Getting started in Prep

Getting started in Prep2023-10-11T16:09:20+10:00

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)
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

Second week of Term 1

All Prep students attend full time (8:30am – 3pm) from the second week of term 1 (29 January onwards)

What to bring

  • Morning Tea
  • Lunch
  • Drink Bottle
  • School Bag. Please place a distinguishing keyring on the bag so that your child will recognise it.
  • Library Bag
  • Take-home satchel
  • A small cushion with a removable cover

Please ensure all items are clearly named

  • Cross Country (Redlands College)
  • Athletics Carnival
  • Swimming Carnival (Redlands College)
  • Junior School Awards Night (Chandler Theatre Sleeman Sports Complex) – Term 4


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 Prep day
8:00 am - 8:20 am Arrive at school
8:30 am Welcome to Class
8:40 am - 10:15 amClass devotions
Whole class focus time
10:15 am - 11:00 amToilet and wash hands
Morning Break (Children will eat 'big lunch' at this time)
11:00 am - 1:00 pmSmall group rotations
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 children. 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. Prep students enrolled at OSHC will be escorted (by The Outsiders staff) to their classroom in the morning and collected from their classroom in the afternoon.


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 our 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.


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.

Please click here for further information on ‘how to order’ and the price list.


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


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.

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.
  • 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

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 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.
Fee Structure

Welcome to a wonderful year of growing and learning!

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