Junior College

Junior College

The premise, “It takes a village to raise a child”, suggests multiple influences are needed to enable a child to grow and develop. A major player within the village is the place where a child attends school. Careful consideration must be given to where the foundations of life are constructed. Research indicates that a high-quality education in the first years of school can increase children’s success in reading, writing and mathematics; close achievement gaps; and set the foundation for healthy and engaged citizenship.

The Junior years (Preparatory to Year 5) at Riverside Christian College provide the ideal platform for learning. Providing quality Christian Education within a values driven framework enables our students to experience a holistic education.

Every child is unique and full of potential and the emphasis is not only on academics but also the well-being and social-emotional development of students. We are a faith-based community. We know that a life centred on God brings purpose and meaning. The Bible contains great wisdom and truth that is applicable to every stage of life and we are passionate about sharing this. And of course, being one campus, the transition to the Middle years of schooling is seamless.

Gary Bentley

Gary Bentley

Head of Junior College

“It takes a village to raise a child.”

Beyond the Classroom

A parent is a child’s first teacher. No amount of formal teaching can compare to the influences you have on your children, who you teach every day, – by word and by example. A healthy home and school partnership is vital in order to continue to develop your child’s sense of security, social awareness and confidence in learning. From this perspective, we highly value the home and school relationship and work tirelessly to promote transparency and togetherness.

Passionate Teaching Staff

Teachers within Junior College have a strong sense of purpose. They not only know what they are teaching but also know why they are teaching it. Teaching staff consistently display a great passion for learning, have a positive attitude and create a classroom where trust has been built and all learners feel safe. Students are guided through each phase of learning, starting with foundational knowledge and progressing to a deep understanding of curriculum concepts. Differentiated instruction enables teachers to meet learning needs accurately and purposefully.

It is an honour to be part of your child’s village. We structure all we do to enable all students to achieve. Part of our DNA is the compelling pursuit of excellence in all that we do.

“My philosophy of education is that all children are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. It is my desire to create this type of atmosphere where students can meet their full potential. I will provide a safe environment where students are invited to share their ideas and take risks.

Year 3 Teacher

Riverside Christian College

“I believe that there are five essential elements that are conducive to learning. 1 The teacher’s role is to act as a guide. 2 Students must have access to hands-on activities. 3 Students should be able to have choices and let their curiosity direct their learning. 4 Students need the opportunity to practice skills in a safe environment. 5 Technology must be incorporated into the school day.”

Year 4 Teacher

Riverside Christian College

Classroom Environment

Our classroom teachers don’t work in isolation. We have a dedicated learning support team. This team includes learning support aides (LSA’s) and learning support teachers . These staff work in our classes, supporting identified students, academically, socially, and emotionally. This team is nurturing, caring and sensitive to the challenges that many of our students’ face.

Access a copy of our Riverside Prep Handbook.

Prep Stay and Play Sessions

STAY&PLAY is a wonderful opportunity to experience our Prep facilities for yourself, whilst meeting our incredible staff and fellow Riverside students. Our College offers a start to finish quality education from Prep to Year 12 and we are here to help make this big decision and transition for your little one into ‘big’ school as comfortable as possible.

STAY&PLAY sessions are for kindergarten aged children and typically held in Term 3 and 4. Bookings can be made well in advance by contacting our Enrolment Officer.

Email enrolments.ds@riverside.qld.edu.au or phone 4123 1031.

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» Up to 2 families per booking
» Parental supervision required
» Enrol following a STAY&PLAY session and receive a free hat and polo shirt

Monday session times
9.15am – 10.15am | 1.45pm – 2.45pm
Tuesday session times
9.15am – 10.15am | 1.45pm – 2.45pm

Building Futures, shaping lives