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We realise the importance of a smooth transition for children when they enter our school and throughout their school life. Each year is a time of transition for your child and we run a series of programs to support them in settling in and feeling confident about school.
We begin before the children start Prep. This is a time of major change for children (and their families) and presently our program includes an Orientation Program that takes place during November and December. The children have an opportunity to meet the Prep teachers for the next year so that they can begin to form relationships as well as meeting familiar friends from kinder and new friends. The program is designed to give the children a taste of what a Prep classroom is like and to become familiar with some of the important areas around the school such as the playground and toilets. There is an opportunity for parents to meet the teachers and the Principal and Assistant Principal both formally, through Parent Information Nights, and informally. We know that strong positive relationships form the core of a child’s successful time at school and we try to ensure that we use this time to lay the foundations for a wonderful 7 years at our school. We are continually reviewing the program and value feedback from families at any time.
Once the children are at school, they take part in our Quality Beginning Program which familiarises them with our school values including our beliefs about learning, behaviour and sustainability. The focus again is on the value of positive relationships which encompass respect, friendliness, teamwork, resilience, love of learning and creativity.
Part of the transition program for the Year 5 and 6 children involves a strong focus on leadership skills. Each member of the Real Life Learning Centre can apply for a role that they feel matches their skills, e.g. Community Captain, House Captain or Arts Captain. There are also a number of teams they can be part of such as the Media Team who contribute to the publication of the newsletter.
Our transition programs allow us to not only establish clear understandings and expectations at our school but form the bedrock of our relationships with each other within our community.