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College Overview


Tamborine Mountain College is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational day school serving the greater Tamborine Mountain community since 1995 as a secondary campus, becoming a P-12 campus in 2015. TMC Early Learning Centre opened in 2019 for Pre-Prep. It is a complete campus embracing one culture. The College Principal, Mrs June Melbourne, has been with the College since 1998.

Tamborine Mountain College offers a wide range of avenues to nurture and encourage students in a variety of areas. We strive to ensure students feel they are valued in a learning environment that both challenges and supports them to pursue excellence and develop a passion for lifelong learning.  Our philosophy is of a student-centred, safe learning environment with a family-like feel. Each year level is restricted to two classes only.


Tamborine Mountain College has set standards in the areas of behaviour and uniform.  Our students are polite, co-operative and respectful. Our small overall student population allows for individual assessment and attention, as part of our Behaviour Management Policy, to strive for excellent students as well as excellent citizens in society.

At Tamborine Mountain College it is our belief that every child has the right to experience the joy and wonder of learning.  Learning is about experiencing the wonders of the world.  Like never before, the journey of education is one that inspires, engages and enhances children’s knowledge of the world around them. At Tamborine Mountain College it is our goal to instill within our students a love of learning that will stay with them for life.

Our students are always our priority and our passionate staff ensure that every child feels valued, supported and is working to potential. Our teachers are patient, understanding and above all, dedicated to making your child’s learning experience truly wonderful.

The TMC Primary Values Program and Secondary ARC Program (Academics, Resilience and Careers) strengthens the social climate of the College as well as addressing cyber-safety, respect, resilience, confidence etc. Although there is no actual religious affiliation or instruction, moral and social expectations are reinforced in our school community. Close communication exists with parents and numerous parent teacher events are held throughout the year.

We Believe

At Tamborine Mountain College we believe that children:

  • Deserve a safe, supportive learning environment
  • Benefit from investigations and learning through experience
  • Have individual learning needs


We Value

At Tamborine Mountain College we value the educational benefits of:

  • Personalised and inclusive learning environments
  • Challenging and engaging learning experiences
  • Individualised support programs
  • Extension programs for gifted and talented students
  • An open and direct line of communication between parents and teachers

There is priority placement for Pre-Prep students into TMC Prep the following year.

The Pre-Prep Program is an Approved Kindergarten Program which follows the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines and the Early Years Learning Framework. The program is led by a degree qualified Early Childhood Teacher. Tamborine Mountain College’s Early Learning Centre aims to ensure children have a safe and nurturing environment to develop all the skills essential for a smooth transition to Prep. The guidelines promote learning and development through a play-based curriculum that embraces learning through discovery, exploration, real-life engagement, routines and transitions.

The service is committed to maintaining strong links within our wider community to ensure that relationships are built to enrich and enhance children’s learning and well being. As part of Tamborine Mountain College and the wider school community the aim is to ensure that Pre-Prep children are fully prepared in every way possible to become confident and capable members of society.



The educators at the Early Learning Centre have been carefully selected to ensure that we have the most highly qualified, experienced and passionate teaching team. These teachers are specialists in implementing early years’ curricula and pride themselves on delivering a program that is nurturing, engaging and stimulating for the Pre-Prep agegroup. It is the College’s mission that every child feels valued and supported in his / her own unique learning journey.

The Pre-Prep program runs from 8.15am to 2.55pm, five days per fortnight (3 days one week and 2 days the following week) or five days a week (full-time). The program follows the Tamborine Mountain College’s school terms. A group of up to 22 children is taught by a university qualified teacher with the support of an experienced assistant.

Extended hours care for your child is also on offer through OSHC (Outside School Hours Care) where your child can attend before school from 6:30am and after school until 6:00pm.

Enrolments – please contact Nikki Ashley – Director of the Early Learning Centre on 5545 3644 (option 3) or email: [email protected]

Extended hours care for Pre-Prep and Primary children is also on offer through OSHC (Outside School Hours Care) where your child can attend before school from 6:30am and after school until 6:00pm.

This is a service available on campus in our Early Learning Centre.

Click here to view the OSHC webpage to learn more.

