Matthew Flinders Anglican College is one of Queensland's top co-educational, independent schools, located at Buderim on the Sunshine Coast.
The College provides provides its 1,380 students from Prep to Year 12 with an outstanding contemporary education to prepare them for tertiary study and beyond. Students are guided to recognise and develop their character, contribution, academic excellence and leadership as key components of The Flinders Way.
The Flinders Early Learning Centre supports children during their early years of pre- and kindergarten education, and enables a smooth transition to the Preparatory Year at Matthew Flinders Anglican College.
Outstanding academic results have seen Flinders named in local, state and national media as one of the top schools in Queensland and a leading school on the Sunshine Coast.
The College is investing in the campus with its Flinders Masterplan to provide new agile, contemporary learning spaces for its students. New College spaces include the Year 7 Precinct, the Flagship Centre for students in Years 5 and 6, and the Wonderarium learning centre in the Primary School. A new state-of-the-art Design Centre will open in the Secondary School in 2024.
The College prides itself on recruiting, retaining and supporting the very best teachers and support staff to provide a quality education for students, and a culture of innovation and ongoing professional development for staff.
Flinders students embrace the vast opportunities available to them at the College. Students strive to achieve in sports, the creative arts, music, community service and more through the College's rich and diverse co-curricular programs.
The Flinders Music Program is one of the top performing and mentoring programs in Queensland, with a Music Edge extension program for students in Years 8 and 9 to develop their passion. Students with a passion for the performing arts are nurtured through the Flinders Creative Arts Program to develop skills for the stage, as well as technical skills in lighting, design and more.
College sporting teams achieve across a variety of sports including netball, water polo, touch football, basketball and football (soccer).
Flinders has top sportspeople and leaders on staff as Directors of Coaching for the sports of netball, rugby, cricket, soccer, hockey, basketball, water polo, touch football and volleyball.
The Flinders Elite Athlete Program supports and extends top student athletes to reach their potential in their chosen sport as well as in their academic life. Student wellbeing is a priority at Flinders and the FEAP program strives to teach young athletes the skills and strategies for a healthy life.
We invite you to Buderim on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland to tour our beautiful 22-hectare rainforest-fringed campus. You will discover that Flinders is an inspiring learning environment with immaculate gardens and facilities and a vibrant environment for learning.
Flinders is regarded as a top private school on the Sunshine Coast and has a proven record of academic excellence. Our College is committed to our 1,380 students from Prep to Year 12 as we strive to provide an outstanding contemporary education to prepare graduates for tertiary study and beyond.
There is also the Flinders Early Learning Centre for children in their pre-Prep years. We recognise character, contribution, academic excellence and leadership as key components of The Flinders Way.
Flinders is a leading academic school on the Sunshine Coast. Our students thrive on the positive culture for learning and wellbeing that is celebrated here. In 2022 Flinders achieved an outstanding median ATAR of 92.45. There were 10 Flinders students who achieved an ATAR of 99 or above, and a further 11 who achieved an ATAR of 98 or above. While 38.3% of students achieved an ATAR greater than 95.
In three years, three Flinders students have achieved the highest ATAR score possible, of 99.95. In 2022, Flinders student Laura Webb placed in the top ranking, as one of only 33 Queensland students to do so.
Flinders students also excel in the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). In 2022, the College as the top NAPLAN Primary School and Secondary School on the Sunshine Coast.
Founded in 1990, Flinders is named in the media as one of the top 100 schools in Australia and one of the top 10 schools in Queensland. Our rigorous and personalised academic program inspires curiosity, develops critical thinking, fosters intellectual agility, and prepares students to be socially conscious and responsible citizens in a culturally diverse world.
Both in class and beyond, our students at Flinders are offered extraordinary opportunities to maximise their potential and explore new horizons. Extension programs, personalised learning approaches and extensive co-curricular options cultivate in our students the spirit to achieve mastery and personal best. The Flinders co-curricular life gives students opportunities to develop their passions through the arts, drama, music, sport and community service learning.
The Flinders Elite Athlete Program supports our elite student athletes to balance the demands of school and sporting life for improved health and wellbeing. While the Flinders Music Edge program for Years 8 and 9 students is a selective entry course designed to accelerate music students with particular talent and expertise. The Flinders Creative Arts program has many opportunities for students to develop their musical theatre skills and passion, as well as the technical aspect of stage theatre across lighting, design and more.
A world view is important and that’s why our College focuses on service opportunities for students to engage with local, national and global organisations to support people in need.
Located in Buderim at the heart of the Sunshine Coast, Flinders is surrounded by rainforest and located 10 minutes’ drive from our stunning surf beaches. Our College provides an impressive learning environment where students are inspired and motivated to excel. Flinders’ outstanding sporting and creative arts facilities include a state-of-the-art performance centre, indoor sports centre, aquatic centre and floodlit sports ovals.
The College is planning for the future with the Flinders Masterplan. The construction project is providing agile and modern learning spaces and facilities to enhance the learning environment for students and the professional environment for educators and operational staff. New facilies include the Year 7 Precinct; the Flagship Centre for the Years 5 and 6 students; and the Flinders Primary Wonderarium learning resource centre. Next to be constructed will be a new state-of-the-art Infinity Centre in the Secondary School, to open by 2024.
Students at Flinders are encouraged to learn the College values of Compassion, Courage, Integrity and Respect.
COMPASSION?: We are aware of suffering and are motivated to treat others with kindness, care and understanding.
COURAGE?: We act bravely to overcome our fears, accept challenges and learn from our mistakes.
INTEGRITY: ?We act with honesty, moral strength and grace, guided by humility and compassion.
