Getting started in Prep

Welcome to Prep at Redlands College.
We are excited to meet all our new Prep 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)
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

The first day of school

Starting school can be a daunting experience for a child, and even their parents, especially if this is the first child in the family to attend Redlands College.
Talk to your child about a school where he/she will meet new friends, play games, sing and make things. The amount and quality of talking children have with adults will affect how they adjust to the school situation.
Sometimes parents feel a little anxious too, but communicating positively to your child about their new school experience sets them in good stead. It is always helpful to tell your child that you trust their teachers to care for and teach them. Be assured your child will be cared for at Redlands College.

What to bring
  • Waterproof Library bag (named) approx. 35cm x 45cm
  • Home reader bag (named)
  • A small cushion with a removable cover
  • A spare pair of undies (named in a plastic bag). This may be kept in the child’s school bag.
  • A washer – named with a small loop in the centre so that it may be hung up
  • A school bag. Please place a distinguishing keyring on the bag so that your child will recognise it.
  • Morning break and afternoon break in a named container

Please ensure all items are clearly named

Technology Requirements

The College provides iPads for students in Prep.

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?
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 Prep day
TimeActivity
8:00 am - 8:20 am Arrive at school
8:30 am Welcome to Class
Roll
8:40 am - 10:15 amClass devotions
Literacy
Whole class focus time
Activities
10:15 am - 11:00 amToilet and wash ahnds
Morning Break (Children will eat 'big lunch' at this time)
11:00 am - 1:00 pmSmall group rotations
Activities
1:00 pm - 1:30 pmToilet and wash hands
Afternoon Break (children will eat their 'little lunch' at this time)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmBrief rest time
Inquiry play
Prayer and story to finish the day
go home

Specialist teachers

  • HPE
  • Music
  • Library
  • Visual Arts
  • 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.
An Outside Hours Care program is available for parents to use. It is provided by Extend Before and After Care.

Before and After School Care

An Outside Hours Care program is available for parents to use. It is provided by Extend Before and After Schools Hours Care and there is a fee for this service. Prep students enrolled at Extend will be escorted (by Extend staff) to their classroom in the morning and collected from their classroom in the afternoon.

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
Check the Library Website for holiday activities, reading suggestions and news regarding book week and other events.

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.

information about Back to School Appointments

Commencement Uniform List for Prep

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
Prep 2022 Booklist Form

Community@Redlands

Parent 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 helper charts will be on the classroom door for you to indicate when you are able to help. Other ways parents can help will be listed on their chart or near it. Please check the notice boards between the Prep classrooms.
  • Parent helpers are requested to make arrangements for the care of younger siblings with friends or family.
  • Limited numbers 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.
Treasures from Home

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 (i.e., birthday). Treasures are easily lost or broken.

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

Birthdays

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 that might affect your child while 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.
2022 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$1730$6920
Years 6-7$2075$8300
Years 8-9$2285$9140
Years 10-12$2405$9620

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!