Thinking about Transition to School

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Starting school is an important time for children and families. Children who make a positive start to school are more likely to:

  • feel comfortable, relaxed and valued
  • feel excited and motivated to learn
  • have good relationships with others
  • develop a sense of belonging within the school community.

Starting school is not just about the first day. It’s a process that begins when children and families start to prepare in the year before, and continues as children experience their first days, weeks and months of school. The process involves a number of changes for children and families, and everyone reacts differently.

For some children the change brings excitement about making friends and learning new things, while for others the change can leave them feeling nervous and overwhelmed. You may reflect on your own school experiences and be reminded of the mix of emotions you felt when starting school.

Families play an important role in supporting children to manage the transition to primary school. With the support of your child’s early childhood educator and school teacher, you can help them to cope with the new challenges by developing their social, emotional and learning skills. Supporting your child’s skills in these areas contributes to their mental health and wellbeing.

Our Transition to school visits start on Tuesday 8th of November for students enrolled at Hillsmeade in 2017. The children will enjoy a visit to the classroom to meet a Prep teacher and parents will be provided with an information session in the staffroom from 11-40am to 12-40pm. Please enrol for school ASAP for 2017 if you have not done so already.

Shiona Watson

Shiona Watson

Assistant Principal & Director of ELC and OSHC at Hillsmeade Primary School
Shiona Watson

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