RESPECT?: We have a high regard for self and others, and for the wider community, and treat each other accordingly.
These core values are central to our students developing the character and competencies for a rewarding and successful life of leadership, wellbeing and contribution in the wider world.
Cover image: Photograph credit @Toby Scott
ABOUT THE FLINDERS SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM
Matthew Flinders Anglican College is committed to providing a wide range of learning opportunities across all areas of the curriculum and to nurturing individual student’s talents and interests.
As part of this commitment, the College offers scholarships for students with special talents who, in turn, will make a significant contribution to the life of the College.
The scholarships, remitting up to 50% of tuition fees, are offered to students entering Years 7–12. The Principal’s Scholarship, offering full remission of tuition fees, is offered to outstanding students not currently enrolled at the College.
Students interested in the College's Music and Sports Scholarships will be able to apply for these opportunities later in the year.
To learn more and apply, visit the Scholarships page on the Flinders website.
To learn more about our alumni network, our Old Flinderians, please visit our website here and enjoy reading Q&A profiles with some of our graduates over the years.
The sense of community and strong bonds fostered at Matthew Flinders Anglican College continue long past graduation and we always follow, with a sense of pride, the accomplishments of those who spent their formative years at the school.
As one of the pre-eminent schools in Queensland, Matthew Flinders Anglican College is proud to provide excellence in education in a co-educational setting.
All fine schools look to engage the heart and soul, the body and mind. One of the very best things about Flinders is the positive climate for learning present throughout our College. Students are at the heart of our work, and their breadth and depth of involvement is extraordinary.
The staff at Flinders are professional and dedicated, and demonstrate a shared commitment to our students’ education. Our values of Courage, Respect, Integrity and Compassion are developed and nurtured in an environment of safety, happiness and mutual respect.
Set among trees, on a beautifully landscaped campus, and approximately 10 minutes’ drive from the coastal beaches, Flinders is well-known for its impressive facilities. Among them a state-of-the-art Performance Centre, a unique and magical Early Learning Centre, superb flood-lit sports ovals, an Aquatic Centre, the Flinders Farm, and an Outdoor Classroom.
The College is planning for the future with our Flinders Masterplan. New agile, technology-rich and modern learning spaces are being built across our Primary and Secondary campuses to enhance the learning and teaching we provide to our students. The innovative new Year 7 Precinct opened in August 2020, followed in January 2021 by our new Years 5 and 6 Precinct, the Flagship Centre. And in October 2021 we opened the new Wonderarium learning centre in the Primary School. There is also a new nature playground in our Junior Primary School for our young learners to enjoy and develop new skills and confidence. The Flinders Farm even has its own new classroom for students of all ages to use as a living laboratory across a range of subjects.
Our students benefit from having all our facilities onsite and readily accessible, not only during school hours, but also beyond the school day via our extensive co-curricular program.
There is so much to see and enjoy at Matthew Flinders Anglican College – I invite you to visit and experience it for yourself.
Our personalised tours are a wonderful way to explore our campus and meet our College community.
Mr Stuart Meade
Flinders Wins Primary School of the Year (Non-Government)
in the 2023 Australian Education Awards
MEDIA RELEASE | Monday, 14 August 2023
Matthew Flinders Anglican College in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland has been named the most outstanding non-government primary school in Australia.
Flinders won its ‘Primary School of the Year (Non-Government)’ category in the 2023 Australian Education Awards (AEA), recognising excellence in education.
Head of Primary, Mrs Trudi Edwards and members of the Primary staff accepted the award on behalf of the College at the AEA ceremony in Sydney on Friday, 11 August.
The Australian Education Awards, now in its sixth year, recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements of the country’s top performing schools, principals, department heads and teachers.
Founded in 1990 and set on a 22-hectare rainforest campus, Flinders is a leading independent co-educational school of 1,400 students from Prep to Year 12 along with the Flinders Early Learning Centre.
Mrs Edwards said Flinders Primary School took great pride in providing transformational learning experiences through bespoke curriculum and co-curricular programs to inspire students to achieve academic excellence, develop a profound sense of humanity and be motivated to create positive change in the world around them.
“This award recognises Flinders Primary School’s dedication and innovation in providing the highest standards of teaching and learning and celebrates the dedication of staff who are committed to evidence-informed teaching practices,” Mrs Edwards said.
“We proudly place learning at the heart of all we do, to educate our students so they are of good mind and good heart, and grow into capable, open-minded, compassionate and adaptable young people of integrity,” she said.
In being endorsed as the top primary school in the nation, Flinders was judged on its:
Principal Stuart Meade said the College was thrilled to accept the highest accolade in its category in what are the leading independent awards in the K-12 education sector across Australia.
“It is an honour to have Matthew Flinders Anglican College recognised for the outstanding education we offer our College community,” Mr Meade said.
“There has been a dedicated, thoughtful and disciplined approach to the programs and practices in place in the Primary School; they do not ‘just happen’,” he said.
“The leadership and commitment of the staff – from the Head of Primary, Trudi Edwards, to the year level co-ordinators, specialist teachers and classroom experts – have been outstanding and it is a wonderful acknowledgement for their efforts over an extended period of time.”
Mrs Edwards said the Flinders Primary School provided a high-aspiration environment for learning.
“As a College community, we immerse students in a values-rich, high-aspiration environment where kindness and curiosity, responsibility and accountability, expectations and support, 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.
“We take great pride in delivering our I-care and i-Impact curriculum programs as a leading school in human-centred design thinking, and our Ready For… approach provides a strong academic focus with specialist teaching in Maths and Literacy.
“Students are also supported 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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