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Brisbane Adventist College Parent Fact Sheet

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Why Choose Brisbane Adventist College in Mansfield?

Brisbane Adventist College (BAC) is an independent, co-educational school offering early childhood to Year 12 education.

Brisbane Adventist College is committed to the development of each child. Their warm environment and intentional focus on nurturing the whole child unlocks their unseen personal, spiritual, and academic potential. Witnessing their transformation is what truly fuels their passion.

You will also see evidence of their motto “Everything with God” each and every day. Decisions and strategies affecting your child’s future are made according to three main values—Integrity, Respect, and Joy. They encourage students to adopt these values, too, because they firmly believe that the practice of integrity leads to respect for others and ourselves, which leads to joy and wellbeing from within.

Brisbane Adventist College is operated by Adventist Schools Australia (a ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church). They welcome students of every faith and religious affiliation, including your child.

What you will find at BAC

Brisbane Adventist College (BAC)

Their commitment to student wellbeing is woven into every aspect of the College program. As a child loved by their family and Creator God, they see each individual as unique and inestimable in value. Integrity, Respect, and Joy are communicated every day in the interactions between students and teachers, chaplains, support staff, and administrators.

Smaller class sizes, pastoral care, chaplaincy, mental health counselling, and Restorative Practices behaviour management comprise their support base for students, staff and the wider school community. They encourage staff and students to openly and respectfully express themselves and invite God into everyday activities. They find that, year after year, positive, constructive relationships develop, as does a culture of good citizenship.

Technology in the classroom

Digital whiteboards are used in every classroom to vitalise immersive teaching and learning experiences. From time to time, Primary lessons may include age-appropriate access to information technology (such as tablets) for enquiry-based learning and problem-solving. By the time your child reaches Secondary school, they will be provided with a personal laptop. The 1:1 laptop program increases availability of online resources, enhances learning experiences, and elevates collaboration and feedback with teachers. This program includes full-time access to IT support.

Supported learning

Brisbane Adventist College (BAC)

The Secondary co-curriculum teaches students study skills, time management, and exam preparation. For students who require additional learning support, have complex learning needs, or are differently-abled, the Enhanced Learning team collaborates with classroom teachers, parents and where appropriate, specialists, to create learning programs.

Intentional learning

  1. Early Learning: The well-equipped Early Learning Centre, which operates five days a week for children from six weeks to five years of age, is firmly grounded in Christian values. In an environment that provides high-quality care, they encourage children to learn, grow and discover as individuals.
  1. Kindergarten: Helping children transition from Kindergarten to Prep is a significant aspect of the Kindergarten program. As they grasp increasingly complex ideas and skills through stories, games, songs, and social interaction, their involvement in the Primary program also increases. They attend Primary chapel and whole-school sports or cultural events, use the College library, and visit Prep classrooms.
  1. Prep: Modern, sunlit classrooms contain hands-on learning materials and interactive spaces that maximise learning potential. A combination of challenge, support, and discovery develops their literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking skills and fosters their love for learning. A dedicated playground for Prep and Year 1 students gives them a sense of security.
  1. Years 1 to 6: Throughout the Primary years, their goal is to establish a rock-solid foundation for the future, using research-based programs and resources to foster continual improvement of student literacy and numeracy. They embed Christian values and a sense of community, which nurtures curiosity and enables students to express themselves and feel safe. By Year 6, a conduit between the Primary and Secondary campuses helps children quickly adjust to the concept of high school and gives them the benefit of familiarity. 
  1. Secondary, Years 7 to 12: Secondary school fosters academic, social, emotional, and spiritual development and ultimately prepares their students for a productive and fulfilling life post-school.

Early Secondary focuses on the practice of critical thinking and building literacy, numeracy and study skills. A faculty-based elective program, introduced in Year 9, gives students the opportunity to explore specialty areas, increases their curiosity and joy for learning, and gives them the experience to make educated decisions about their senior years. By Year 10, students consult with teachers, the Career Guidance counsellor, and families, to map out their learning pathway for the senior phase of learning. A broad range of electives offered in Year 11 and 12 meets state requirements for the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and national prerequisites for any tertiary or vocational career. At the same time, students enjoy many opportunities to utilise their developing skills and talents and become healthy, mature, contributing citizens and leaders in their community.

