Transition day helps kids ease into schooling life
SEVERAL kindergarten students have been finding their feet at both Euroa Primary and St Johns, before their real schooling becomes a reality.
Transition Day’s have been in full swing for the past three weeks, with both school’s offering delegated days for the kids to come and get a taste of what school life will be like for next year.
Both schools want to be able to get the kids feeling familiar with their environment and confident for what a day in their classroom will be like.
St John’s School’s Foundation Transition program has been running over the past four weeks, with children enrolled for 2019 attending for increasing amounts of time each session.
Sally Redfern from St Johns has said the transition program was established many years ago, with the main goal to familiarise the children with their new school environment and the teachers.
“A definite highlight is the “Buddy” component when each year five student is assigned a new Foundation student to look after and mentor though the year,” Mrs Redfern said.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to develop leadership skills in the senior students, as well as providing a familiarise face in what can initially be a very busy and overwhelming playground for our new junior students.
“They have already shown themselves to be a happy and enthusiastic group of children who are going to be a very welcome addition to the St John’s School community.”
Both schools have been completing a number of activities based around normal classroom activity, like Literacy and Numeracy.
Euroa Primary School has been making community links with Euroa Kindergarten and Goodstart Early Learning Centre throughout the year by visiting the Kinders with groups of school children and individual staff members.
“Teacher Megan Andrew said the program gives them a snap shot of what school will be about, by giving them opportunities to experience different curriculum programs English, mathematics, art, music and PE,” Mrs Andrew said.
“They become familiar with their surrounds and are supported in being able to find their way around the classrooms and playground, making it a natural place for them to be.
“Transition enables the start of school life for a child to be a smooth one and it is great to do it together with the school staff supporting parents and the child on this important journey.”
Buddy pair up’s are also a focal point for Euroa Primary and Mrs Andrew said the buddy relationship is a two way pathway, which builds friendship, support and the older children learn to take on responsibility and to grow in a leadership role.
Although the program won’t remove those tears from the parents on the first day of school, the kinder kids are sure to be ready with the help of this program.