Tran­si­tion day helps kids ease into school­ing life

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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