The benefit of a smaller school

Brisbane Adventist College (BAC)

As a medium-sized school, BAC offers children advantages that both larger and smaller schools cannot. In what feels like a tight-knit country community, teachers take more time with students and often become trusted mentors and coaches.

Brisbane Adventist College values engaged citizenship and embraces a crew mentality rather than a spectator one. They see each child and teacher as unique, possessing God-given talents that require development. Teachers are chosen for their multi-dimensionality and work together in collaborative teaching processes and programs that improve learning outcomes for individual students and enable teachers to develop specialist lesson plans.

Student involvement is valued. As they develop relationships with other students of all ages and interests, they are given more than the average number of opportunities to try new specialties and develop their skills and talents. Unlike larger schools (and some smaller ones that do not have the resources), a medium-sized school offers the same diversity with less competition.

School fees at Brisbane Adventist College

School fees are due on a yearly or per-term basis. For further fee information, please visit the Brisbane Adventist College website.

Co – and extra-curricular activities

These activities form the basis of BAC’s holistic approach to education and provide opportunities for character development:

  • Spiritual Programs: Week of Worship, daily form class, optional bible studies, and weekly chapel services each provide the opportunity for involvement and spiritual growth.
  • Sporting Program: Athlete Development programs; large variety of weekly sports; a focus on marquee sports basketball, futsal, and touch football; Learn to Swim Program (Primary); Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country carnivals; District, Regional and State competition; inter-school competitions; seasonal sports training.
  • Performing Arts: musical productions; Choir; School to Stage program; Instrumental Tuition program; Music ensembles, recitals and eisteddfods.
  • Mentoring and Student Leadership: STARSpeer-to-peer mentoring, spiritual leadership development overseen by chaplains; Primary and Secondary Student Representative Council (SRC); chapel band and worship leadership; book buddies.
  • Personal Development and Service Initiatives: Annualcamps for students from Years 6 to 12; excursions; Student Representative Council; student leadership; peer mentoring; STORMCo (‘Service To Others Really Matters’ Company) (initiated in the 1990s by BAC and now worldwide).

Private instrumental tuition

Instrumental tuition lessons operate during each term. Students can learn Strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass), Guitar (acoustic, electric, bass), Piano, Woodwind (flute), Voice, or music theory.

Private bus service

Their bus service is a secure, dependable solution for your child’s school commute. Bus routes extend across a wide Brisbane footprint, utilising main roads and council bus stops on the following routes: Ipswich, Forest Lake, Park Ridge, Crestmead, Logan Reserve, Ormeau, and Bayside. They are committed to safety, with swipe-on/off technology and bus tracking, skilled drivers, and a commitment to maintaining a friendly, respectful atmosphere for the duration of the trip. 

Other value-added services

Brisbane Adventist College (BAC)

Extend OSHC and vacation care: Their provider of choice for parents of Prep and Primary-aged students. (A separate business, Extend operates on College grounds.)

Uniforms: Their uniform includes practical options for play. The shop is attached to the Administration Office, opens regularly each week, and opens for additional hours in the weeks leading up to the school year.

Tuckshop: Their vegetarian tuckshop available for Early Learning, Primary, and Secondary students that focuses on providing fresh food and following eco-friendly practices.


BAC is located on a 13 hectare property and includes a protected bushland corridor. The school features:

  • Brightly lit, agile learning spaces accommodate the College’s innovative and future-oriented curriculum
  • Sporting facilities, including an indoor sports facility/Multi Purpose Centre, three large sports fields, basketball/netball and tennis courts.
  • Learning Resource centres on both Primary and Secondary campuses
  • A Secondary Design and Technology workshop
  • Private instrumental tuition rooms
  • On-campus Chapel
  • Performance Centre and venue for combined school events (Multi-Purpose Centre)


BAC takes future enrolments and accepts enrolments for immediate start (depending on class sizes and wait lists). Book a personal, student-led tour or enrol online on the Brisbane Adventist College website.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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