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Flinders Awarded in The Educator’s 5-Star Innovative Schools

Matthew Flinders Anglican College on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland is one of The Educator’s 5-Star Innovative Schools for 2022.

The national , announced today, recognise schools at the forefront of innovation, with groundbreaking educational programs and initiatives, new technologies and methodologies to support the 21st learner’s needs.

Flinders is one of 19 schools in Queensland to be highlighted in the Awards, noted .

The College supports 1,380 students from Prep to Year 12 through a holistic, personalised and innovative approach to real-world learning. 

In 2021’s NAPLAN, Flinders was the highest achieving Primary School on the Sunshine Coast and ranked 15th in Queensland.

The graduating Class of 2021 achieved a strong median ATAR of 92.35, placing Flinders with Queensland’s highest performing schools and enabling its graduates to reach their potential. 

In October, Flinders was named an Apple Distinguished School, recognising its commitment to guiding its students to become masterful and safe users of technology.

Flinders Principal Stuart Meade said the College was thrilled to be among .

“This award celebrates Flinders’ commitment to support and challenge our students in all areas of their education,” Stuart said. 

“It recognises our quality staff who step up to embrace new technologies and approaches to empower our students to solve problems and innovate for a better world,” he said.  

“There is a high degree of mutual respect between teachers and students at Flinders, which is crucial. 

“After all, education is founded on relationships, and genuine learning will take place where those relationships – with peers, teachers, coaches and mentors – are authentic and supportive.”

Flinders’ Commitment to Innovation in Education 

As a leader in future-focused innovation in education, the College teaches human-centred design thinking to enhance curiosity and develop an enterprising spirit within its students. 

Students are challenged to identify ‘wicked’ social, environmental and cultural world issues, and then empathise and prototype a solution, empowering them as custodians of their future.

In the Primary School, signature Flinders design thinking programs include i-Impact and I-care, along with a two-day interactive design thinking summit for Senior Primary students to prototype a 2050 world city. 

And in the Flinders Secondary School, there’s the IDEAS program in Years 7 and 8, blending Innovation and Enterprise with Design, Art and Science.

The innovative Year to Rise curriculum program will be introduced in 2023 for Year 9 students to explore a personal capstone project and solve problems discovered through the curriculum, conferences and field experiences offered across the year.

College facilities include a suite of new technology-rich learning precincts, which recently opened as part of the Flinders Masterplan

A state-of-the-art design centre is set to open in 2024 for students to create, develop, test, present and exhibit projects. The facility will feature dedicated specialist studios, maker spaces and laboratories, galleries and presentation spaces. 

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