NEW TO OUR SCHOOL
ADVICE FOR NEW PARENTS AND PARENTS OF CHILDREN COMMENCING KINDERGARTEN
There will be four Terms of schooling in each Year. Usually Terms are of ten weeks duration with two week holidays.
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KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION SESSIONS
In the term prior to the year Kindergarten children commence school, two orientation sessions are held. The sessions involve a morning at school in the Kindergarten room working to normal classroom routine.
1. A library bag (with a drawstring) approximately pillow slip size
2. An old shirt for painting.
The above items and uniforms, caps, lunch-boxes, drink bottles, school bags, books, etc must be clearly and indelibly marked with name tapes or proper marking pens. Biro and pen become illegible after a few weeks.
School Bags As most children have similar school bags, the problem of trying to identify their own among many others can cause considerable distress to small children who cannot read their own names. Therefore, in addition to the child’s name and address inside the bag, perhaps you could place a transfer or sticker on the outside to aid identification by the child.
If there is to be any variation from normal travel arrangements for your child, please send a note, not a verbal message. This is most important with small children.
BRINGING POSSESSIONS TO SCHOOL
Some small children feel more secure if they bring something familiar and comforting with them to school. While we would not wish to cause anxiety by asking that these things be left at home, please realise that very precious possessions and expensive toys can be damaged or mislaid. Therefore, anything brought to school should be suitably marked with the owner’s name and the child be made aware of the responsibility of looking after it.
WAYS IN WHICH YOU CAN PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR SCHOOL
1. Give your child many opportunities to use pencils, crayons, scissors.
2. Read and tell stories frequently. Try to use different types of literature – stories, rhymes, poems, alphabet and number books.
3. Encourage your child to talk. Answer his/her questions and encourage his/her interest in his/her daily environment and activities. The best preparation for reading and writing is good oral language development.
4. Enrol your child in the local library and visit it regularly.
5. Give the family time to talk with each other by sometimes turning off the television.
6. Encourage drawing and writing.
7. Sometimes scribe for your child, ie write down a “story” as your child tells it.
8. If your child wishes to write his/her name, please do not use capital letters, eg it should be John not JOHN. This is a habit which is very hard to break.
9. Teach your child to use and flush the toilet without help.
SETTLING INTO SCHOOL
The change from short sessions at pre-school to a full day, five days a week, brings many pressures to bear on small children, some of whom find it very difficult to cope, especially in Term 1. You can help your child settle into school by observing some of the following suggestions:
1. Lunch – Many little children find lunchtime with a large group of children quite disconcerting and eat poorly at the beginning of the year. It is best to give them smaller quantities of known favourites. Children are asked to take home what they do not eat. This prevents waste and allows you to adjust lunches accordingly.
2. It is helpful if your child can go to bed early. A tired child cannot benefit from a full day at school.
3. Kindergarten children often get very tired and feel the strain of being part of a large group. You will notice this particularly towards the end of the week for the first few months. Please let us know if this occurs.
4. Should your child be unhappy at school, for any reason, please let us know. We cannot help with a problem unless we know it exists. It would be appreciated if parents could use the time before and after school and lunchtimes for interviews and not class time. Kindergarten children require constant supervision and any interruptions can cause considerable disruption.
Children enrolling in Kindergarten are required to provide the school with an Immunisation Certificate. Immunisation itself is not compulsory however, in the event of an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease in a school, unimmunised children will be required to remain at home for the duration of the outbreak for their own protection. The vaccine-preventable diseases are Diphtheria, Tetanus, Rubella, Whooping Cough, Polio, Mumps and Measles.