Getting started in Junior School

Getting started in Junior School2023-11-01T15:35:43+10:00

Welcome to Junior School at Redlands College.
We are excited to meet all our new students on their first day. There are some things to do to prepare, and information to read, which we have outlined below.

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Quick Checklist

Named all bags and items of clothing
Ordered the appropriate Book Pack
Read the relevant Parent Handbook
Read about our Technology @ Redlands (The College provides iPads for students in Prep to Year 5)
Download the parent College App
Confirmed transport arrangements with the student
Submitted your Library membership application form through Redland City Library
Subscribe to our weekly electronic newsletter
Connected with us via Facebook & Instagram


Sports Carnivals

  • Cross Country
  • Track and Field
  • Swimming Carnival



  • Year 4 Camp – Maroochy Waters (Term 4)
  • Year 5 Camp – Gold Coast (Term 1)


Junior School Awards Night

  • Chandler Theatre Sleeman Sports Complex (Term 4)


Parent/Teacher Interviews

  • Please come and help us to learn more about your child. Information will be sent to parents in Term 2. Interview bookings will be made online.
Technology Requirements

Junior School will be providing iPads for students in Prep to Year 5.

Click here for more information. 


Open Hours
Monday to Friday from 7:45 am to 3:30 pm
Redlands College promotes healthy eating habits. The Tuckshop menu changes throughout the year, so please keep checking your family email for updates.

How to order?
Junior School ordering is via online orders only.

Drop off

The classroom doors will be opened at 8:20 am, and the students will participate in some simple activities to settle them in, ready for the school day.

We understand that, at times, children find saying ‘goodbye’ to a parent difficult. Please be assured that our experienced staff will comfort and care for your child and provide him/her with the tools to settle into the school day. We have found that most children settle within 5 minutes and of course, we will always call you if necessary.

Outline of a Typical Junior School day
8:00 am - 8:20 am Arrive at school
8:30 am Welcome to Class
8:40 am - 10:15 amClass Block 1
Christian Living
10:15 am - 11:00 amMorning Break (Children will eat 'big lunch' at this time)
11:00 am - 1:00 pmClass Block 2
1:00 pm - 1:30 pmAfternoon Break (children will eat their 'little lunch' at this time)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmClass Block 3

Specialist teachers

  • Health and Physical Education (HPE)
  • Music
  • Visual Art
  • Languages (Spanish)
Pick up

In Term 1, children are to be collected from the Prep classroom. In Terms, 2 – 4 children are to be collected from the undercover area. Children are to say goodbye to their teacher prior to leaving the undercover area.
At times, parents are delayed or unable to collect their child. In an emergency or if you know you are going to be late, please notify the school so your child may be reassured. Your child will be cared for at Student Reception until you arrive.

Before and After School Care

An Outside School Hours Care program is available for parents to use. It is provided by The Outsiders Play Advocates, and there is a fee for this service.

Student Transport

Students are not permitted to ride skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, or other similar wheeled devices to, from or at the College.


Several bus routes serve the College. Bus services routes are finalised before the start of the school year, depending on demand and access. Routes and timetables are available from Public Reception and on the College website.

To request a seat on the bus, please fill out the form and email Ms Lisa Wilson, or hand into Public Reception.

Transport Options


Students riding bicycles to the College are expected to obey the relevant road rules. This includes the requirement to wear approved helmets. Students failing to do so may be required to walk home. Helmets are to be stored on the bag rack outside the classroom.

Students must walk with bicycles on the College grounds, and they must be stored in the racks provided. Bicycles must be locked in the racks during the day. The bike park area is out of bounds during the school day.

Train Service

The College is served by train along the Cleveland line and is about a 10-minute walk from the Wellington Point station.

Homework in Junior School

Research indicates that positive family interaction and constructive family time go hand in hand with improved student learning outcomes. In Junior School, we have therefore taken the approach to limit the amount of homework sent home each week and set tasks that will not only benefit each student academically but physically and mentally.

Homework in Junior School


Open Hours
7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Thursday

7:30 am to 4:00 pm Friday

Redlands College students and families are encouraged to take advantage of or extensive collection by borrowing as frequently as they wish. A section specifically for parents is located opposite the circulation desk.

Junior School students have regular lessons with qualified teacher-librarians regarding curriculum-related topics or information skills. Friendly Library staff are always on hand to help with enquiries.

Library Website
Our Library Website provides a broad digital platform of support services. Please explore the website to find assignment help, the library catalogue, writing and research tips, access to databases, resources about great reads, literacy competitions, library events and much more.

