TRANSITIONING TO FOUNDATION

TRANSITION TO FOUNDATION

Children enrolled at our 4 Year Old Kindergarten have a seamless transition to Foundation. They have the opportunity to participate with their families in Mount Pleasant Road community events, such as the Twilight Sports, Family Science Night, Family Breakfast, Christmas Concert and Student Representative Council events including Book Week and Footy Day.


In Terms Two and Three, all children in the 4 year old Kindergarten group and children who have been accepted into our school for the following year are given the opportunity work with Year 4 students on activities both in the Kindergarten and school classrooms.


In October of Term Four, the Orientation Program for students enrolled in Foundation for the following year commences. Children participate in four sessions in the Foundation classrooms.   Please refer to the Transition & Orientation information below.



PARENT INFORMATION EVENING

Parents are required to attend an Information Evening on Tuesday 12 November  2019 at 7PM - 8PM to ask questions and get advice on school readiness.  Refer to the Transition document below.



GETTING READY FOR FOUNDATION

Starting at school is a new and exciting experience. Some ideas for you to try at home to prepare your child for school include:


School Routine

Help your child into a routine similar to that of school:

  • Make a set time for eating morning tea (11AM) and lunch (1:30PM)
  • Avoid letting your child snack continually throughout the day
  • Begin preparing a packed lunch each day during the holidays. This will help him/her to handle a lunch box and drink bottle. It will also help you to know how much food your child needs. 


School Uniform

If possible, have your child to try on their school uniform. Practise putting on and taking off shoes. It is a good idea to "break in" new school shoes before starting school.

First Day

On the first day of school, your child should bring their:

  • School bag - Named clearly so your child will be able to recognise it easily. A ribbon or small toy attached to the bag will make their bag even easier to identify.
  • Lunch in a box (named) and drink (water) in a plastic container (named). We encourage students to avoid packing nut products in their lunchbox.
  • Play lunch - We suggest that you provide a substantial snack for your child to eat at morning recess. This should be wrapped separately from the child's lunch.
  • Art smock - This can be made from an old shirt with the sleeves shortened and elastic at the wrists, or it is possible to purchase an art smock from the uniform shop.
  • A library bag - For borrowing books from the school library. A drawstring bag big enough to hold big books (approx. 36cm wide x 44cm long)
  • Spare underwear - All children should have a spare pair of underwear in a plastic bag, clearly labelled, in the front pocket of their schoolbag for use in an emergency



TRANSITION & ORIENTATION

2019 - Foundation 2020 Transition (pdf)

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Foundation Transition Session 1 School Structure (pdf)

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Foundation Orientation 2 Literacy (pdf)

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Foundation Orientation 3 Numeracy (pdf)

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