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Redeemer Lutheran College

General Overview

·        Co-educational Christian College

·        Location: Address: 745 Rochedale Road, Rochedale Queensland 4123

·        Year Established: 1980

·        CRICOS Provider Code: 03716F

·        Certificate of Education: QCE (Queensland Certification of Education)

·         Number of Students: 1,100

·        Number of International Students: 9

·        Countries of Origin of International Students: China, Hong Kong SAR, Korea

·         Website: www.redeemer.com.au/international

 

Why Choose Redeemer Lutheran College?

Redeemer Lutheran College is a leading co-educational Christian College located on Brisbane’s southside at Rochedale, 20 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD. The College has a Prep to Year 12 enrolment of approximately 1,100 students with International students able to apply from Year 7.

Our College is a Christian community known for pastoral care, academic rigour, co-curricular and outdoor education programs with a holistic approach, providing opportunities for students to develop academically, socially, spiritually, physically and creatively. Our College is a high achieving school committed to academic excellence, with the majority of senior school-leavers going on to University. The College seeks to equip its students as life-long learners with a heart for service who are curious, courageous and Christ-led.

 

We are recognised for:

·        Music and Performing Arts Program

·        Outdoor Education Program

·        Our environment – grounds, facilities, school size, location

 

Senior School Curriculum

Redeemer Lutheran College has a strong tradition of academic achievement, in a vibrant learning community where students are encouraged to strive to do their personal best, engaging wholeheartedly in the learning process.

·        Middle Years Program (Years 7-9)

Redeemer’s Academic program in the Middle Years seeks to balance student choice with a rigorous rounded education.

Students entering Year 7 study a compulsory program of subjects from each Learning Area as defined by the Australian Curriculum. Students also engage in Christian Studies and access our Learning Mentor Program. Most subjects in Year 7 are studied for the full year, while others are studied as part of a term rotation program. Year 7 students are exposed to a wide variety of learning experiences that assist them in making informed subject selections moving into Years 8 and 9.

Students in Years 8 and 9 continue with a rounded education through compulsory study in English, Mathematics, Science, The Humanities, Health and Physical Education, and Christian Studies. Students also choose from a range of elective subjects offered in The Arts, Languages, Design, Digital and Lifestyle Technologies.  Students are encouraged to select a range of subjects by choosing at least one subject in each of these Learning Areas across their studies in Years 8 and 9. The combination of compulsory and elective subjects in Years 8 and 9 allows students to pursue areas of interest without compromising a broad education.

·        Senior Year’s Program (Years 10-12)

Redeemer’s Academic Program in the Senior Years seeks to equip students with a rigorous foundation for their chosen pathways.

Students in Year 10 continue with compulsory studies in English, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education and Christian Studies.  Students also select 4 elective courses (of which one must be a science).  These courses draw on the Year 10 Australian Curriculum with additional influences from the Queensland ATAR suite of subjects.  Based on student learning experiences in Year 10, students may then choose to:

·        continue the course in Years 11–12

·        make an alternative decision within the learning area, for example, elect to do Design rather than Engineering

·        choose a different pathway, for example, choose a course from a different learning area.

Year 10 is designed to equip students with skills and knowledge, in preparation for the Academic demands of Years 11 and 12.

In Years 11 and 12, students may choose to continue with their Year 10 courses or make changes based on their Year 10 experiences.  Students may also choose to pursue VET qualifications, some of which contribute towards the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Students wishing to pursue Tertiary study are required to complete a minimum of five ATAR subjects or four ATAR subjects and Certificate III VET qualification.

Elective Subjects enable students to tailor a course of study that aligns with their interests and abilities. A well-planned course of study will provide a pathway towards a variety of post-school work and further study destinations.

 

College Facilities

Redeemer Lutheran College is often referred to as “the school in the garden”. Situated within a pleasant, semi-rural setting on the southern outskirts of Brisbane, our leafy, landscaped grounds present a peaceful, beautiful and engaging environment for our community. Our modern, master-planned facilities provide open spaces, learning spaces and play and recreational spaces, which suit the learning and development of young people. Even koalas call Redeemer home!

