Our curriculum covers every aspect required for a strong academic foundation as prescribed by the Australian Curriculum, however it is delivered in its own unique environment where students can flourish as individuals within a community of learners. Our curriculum is child-centred and looks at the burgeoning strengths and needs of each child, to enhance and encourage each child towards their highest potential, and towards becoming adults who make a difference in this world.
Your child’s learning experience is personalised to each student’s interests, talents and needs. This expands well beyond mere academic work and involves looking at each student holistically. We identify how your child learns best – according to a range of different established criteria – and then ensure they are catered for with the appropriate teacher who is specialised in delivering to meet your child’s ideal way of learning. Hands–on learning is integrated into daily classroom activities every day to ensure that the school caters to all learning styles.
Queensland Independent College is often described as a second family by students. Due to the small class sizes and the relationships created between students, families and the school, each child is seen as an individual, and not as a number like many of the other private schools in existence. Although we have been in operation for the past 8 years, many a close personal relationship have been built between families, children and the school that will last a lifetime.
Parents are welcome and valued members of the school community and play a proactive role in their children’s learning. In our school there is trust, respect and equality between and amongst students and teachers. Students take leadership roles in the school, and teamwork defines the culture. Student voice is valued in the school decision making process and students are taught from an early age how to have the confidence to be able to make decisions based on what is the best achievable outcome, in consultation with their teachers and mentors.
Students are assessed in varying ways, displays of learning that demonstrates growth and progress for each student. Assessment criteria are individualised to the student and the real world standards of projects which assess many and varied aspects of learning. Students present multiple exhibitions and discuss their learning growth with staff, parents, peers, and mentors, and become self-actualised within the learning process. The college is organised around a culture of collaboration and communication.
Leadership is shared and spread between a strong, visionary founder, a dedicated, responsible team of teachers and facilitators, and other staff; and students. A sense of shared ownership drives a positive culture dedicated to ongoing improvement. Students are involved also in the developing of learning plans that contribute to their future success.
To add to the diversity of experience of the curriculum at QIC, our students participate in a variety of subjects:
- Health and Physical Education – Sports, Ball Skills, Athletics and Swimming
- Drama and Movement
- Music Theory, Singing and Ensemble
- Public Speaking
- Cooking and Culinary Skills – Garden to Kitchen Programmes
- Visual Arts and Craft
- Performing Arts
- Philosophy and Life Skills
- Environmental Sustainability, Indigenous and Cultural Education
Students participate in weekly sports afternoons, and annual swimming and athletic carnivals.
Our students are actively encouraged to attend trials for South Coast Sport opportunities and teams, and if successful are supported by the school with their ongoing development.
Regular professional development is conducted at Queensland Independent College for all our staff to ensure our school nurtures not only the best for our students, but also are taught by a community of lifelong learners who embrace continuous improvement both within themselves and for the greater good of the school.