Getting started in Middle School

Welcome to Middle 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
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

Open Classroom & Sausage Sizzle (20 January 2023)

Friday, 20 January 2023 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We are inviting all Year 6 & 7 Parents and Students and new Year 8 & 9 Students to get a preview of classrooms and drop off books before the excitements of Day 1.

Year 8 & 9 students that are new to the College are to please meet at the Middle School Handball Courts.

There will be a complimentary Sausage Sizzle available for our students and parents to enjoy in College Heart.

The first day of school

First Day Instructions 

Starting date is Monday, 23 January 2023

What to wear?

Please wear your formal uniform including your tie on the first day of school.

Where to meet?

Middle School Handball Courts from 8:00am

  • New, Year 6 students will be met by the Dean of Year 6, Jesse Murphy
  • New, Year 7 students will be met by the Dean of Year 7, Steph Lim
  • New, Year 8 students will be met by the Dean of Year 8, Janelle Ivers
  • New, Year 9 students will be met by the Dean of Year 9, Jenny Burgess and Jordan Paterson

 

What to bring?

  • Year 6 students are to bring an iPad, named pencils and books (covered)
  • Year 7 students are to bring an iPad and writing materials
  • Year 8 and 9 students are to bring an iPad, a 2 ring loose leaf binder, paper and pen/pencil

* Middle School students do not need to bring all their books on the first day. Students will be issued their timetable on the first day. 

Events

Commencement Service
Monday 23 January 2023 at 9:00 am in the Sports Centre

Sports Carnivals

  • Swimming Carnival  – Sleeman Sports Complex
  • Cross Country – Redlands College
  • Athletics Carnival – Redlands College

 

Camps

  • Year 6 Camp – Mapleton (Term 1)
  • Year 7 Camp – Coolum (Term 1)
  • Year 8 Camp – Emu Gully (Term 2)
  • Year 9 Camp – Project Vila (Term 2-3)

 

Middle School Awards Night

  • Chandler Theatre Sleeman Sports Complex (Term 4)
Technology Requirements

All students in Years 6 to 9 will require an iPad as their core Information Communication Technology (ICT) to support learning at school and home.  The iPad’s compact design, long battery life, accessibility, ease of use and functionality make it an ideal tool to facilitate learning in an information-rich environment.

When purchasing a new/used iPad, we recommend an iPad that has a minimum of 64GB of space and is Wi-Fi only (this ensures that web content will be filtered by the College).

Click here for more information. 

Tuckshop

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?

Middle School students and parents can skip the queues and pre-order online from the main Canteen.

Through the same My Monitor System, Middle School students purchasing on campus can load cash onto their student card to pay. Students can also pay with EFTPOS or cash.

Outline of a typical Middle School day
TimeActivity
8:00am - 8:20am Arrive at school
8:30am - 8:50amPastoral Care
8:53am - 9:43amPeriod 1
9:46am - 10:36amPeriod 2
10:36am - 11:01amFirst Break
11:04am - 11:45amPeriod 3
11:57am - 12:47pmPeriod 4
12:47pm - 1:29pmSecond Break
1:32pm - 2:22pmPeriod 5
2:25pm - 3:15pmPeriod 6
Student Transport

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

Buses

The College is served by several bus routes. 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 below and email Ms Lisa Wilson, or hand into Public Reception.

Bus Application Form

Bicycles

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.

Before and After School Care

An Outside Hours Care program is available for parents to use from Prep to Year 6.
It is provided by The Outsiders Play Advocates, and there is a fee for this service.

Homework in Middle School

Teachers generally set homework to help students achieve to the best of their ability, and students should include regular revision and preparation for future learning as homework.

Homework is all work necessary to achieve a good result. Increasingly, homework should be self-directed study.

Students are expected to record and keep track of all set homework and assessment due dates. Students who have not completed set homework may be required to attend homework support at lunchtime to complete the work.

Parents are encouraged to do weekly checks on their child’s homework and assessment progress. Regular encouragement and the provision of a suitable place for homework is recommended.

Academic Tutoring

Academic tutoring is complimentary and is available on Monday – Thursday from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm in College Heart.

Tutors are able to assist in all subject areas, and students are welcome to attend and leave at any time that’s convenient to them.

Library

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

7:30 am to 4:00 pm Friday

Services
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.

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.

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

Uniforms

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 here to place your book order.

Book Order Instructions

Year 6 2023 Booklist Form

Year 7 2023 Booklist Form

Year 8 2023 Booklist Form

Year 9 2023 Booklist Form

Community@Redlands

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 Volunteers

Parent volunteers are 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 wrehrl@redlands.qld.edu.au

Read the Volunteer Handbook for more information.

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.

2023 Fee Structure

We value affordable, quality, Christ-centred education which is why our fees are inclusive of compulsory camps and excursions, most sport choices and Student Accident Insurance (24/7 Insurance – Caring for our students anywhere, anytime).

Year LevelPer TermPer Year
Prep$1780$7120
Years 1-5$1780$7120
Years 6-7$2135$8540
Years 8-9$2360$9440
Years 10-12$2495$9980

Family Discounts

Eldest StudentFull Fee
Second Student-17.5%
Third Student-35%
Fourth Student-50%
Fifth & Subsequent Students-90%

Conditions

  1. Tuition fees are inclusive of all curriculum-related costs, most sport choices and Student Accident Insurance (24/7 Insurance – Caring for students anywhere, anytime).
  2. A discount of 2.5 % will apply to annual fees paid in full by the end of January.
  3. Alternatively, our accounts department will calculate a suitable weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment plan to settle fees over the year.
  4. Failure to settle fees by the due date, and unless there is a prior agreement (preferably a Bpay arrangement), the student’s enrolment may be reviewed.

Notes:

  1. Non-compulsory activities, some sport choices, stationery supplies, bus travel and uniform shop purchases are levied separately.
  2. Voluntary contributions to the Building Fund and Bursary Fund are tax-deductible.
  3. The College makes iPads available to each student from Prep to Year 4. Parents of students in Years 5 to 9 are required to supply an iPad to support learning at school and home. Students in Years 10 to 12 have the option of bringing their own device.
  4. For further information regarding the iPad program please visit click here.

Welcome to a wonderful year of growing and learning!