Transitioning To School
At St Peter’s, we aim to ensure the transition into Kindergarten is a smooth and positive experience for all students.
Transition programs involve several opportunities for students to visit the school and participate in classes and playground activities, while their parents can socialise and meet other new parents. Staff also conduct information sessions for parents to learn vital information about school readiness.
Orientation follows a similar pattern each year and the school community is informed of specific dates.
- Enrolments open in Catholic Schools Week (Term 1, Week 7) each year.
- School tours are conducted on request.
- Enrolment interviews are held in June and offers of acceptance are made.
- Opportunities for parents and students to visit the Kindergarten classroom to observe and participate in lessons are made available at the end of Term 3, usually in September.
- A formal Orientation Meeting for parents and students is held in October, early Term 4. Here, new Kindergarten students meet their Year 6 buddies while parents meet key staff at St Peter’s.
- In early Term 4 new students are invited to spend a morning in Kindergarten. More opportunities are offered if required.
- At the start of the new school year Kindergarten students visit the Kindergarten room for Best Start Testing.
New kindergarten students are well and truly a part of the school community prior to their official first day of school. Kindergartens receive invitations and letters from their Year 6 buddies prior to starting school to ensure that they have at least one special friend on arrival at school.
Students transitioning to high school are supported by involvement in transition days at San Clemente High School, Mayfield, where the majority of St Peter’s students choose to continue their Catholic education. The classroom teachers and Learning Support teachers are also available to discuss learning and social needs with representatives of each of the schools our graduating students will be attending.