During Term Three, the St Mary’s staff, including Foundation teachers, visit enrolled children at their Kindergartens to commence the transition process.
Early in Term Four, the children are invited to participate in four transition sessions onsite, focusing on various games and activities based on English, Mathematics, STEM and Physical Education.
In late November, a Parent Information Night is held, which often includes a guest speaker and focuses on making the transition to school a successful, positive experience for both students and parents.
The tips below may help you and your child get ready for school.
Preparing your child for school
The following suggestions may prove helpful in preparing your child for school:
A St Mary’s school bag is a suitable size for your child – big enough to carry a library book, a standard-sized lunch box, a jumper; but not so big that it is awkward and tires your child.
All articles brought to school should be clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Teach your child to:
• tie shoelaces
• do up buttons with the corresponding buttonholes
• use zip fasteners
• put on and take off outer clothing without help
• do up and undo the school bag
• unwrap plastic food wraps
• teach your child to put away books, toys, etc., after use
• teach your child to flush the toilet and wash hands, unassisted. (Boys should know how to use a urinal.)