Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing a new school can often be an overwhelming and daunting experience with a lot of questions! To assist you though this process, we've compiled some of our most frequently asked questions for you!

If you have further things that you would like to know, please don't hesitate to email us, or give us a call us on 07 3340 8807. We're here to help!

What makes Redeemer different to other schools?
We don’t have a faith; can our children still attend Redeemer?
What do Lutheran’s believe?
Are all of your teachers Christian?
Do students sit an entry test or interview?
What years of schooling does Redeemer offer?
Can we enrol our child at any year level and at any time?
If I lodge an application does this guarantee my child a place at Redeemer?
What is a Waiting List and do you operate them?
When will I know if my child has a place at Redeemer?
When should I lodge an application?
How many students attend Redeemer?
What are your class sizes?
Does Redeemer have Sport Houses? What are the colours? Will my child be in the same House as me?
Does Redeemer offer Scholarships?
Do you take international students?
What co-curricular activities do you offer?
Does Redeemer participate in inter-school sport?
Does Redeemer have school buses?
Does every student need their own digital device for the BYOD Program?
Does the school provide an instrument for my child?
Does Redeemer have a swimming pool?
Are all of your classrooms air-conditioned?
Do you have a tuckshop? How do I order tuckshop? Can my child have tuckshop every day/break?
Will my child have a locker?
How much homework will my child have?
Does Redeemer have an Outside School Hours Care program?
Do you have a Playgroup?
How do I enrol my child at Redeemer?

What makes Redeemer different to other schools?

Redeemer is so much more than a great school, and there are many elements which define the 'Redeemer Difference'. But at the heart of who we are, are the following three areas that shape us into the unique learning environment that the Redeemer community are proudest of: Our Culture, Our Programs and Our Environment. Click here to read more, and to discover the reasons why our families have chosen Redeemer as their school of choice.

We don’t have a faith; can our children still attend Redeemer?

Yes. Redeemer simply asks that if you are seeking a Lutheran education for your child, that you undertake to support willingly and freely the Lutheran ethos, Christian education, values and other stated purposes of the College. It is an expectation that all students attend regular devotional Christian worship through its Chapels, class devotions and Assemblies. Attendance by all students at the College for devotional Christian worship activities is compulsory. While a student’s participation in the actions of worship is voluntary, we expect all students to attend those activities with respect and courtesy.

What do Lutheran’s believe?

In the words of the classic Lutheran summary of faith, we believe that we are saved 'by grace, for Christ's sake, through faith'. In other words, there is nothing we can do to earn God's favour or to gain eternal life. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus Christ has won all this and more for us. We also believe that only the Bible is the source of inspiration and teaching. Read more

Are all of your teachers Christian?

The clear majority of Redeemer staff identify themselves as Christian, with all staff being supportive of the Christian ethos of the College.

Do students sit an entry test or interview?

No, we do not ask new students to sit an entry test.

All students who are enrolled at the college are however interviewed, which simply gives you an opportunity to meet us, and for us to get to know you and your child, together with any strengths or challenges that your child might have.

What years of schooling does Redeemer offer?

Redeemer Lutheran College offers a seamless education from Prep through to Year 12. Redeemer will accept applications at any year level from Prep to Year 12 and offers will be made depending on availability of places and in accordance with our enrolment policy.

Can we enrol our child at any year level and at any time?

Redeemer invites applications at any time throughout the year for any year level from Prep to Year 12 and offers will be made depending on availability of places and in accordance with our enrolment policy.

If I lodge an application does this guarantee my child a place at Redeemer?

No. Often there is demand for places in certain year levels. By lodging an application, you are expressing an interest in enrolment at the College. The available places change constantly so it is best to make direct contact with the Enrolments Registrar on +61 7 3340 8807 or enrolments@redeemer.com.au to discuss the current situation.

What is a Waiting List and do you operate them?

All students who are enrolled at Redeemer Lutheran College are placed on a “waiting” list. This simply means that you have placed an application for enrolment with Redeemer which is in progress.

All students who are on a waiting list are interviewed and are considered for enrolment at Redeemer. If a Year level is at capacity, a priority list then occurs, with priority being given to siblings of current students; children of past Redeemer students; Lutherans and practicing Christians. Preference is then given to the order in which applications were received.

When will I know if my child has a place at Redeemer?

Immediately following your interview, you will receive a letter either offering your child a place, or informing you that your child has been placed on a waiting list until a place becomes available.

Enrolment interviews take place as follows: Prep – The year before entry (kindergarten age); Year 7 – two years before entry (Year 5 age) or shortly after the application is submitted if the year before entry. All other year levels – as space becomes available and depending on date of entry.

When should I lodge an application?

While it is not necessary to place an Application for Enrolment at birth, Redeemer does recommend that you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 

How many students attend Redeemer?

Redeemer considers itself as being the perfect size school for your child. While we are not too small, we are also not too big. Your child can enjoy getting to know all students and staff in a warm community environment, yet also enjoy the vast facilities and offerings of those found in a larger school. We currently have approximately 500 students in our Junior School (Prep-Year 6) and up to 600 in our Senior School (Years 7-12).

What are your class sizes?

The College Policy for class sizes is approximately 26 students in each class from Prep-Year 3, and approximately 28 students in each class from Years 4-6. Core classes in Years 7-12 range in size from approximately 25-29 students per class.

