As part of developing every child's individual potential, we equip our students with the skills necessary to excel in a post-school environment.
Leadership, team building, commitment and resilience are life skills that Redlands teaches and practices through a range of leadership programs from the youngest years of schooling.
Opportunities for leadership development begin in Prep School where our Year 2 students have the responsibility of conducting the weekly assemblies.
There are many opportunities for students to develop leadership skills in Years 3-6. The Junior School Officers are selected annually from Year 6 students and include School Captains, Sports Captains, Arts Captains, Charity Captains and House Captains - one boy and one girl in each position.
In every class from Years 3-6, students are voted by their peers as Student Representative Council members and Class Representatives. These positions are refreshed every term.
Junior School Captains also have the opportunity to attend the annual National Young Leaders Day, where they learn how to lead themselves as well as others.
Leadership opportunities continue in Years 7-8, where each class has representatives on the Student Representative Council. These positions are for a six month term and are elected by their peers.
In Year 9, students have the opportunity to be selected to attend the Altitude Leadership Day where they learn how their actions can really make a difference. In 2008, 18 students learned about leadership strategies at this event.
All Year 10 students participate in Australian Business week where they are mentored by Redlands parents who share their own leadership skills gained from a wide range of business environments.
In Year 11, developing leadership skills is the key focus of the annual Curriculum Camp, which is held at our High Country Campus in the Snowy Mountains. The objective is to develop leadership and self-reliance through a personality profile and initiative task training program and a challenging high country expedition.
Years 7 to 9 elect 4 representatives each per semester to represent their Year group on the Student Representative Council (SRC).
Leadership opportunities culminate in Year 12 with the election of School Captains, Sports Captains, Arts Captains, House Captains and a number of Captains for each sport and co-curricular activity, in addition to the School Prefects. These positions are awarded following election by the student body and interviews by the Deputy Principal and Head of Secondary School.
Redlands also hosts an annual Young Leaders Breakfast where our School Captains and Prefects invite other student leaders from across Sydney to a breakfast featuring an inspirational speaker. Past speakers have included former Wallaby Captain John Eales and Redlander and TV Presenter, Catriona Rowntree.
Finally all students from Year 9 onwards have the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills through the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Each year approximately 50 students achieve the Bronze level, 15 students the Silver level and 5 students the Gold level.