Pastoral care

Hats & BibleAs a Christian school, the area of pastoral care is very important to us. Our chaplaincy program aims to assist the School community by providing pastoral care and general spiritual, social and emotional comfort to any student.

Utilising the assistance provided by the school chaplaincy program is not compulsory for any student.  However when the Chaplains or Counsellor are taking part in a structured part of the school program all students involved in that class are to attend as they would any other part of the program within Redlands College.

The College has received funding from the Federal Government’s National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program since its inception. We are delighted that the government sees this sort of support for students as a vital part of their education as students face many issues as they grow up. The funding is used to help with the Chaplaincy at Redlands College.

The College provides a behaviour management program based on the Responsible Thinking Process.  This is a counter-cultural approach, which calls for each person to choose and be accountable for their choices.

In the Junior School:

"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, in favour with God and man." (Luke 2:52)

The Junior School staff recognise the importance of the children’s spiritual growth, and the role that they play in supporting the family by teaching the children about God’s Word and its application to daily life.

Classes start the day with a 15-20 minute devotional, which may include Bible reading, prayer, singing and discussion and occasionally, be followed with worksheets or activities.

All subjects are taught from a Christian perspective. We recognise that faith cannot be contained in a “box for Sunday”, it is a commitment which affects every aspect of life.

Junior School children are also exposed to Christian teachings during assemblies each Monday morning as well as at Year level meetings where prayers are said, songs are sung and readings from the Bible occur.

“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, and when you lie down and when you get up.” 
Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Parents are encouraged to discuss the classroom religious education program with their child’s teacher at any time, so home and school can work together for the children’s spiritual development.

In the Middle and Senior Schools:

The philosophy is based on Biblical encouragement:  Getting alongside students in order to understand the need, and then seeking strategies together in order to better meet the need.

Every staff member has a passion greater than their specific area of responsibility, helping each student to grow in wisdom and stature, in favour with God and man.  This happens through staff in classrooms, spiritual life classes, year level assemblies and a myriad of co-curricular activities.

Wisdom and life skills are taught and experienced proactively through Religion and Ethics classes and weekly chapel. Whole Senior school worship assemblies occur each term.

The Chaplains offer support for students in personal, family, scholastic and relationship matters.  These support people have access to resources outside the College.