Preparing Your Child For School
Encourage your child to look forward to this great event as part of the process of growing up by being positive about it yourself.
Talk to your child about school, where he/she will meet new friends, play games, sing and make things.
Foster excitement about wearing the school uniform.
Encourage independence by teaching your child to dress him/herself, learn to tie his/her own shoelaces, to blow his/her nose and take off and put on outer clothing without help.
Ensure your child knows his/her name, address and phone number well enough to repeat them if necessary.
Teach your child to recognise and write his/her name written in the following way – “Mary Smith”.
Encourage your child to talk about his/her everyday experiences, thoughts, observations or specific events.
Show your child the school and the way to school before he/she begins.
Clearly label ALL the possessions your child will take to school.
Develop independence and responsibility – encourage your child to put away things and to assist with household tasks.
Discuss the importance of showing respect towards other people and how we do this.
Let your child carry their own school bag and take their belongings in and out of the bag – including zipping and unzipping it.
Teach your child to be sunsmart. The school has a SUNSMART policy and all children are to wear a Plenty Parklands broad brimmed or legionnaire hat between September and April.
Ensure that your child has adequate sleep. A tired child does not make the most of learning opportunities. 5 year olds need about 12 hours sleep 7pm – 7am.
Teach your child to do things for themselves, encourage independence.
Teach your child how to use scissors safely.
Help your child get used to waiting for someone's attention. Ask them to wait if you are speaking with someone else.
Allow your child to stay with relatives or friends for short periods of time so he/she is used to spending time away from you.
If your child is unable to speak English, help them learn some basic English before they come to school.
Ensure your child can use the toilet correctly. If a boy, make sure he is confident using a urinal.
Teach your child to wash their hands after visiting the toilet.
Establishing friendships is important. Invite your child’s friends home to play.
During the first few days of school, follow the teacher’s advice as to when to leave following drop off. Please leave as quickly as possible when asked.
Before school starts, talk to your child about the difference between ‘play time’ or recess and ‘lunch time’. Discuss what you will pack for their recess snack and for lunch. Have some practice runs at home to let them learn how to unwrap sandwiches and open a lunch box.
Give classwork and artwork a place of honour, for a few days at least.
Teach them how to cross the road and use the school crossing correctly.
Build your child’s confidence. Encourage them to ‘have a go’ at all activities.
- Year Levels
- Enrolment Forum and Tour Bookings for 2022 Enrolments
- Expressions of Interest Forms
- Welcome Pack - Prep to Year 6 2021
- Prep Transition 2021
- Health and Wellbeing
- Student Support Staff
- Brain Food Program
- Yard Duty
- Disabilities Program
- Digital Learning
- Useful Websites