Membership with Associated Libraries 
Membership of Redlands City Council Libraries allows the borrowing of physical resources and access to high-quality online resources such as databases, e-books, encyclopaedias, and reference material, as well as other recreation resources.

It is in the best interests of students in all year levels to have a current membership with Redlands City Libraries. 

The easiest way to gain membership is by applying through the college. You are still eligible for membership if you live outside of Redland City. Membership cards will be delivered to the classroom or Pastoral Care group.

Please email your application form to the Library or return it to Public Reception.

If you have queries or need any assistance, please contact the Library staff on 3286 0213 or via email.


The Uniform Shop is located to the right of Public Reception at the front of the College and is a one-stop shop for all the College’s Uniforms, House Polos and Hair and Uniform Accessories.

For further information on ‘how to order’ and the price list, please click here

Book Orders

Parents can place book orders online directly through the College website using the link below and the school code: RED02

Click hereto place your book order.

Book Order Instructions

The Community@Redlands is a group of College parents, friends, guardians and staff who work towards making our College a wonderful community through events and fundraising.

Community engagement with the College is facilitated through Community@Redlands. This structure involves the dual elements of a Principal’s Discussion Forum once per term and an annual Calendar of Events which identifies and enables opportunities for parents to be engaged in College events.

Parent Helpers
  • Parents who wish to assist in class or on excursions are asked to read the Volunteers Handbook.
  • Parent helpers are requested to make arrangements for the care of younger siblings with friends or family.
  • A limited number of parents are invited to assist with the care of children on excursions. Teachers will call volunteers before each excursion. Please arrange care of younger siblings on these occasions.
  • Parent help is also appreciated in the Library by emailing Mrs Jane Peachey, and Tuckshop by emailing Mrs Merice van der Merwe.
  • Our beautiful Community@Redlands are always looking for parents, friends and guardians to join our supportive community. To find out more please email
Treasures from Home & Pets

While we do not wish to dampen your child’s enthusiasm, we would appreciate it if toys brought from home were limited to those received on special occasions (ie: birthday). Treasures are easily lost or broken.

We do encourage the children to bring to school any type of interesting specimen or object which will enhance our educational program, eg plants, flowers, seeds, insects, shells, magnets, pictures, books, etc.

Students may bring pets into school for Class Presentations / Show and Tell with prior permission from the Head of the Junior School. However, parents are asked not to bring pets into the school grounds at other times, such as when bringing the children to school or collecting them after school. Dogs are not permitted on the school grounds, Hero of course is excluded.


Birthdays are a special time, and we encourage parents to bring cupcakes on the nearest school day to their child’s birthday.

First Aid Centre

The Redlands College First Aid Centre is the provider of immediate first aid for sick or injured students and operates from 8:00 am to 3:15 pm each day. Parents are welcome to meet with the First Aid Centre attendants to provide documentation and discuss any health issues which might affect your child while they are at school.

If your child is unwell, please do not send them to school; it is better to keep them home until they are well enough to fully participate in a normal school day without the assistance of Paracetamol or Nurofen.

Students who become ill or are injured during the school day should report to a teacher, who will refer them to the First Aid Centre. From there, students will either return to class once treated, or a parent or listed emergency contact person will be notified of your child needs to go home. Children who present to the First Aid Centre with a temperature over 37.5 degrees will be sent home. Your child should be collected as soon as possible after you have been contacted by the College, as the First Aid Centre has the facilities to care for students on a short term basis only. Panadol may be administered to your child only after permission has been given by a parent/caregiver.

Parents may wish to refer to the QLD Health’s information sheet regarding medical conditions and exclusion from school, which we strictly adhere to, with the addition of immediate exclusion for headlice.

For further information, please refer to Wellbeing, as well as relevant Policies.

Food Allergies

At Redlands College, we always endeavour to put the children’s safety first. We have children in the Junior School who have food allergies. Some of the reactions to certain foods, such as eggs or nuts, are life-threatening. I am sure you can appreciate the importance of taking precautions in order to keep our children safe. Parents are asked to please observe the following.

  • Refrain from sending products with nuts in your child’s lunch box; this includes Nutella, some muesli bars and peanut butter.
  • Ensure your child’s hands and face are washed after eating any nut-based product for breakfast.
  • Do not send any boxes/collage materials to school that nuts have been stored/wrapped in.
  • Remind your child not to share food with a friend.
  • Do not send ring pop cans in your child’s lunch box.
Fee Structure

Welcome to a wonderful year of growing and learning!

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