International Outlook

We aspire to be a truly internationally minded learning culture and community. Our students and staff are eager for knowledge of the world beyond their back-yard; they see themselves as part of a connected world in which the connections are growing in a way and speed not hitherto experienced in world history. With that comes a commendable desire of many in our community to play a part in making the world a better place.

Diverse Student Body

We warmly welcome students from over 30 countries of birth. Our learning environment is enriched by the 17% of students and families who come from overseas, predominantly expatriate families who move to Australia for a 3-4 year period on international transfer, as well as some full fee paying overseas students. 

Nationalities represented include USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, Japan, China, Korea, South Africa and New Zealand. 

We appreciate diversity and encourage the interaction and benefits that come from having a student and parent base that is international in its make up and its inclination, especially in today’s globalised world. Our students are experienced in making newly relocated students welcome, easing the transition and enabling the learning process to resume in new surroundings with minimal disruption. The wider Redlands community is also accustomed to embracing international families, extending them a warm welcome and assisting them with their Australian transition.

Many international students study at Redlands because of our excellent educational reputation and ability to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.  

For further information: enrolment information for International Students.

Not only do we welcome international families to our diverse and vibrant community, our learning program also embraces a globalised world in the following ways:

Education Philosophy

Our Redlands Learning Platform which underpins our teaching and learning right throughout the School is based on two world-recognised learning frameworks:

  • Harvard University’s Teaching for Understanding
  • McRel Institute USA’s Dimensions of Learning

Language Offerings

Students experience the enjoyment of learning a language right throughout the School. The Pre-School French program fosters an awareness of the French language and culture. Children sing, dance and engage in games that help them gain confidence and competence in speaking and listening in French. In the Prep School children continue their study of French until the end of Year 2 then in Year 3, students study Spanish for the next four years. 

There is a broad Foreign Languages offering in the Secondary School. Year 7 students select two languages to study, one of which they continue with until Year 10. Many students then select a language elective for either the HSC or IB.

In 2015, over 50% of students in Years 11-12 have elected to study a language, compared to the NSW average of 8%. In the 2013-2015 HSC examinations, Redlands students achieved eight Top 5 places in the state:

  • Two 1st places in Japanese Background Speakers
  • Equal 2nd in Japanese Background Speakers
  • 2nd in Swedish Continuers
  • 3rd in Chinese Extension
  • 4th in Chinese Extension
  • 5th in Modern Hebrew

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

In Years 11-12, senior students have the choice of studying the Higher School Certificate or the International Baccalaureate.  The International Baccalaureate is a challenging international education program which encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners with a focus on international understanding and respect.

Redlands has offered the IB for over 25 years, longer than any other school in NSW and today, over 120 Year 11 and 12 students are studying for this two-year international qualification.   

Internationally Minded Curriculum in Prep and Junior School

Right from the earliest years, there is an International flavor to the curriculum. In Year 1, students undertake a study of Celebrations from all around the world. In Year 6, students select an international city for an intensive self-directed research project encompassing history and culture. In addition, International Day is an annual event which is celebrated throughout each section of the School, where lessons for the day take on an international flavour.  

Overseas Trips and Exchanges

Students have the opportunity to participate in international trips and exchanges, both from an academic and service perspective.  Recent opportunities have included trips to France, Japan, China, Cambodia and New Zealand.  In addition we have welcomed students from Hungary, Singapore and New Zealand.