The responsibility for choosing the right private school can often be a stressful one. Apart from the obvious financial investment, as a parent you want to ensure that the school you select will provide your child with a solid foundation that encourages your child to achieve their personal best, offer a diverse and rich curriculum, instil values and respect, but most of all, to provide an environment where your child will love to learn. At Immanuel education is our business. We believe that our College should be judged by daily College life rather than a scripted performance. To gauge whether we are the right school for your child is to allow them to Walk with Us as an Immanuel student for a day. This is an invaluable experience to allow your child the opportunity to establish friendships, meet our highly qualified and enthusiastic teachers, participate in classroom activities and experience the everyday opportunities that are the soul of our College. If you would like your child to walk with us for a day, please contact our Enrolment Registrar, Mrs Irene Dabinet on 07 5477 3441 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Our goal is to produce exceptional, well rounded young adults and we achieve this, to a large degree, at our Mount Binga campus. Any student and Old Scholar will say that one of the highlights of an Immanuel education is their Mount Binga experience. All Year 10 students go to Mount Binga in the Blackall Ranges to gain an appreciation of the environment, to forge new relationships and to understand the importance of independence and self reliance. Students do their own cooking, washing and prepare camp rations. They learn how to work and live together; how to depend on and appreciate each other far more than in the normal school routine. They learn bush survival skills; they learn how to hike, to read maps and navigate; and they learn how valuable water is for farming and livestock.
Immanuel’s second campus at the Mount Binga Outdoor Education Centre was established in the early 1980s. For more than 30 years, Immanuel students have spent time at Mount Binga learning the value of self reflection, leadership, self-sufficiency and how to face life’s challenges.
In the early days, students spent one week at the camp. Now, Mount Binga is an integral part of an Immanuel education with all Year 10 students undertaking a four week program at Mount Binga during Semester 1.
All students experience an accompanied hike early in the program as well as a student planned hike later in the course. Both are through countryside surrounding Mount Binga.
Students undergo mapping and compass work prior to the hike, as well as preparing food and camping equipment for their treks.
Time is also spent developing bush survival skills such as building shelters, fire fighting and developing knowledge of bush vegetation, food and water conservation.
Aims and Objectives of the Mt Binga Experience
• Independence, self-reliance and self-sufficiency This means students do their own cooking, washing and preparation of camping rations. However, this is only the tip of the developing iceberg.
• Social interaction and group dynamics Essentially the students work together and live together. They generally begin to depend upon and appreciate each other far more than in the normal school routine.
• Self esteem The variety of work which everyone does at Mt Binga shows students how important they are to the lifestyle there.
• Manual work Students learn to appreciate what results can be achieved through physical application over a reasonable length of time.
• Self-reflection and thinking about other people Through quiet times and keeping journals, students learn a little more about themselves as well as having time to think about other people.
• Spiritual needs Through morning and evening devotion, solo excursions and the very solitude and natural wonder of Mt Binga, there is a constant reminder of God’s presence.
• Facing a challenge and seeing it through The solo experience, survival and abseiling are but a few of the challenges put before students.
• Appreciation of the bush Students meet rural folk working at or around Mt Binga. They learn to think practically about country matters, from the necessity of opening and shutting gates for stock protection, to the vital part water plays in the lives of everyone living away from the Coastal strip.
• The value of family and friends As the students work towards building family and community at Mt Binga they come to value family and friends in their home environment.
• Personal initiative Students are responsible for the successful completion of set tasks and their own entertainment. Mt Binga provides an opportunity for personal growth, while students participate in activities they may never otherwise have had the chance to do, or do again.
Immanuel is a member of a number of sports associations which allows our students to represent the College in a wide variety of local, regional and state sporting competitions. These include:
Immanuel’s highly acclaimed Instrumental Music program is one of the College’s key strengths. Our students are committed to excellence and perform regularly at events across the Sunshine Coast.
Lessons are available on campus for piano, singing, music theory, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass, tuned percussion and untuned percussion. Many parents are unsure whether it is worth their child learning a musical instrument or which instrument to learn. To assist parents in this regard, a Music Aptitude Test is available and can be arranged by contacting the College's Main Administration Office.
Students may begin piano lessons in Year 3, violin/viola/cello lessons in Year 3 and all remaining instruments in Year 5. In exceptional circumstances, applications will be considered for students wishing to begin learning at a younger age. Lessons are held in class time – in group or individual lessons – on a rotational basis.
Greetings, and a very warm welcome to our College.
Immanuel Lutheran College is a Prep to Year 12 co-educational school with an onsite Early Learning Centre. Established in 1979, the College is the oldest independent school on the Sunshine Coast and has forged a reputation for excellence that goes well beyond the academic achievements of its students.
At Immanuel, we take equal pride in encouraging students’ academic, cultural, social, physical, spiritual and pastoral development. Innovation is at the core of our programs, blending classroom, mobile and online experiences seamlessly throughout the learning journey. I am often asked what sets Immanuel students apart. I believe it is the focus on the individual; harnessing their strengths and developing personalised pathways and programs of learning. While encouraging an individualised approach to learning, we also embrace events such as the Immanuel Arts Festival and Voices on the Coast Literature Festival to bring the wider community together.
An integral part of our approach to developing the whole person is the unique outdoor education program at our second campus, Mt Binga. Students spend time at Binga across various year levels, participating in a program which promotes teamwork and independent thinkers who have the confidence to take their place in the world, and develops the essential values of respect, care, trust and empathy.
Our vision is that Immanuel graduates will be identified by their confidence, optimism and respect for healthy relationships. They will be highly competent and capable of making a positive contribution to their country and the world. They will be well grounded with a sense of who they are in the world and a set of values founded in faith, reason and knowledge.
I am confident that Immanuel has the right blend of academic, sporting and cultural experiences for your child, and invite you to visit Immanuel and observe first hand what makes our College one of the Sunshine Coast’s leading independent schools.
Colin Minke Principal
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