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The College Primary campus adheres to the Australian Curriculum and Early Years Curriculum Guidelines.  Tamborine Mountain College’s educational philosophy ensures there is a strong emphasis on modern, innovative teaching programs based upon traditional values. Caring and committed teachers in well-equipped classrooms provide a balance between formal and child centered learning. Excursions and special events are held throughout the year to enhance the learning process.

Extensive computer access is incorporated across the curriculum, at all year levels, with a sequential program to develop appropriate skills. The use of online learning initiatives enables the students to construct meaning, present knowledge and enhance their learning techniques. 

Challenging teaching and learning activities in the Key Learning Areas of English, Mathematics, Science, History and the Social Sciences, Digital Technology, Health and Physical Education, The Arts, and French Culture and Language contribute to an all-encompassing curriculum.


Prep at Tamborine Mountain College is a full time, five days a week program, offering a complete experience using play to provide active, experience based learning. All students entering the Prep year must turn five by 30 June of that year.

Prep at Tamborine Mountain College provides opportunities in learning environments that support learning for young children through:

  • Real-life situations
  • Play-based learning
  • Focused learning and teaching events
  • Routines and transitions
  • Investigations

The Tamborine Mountain College educational Prep Program is a hands-on, discovery based course designed to stimulate children’s interests in a wide range of areas. Through social interaction and participation in activities suited to their needs, children enhance their emotional, social and intellectual growth. 

Prep contributes to the continuing growth of young children’s knowledge and understanding of themselves and the world around them. Learning and play experiences create an awareness of the changing world and foster positive personal and social attitudes. Opportunities are also provided for the development of healthy living habits and creativity.

At Tamborine Mountain College, student–centered learning is our focus so that students reach potential in this caring learning environment. We cater for the individual and recognise and celebrate personal success and achievement. The College has a strong academic core with after-school tutorials for gifted and talented students as well as for those requiring extra personal assistance. 

Junior Secondary

For Junior Secondary Years 7, 8 and 9 the College has a core curriculum of English, Maths, History and the Social Sciences, Science, Art, Drama, French, Digital Technology and Physical Education, providing a holistic grounding for senior secondary education.

Year 10 is the foundation year for senior schooling. Focus is on an individual career SET plan to assist in decision making for subject selection at senior level for future goals. Certificate courses and Tafe options are explored as part of the school’s program. Through work experience, school-based traineeships and apprenticeships are engaged for those students seeking this career path.

Senior Secondary 

Year 11 and 12 students work towards a Senior Statement and QCE (Qld Certificate of Education). 

Pathways for students:

  • A strong academic focus with the goal being entrance into tertiary study
  • A school-based traineeship or apprenticeship – for trade or full time employment, post Year 12.

Subject selection and timetabling are catered to these pathways.

Senior students study 5 subjects. Students manage their study time as well as commitments such as TAFE, part time employment, apprenticeships, traineeships and optional university courses.

Tamborine Mountain College has an excellent reputation in academics and most graduating students elect to continue their studies at tertiary level. As a valued partner of universities such as Griffith University, Bond University, Southern Cross Queensland and many others, College students benefit from university scholarships and early entry guarantee. Our graduating students have been recipients of the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship to Griffith University, The Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship, the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship to Bond University and many others. 

Co & Extra Curricular

Co-curricular activities, including camps and subject specific excursions show how learning outside the classroom is valued. 

Extracurricular activities are also highly valued, including debating, public speaking, titration, STEM, competitive sport, school productions, snow trips, overseas trips, Duke of Edinburgh and equestrian competitions. Year 4 learn a Band instrument as part of the curriculum. Instrumental music tuition is offered from Year 5 to all levels in Secondary. This forms the basis of our College Bands.

In both Primary and Secondary, excellence in debating and public speaking skills result in many of our students going through to the Finals in the Gold Coast regional events. 

Students also have the opportunity to expand their interests by participating in lunchtime clubs. Activities available for students include chess, book clubs, choir, French club, Leo Club, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Yr 9 and up), board games and other specialist interest areas. 

Excellence Programs

The Drama Excellence Program is open to senior students who wish to hone their skills in drama and performance, and boost their portfolio of theatre work. The program is designed to provide a diverse range of drama experiences through the exploration of various theatre forms and styles. Students work intensively with teachers to develop a live performance outcome for audiences.

