School gives youngsters a long look
■ 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.
Maleaka, 4, and Beyhan Kemp at an orientation day.