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Immanuel Lutheran College is a P-12 coeducational school located on an idyllic campus in Buderim in the centre of the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia.

Founded in 1979, Immanuel is the longest established independent school on the Sunshine Coast.
126-142 Wises Rd
PO Box 5025 Maroochydore BC QLD 4558
Sunshine Coast
+61 7 5477 3444
Mt Binga Outdoor Education Centre, Blackbutt
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Discover Where Immanuel Can Take Your Child

We’ve proudly earnt our reputation as one of the most innovative schools on the Sunshine Coast. Situated among 23 picturesque hectares in Buderim, your child will uncover a world of academic, sporting and cultural opportunities. Discover contemporary learning spaces, a state-of-the-art immersive environmental centre, 21st century teaching methods and nurturing class groups. Academic success, while important, is only part of the education journey. We believe in raising joyful, confident learners and our exceptional staff care for each student’s social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, every day.

To gauge whether we are the right school for your child is to allow them to Walk with Us as an Immanuel student for a day. This is an invaluable experience to allow your child the opportunity to establish friendships, meet our highly qualified and enthusiastic teachers, participate in classroom activities and experience the every day opportunities that are the soul of our College. If you would like your child to walk with us for a day, please contact our Enrolment Registrar, Mrs Irene Dabinet on 07 5477 3441 or via email to make arrangements.

We know that when choosing independent primary schools, Sunshine Coast parents value the happiness of their child just as much as any academic achievements. A thoughtful blend of learning, pastoral care and wellbeing ensures Immanuel students feel inspired and supported. Our exceptional teaching staff nurture every child, guiding them on the adventure that is an Immanuel education. Our innovative programs blend classroom, mobile and online experiences throughout each child's schooling journey, inspiring ideas and fostering a lifelong love of learning. Bright futures start at Immanuel.

Guided by Christian values and a community spirit that recognises the individual worth of every student, at Immanuel, every child has the opportunity to flourish. For us, the whole person is the whole point.

Immanuel offers a future-focused high school education tailored to each child.
Our ground-breaking approach to teaching secondary school students inspires individual excellence by balancing academic rigour with cultural enrichment, critical and creative thinking, and introducing a collaborative approach to learning. We’ve built classrooms to facilitate our progressive teaching methods thereby creating spaces that foster collaboration, problem-solving and design thinking.

Our exceptional teaching and pastoral staff provide students with individual pathways and alternative teaching options in order to realise their unique potential. A multitude of career pathways are offered and encouraged at Immanuel.

Secondary School students enjoy life-changing opportunities including The Rite Journey in Year 9 and Mt Binga in Year 10.

Positive, supportive relationships are a priority at Immanuel. By building a community in which everyone can belong, our students are safe to explore their full potential. It’s this passion for learning and commitment to personal growth that enriches young lives with the 21st century skills to flourish in an ever-changing world.

Curriculum handbooks can be downloaded from the College website -
The College is well equipped with:

• 21st century classrooms
• Two indoor heated swimming pools
• An indoor sports stadium
• A gymnasium for elite athletes
• Two playing fields
• A dance studio
• A secondary music and drama facility
• A lecture theatre
• A Performing Arts Centre
• An Environmental Centre and so much more!


Immanuel is a member of a number of sports associations that allows our students to represent the College in a wide variety of local, regional and state sporting competitions. These include:

  • Australian Rules Football (AFL)
  • Auskick
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country 
  • ILC Footbal Club
  • ILC Netball Club
  • Rugby Union
  • Swimming
  • SCISSA Soccer
  • SCISSA Tennis
  • SCISSA Touch Football
  • SCISSA Volleyball
  • SCISSA Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Immanuel’s highly acclaimed cocurricular music program is one of the College’s key strengths. Our students are committed to excellence and perform regularly at events across the Sunshine Coast. Students are also given the opportunity to tour as part of our various ensembles. In recent years, there have been music tours to Melbourne, Sydney and regionally.

Lessons are available on campus for piano, singing, music theory, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass, tuned percussion and untuned percussion.

Students may begin piano and singing lessons in Prep, violin/viola/cello lessons in Year 3 and all remaining instruments in Year 4. In exceptional circumstances, applications will be considered for students wishing to begin learning at a younger age. Lessons are held in class time – in group or individual lessons – on a rotational timetable.

The Beginner Woodwind, Brass and Orchestral Percussion Program is open to all students in Year 4 who wish to play a woodwind, brass or orchestral instrument (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba or orchestral percussion). Expressions of interest are taken when the student is in Year 3 (Term Three) and lessons start when they are in Year 4. Emphasis is placed on developing the correct technique and students join Immanuel’s Beginner Band and work towards advancing to Concert Band. Students also receive one year of free tuition and use of a College instrument (for a fee of $80.00 per term). At the end of the year, students are encouraged to undertake group/individual lessons on their chosen instrument.

College Ensembles

  • Beginner Band
  • Brass Ensemble
  • College Chorale
  • Concert Band
  • Con Brio String Ensemble
  • Woodwind Quintet
  • Junior School Choir
  • Rock Band (Senior)
  • Rock Band (Junior)
  • Junior School Rock Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • Stage Band
  • Vivace String Ensemble
  • Worship Band
  • Beginner Band
  • Beginner String Ensemble
  • Beginner String Program
  • Year 5 Woodwind and Brass Program
Mount Binga

Immanuel’s second campus at the Mount Binga Outdoor Education Centre was established in the early 1980s. For 40 years, Immanuel students have spent time at Mount Binga learning the value of self reflection, leadership, self-sufficiency and how to face life’s challenges head on.

In the early days, students spent one week at the camp. Now, Mount Binga is an integral part of an Immanuel education with all Year 10 students undertaking a four week program at Mount Binga during Semester One.

All students experience an accompanied hike early in the program as well as a student planned hike later in the course. Both are through countryside surrounding Mount Binga.
Students undergo mapping and compass work prior to the hike, as well as preparing food and camping equipment for their treks.

Time is also spent developing bush survival skills such as building shelters, fire fighting and developing knowledge of bush vegetation, food and water conservation.

Right now your child might baulk at the idea of preparing their own food, washing their own clothes, or working hard on a farm doing chores like milking cows and mending fences, but at ‘Binga’, they’ve got to pitch in.

During this rite of passage camp, they’ll meet all kinds of challenges head on, from abseiling, hiking and survivalist training, to the daunting concept of being away from home for a whole month. They’ll come back stronger, more independent and mature, and ready to focus on the final crucial years of formal education. Refer to the College website where there is a video about the month-long program.

• Centrality of the Gospel
We acknowledge God’s Word as the authority and guide for the community. In it Christ is revealed, providing the centre of all we do under God’s grace.

• Worth of the Individual
We believe each person in the community is important, their worth attested by Christ and should be able to reach their potential: academically, spiritually, physically, culturally and socio-emotionally.

• Excellence
Our aim is to strive for excellence in an education which is authentic, life-related and future-orientated.

• Importance of Relationships
We believe that in Christ all are equal, regardless of race, ability, gender or physical nature, and are committed to each other in caring, just, supporting, encouraging and forgiving relationships.

• Service
We believe that we are to serve one another and the community.

• Respect for the environment
We believe that the natural environment is to be preserved and protected as we interact with it.

• Sense of Community
We believe that Immanuel is enriched as we develop school pride and spirit and as we interact with the wider community.
Inspiring Learning. Building Community. Enriching Lives.
Immanuel graduates will be identified by their confidence, optimism and respect for healthy relationships. They will be broadly competent and capable of making a positive contribution to their country and the world. They will be well grounded with a sense of who they are in the world and a set of values that are founded in faith, reason and knowledge.

We believe that the whole person is the whole point. Our goal is to produce exceptional, well rounded young adults and we achieve this, to a large degree, at our Mount Binga campus. Any student and Old Scholar will say that one of the highlights of an Immanuel education was their Mount Binga experience. All Year 10 students go to Mount Binga, on the Blackbutt Range, to gain an appreciation of the environment, to forge new relationships and to understand the importance of independence and self-reliance. Students do their own cooking, washing and prepare camp rations. They learn how to work and live together; how to depend on and appreciate each other far more than in the normal day-to-day school routine. They learn bush survival skills; they learn how to hike, to read maps and to navigate; and they learn how valuable water is for farming and livestock.

Another important program is the Rite Journey, which all students in Year 9 participate in.

The Rite Journey was created by South Australian physical education teacher Andrew Lines and is a modern-day version of a traditional rite of passage which transforms adolescents from dependency to responsibility. The program’s simple rituals aim to give students a positive pathway into adulthood and is the ideal platform to prepare them for the College’s Mt Binga program.

Originally developed for boys but later adapted for girls, the Rite Journey is a year-long, school-based program which teachers are trained to deliver. The program uses a mixture of rituals, physical challenges, discussion and guidance to start the process of turning Year 9s into responsible, respectful and resilient adults. Lessons are held sitting on the floor, instead of behind desks, and boys discuss topics such as mateship, how to deal with anger and how to talk to girls. Girls examine issues such as body image, self-worth, friendships and cyber-bullying.

The program is taught in more than 70 schools (over 7,000 students) in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Belgium and South Korea.  

The Rite Journey is designed to:

  • Acknowledge and celebrate a young person's transition into beginning adulthood
  • Provide them with gender specific guidance and learning in this transition
  • Provide strong role models (teachers and mentors) who will guide the students 
  • Transform school culture by building and expecting respect, responsibility and resilience
  • Educate and include parents/carers in the transition process of their children

Parents and carers are an integral part of the process and are included in all communication regarding the program. They are educated in how to support the program and the emotional and social growth of their children in their own home.

Information concerning the College's P-12 academic program is available on Immanuel's website.

  • ATAR 99 and above: 6% of eligible students
  • ATAR 95 and above: 23% of eligible students
  • ATAR 90 and above: 32% of eligible students
  • ATAR 80 and above: 66% of eligible students
  • The median ATAR was 88

Hello, and a warm welcome to Immanuel. One of the key aspects of the ILC experience is the genuine sense of connection that our students and families feel when they join our community, one that I can personally attest to having had my four children attend, two of whom are still here. The warm, caring and supportive environment allows young people to grow and develop their individual gifts and talents, whether that be in academics, culture, sport or service.

Whether it be through my involvement in teaching Senior Construction, serving in the local soup kitchen or coaching the first 18, I am constantly reminded of the importance of the whole child, and how essential it is that all our students feel a sense of belonging where they can be their best self.

I invite you to visit our campus and experience first-hand the unique community that is Immanuel Lutheran College.

Kind regards,

Colin Minke

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