Flinders Head of Primary Mrs Trudi Edwards

Primary School at Matthew Flinders Anglican College is a welcoming, healthy and creative learning environment for your child to start their schooling journey. 

Our expert teaching and leadership team, led by Head of Primary, Mrs Trudi Edwards, is committed to providing our Primary students from Prep to Year 6 with a vibrant scholastic life and a robust foundation for learning.

As a community, we immerse our students in a caring, values-rich, high aspiration environment and an unwavering belief in each child to realise their potential.

Strong relationships help to support a successful transition for children and families as they commence their schooling journey at Flinders.

Vision

Our aim at Flinders Primary is to nurture and develop each student’s confidence, character, fortitude in endeavour, commitment to personal improvement and sense of belonging.

With these skills and character traits, students are equipped
to be active, engaged learners who strive
for excellence in learning and life.

Wellbeing Focus

In our Primary School, students learn in an environment that celebrates kindness and curiosity, expectation and support, responsibility and accountability, enquiry and mastery, encouragement and challenge, and rigour and engagement.

The College’s core values of Integrity, Courage, Respect and Compassion are explored daily through our pastoral care program for wellbeing and our weekly wellbeing lesson.

Supported by our values lessons through RAVE and Chapel, our students are provided with a strong foundation for learning, character, connection and community that enables each child to achieve their personal best while respecting others. We call this our Flinders Way.

Junior Primary Learning Philosophy (Prep to Year 3)

We believe in the power of a strong start.

From the very first day of Prep at Flinders, we focus on enabling our youngest students to flourish. We aim to cultivate in each student a deep engagement in learning and a spirit to achieve mastery and personal best.

In the classroom, students are guided to develop positive learning dispositions so that they regard themselves as capable learners. For example, students learn to value effort, persistence, risk taking and responsibility.  

Junior Primary students at Flinders develop a high level of competence with surface or foundational skills, knowledge, understanding and competency across all subject areas, with a particular focus on literacy and numeracy.

A firm foundation relies on educators who engage in evidence-based strategies, including explicit teaching, feedback and practise. This foundation at Flinders enables our students to use their knowledge and skills to think more critically, creatively and confidently across a range of topics and subjects.

What's more, our youngest students are given diverse and extensive co-curricular opportunities through the Flinders Find My Spark program. This program is full of opportunities to try new hobbies, develop important skills, and build friendships while learning and having fun!

Senior Primary Learning Philosophy (Year 4 to Year 6)

Students at Flinders Senior Primary enjoy a seamless transition from the Junior Primary.

This positive transition is achieved through a sense of continuity, care and connectedness in both curriculum and pastoral care.

Students in Senior Primary are ready and eager to extend their learning. They are challenged in a supportive learning environment and given opportunities to deepen their understanding and competency in order to apply this to more complex problems and contexts.

Students inquire into rich topics and concepts and have opportunities to develop their ability to question, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and create innovative solutions to respond creatively to current and future needs.

Senior Primary students are also encouraged to develop citizenship and ethical learning through their service to our College community. A range of leadership opportunities are experienced

When our Senior Primary students leave at the end of Year 6 we ensure their smooth transition to Flinders Middle School, knowing they depart as responsible, resilient and independent learners ready to embrace secondary education.

Flinders Primary Music

Discover our Curriculum

Matthew Flinders Anglican College supports students to achieve excellence by offering a rigorous and responsive academic program. 

CONTEMPORARY LEARNING: We encourage students to develop and refine the contemporary skills, also known as the 6 Cs or the Flinders Traits, which include character, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, creative thinking and citizenship. These skills enable students to deepen and apply their learning within rich, engaging and relevant concepts and topics. 

SUBJECT FOCUS AREAS at Flinders Primary include English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Modern Languages (French and Japanese from Years 3 – 6), Health and Physical Education, Music, Visual Art, Religious and Values Education, and Digital and Design Technology.

SIGNATURE CURRICULUM PROGRAMS: Our students are able to access academic enrichment through our signature Flinders curriculum programs (featured below), including Ready For..., Getting Reading Right, and i-Impact. View the short video of our 2021 Design for Impact Summit, a two-day immersion experience for our Years 5 and 6 students as part of i-Impact here.

ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT: There are also opportunities to engage in additional enrichment activities and extension programs on offer in the wider community, such as through the ICASS competitions and Maths Olympiad.

View the short video below of our recent 2021 Design for Impact Summit, a two-day immersion experience for Year 5 students as part of our Flinders Primary i-Impact Program.

Signature Curriculum Programs
at Flinders Primary

At Flinders Primary School, our signature curriculum programs
and co-curricular programs are proven to boost student learning engagement, outcomes and satisfaction. 

READY FOR...
is a program that enables differentiated teaching and learning in Numeracy and Literacy to provide the right amount of support and challenge for every student as they learn from Prep to Year 6. Students are supported in their learning by our Mathematics and English Specialist Teachers.

GETTING READING RIGHT
Our leadership team visit Junior Primary classrooms daily to assist teachers and teacher aides with focused student reading in small groups. The aim is to boost students’ reading proficiency and passion at this all-important early stage of education. The leadership team involved in these targeted reading sessions includes the Head of Primary, Head of Junior Primary, Head of Senior Primary and the Head of Learning and Innovation.

i-IMPACT
enables students from Years 2 - 6 to design, create and share entrepreneurial projects that make a positive impact in the world. The program encourages design thinking all whilst developing the critical social and emotional competencies required to achieve excellence in learning and life.

