Immanuel celebrated its 40th year in 2019 and as the longest established independent school on the Sunshine Coast. It offers:
In a first for a Sunshine Coast school, Immanuel opened an innovative Environmental Education Centre in 2019. Using the latest in sustainable materials and technology, the Centre partners with organisations across Queensland to work with students. It is also a best-practice facility for professional development.
The Centre’s main goal is to promote student learning experiences. It showcases the College’s rainforest environment by creating wet labs and ‘living’ classrooms in which students can conduct field studies to learn about the region’s flora and fauna.
“With an increasing emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Science) in the Australian curriculum, coupled with the growing global awareness around environmental sustainability, the Centre will deepen student learning and emphasise the importance of stewardship over our environment,” said Principal Colin Minke.
“Over 550 square metres in size, the Centre offers a venue for professional learning in which external agencies such as USC and Queensland Parks and Wildlife can work with students from both primary and secondary schools.
“Located adjacent to the rainforest, the Centre creates an indoor/outdoor learning experience where the traditional classroom context mixes with real world experiences. There are also opportunities to engage with local Indigenous people to map the history of the area,” said Mr Minke.
The design and construction of the building was critical to its success and used the latest in sustainable materials and technology. Features include energy efficient lighting with smart controls; photovoltaic panels feeding from elsewhere onsite to power lighting and ceiling fans; louvres to provide natural cross ventilation; larger eaves to improve daylight throughout the year without excess, unwanted heat; rainwater catchment tanks; and recyclable, waterproof materials for doors and joinery.
Pastoral care and wellbeing are also essential ingredients to Immanuel’s success. Mindfulness is taught to students and staff to better equip them for the pressures of the modern age, and the College launched a Wellbeing@Immanuel framework which is based on the work of renowned psychologist Dr Martin Seligman. It concerns a model of wellbeing to create an environment where both students and staff may flourish.
Innovation is at the core of Immanuel’s programs blending classroom, mobile and online experiences seamlessly throughout the learning journey. Facilitating connections between students, staff and the wider community is an integral part of this approach and a key point of difference. To find out more about Immanuel’s educational philosophy, please visit www.immanuel.qld.edu.au.