SCHOOL RISES TO A NEW LEVEL

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - AARON GOOD­WIN

A BILOELA pri­vate school will of­fer com­plete Prep-Year 12 en­rol­ment in 2020, a first for the re­gion. The school uses unique ed­u­ca­tion path­ways to pre­pare se­condary stu­dents for univer­sity.

THE REDEEMER EX­PE­RI­ENCE IS DIF­FER­ENT, IT’S ALL ABOUT STU­DENTS FIRST AND SUP­PORT­ING THEM AND SEE­ING THEM GROW RIGHT TO THE END IS A PRIV­I­LEGE.

SAN­DRA WASS, PRIN­CI­PAL

FOR the first time, chil­dren can com­plete Prep-Year 12 at the one school in the Ba­nana Shire.

One of Biloela’s pri­vate schools, Redeemer Lutheran Col­lege, has been granted ap­proval to of­fer Year 12 in 2020.

The school ap­plied to the Non-State School Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Board to of­fer Year 12 last year, after a re­quest from the school’s par­ent body group to ex­tend from a Mid­dle school to a Se­nior Se­condary school.

Redeemer Lutheran Col­lege prin­ci­pal San­dra Wass said be­ing able to en­rol all the way through to Year 12 would be hugely ben­e­fi­cial to stu­dents.

“We know who they are and we’re all about in­di­vid­ual per­son­alised learn­ing and it helps we know them and sup­port them with any path­way they want to pur­sue,” Mrs Wass said.

“Our se­condary school classes are small and we’re a sin­gle stream so we only have one class of year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

“When you break down to Se­nior Se­condary that’s five stu­dents in a bi­ol­ogy class, mak­ing a fan­tas­tic stu­dent to teacher ra­tio, there’s not a lot of schools that of­fers a 5:1 teacher ra­tio for a sub­ject,” she said.

The ex­pan­sion to in­clude Year 12 falls in line with a range of dif­fer­ent path­ways that a num­ber of stu­dents have taken ad­van­tage of at Redeemer.

“We have Tyler Stevens who was en­rolled from Prep and is com­plet­ing a School Based Trainee­ship in Com­mer­cial Cook­ery where he works off-site one day a work with his eyes set on the Hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try,” Mrs Wass said.

“Lani Jensen is on an Aus­tralian Ter­tiary Ad­mis­sion Rank path­way for spe­cial­ist maths, maths meth­ods, chem­istry, bi­ol­ogy, English and dance, look­ing at di­rect en­try into univer­sity for nurs­ing or vet­eri­nary sci­ence.

“Holly Walker en­rolled here from Prep to Year 12 and she’s part of CQ Univeristy’s Start Uni Now Pro­gram (SUN) hop­ing for di­rect en­try into univer­sity so she’s picked up a cou­ple of univer­sity sub­jects so she can get a head­start on her univer­sity ca­reer.

“The Redeemer ex­pe­ri­ence is dif­fer­ent, it’s all about stu­dents first and sup­port­ing them and see­ing them grow right to the end is a priv­i­lege.”

Mrs Wass said Redeemer Lutheran Col­lege was part of the new QCE sys­tem which ev­ery Se­nior Se­condary school in Queens­land was re­quired to present to their stu­dents.

“There’s al­ways chal­lenges un­der­tak­ing some­thing new but what’s helped us mit­i­gate that is the Se­nior Se­condary Cur­ricu­lum we of­fer is well reg­u­lated by the Queens­land Cur­ricu­lum As­sess­ment Au­thor­ity (QCAA),” Mrs Wass said.

“We’ve just gone through the en­dorse­ment pro­gram for our Se­nior Se­condary As­sess­ment which means that the qual­ity stu­dents will get at our school will be the same they will get at ev­ery other school in Queens­land.

“That has taken away a lot of stress for us be­cause we have the re­as­sur­ance that stu­dents will have ex­actly what they need to fol­low any path they want.”

Pic­ture: Con­trib­uted

COM­PLETE EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Tyler Stevens and other stu­dents from Redeemer Lutheran Col­lege will be a part of the first school in the re­gion to of­fer Prep-Year 12.

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