St John's Anglican College, Brisbane

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St John's Anglican College
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Forest Lake, Brisbane, Queensland
Coordinates 27°37′19″S 152°58′19″E / 27.622°S 152.972°E / -27.622; 152.972Coordinates: 27°37′19″S 152°58′19″E / 27.622°S 152.972°E / -27.622; 152.972
Type independent school coeducation
Established 1994
Head of College Suzanne Bain
Years offered Kindergarten - Year 12
Enrolment 1000
Head of Primary Sandra Hawken

St John's Anglican College is an Anglican school in southwest Brisbane, Australia which offers coeducation from Kindergarten to Year 12.


The college was previously called Forest Lake College, and adopted its present name in 2011. It started in 1994 with 66 students, and now has over 1000.

It was originally a joint initiative of the Anglican Church of Australia and the Uniting Church in Australia and until 2009 was operated by EDUCANG Limited along with Mary McConnel School, The FLC International Center, The Lakes College and The Springfield College.

In October 2009, sole ownership of Forest Lake College (FLC) and The Springfield College (TSC) was assumed by the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane and a new board was appointed to EDUCANG.


St John's Anglican College curriculum includes individualised training in the academic, cultural, social, spiritual and physical domains. St John's Anglican College academic curriculum offers a range of science, humanities and vocational subjects. St John's Anglican College believes there are three discrete stages of a child's education:

  1. the foundation studies of early childhood,
  2. the middle years of development and growth, and
  3. the final years of preparation for adult life.

The College structure reflects these stages of individual development, rather than the traditional Primary and Secondary Schooling distinction.[1]

Mandarin Chinese[edit]

Mandarin Chinese is the Language Other Than English (LOTE) taught in all classes from Prep (pre-school) through to Year Eight and may be undertaken as an elective subject from Year Nine through to Year Twelve.

Performing Arts[edit]

Students from Prep (pre-school) onwards learn to play an orchestral musical instrument. As part of the core curriculum, all students receive instruction from String, Brass, Percussion or Woodwind specialist music teachers during classroom time.

Students in Prep and Years One, Two, Three and Four receive instruction in the violin.

From Year Five, students may elect to continue with the violin, or they may prefer to choose other string, woodwind, brass or percussion instruments. Students will be guided in their choice by the College Instrumental Music Instructors.

On the secondary campus, Music and Drama are offered as elective subjects, featuring various groups based around these areas, as well as Dance troupes. The College has also been hosting musical productions biennially since 1999.

Future Thinkers program[edit]

The College offers the 'Future Thinkers' program for Year 9 and 10 students.[2] Students in this program attend local, national and international competitions and in 2015 and 2016 the school participated in the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge.[3]

Other Activities[edit]

The College offers activities in cultural areas, as well as recreational and leisure activities such as public speaking, computer clubs and chess clubs. Students take part in debating competitions with other schools, fielding teams in the Queensland Debating Union schools' competition.


TAS (The Associated Schools) Sports The St John's Anglican College sporting program is centred on membership of:

  • The Associated Schools (TAS) for students in Years 7-12, and
  • Junior TAS Competition (JTAS) for students in Years 4-6, the premier co-educational sporting associations of South-East Queensland.

The College participates in TAS & JTAS Saturday Sporting fixtures over 3 trimesters. Each trimester is approximately nine weeks. The College also participates in Interschool Carnivals in Swimming, Cross-country and Athletics.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Archived August 19, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Future Thinkers". St John's Anglican College. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Teens head to NASA". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 

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