The college has a strong pastoral care program and endeavours to work in partnership with each student’s family. House Leaders have primary responsibility for the pastoral care of the students in their house and are concerned about their personal well-being and the academic progress of students. The full-time chaplain on Redeemer’s staff has oversight of the spiritual life of the school. The pastor works with the student counsellor in caring for students who have problems of a personal, or spiritual nature.
Religious EducationChristian Studies classes are compulsory for all students. Since the school is responsible for providing Lutheran students with a sound knowledge and understanding of their own faith, the teaching of the Lutheran Church of Australia is presented where doctrine is taught or preached. However, the diversity of denominations in the school community is taken into consideration, and no deliberate attempt will be made to convert students of other persuasions to Lutheranism. The aim is to strengthen them in their faith, and hopefully, in their allegiance to the church in which they find fellowship.
Religious LifeThe Christian view of life is that all activity comes under God’s dominion. However, some activities in the College program are directed more specifically at the spiritual growth of the individual student. First is public worship. Christian fellowship groups and camps allow practical expression of religious life and the community service program provides activities which focus on application of Christian love and concern. Our aim is that students will interact as Christians both in the social context of the school and outside it, giving and receiving in their relationship with others.
WorshipThe school seeks to be a Christian community in which students and teachers alike give expression to their Christian faith with love and concern, and in corporate worship. Each day begins with an act of worship in which every teacher and student participates as an expression of the corporate nature of our faith. Faith is not only an individual response to the person of Jesus Christ; in corporate worship we are all united in and under Christ. All worship is directed to the Triune God and is a response to his Lordship.
Partnership with Parents
Students benefit most when the values of school and home are harmonious and there is co-operation on both sides. Parents who enrol their children at Redeemer are undertaking to support the behavioural and organisational expectations of the college. Parents become part of the school community, just as their children do, and the payment of fees does not relieve parents of the responsibility of active involvement in the college.
The school sees itself as a partner with parents in the education of their children. While the school contributes educational expertise, parents bring a longer and more extensive knowledge of the child. They can encourage, supervise, and support their children across the broad range of school activities.