The Arts Excellence Program for senior students provides opportunities for talented students to develop extra skills and time into their art works. Workshops are also available when recognised artists share their styles with our students.

Tamborine Mountain College is a member of an Independent Sporting Association and is part of the Hinterland Independent Association (HIA) with students competing against Hills International College and Kooralbyn International School. Sport is encouraged at participation level and to a high competitive level depending upon the individual. 

Competitive sport begins in middle primary and continues throughout Secondary School. In addition, there is a Sports Certificate Program at senior level in the Secondary campus. A range of competitive sporting pathways are available to students with some of our students progressing to national level of representation.


Technology – Classroom in the Cloud

Digital Technology is an integral part of the learning environment at Tamborine Mountain College. TMC utilises the Cloud thereby ensuring that access to materials is available anytime, anywhere. Tablets, Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education are just some of the ways ICT is used to enhance the learning experience 

The College utilises the Wheelers eLibrary Platform with hundreds of fiction titles available including audiobooks for students to borrow and read on their digital devices.  The complete campus wireless connectivity to the internet and intranet has secure and safe content filters. Along with data projectors and LCD monitors, these are used as teaching tools to enhance the content of a lesson.  Interactive whiteboards are used to enable teachers to deliver lessons that cater to a wide range of learning styles and incorporate ICT.  

Victory and Valour

“Victory & Valour” is the College motto and two large bronze lions, thus named, stand as sentries at the administration entrance to symbolise these noble pursuits. Each year level is restricted to two classes only and students belong to either Vic or Val Form.


All teachers work with individuals in their class, fostering their potential as a learner, encouraging positive behaviour and are alert to any difficulties a student may be experiencing. The Form Teacher works closely with our Learning Enhancement Specialist to ensure students at risk of struggling with learning or personal circumstances are identified and supported. 

Close communication exists with parents and an active Parents & Friends Association is supportive of the College. The group meets on a monthly basis and is responsible for fundraising and assist with co-curricular activities.  Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings. Notice of meetings will be on our web posts.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic, sporting or Arts (Art/Drama) excellence. Résumé and interview with the Principal are required.  Students entering Year 7 and Year 11 can apply for a scholarship before the end of June in the preceding year.  

Bursaries require financial disclosure and interview with the Principal for any College family experiencing hardship. (bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need for fee assistance). 


  • Pre-Prep wear navy sports top and the College sports uniform with a full brim soft green hat for every day.
  • Prep, Years One and Two wear the College sports uniform with a full brim soft green hat for every day. The sports uniform bears the colour of the House that the student is in – Gold for Nicholls, Red for Walton, Blue for Kyle. 
  • Year Three, Four, Five and Six – Formal College uniform with the green jumper for winter. Boys have the option of shorts or trousers. Girls have the option to wear either culottes, trousers or skirt as part of the formal uniform. The Akubra hat is worn.
  • Year Seven, Eight and Nine – Formal College uniform with a green blazer to distinguish junior high students. Girls have the option to wear either culottes, trousers or skirt as part of the formal uniform. The Akubra hat is worn. Sports uniform for sports days.
  • Year Ten, Eleven and Twelve – TMC uniform with navy blazer for senior high students. Girls have the option to wear either culottes, trousers or skirt as part of the formal uniform. The Akubra hat is worn. Sports uniform for sports days.


The snack shop is available for Secondary students to purchase items at morning tea and lunchtime.

Orders for hot food & sandwiches are online through Flexischools for Primary & Secondary students.

Sushi and other items are available for purchase on certain days.  Primary meals are delivered to the classrooms.

There are two bus companies that provide a bus service to the College. Telephone Logan Coaches on 5546 3077 or Tamborine Mountain Coaches (chartered by the College, family cost of $35* per week) on 5545 1298/ 0422 936 786 for further information. TMC Travel Bursary may be available to College families if travel fees exceed $35* per week.
*Fees are subject to changes by TMC Board.

Events and excursions are noted on the College calendar available via the Calendar webpage and also available in Parent Lounge.
*For help with accessing the Parent Lounge, please email [email protected]

~ We look forward to welcoming your child into our TMC Family ~