To better educate our children, we need to understand them better. Understand what makes them tick.
It is important to us at Buninyong Primary School that the transition from Pre-school to School, transition between grades throughout Primary School and transition to Secondary School is smooth and well communicated. As a result we have developed the following processes:
Transition from Pre-School to Primary School:
We certainly do our best to give every child the opportunity to make a smooth transition into Primary School. This includes:
Transition Activities with Feeder Pre-Schools:
We come together with our feeder pre-schools (Buninyong & Mt Helen pre-schools) to conduct transition activities. Pre-school staff will keep parents informed about these.
As part of our transition process we run a Pre-Schooler Program on Wednesdays and Fridays over the last four weeks of Term 3. Parents choose whether their child registers for the Wednesday Program or the Friday Program….both programs are the same. In 2013 the Wednesday programs were run on August 28 and September 4, 11 & 18. Dates for the Friday sessions were August 30 and September 6, 13 & 20.
In weeks 1 and 2 sessions ran from 10 – 11am and in weeks 3 & 4 from 9:30am – 11am. Each week the children participate in different activities. It’s not a problem if children are unable to attend all 4 sessions. Parents are welcome to stay, but most parents are happy to leave their children, which is fine.
This is a great way to familiarise pre-schoolers with the school setting and help each child make a smooth transition into Primary School. All children are welcome to participate, not just those who are enrolling to attend Buninyong Primary the following year.
If you would like your child to participate, simply call the ladies in the general office and register your child.
An orientation day for 2014 preps will be held on Tuesday December 10th. Parents are asked to bring their children in at 9:30am and to collect them at 2:30pm. An information session for parents will be held on this day from 9:45 – 10:45am.
Passing on student information:
The Pre-School teachers and Prep teachers liaise and share information regarding the students and discuss any individual needs of students. The Pre- School teachers also complete a transition statement for each student which contains information regarding developmental progress and interests or concerns that students may have.
The Primary School staff also liaises with the Pre-School teachers when grouping the children for their Prep classes, to ensure that students start the year with some familiar faces. Any parent queries regarding this should be directed to Bernie, Sue or one of the Prep teachers.
Transition to Grades at Buninyong.
Our aim is for every child to settle into their new grade as quickly as possible at the beginning of each year. To ensure this smooth process the teachers are released as a grade level and are able to plan together each week. We also have developed some detailed core documents, particularly in English and Maths. These documents set out very clearly what is to be taught at each year level.
Other processes we have in place are:
It is also recorded if they have a disability and receive funding to assist with their learning.
In some cases, some students require a bit more forward planning as to the teacher who is most appropriate. When this is the case the teacher and assistant principal liaise with the parents and begin the transition phase a little earlier with these students. An example of this is when a student has been diagnosed with autism and/or anxiety.
Transition to Secondary School.
Our Grade 6 students are supported and well prepared to head off to secondary school. Early in Term 2 there is a form called attending government schools which is sent home to all parents. This has to be returned regardless of where the child is going. Other school information includes: