Standard Bearers Academy will be a state-of-the-art boarding school providing a broad-based education infused with an Islamic worldview in an inclusive faith-centred environment.
It will cater for up to 1200 boys at a time from years 5-12. The school will be located on 96 acres of mixed-use farmland at Mareeba.
Students at the academy will come from around Australia, with a small contingent of international students.
The Academy will follow the Australian National Curriculum and students’ will progress on a study pathway toward the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Also offered will be the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.
The Academy will be a learning community that is inclusive, dynamic and focused towards providing the leaders of tomorrow. It will use a unique teaching methodology of holistic theme-based teaching with individual classrooms for all key learning areas and subjects.
The school aims to develop holistic young people and nurture their inherent leadership abilities and allow their creativity to flower. It will have a particular focus on farming technology and rural activities in keeping with its location in Queensland’s agricultural heartland.
Standard Bearers Academy will have cutting-edge facilities including student accommodation and classrooms, a performing arts complex, multi-faith worship hall, Olympic-sized swimming pool, high performance sports centre equipped with the latest sports science technology, tennis and basketball courts, equestrian centre, 400m tartan competition athletics track, two sports fields, an orchard and a training farm. It will also include an onsite teacher training college and college for applied leadership
The Academy will be governed by a Council consisting of the heads of the school; Teacher Training College; Academy of Applied Leadership; as well as the curriculum development team, human resources team, finance team and administration team. This Council will report to a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will be assisted by a non-executive Advisory Council comprised of eminent people from all walks of life, social and religious backgrounds.
Mareeba has been selected partly because of its inspiring natural beauty and also because it provides an ideal location for the agricultural training, sporting and equestrian activities the school intends to provide to students. The school will be located on 96 acres of land at Tinaroo Creek Road.
Standard Bearers Academy will be informed by an educational philosophy based upon five key principles: internationalism through understanding and appreciation of others; community service and the foregrounding of, compassion, sharing and social justice; environmental stewardship; self-discovery through adventure and sports; and global ethical and moral leadership. The values that the school will seek to inculcate in the students include;
The Academy will bring substantial economic benefits to the Mareeba area. It will employ many tradespeople during the construction phase and, upon full operation, it will employ at least 80 teaching staff as well as other locally-based support staff. It will also be a substantial consumer of locally produced goods and services which are needed to support 1200 full-board students.
Standard Bearers Academy will be built upon land that is currently subject to mixed-use farming. The school will comply with all relevant planning regulations and will be subject to approval from the Mareeba Shire Council.
A feature of the Academy’s educational philosophy is a focus on the natural world. Students will be encouraged to immerse themselves in nature and guided toward observation and reflection of the signs in the natural world. The Academy is therefore deeply committed to environmental sustainability embedded in this natural world focus.
The Academy community thereby accepts its responsibility as representatives of the Creator and custodians for the natural world. The upholding of honourable relationships with the natural world is a reflection of the commitment the academy holds for honourable relationships with the rest of creation.
Standard Bearers Academy will cater for a culturally and religiously diverse student body. This will include students locally and interstate from all cultural backgrounds within Australia as well as a percentage of international students. The student body will be composed of those from the Islamic faith in addition to Christian and other faith traditions. Students from non-faith backgrounds, committed to a safe environment focused on universal values and high moral and ethical standards will also make up the Academy.
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