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Immanuel Lutheran College is a P-12 coeducational school located on an idyllic campus in Buderim in the centre of the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia.

Founded in 1979, Immanuel is the longest established independent school on the Sunshine Coast.
126-142 Wises Rd
PO Box 5025 Maroochydore BC QLD 4558
Sunshine Coast
+61 7 5477 3444
Mt Binga Outdoor Education Centre, Blackbutt
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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 dabineti@immanuel.qld.edu.au to make arrangements.

The College is well equipped with:

• A 25m indoor heated swimming pool
• An indoor sports stadium
• A gymnasium for elite athletes
• Two playing fields and cardio-testing classroom
• A dance studio
• A $2.5m Music and Drama facility
• Lecture theatre

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:

  • Australian Rules Football (AFL)
  • Auskick
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country Running Club
  • Cross Country Running & Athletics Club Years 7-12
  • Equestrian
  • Fitness Development Club
  • Fun Soccer
  • ILC Soccer Club
  • ILC Netball Club
  • Rugby Union
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • SCISSA Soccer
  • SCISSA Tennis
  • SCISSA Touch Football
  • SCISSA Volleyball
  • SCISSA Tennis
  • Water Polo

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.

College Ensembles

  • Brass Ensemble
  • College Chorale
  • Concert Band
  • Con Brio String Ensemble
  • Woodwind Quintet
  • Junior School Choir
  • Rock Band (Senior)
  • Rock Band (Junior)
  • Junior School Rock Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • Stage Band
  • Vivace String Ensemble
  • Worship Band
  • Beginner Band
  • Beginner String Ensemble
  • Beginner String Program
  • Year 5 Woodwind and Brass Program




Mount Binga
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.

• Centrality of the Gospel
We acknowledge God’s Word as the authority and guide for the community. In it Christ is revealed, providing the centre of all we do under God’s grace.

• Worth of the Individual
We believe each person in the community is important, their worth attested by Christ and should be able to reach their potential: academically, spiritually, physically, culturally and socio-emotionally.

• Excellence
Our aim is to strive for excellence in an education which is authentic, life-related and future-orientated.

• Importance of Relationships
We believe that in Christ all are equal, regardless of race, ability, gender or physical nature, and are committed to each other in caring, just, supporting, encouraging and forgiving relationships.

• Service
We believe that we are to serve one another and the community.

• Respect for the environment
We believe that the natural environment is to be preserved and protected as we interact with it.

• Sense of Community
We believe that Immanuel is enriched as we develop school pride and spirit and as we interact with the wider community.
Immanuel graduates will be identified by their confidence, optimism and respect for healthy relationships. They will be broadly 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 which are founded in faith, reason and knowledge.
Building Community. Learning Together. God With Us.

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

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.

Another important part of the College's pastoral care program is the Rite Journey, which all students in Year 9 participate in.

The Rite Journey was created by South Australian physical education teacher Andrew Lines and is a modern-day version of the traditional rite of passage which transforms adolescents from dependency to responsibility. The program’s simple rituals aim to give students a positive pathway into adulthood and is the ideal platform to prepare them for the College’s Mt Binga program.

Originally developed for boys but later adapted for girls, the Rite Journey is a year-long, school-based program which teachers are trained to deliver. The program uses a mixture of rituals, physical challenges, discussion and guidance to start the process of turning Year 9s into responsible, respectful and resilient adults. Lessons are held sitting on the floor, instead of behind desks, and boys discuss topics such as mateship, how to deal with anger and how to talk to girls. Girls examine issues such as body image, self-worth, friendships and cyber-bullying.

In 2016, the program was taught in 70 schools (over 7,000 students) in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Belgium and South Korea.  

The Rite Journey is designed to:

  • Acknowledge and celebrate a young person's transition into beginning adulthood
  • Provide them with gender specific guidance and learning in this transition
  • Provide strong role models (teachers and mentors) who will guide the students 
  • Transform school culture by building and expecting respect, responsibility and resilience
  • Educate and include parents/carers in the transition process of their children

Parents and carers are an integral part of the process and are included in all communication regarding the program. They are educated in how to support the program and the emotional and social growth of their children in their own home.

Information concerning the College's academic programs is available on Immanuel's website.


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