Does Redeemer have Sport Houses? What are the colours? Will my child be in the same House as me?

Yes, Redeemer Lutheran College has four Houses which are used for a variety of sporting and cultural activities. Lavarack (red), Mansfield (green), Ramsay (yellow) and Wilson (purple). Children of past students are placed into the same House as their parents.

Does Redeemer offer Scholarships?

Yes. Redeemer Lutheran College offers Academic, Cultural & Performing Arts and Sport Scholarships for students in all Year levels from Years 5 to 12. All Scholarships are tenable until the end of Year 12. Visit the Scholarships page on our website for more information.

Do you take international students?

Redeemer Lutheran College is not currently registered to take Full Fee Paying Overseas Students (FFPOS), however students who have a visa allowing for residency in Australia for the years in which they attend school may be considered. Please refer to www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud for further details.

What co-curricular activities do you offer?

Redeemer provides a wide range of co-curricular activities as an extension of students' educational experiences. Although participation is not compulsory it is strongly recommended. Many opportunities are provided for each individual student so that they can experience success and develop their skills. It is recommended that students engage in at least two co-curricular activities each year. A vast range of activities are offered in the areas of Sport, Music and Cultural activities.

Does Redeemer participate in inter-school sport?

Yes. Redeemer participates within the GBC division of The Associated Schools inter-school sporting competition. Sporting competitions are played on Saturdays against other participating schools within the association. For more information visit: www.theassociatedschools.com.au

Does Redeemer have school buses?

In 2018, Redeemer Lutheran College launched a new dedicated Redeemer bus service which covers parts of the following suburbs: Eight Mile Plains (St John's Lutheran Kindergarten), Sunnybank, Robertson, Macgregor, Upper Mt Gravatt, Mt Gravatt East (St Mark's Lutheran Early Learning Centre), Carindale, Belmont, Mansfield, Mackenzie, Rochedale (The Rochedale Estates, Arise at Rochedale).

In addition, Redeemer Lutheran College has excellent services that are offered by both Mount Gravatt Bus Service and Logan City Bus Service (Clarks). Please refer to the Transport page on our website for further information.

Does every student need their own digital device for the BYOD Program?

Yes, Redeemer Lutheran College operates a compulsory BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program across the College from Prep to Year 12. The type of device required will vary for Early Years students compared to Senior Years students.

The College still continues to provide the appropriate hardware and software throughout the college to support specialist student learning. Students access computer labs when necessary to support the requirements of the Design and Information technologies, multimedia production and scientific inquiry. For further information about Redeemer’s BYOD program, visit the BYOD page on our website.

Does the school provide an instrument for my child?

Yes, students are able to hire an instrument from the College at a small cost for their music tuition. Students who hire a school instrument will be expected to participate fully in the associated ensemble/s for the duration of the hire period.

Does Redeemer have a swimming pool?

Yes. Redeemer has a 25 metre heated swimming pool, which is located on our Senior School campus.

Are all of your classrooms air-conditioned?

All of Redeemer’s Junior School is air-conditioned, with the vast majority of teaching spaces in the Senior School also air-conditioned. It is a College Council policy that all existing buildings be air-conditioned upon full refurbishment, and all new buildings constructed will also include air-conditioning.

Do you have a tuckshop? How do I order tuckshop? Can my child have tuckshop every day/break?

Yes, Redeemer has an excellent Tuckshop located on site. Junior School parents are able to place orders online from home via a cashless Tuckshop ordering system (Flexischools), while Senior School students enjoy the ability to be able to make cashless tuckshop purchases using their student cards.

All students are able to purchase at both breaks each day. A wide range of healthy food is offered with a special menu for the Junior School.

Will my child have a locker?

All students in Years 7-12 are provided with their own individual locker each year, together with a lock issued for the duration of their time at Redeemer, while Junior School students from Prep to Year 6 are able to store their school bags on bag racks directly outside of their classrooms.

How much homework will my child have?

The College has a policy which outlines guidelines for the approximate amount of homework a student will have each night, which ranges from 10 minutes from Year 1, up to 3 hours for students in Year 12. Times given are average times per night, although homework may be set on a weekly basis.

Does Redeemer have an Outside School Hours Care program?

Yes. Redeemer offers an Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) service to families with enrolled students. The service is programmed primarily for students in Prep to Year 7 (however, is licensed to cater for students of all ages). Before School Care is available from 6.00am until the start of the school day at 8.25am, and After School Care is available from 3.00pm until 6.00pm, with breakfast and afternoon tea being provided. An excellent Vacation Care program is also available every day throughout each of the school holiday periods (and student free days) from 6.00am to 6.00pm (with the exception over the Christmas/New Year period).

Do you have a Playgroup?

Yes! A playgroup operates in Redeemer’s Multi-Purpose Centre Auditorium every Tuesday morning from 8.30am-10.30am during the school term. Our playgroup exists to provide fun and fellowship for pre-schoolers and their families. We aim to provide a safe and stimulating environment for children, where they can play, create, sing, learn and interact with other children. We also aim to support the families of pre-schoolers, by providing time for busy parents to meet and talk to other parents, and to play and interact with their children in a new environment. Our playgroup is a ministry of our partner congregation, Our Saviour Lutheran Church.

How do I enrol my child at Redeemer?

Lodge an Online Enrolment Application together with the required application fee. This will place your child’s name on our lists for the requested year of entry. All applications are completed online.

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