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Ormiston College & Redlands College (Qld) - any experiences?
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 07:43 PM
DD1 starts Prep next year (we're in Brisbane). She has been offered a place at Ormiston College, and we've just found out it looks like she'll be offered a place at Redlands College as well. Does anyone know much about either school? We're struggling to decide which she should go to!
Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:54 AM
I would choose Ormiston College over Redland College, mainly because of the religious views of Redland College. It is fundamentalist Christian (don't believe in evolution etc.)
Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:10 PM
Hmm that makes it interesting, I knew Redlands was religious but didn't know it was quite so religious...it's quite a bit cheaper and closer to home which is why it appealed! Might have to give it some more thought, thanks for that
Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:15 PM
Redlands College is a conservative Christian school. We will send our kids there because that aspect is important to us. But if you aren't really religious, it may not suit you.
Edited by Dinah_Harris, 03 February 2013 - 01:17 PM.
Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:22 PM
Thanks Dinah_Harris, I'm happy for DD to attend a religious school but would have concerns if it's very conservative and denies evolution. Do you know if this way of thinking is prevalent across all years/classes?
Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:34 PM
I'd be surprised if they actually denied evolution.
I think what happens is that evolution is taught, with the acknowledgement that some Christians don't believe in it and believe that God created the world.
My kids don't go there yet, DD1 will be in prep next year so I can't say for certain exactly what is taught.
Most, if not all, teachers there will be Christians and will undoubtedly have a wide range of views. Several friends of mine teach there, and are Christians, but they are hardly fundamentalists.
You will find a pretty heavy emphasis on Christian culture, so I would definitely encourage you to think about that. Would you have a problem if the school encouraged kids to know Jesus personally, for example? Or that holidays like Christmas or Easter were celebrated in the Christian context? Or that they will be taught songs about Jesus and God and will likely come home singing them?
Sorry I realise I sound discouraging - but I don't mean to be! Just trying to explain what you might come across. I know a fair bit about the school, so let me know if you have any questions!
Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:45 PM
As long as evolution isn't dismissed outright then I'm fine with all of that I grew up celebrating Easter and Christmas in a Christian context and went to Sunday School so I don't have an issue with the Christian aspects, it's more that I want balance in what's taught. I really like their approach to teaching (e.g. focussed on the whole child) and it seems like a nurturing kind of school rather than Ormiston which seems very focussed on results at all costs. DD is very sensitive and gentle so I'm looking for a school that she'll enjoy going to!
Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:53 PM
That is one of the absolute best things about it - it is a wonderfully nurturing, caring and compassionate school for both the children and parents.
The environment always seems so positive, too. Of course I'm biased, but I really can't speak of it more highly.
Perhaps our DD's will be starting prep together
ETA: they definitely don't dismiss evolution outright. As I said, there is more acknowledgement of other points of view, is all.
Edited by Dinah_Harris, 03 February 2013 - 01:55 PM.
Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:14 PM
We'll have to eye off all the mums on the first day and try and work out who the other is Thanks for the info, it's been really helpful and has confirmed my instinct that it'd be a good choice for DD, now we just have to hope she gets in! Fingers crossed...
Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:09 PM
Long time lurker here, just joined up so I could post a reply. I went to both schools (although it was quite a few years ago...). Redlands is very, very religious. The Bible was taught to us as the literal truth, including creationism. Sex ed (in high school) was done separately for the girls and boys. Girls were told the best contraception is an aspirin - you put it between your legs and keep it there. Like most schools, there was a lot of variation amongst teachers. Some were great, some were pretty awful. There was religion taught throughout many of the subjects and some teachers required that students pray at the end of class. There was not much acceptance of differences between people and families who weren't regular church goers were looked down on. After Redlands I loved Ormiston
Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:27 PM
Just editing as a year on my opinion on Ormiston College has changed.
Edited by Bella_a1, 12 March 2014 - 10:20 PM.
Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:12 PM
I went to Redlands. A friend of mine who was seeking some help from one of the deans for mental health issues was advised that she wasn't in need of medical assistance, she just needed to pray to Jesus more.
Sex ed was abstinence only.
I don't remember about the evolution angle, but it is a VERY religious school. The kind of school where the kids make jokes about "Dancing leads to sex" and are only half joking.
Which as an atheist at the school I always found funny that they held barn dances, with their multiple partners...
The education in terms of curriculum I received was fine, but the religious aspects have done lasting harm to more than a few of my friends.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:24 PM
It sounds like you need to tour a proper tour of both schools and ask lots of questions. Only way you can see if it is right for you.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:04 PM
Wow I just saw these recent replies, thanks so much...that gives me a lot to think about! My concern with Ormiston is I've heard from a couple of people that if kids don't do well enough in the NAPLAN tests they're asked to leave which sounds a bit harsh.
Posted 03 March 2013 - 05:40 PM
Edited by jazimum, 05 March 2013 - 10:30 AM.
Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:12 PM
I just have to mention that Ormiston does have a Responsible Thinking Room.
Edited by Bella_a1, 05 March 2013 - 09:48 PM.
Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:02 PM
Edited by jazimum, 05 March 2013 - 10:29 AM.
Posted 12 March 2014 - 10:23 PM
I don't know what school you went with but in relation to Ormiston asking kids to leave. I still don't know if they outright ask people to leave but they have a very special way of weeding you out if you don't keep to their high expectations. Very unfortunate for the child involved.
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