Prep

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Our Prep children participate in hands-on interactive activities, that to them are fun, yet within these activities they are achieving some of the following learning outcomes:

English

Our English program is built around the three interrelated strands of language, literature and literacy that focus on developing students' knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating.

Mathematics

The Mathematics program includes the children making connections between number names, numerals and quantities; comparing objects using mass and length; connecting events and the days of the week, and answering questions to collect information.

Humanities and Social Sciences

The program focusses on children investigating their personal histories and familiar places.  It involves observing, asking and answering questions - describing, comparing, sequencing and reflecting.

Science

The children investigate their environment and how it affects them and other living things. They also observe and reflect on the properties of objects and their movement.

Technologies

The children draw and create models to express their ideas and are encouraged to reflect on their designs.

Perceptual Motor Program

This program aims to provide the children with experiences to integrate their senses, process and react to information and make perceptual judgements through sequence activities such as: running, crawling, climbing, throwing, hopping, catching, bowling, sliding, skipping, jumping and balancing. 

Prep Entry 

The main point of entry to Junior School is the Prep Year. The classes are filled in April/May of the year prior to your child’s commencement year to Prep.  

When can my child start Prep? 

Your child will need to be 5 years old by 30 June in the year they start Prep. Recent changes to the Education (General Provisions) Regulations 2006 allow children with July birthdays, and children who have previously enrolled at school in another state or country, to commence Prep early if they are considered ready by the Head of Junior School. 

Interviews 

The year prior to entry, parents will be invited to attend a family interview with their child. Prep interviews are conducted by the Head of Junior School.

Staff 

Class teachers are registered with the Queensland College of Teachers. One full-time Teacher Aide is also employed in each Prep class. The children also participate in Music, Visual Arts and HPE lessons which are conducted by teachers who specialise in these areas. 

Hours 

School hours are:  Term 1: 8:45am - 2:45pm,  Terms 2 - 4: 8:30am - 3:00pm. Attendance is full time.

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Class Expectations

  • To create and maintain a safe learning environment, appropriate and helpful behaviours are discussed with the children 
  • Our discipline policy is applied throughout the school and is based on: Respect for God, Respect for Others and Respect for Oneself 
  • The Prep program at Redlands College incorporates The Australian Curriculum

Devotions 

Each day commences with an age appropriate devotional time. This may include Bible stories, prayer and singing. 

Circle Solutions 

In Terms 3 & 4, Prep children participate in a weekly 30 minute lesson called Circle Solutions. This program has been designed for promoting social and emotional skills that children can use through life. The children learn about building relationships, how to get along with others and 'life' strategies, through interactive games and sharing times.