School gives young­sters a long look

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Perera

■ Dampier Pri­mary School is in­vest­ing in its youngest charges by run­ning four days of ori­en­ta­tion for next year’s kinder­garten stu­dents.

Kinder­garten teacher Sharon Ver­ti­gan said ex­tend­ing be­yond the usual one-day ori­en­ta­tion pe­riod helped the fu­ture stu­dents set­tle in to the school en­vi­ron­ment.

“We have ori­en­ta­tion once a week for four weeks so chil­dren get fa­mil­iar with the rou­tine, the staff and the space,” she said.

“They get to know me, I get to see the chil­dren with their par­ents and their re­la­tion­ships. It also helps me sort them into ap­pro­pri­ate groups.”

The main ori­en­ta­tion pro­gram, Sto­ry­time, re­volves around ac­tiv­i­ties in­spired by books.

“I read a book to them, then we have ac­tiv­i­ties from the story. I check their fine mo­tor skills and their so­cial­is­ing skills and con­cen­tra­tion,” Ms Ver­ti­gan said.

The ori­en­ta­tion ses­sions also al­low school lead­ers and health­care work­ers to meet par­ents.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Maleaka, 4, and Bey­han Kemp at an ori­en­ta­tion day.

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