Matthew Flinders Anglican College
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|Matthew Flinders Anglican College|
"Faith, Skill, Endeavour"
|Patron saint(s)||St. Nicholas|
|Principal||Dr Eddie Groughan|
|Enrolment||Over 1300 (2014)|
|Hours in school day||6:00|
|Song||In Matthew Flinders' Name|
Matthew Flinders Anglican College (MFAC) is an independent co-ed school located on Queensland's Sunshine Coast in Buderim, approximately 90 kilometres (56 mi) north of Brisbane. It has grown from an enrolment of 160 students in its foundation year, 1990, to over 1300 today. It includes a Primary School (Preparatory to Year 6) and a Secondary School (Years 7 to 12). The school is associated with the Anglican Church of Australia.
Outstanding Overall Position and NAPLAN results have seen Flinders named in local, state and national media as one of the top 100 schools in Australia, top 10 schools in Queensland and highest-achieving school in the Sunshine Coast.
The adjacent Flinders Early Learning Centre (FELC) was officially opened in 2007. Flinders offers an extensive co-curricular program and facilities include numerous computer labs, sports centre and a 600 seat Performance Centre.
The Music Department (ground floor H Block) has two orchestral rehearsal rooms, a computer lab, eight solo to quartet practise rooms, a locker room, a lendable instrumental storage room and department office. There are five class music teachers and 24 private instrumental teachers. In Year 3 students learn to play the recorder, and in Year 4 are given a choice of either Violin, Viola or Cello. The annual school production alternates between a musical and series of age-segregated one-act plays, both of which are (as of 2012) staged in the college's 600 seat Performance Centre. Also staged in the performance centre is the Year 6 (formerly year 7) musical. The school has ten musical groups, including three string orchestras, three chorales and four wind ensembles. Several independent, student-run ensembles also exist, including the saxophone and vocal quartets and flute ensemble.
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The Students are divided into 4 (primary) or 8 (secondary) houses, each named after a notable Australian Person:
- Freeman: Named after the Olympian Cathy Freeman. Colour Silver
- Milton: Named after the Paralympic skier Michael Milton. Colour White
- Rafter: Named after the Tennis Player Patrick Rafter. Colour Navy
- Thomas: Named after the Swimmer Patria Thomas. Colour Jade
- Bradman: Named after the Cricketer Sir Donald Bradman. Colour Navy.
- Chisholm: Named after the Humanitarian Caroline Chisholm. Colour White.
- Helpmann: Named after the Dancer Sir Robert Helpmann. Colour Gold.
- Mawson: Named after the Explorer Douglas Mawson. Colour Silver.
- McCubbin: Named after the Artist Frederick McCubbin. Colour Maroon.
- Oliphant: Named after the Physicist Mark Oliphant. Colour Red.
- Sutherland: Named after the Opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland. Colour Light Blue.
- Thiele: Named after the Author Colin Thiele. Colour Jade.
- Non Government Schools Guide. "Matthew Flinders Anglican College". Non Government Schools Guide. Retrieved 4 August 2011.