G.A.T.E.WAYS is holding its annual Festival of Workshops at The Southport School on the Gold Coast on 22 and 23 September. This is a program for Year 1 – 7 students that parents can enrol in directly with G.A.T.E.WAYS. Please see the attached brochures for more information, or visit their website

The workshops will be challenging and fun, and a great way to finish off term 3 – robotics, photography, cartooning, forensic science, edible art, problem solving, creative thinking, mathematics and more!






Have your say on the Qld Education Accord

The Premier and Minister for Education, Training and Employment have jointly announced that extensive consultation with parents, schools, unions and schooling sectors will be undertaken to create Queensland’s first ever Education Accord.

You can contribute to the development of the Queensland Education Accord by responding to an online QUESTIONNAIRE.







Queensland Education Accord Summit

The Queensland Government is undertaking extensive consultation with parents, schools, unions and schooling sectors to map out the future of education and created Queensland’s first Education Accord.

ALL Queenslanders are encouraged to have  their say.

Contribute your ideas:

Monday 4 August 2014 at 6:00pm

Cleveland District State High School Innovation Centre (F9/F10)

Behind Community Languages Centre, Russell St.

RSVP by 1 August to Cleveland Electorate Office

Phone: 3286 2726 or


Amanda wins “School-Based Apprentice of the Year”

Congratulations to Year 12 VET student Amanda Cochrane who won ‘School-based Apprentice of the Year’ for the South East Queensland Region, at the recent QLD Training Awards.

Amanda’s commitment to work experience at the Grand View Hotel  culminated in her being offered a school-based apprenticeship in July 2013,  to study under the internationally renowned chef Gilles De Beze.  Amanda is completing a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery through the Southbank Institute of Technology. As part of the VET program at Redlands College, Amanda has also completed, or is completing, a Certificate I in Work Education, Certificate II in Workplace Practices, Certificate III in Business, Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations), and Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology. Amanda’s apprenticeship has taught her how to deal with stressful situations with ease.  She has reached the point in her apprenticeship where Chef De Beze now trusts her to train new apprentices in the areas in which she has excelled.

Amanda was one of three finalists at the QLD Training Awards, and her hard work and commitment have resulted in her achieving this honour.  Well done, Amanda!




Community Notice

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Alexandra Hills Cricket Club will be holding their sign on at the cricket nets at Alexandra Hills on Windemere Rd (Next to Goodlife Gym) on Saturday 16th and 23rd of August and Sunday the 17th August between 10 am till 2pm each day. All information will be on their website


Reminder to Year 11- 2015 Jersey Order closes Thursday 31 July 2014

Current Year 11 students are invited to purchase a senior jersey for Year 12 in 2015. The jerseys cost $90.00 each and are supplied by Canterbury (by pre-order only) through the Uniform Shop. There is only one bulk order placed for Redlands College for 2015, therefore senior jerseys cannot be purchased from the Uniform Shop later in the year. Sample jerseys are available for a limited time to try-on at the Uniform shop, commencing today.

Should you wish to purchase a jersey, please submit the attached order form to the Uniform Shop with payment of $90.00. Orders and payment must be submitted by no later than Thursday 31 July 2014. Due to manufacturing time constraints, late orders cannot be accepted.

If you have any questions in relation to these jerseys please contact Mrs Jo Johnson, Uniform Shop Coordinator on 3286 0223. 2015 Senior Jersey Order Form


Prep L parents invited to ‘Meet and Greet’ our new teacher

Parents of Prep L students are invited to a ‘Meet and Greet’ time, to welcome and get to know PL’s new teacher, Mrs Margarite McNamara. This will be held on Monday 28 July, between 2-3pm in M block’s Performing Arts room.


Junior School Parent Chat on Monday Morning

Junior School Parent Chat time, held in the Performing Arts room in M Block, will be on after assembly on Monday 28 July.  Unfortunately, Mrs Kohlmannhuber and Mrs Farley will not be able to attend the session this time.  However, parents are still very welcome to come and use the room and have some time to chat and enjoy a cuppa together.


Sonata/Concerto and Aria/Art Song Competition this Saturday

You are invited to Performance Music’s annual competition which will be held at Redlands College in the G7 Rehearsal Space on Saturday 26 July starting at 2:00 pm. It will showcase our twelve best students in a range of musical performances which will be judged by our guest adjudicator, Jason Boyd (Boyd’s Pianos).
This competition follows on from the MusicFest and students participating will receive further house points. These students are our most advanced young players and comprise one singer, guitarists, trumpeters, a cellist and pianists so there will be lots of variety to ensure this is a most enjoyable concert.
We’d love you to come along and support our Performance Music students.


Student Achievements

Corie Janssen 8A has recently been in Sydney where she represented Queensland at the ATOD Australasian Energetiks Scholarships within two genres – Jazz and Tap.

The event hosted competitors from across the country. To qualify,  the students are required to achieve highly commended or above for their last 3 dance exams and qualify in the top 4 in the state. For Queensland, Corie place 1st for both her Jazz and Tap.

Last Friday Corie participate in two classes with the adjudicators where they are examined on technique and their ability to pick up choreography quickly in the studio environment – this process equated to 50% of her scoring. The following day at the Seymour Centre, all of the entrants performed two dances (contrasting styles) for each genre.  This combined with the class results determines the placing.