The College is well equipped with general and specialist teaching areas. Spacious and well-equipped facilities exist in specialist areas for Science, Mathematics, Home Economics, Industrial Technology, Film and TV and Commercial subjects.

·        The Kleinschmidt Centre for Music

·        Redeemer Chapel 

·        The Multi-Purpose Centre

·        Library/Resource Centres

·        Computer and Science Laboratories

·        Scurr Oval (a full-sized oval with a turf cricket wicket, cricket practice nets and provision for most major school sports)

·        A covered floodlit area with six courts catering for Tennis, Volleyball, Netball and Basketball

·        A gym/weights room for training and strength & conditioning sessions

·        A 25 metre heated swimming pool

·        DG Stolz Sportsfields (It is located on 16 Hectares (40 Acres) 3km east of the College on Priestdale Road, where two full size sports fields are provided, surrounded by native vegetation.)

·        Air-conditioned classrooms

·        Hospitality Training facilities

Tertiary Pathways

Academically, most of our students embark on a rigorous academic program which prepares them for tertiary education or they may access an alternative pathway which includes school-based apprenticeships and traineeships combined with Certificate courses offered by TAFE and other outside providers. Opportunities are also available through studying University subjects in Year 12. Our goal is that students will be equipped for lifelong learning.

 

Co-curricular Activities at Redeemer

Co-curricular activities are an extension of students' educational experiences at Redeemer. It is further evidence of our holistic approach, providing opportunities for students to develop academically, socially, spiritually, physically and creatively. Students can choose from culturalmusic, and sport activities, ensuring the needs and interests of our diverse student population are met. Redeemer is broadly recognised for its outstanding reputation in the area of music and performing arts. Students are expected to engage in at least two co-curricular activities each year.

·        College Musicals

The College Musical is opportunity for all students in the Senior School (Years 7 to 12), with a love of Musical Theatre, to unite and celebrate the Arts. The Redeemer Musical is held every two years, with auditions in Term 4 of the year prior to the musical.  The commitment then extends over Term 1 and part of Term 2 of the musical year.  Students can become involved in a range of areas:  cast members, chorus members, dancers, musical orchestra, set construction, design and painting, stage crew, sound and lighting, and make-up. Recent College Musicals include “Singin’ in the Rain” (2009), “Bugsy Malone” (2011), “The Pajama Game” (2013), “My Fair Lady” (2015), "The Music Man" (2017) and “Hello, Dolly!” (2019).

·        Cultural

The Redeemer Co-curricular Cultural program offers students the chance to engage with activities of service as well as skill building and personal and academic development. These programs are often sub-school specific and run on individual time lines with some operating all year and others on a term or semester basis.

o   Cultural Activities (Senior School): Amnesty International, Chapel Audio Visual Group, Chess, Community Service, Dance – Senior Dance Troupe, Debating, Drama Club, Duke of Edinburgh, Equestrian, Levites, Library Assistant's Program, Robotics, Student Leadership Committees, Worship Band/Singers. 

o   Duke of Edinburgh Award: Students are able to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Award programs and may choose to complete any or all of the three levels, Bronze, Silver or Gold. Redeemer Lutheran College is a licenced operator of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia.

o   Student Leadership Committees: In addition to positions of Leadership, our students are able to take engage in Leadership opportunities through representation on a variety of committees and groups across both Junior and Senior Schools. These activities promote student voice and create forums for educating young people on how to actively contribute to community and make a difference in a given context. The committees that operate at Redeemer include but are not limited to; Academic Committee, Christian Life Committee, Community Service Committee, Cultural Committee, Environmental Committee, School Spirit Committee, Sporting Committee, Student Council, Middle Years Leadership Group.

·       Music

All students are encouraged to participate in musical activities. All ensembles are intended to enrich students culturally, develop their musical skills and provide a source of enjoyment. The Kleinschmidt Centre (music centre) has individual teaching studios, music classrooms and an auditorium.

Redeemer's award-winning Music program has developed a state-wide reputation with 20 quality ensembles in all three disciplines for students in Years 2-12.

