Enrolments - Preparing your child for school

Schools play an integral role in helping your child become the independent, resilient and well rounded individuals we need in our world. It is said that the ultimate aim of parenting and one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is independence.

It is certainly something that we see develop between the ages of 5 and 12, here at school and it will have already started to develop for your son or daughter. Beginning school is a significant step in this process. We are here to help this development! .

If you, as a parent, are anxious about your child starting school, your child will be too. They are all excellent at detecting anxiety. If you are worried then there must be something to worry about, right? To assist your child to make a successful and enjoyable transition into life at school try telling your child and yourself the following: “School is a fun and safe place where there are lots of exciting things to learn and lots of friends to make” (Repeat as necessary) – Remember we all went to school, your children can too! We want them to learn that we, as parents, have confidence in them.

All of us learn by making mistakes. Kids are no different. Our school endeavours to provide an environment where children can safely make mistakes and learn from them. These mistakes will be made in the academic, sporting, artisitic, SOCIAL, and behavioural spheres. As the “Wise Elders” (Parents and Teachers) of our commuity we need to let our children make these mistakes and face the consequences of them so that they learn from them. Remember we are a safe environment where the safety and welfare of all students is our first priority.

We encourage all of our students to look after their own belongings from day one in Prep. For example they can unpack their own school bag every mornng and pack it again to go home. At home you might encourage them to put their own lunch in their school bag, and put their own shoes and socks on. Encourage them to make sure their reader folder is packed in their school bag and to carry their own bag into school.

Social Experiences Children find it easier to settle into school if they have had plenty of opportunities to mix with other adults and children, have had a wide range of stimulating experiences and have been talked with and talked to. School provides a stimulating environment where children learn to work, play and “get along” together. It is an environment where there will be expectations and consequences of their behaviour, just as this is true for all social situations.

Children will communicate, negotiate, compromise, share and have disagreements. Children who can share, take turns, wait and listen to others quickly form friendships and enjoy playtime. These skills, while reinforced at school, need to be taught at home.

Be Positive Children will encounter challenging and difficult situations at school. This is the point of school; to challenge, to extend and to take us out of our comfort zones in order that we LEARN. Our school is a safe place, the people who work here enjoy working with children and are trained to do so. We will always do our best to ensure the safety, well being and development of all of our students.

Punctuality and Practicalities Before they begin school ensure that your child has their stationary and the correct school uniform. And then for each day following, that they are prepared for the day with some fruit, a drink, a morning snack, their lunch and any homework or reader that has been set. (Try to arrive at school in plenty of time after 8:30. The children enjoy playing with their friends once they have organised themselves for the day. Try to have a quick “Good bye”routine. Again this conveys to your child that they will be fine at school and that you have confidence in them.