Corie placed 1st in Australia for her Jazz and received a Summer School Scholarship in Melbourne for her Tap.

We congratulate Corie on her wonderful results.


Helping Kids Make Sense of the MH17 Air Disaster

Helping kids make sense of the MH 17 air disaster
Submitted by: MICHAEL GROSE
23 July
Reports of the recent shooting down of Flight MH17 over Ukraine air space has saturated newspapers, television and the Internet for the last week. The events were shocking and many of the images shown on our television screens have been quite confronting. Worldwide outrage has been the result.

But what about the impact of the event and the subsequent media coverage on children and young people?

As adults we all want our children to live carefree lives and keep them from the pain and even horror of such tragedies and natural disasters. In reality we can’t do this.

So what is a parent, teacher, or other caring adult to do when such events fill the airwaves and the consciousness of society? Here are some ideas:

1. Reassure children that they are safe. The consistency of the images can be frightening for young children who don’t understand the notion of distance and have difficulty distinguishing between reality and fiction. Let them know that while this event is indeed happening it will not affect them directly.

2. Explain what happened. Sounds obvious but it’s important not to simply assume that children and young people understand what’s happened. Be calm and stick the facts, using a map to show older children where it happened.

3. Be available. Let kids know that it is okay to talk about the unpleasant events. Listen to what they think and feel. By listening, you can find out if they have misunderstandings, and you can learn more about the support that they need. You do not need to explain more than they are ready to hear, but be willing to answer their questions.

4. Help children process what they see and hear, particularly through television. Children are good observers but can be poor interpreters of events that are out of their level of understanding.

5. Support children’s concerns for others. They may have genuine concerns for the suffering that will occur and they may need an outlet for those concerns. It is heartwarming to see this empathy in children for the concerns of others.

6. Let them explore feelings beyond fear. Many children may feel sad or even angry with these events so let them express the full range of emotions.

7. Avoid keeping the television on all the time. The visual nature of the media means that images are repeated over and over, which can be both distressing to some and desensitizing to others.

8. Be aware of your own actions. Children will take their cues from you and if they see you focusing on it in an unhealthy way then they will focus on it too. Let them know that it is happening but it should not dominate their lives.

Children’s worlds can be affected in ways that we can’t even conceive of so adults need to be both sensitive to children’s needs and mindful of what they say and how they act in front of children.

In difficult times, it is worth remembering what adults and children need most are each other.

You’ll find more ideas and advice to help you raise happy, confident kids at


Mater Little Miracles Donation

Last term, the children from Junior School raised over $450 for the Mater Children’s hospital through their gold coin donations on Pyjama Day. A representative from Mater Little Miracles came to assembly on Monday to accept the donated funds. Thank you again to everyone for your generosity in supporting this worthy cause. The monies raised will contribute towards the purchase of equipment.

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Library Hours Extended

For a 5 week trial, the Library is extending its opening hours till 5pm, Monday to Wednesday, for Middle and Senior School students only. 
If parents have any queries regarding these changes, please phone Chrissy Lang 3286 0215.


Community Notice – Trampoline Safety

Trampoline safety—it’s flippin’ important

TrampolineHundreds of Australian children are taken to hospital every year for trampoline-related injuries such as cuts, sprains and fractures.

The ACCC, in partnership with Kidsafe and state and territory consumer protection agencies, has launched a national safety campaign.

Don’t let your trampoline spring a nasty surprise. To make sure it’s safe, visit:

Read the following fact card for details to promote safe use across Australia:  Trampoline safety—it’s flippin’ important – Fact card


Ensemble photos Monday & Tuesday morning of Wk 3

Students in the Performance Music Choral and Instrumental ensembles will be having their ensemble photos on Monday and Tuesday mornings next week (Week 3).

(Parents of Year 3 beginner string students and Year 4 beginner brass/woodwind/percussion students, please note that these students DO NOT have their photo taken, as they are not in an ensemble that has weekly ensemble rehearsals)

Students should wear their DRESS UNIFORM for the photos. Students in the instrumental ensembles need to BRING THEIR INSTRUMENTS.

Mr Patterson and Mr Shepherd have advised that those students who otherwise need to wear sports uniforms on the day of their ensemble photo should arrive at school wearing their DRESS uniform, and get changed after their ensemble photo.

The photos will be held in the SPORTS CENTRE. Students should arrive 10 mins before their photo time (bringing instruments as relevant).


Junior Strings – usual 7:45 am rehearsal, then all walk over together after rehearsal, for 8:30 am photo.

Percussion Ensemble – come to Sports Centre at 8:30 am

Guitar Ensemble – come to Sports Centre at 8:40 am

Symphonic Band – come to Sports Centre at 8:50 am

Wind Ensemble – come to Sports Centre at 9:00 am

Junior School Band – come to Sports Centre at 9:10 am

Junior School Choir – come to Sports Centre at 9:25 am

Little Voices – come to Sports Centre at 9:40 am

College Singers, College Chorus, Chorale, Chamber Singers – come to Sports Centre at 10:10 am



String Ensemble – usual rehearsal at 7:15 am, then all walk over together after rehearsal, for 8:30 am photo. Middle School String Quartet photo follows on from the String Ensemble photo.

Chamber Strings – come to Sports Centre at 8:35 am



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