CAMPS AND EXCURSIONS
Experiences and activities outside the classroom are very enriching for both the students and teachers alike. Camps are held each year for Year 5 (Fairbairn Dam, Emerald) and Year 6 (Luther Heights, Coolum) and then again in Year 10
(Emu Gully, Helidon) and Year 11 Leadership Camp (Luther Heights, Coolum). Short excursions to places around the community, to support class studies, are also encouraged for all year levels. Students in Years 7 and 10 participate in The Big Day Out which is a one day excursion to Cania Gorge to develop connections and partake in teamwork activities. Year 11 Biology students have the opportunity to attend Camp at Boyne Island Marine Environment Study Centre. VET and Science students may participate in QMEA workshops and camps as they become available Camp & Excursion Policy
PERSUASIVE SPEAKING COMPETITION
Throughout Term Three, Year 6 students, use the persuasive speaking genre for their focus in English. The culminating activity for their learning is to prepare and present a three-minute speech on a topic of their own choice.
Class presentations are judged and three students from Year 6 are selected to represent Redeemer in the Cluster Speaking Competition against St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. Three winners from this competition are selected to compete in the final level; the Callide Dawson Speaking Competition.
WHOLE OF COLLEGE PERFORMANCE
The Arts and providing opportunities for students to develop performance confidence is highly valued in our community. As a whole of college activity, each year, every student participates in the college’s performance.
GROUP SPEAKING – SPEECH AND DRAMA EISTEDDFOD
In Term Two, all classes participate in the Group Speaking section of the Biloela Speech and Drama Eisteddfod as a context to focus on the poetry genre and an opportunity to further developing speaking skills and performance confidence.
PALs (Pupils Adopting and Loving Seniors)
Year Seven students participate in a service program called PALs. At the beginning of the year students are matched with seniors from Wahroonga Retirement Village. They are encouraged to write to them regularly and then as a class visit their PALs each term. During the visits activities vary from entertaining the residents to participating in the famous Bocce play off.
DANCE AND CHEER
Students in Primary and Secondary School can participate in Dance and Cheer. Auditions are held in Term Four of each year with dance and cheer instruction and practice held before and after school.
We are privileged to have an accredited Cheer and Dance teacher on staff.
Robotics Club. Coding and the ability to think computationally will become more important in the coming years and this club gives students who have an interest in this area an opportunity to test their skills in local competitions. A well-resourced Robotics club meets weekly and participates in competitions throughout out the year. Students from Year Four upwards are allowed to become members where they focus on coding, teambuilding, innovation, and problem-solving.
The College has an Instrumental Music Program and students in Years 3 to 12 are invited to participate. The Program is under the guidance of our Music Teacher. Instruments included in the program are flute, alto saxophone, piano, tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, bass guitar and percussion. Once students reach a suitable level, they are encouraged to participate in the College Band.
Our College Music Teacher supports interested students through AMEB Music Theory exams through a weekly afterschool tutorial.
CHOIRS AND BANDS
Our College offers choirs for all students from Prep to Year 12. All our choirs regularly perform a varied and age-appropriate repertoire at competitions, school functions, and community events. Once students reach a suitable level during their instrumental program, they are encouraged to participate in the College Band.
We have a group of students who meet weekly to explore the art of writing, creating a range of texts for enjoyment. This allows them to participate in writing competitions and present items at Showcase Assemblies.
Redeemer Playgroup runs every second Friday and is open to community members from within the Banana Shire to encourage connections and mitigate isolation. Playgroup offers both inside and outside play experiences, art activities, music with the College Music Teacher, and a shared morning tea. It runs from 9:00 am to 10.15 am. All are welcome.
A Catering Club is facilitated by the Food Technology teacher. Students are involved in numerous catering opportunities throughout the year gaining practical skills and industry experience. The College has an equipped coffee bar with facilities to prepare and sell barista coffee to the public. Students are trained as baristas on a regular basis. The Daily Grind opens to the public, staff, and students twice a week as well as on special events.