String Ensembles

-     Piccolo Strings (Year 2)

-     Junior String Ensemble (Years 3-5)

-     Intermediate String Ensemble (Years 5-10)

-     Chamber Strings (Years 7-12)

Bands

-     Junior Concert Band (Year 5)

-     Year 6 Band (Year 6)

-     Intermediate Concert Band (Years 6-10)

-     Senior Concert Band* (Years 7-12)

-     Intermediate Stage Band (Years 6-10)

-     Stage Band (Years 8-12)

-     Flute Choir (Years 7-12)

-     Clarinet Ensemble (Years 7-12)

Choirs

-     Junior Choir (Years 3 & 4)

-     College Choristers (Years 5 & 6)

-     Redeemer Voiceworx (Years 7 & 8)

-     The Fellas (Years 9-12)

-     Redeemer Chorale (Years 9-12)

-     Senior Singers (Years 10-12)

 

FACT: Over half of Redeemer's student's participate in music making, lessons and ensembles!

 

·       Sport

Sport at the College is a key part of the co-curricular program with its primary purpose being to support the College in delivering a holistic education, in which physical exercise, health, fitness and social development are key.  

 

The College offers a wide range of sports, both competitive and social, which provide pathways and opportunities for our students to achieve their goals.

 

The College understands that each individual child will start their sporting journey at a different time and may also have varying reasons for participation.  Some will want to play with their friends; some will play to get active, whilst others may have a dream of becoming an elite level athlete.  Utilising this knowledge, the College has developed sports programs to provide pathways and opportunities suitable for the individual, regardless of age, gender or reasons for participation.

 

o  GBC (Greater Brisbane Conference): Students in Years 7-12 train twice a week and compete in the Greater Brisbane Conference (GBC) interschool sporting competition with fixtures played on Saturday mornings in a home and away format.  Both experienced and novice players are encouraged to participate and enjoy the challenges associated with skill development and improvement.

 

The sports currently offered in the GBC competition are:

 

Trimester

Boys

Girls

Carnivals

Trimester 1

Cricket & Volleyball

Basketball & Tennis

Swimming

Trimester 2

Touch Rugby League & Tennis

Netball & Soccer

Cross Country

Trimester 3

Soccer & Basketball

Volleyball & Touch Football

Athletics

 

o  Interhouse Sports Carnivals: Within the College, students represent their houses – Lavarack (red), Mansfield (green), Ramsay (yellow) and Wilson (purple) while competing at Interhouse Sports Carnivals for Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics.  There is a strong emphasis on teamwork, good sportsmanship and participation, which sees everyone have a go, have fun and earn points for their house.

 

o  External Competitions: The College participates in the Logan District Sports Trials in many different team and individual sports.  This can lead on to students gaining selection in the Metropolitan East sporting teams for State competitions and ultimately national representation. The College supports and encourages students to pursue representative opportunities.

Many young sports people at the College have reached state, national and Olympic level over the years. The College also participates in several tournaments throughout the year including Vicki Wilson Netball Cup, All Schools Touch Football, Qld Volleyball Schools Cup, SEQ Schools Futsal Titles and Hockey gala days.

The College has a sports award night every year to acknowledge the special achievements of our athletes with a sporting great invited as Guest Speaker to celebrate their sporting success.

o  Strength Training and Conditioning Program: Students in Years 7–12 have access to the Strength and Conditioning program run before and after school during term time.  The purpose of the program is to provide students with age appropriate strength and conditioning exercises aimed at preparing them for the physical nature of their respective sports.  All sessions are fully supervised by our certified and highly experienced trainers in the fully equipped gym.

 

Outdoor Education

The Outdoor Education Program at Redeemer is a planned program for Years 3-6 and Years 7-11. Its aim is to develop self-confident students who have a positive appreciation of their own worth as individuals. The program is more than just a series of camps, being focused on personal development, which nurtures students’ capabilities for service and leadership. Redeemer’s flagship camp is the Outdoor Education Experience, a four-week residential camp in Year 9. Here, students are introduced to new and exciting activities that develop skills including initiative, teamwork and resilience.

 

More Information

For more information and to experience the Redeemer Difference, visit www.redeemer.com.au/international