I-CARE
program for students in Prep to Year 1 introduces our youngest learners to the design thinking process. Students learn citizenship, compassion and entrepreneurial disposition through Science, Humanities, Social Sciences and Technologies.

The i-Impact Program in Years 2 - 6 and I-care Program in Prep and Year 1 focus on building an entrepreneurial generation. These programs promote curiosity, creativity and empathy where students are motivated to turn their knowledge and skills into actions by developing innovative solutions that contribute positively to an ever-changing world.

FIND MY SPARK
co-curricular and extra-curricular program enables teachers to share their passions with students as they explore and develop skills and hobbies beyond the classroom such as music, sport, maths, writing, art and craft, interior design, dance, robotics, TED Talks, Duke of Edinburgh Junior, gardening, nutrition and garden-to-plate cooking, mindfulness and more.

Art at Flinders Primary

Co-curricular Opportunities in Primary

Our Flinders Primary students have the opportunity to discover and enhance their individual talents through a range of co-curricular groups and outdoor education experiences.

Find My Spark is Flinders’ signature Primary School Co-Curricular Program. It’s focus is on enabling students to find and explore their passions and interests.

The program offers rich learning experiences across cultural, lifestyle, community, spiritual, co-curricular, sporting and academic pursuits. The aim is to cultivate in students a spirit of enquiry, while developing new skills and character traits of confidence, creativity, compassion and citizenship.

Students may choose from a range of activities including a sports development program, orienteering, Junior Duke of Edinburgh, art and craft, technology programs, music ensembles, and clubs for maths, reading, yoga, gardening, interior design, cooking, sewing, mindfulness, chess, lego construction, TED Talks, fishing techniques, and so much more.  

Activities are offered outside of school hours, before school, at lunchtimes or after school.

QUALITY AND DEDICATED TEACHING

Our College provides a committed and passionate team of educators to support your child in Primary School. Our Flinders Primary team includes classroom teachers, specialist Maths and English teachers, teacher aides and the leadership team, including our Head of Primary, Mrs Trudi Edwards; Head of Junior Primary; Head of Senior Primary; Head of Teaching and Learning; Head of Emerging Technologies and Innovation; as well as the College Principal, Mr Stuart Meade.  

Our teaching approach and curriculum programs are informed by such philosophies as:

  • strong focus on literacy and numeracy
  • evidence-based practice
  • brain-based learning
  • emerging technology and innovation
  • real-world learning
  • design thinking and entrepreneurialism
  • personalised and holistic learning
  • effort dispositions for learning
  • ethical learning
  • student wellbeing.

Technology plays an important role in teaching and learning at Flinders. It provides opportunities for rich and varied learning experiences while also developing essential digital literacy skills. We want to help our students to become masterful users of technology, with the ability to leverage their skills to support learning and life. 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. At Flinders, we provide opportunities for our students to collaborate in safe online spaces with staff and peers to learn these skills.

Students in the Primary Campus benefit from a 1:1 device allocation, working across a carefully curated collection of age-appropriate educational platforms and software applications. Specialist staff work with classroom teachers to integrate technology into the classroom in impactful ways that engage, inspire and support achievement across subjects. The recent introduction of Apple Pencils across several year levels is also allowing students new ways to learn and create in the classroom.

As a priority, Flinders provides aspirational learning spaces and sports facilities that enhance students’ wellbeing, health and learning potential. Our Primary School campus is a welcoming and creative space set amidst landscaped gardens and nature playgrounds, and bordered by rainforest. The spacious, light-filled classrooms have integrated technology and are a joy to teach and learn in. 

The Flinders Masterplan is delivering exciting new learning precincts at the College, including the new Flagship Centre for our Years 5 and 6 students, which opened in Term 1, 2021. There is also the Wonderarium, due to open in Term 4, 2021 as an innovative learning centre, full of wonder and joy in learning. A new Junior Primary Nature Playground opened in Term 1, 2021 and new pathways, gardens and seating areas have been created across our Primary campus in 2021.  

Our Primary students also have access to facilities across the greater College campus, including the Flinders Farm; the Flinders Performance Centre; and impressive sporting facilities, including two floodlit sporting ovals that offer three full-sized fields and two cricket pitches, the 25-metre Flinders Aquatic Centre with a Learn to Swim facility and development squads; and an indoor Sports Centre. 

One of our key goals at Flinders is to develop students with the potential to lead and contribute to a better world. Leaders enact our College values and inspire all students to do the same. Our students lead through action, not through title, and encourage effective leadership skills to be embraced

In Senior Primary, our students progress from class leadership roles (such as the Staff and Student Council and Round Square Ambassadors) towards the Year 6 leadership roles of School Captain, Sports House Captain and Music Ensemble Captain.

Students may develop leadership skills through the experience of:

  • being a buddy to a new student through our Flinders Friends Program;
  • helping to fundraise for a charity through our Student and Staff Council community service program;
  • leading a team or helping out at a carnival on the sporting field; and
  • through participating in one of our many co-curricular activities. 

The ethos of our College is to encourage and recognise student achievement and personal effort across a wide range of activities. Awards and certificates celebrating excellence, high achievement, endeavour, and service may be presented to students at various events and assemblies during the year.

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