarium learning centre.

“And our Flinders Find My Spark co-curricular program enables students to explore diverse creative and sporting pursuits, delivered by our staff who share their passions and skills.”  

About Matthew Flinders Anglican College www.mfac.edu.au 

Matthew Flinders Anglican College is a leading Queensland independent school for 1,380 students from Prep to Year 12, providing a quality education and extensive co-curricular opportunities for excellence in learning and life.

The College aims to provide students with a future-focused, relevant education, so that they will have the confidence and capacity to thrive beyond the College gates, live a life underpinned by meaning and purpose, and have a positive impact on the world around them.

The Primary School supports students from Prep to Year 6 across small class sizes with innovative bespoke curriculum programs delivered through authentic, real-world learning. 

Achievements for the Flinders Primary School in 2022 include:

- being the top performing Primary School on the Sunshine Coast for combined Year 3 and Year 5 NAPLAN results

- named one of The Educator’s 5-Star Innovative Schools for 2022 

- ranked as Best Primary School on the Sunshine Coast by independent ‘Better Education’ 2022

- named an Apple Distinguished School for its outstanding implementation of Apple technology. 


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