At Our Lady of Hope, we understand that a successful transition program can make a big difference to how comfortable your child will feel on their first day at school. Therefore, we offer transition visits for all of our new students and are happy to tailor an individual transition program to suit your child.
Each year in Term 4, we offer an seven week transition program for all of our Reception children who will be starting the following year. We do this by offering all families the option of being involved in the STARS program. Additionally, we also have two compulsory transition visits for students and new families to the school towards the end of Term 4 each year.
What is the STARS Program?
The Student Transition and Readiness for School (STARS) is an optional six-week program offered to all of our new Reception children. As part of this program, the children attend school for one morning per week and work with a teacher and educational support officer where they engage in school readiness activities. The children are introduced to the routines of school, as well as becoming familiar with the school surrounds and the staff they will be working with the following year. The children also get the opportunity to form friendships with other children.
In addition to the STARS program, there are two compulsory transition sessions for all new Reception children. At these sessions, the children come to school for 90 minutes and spend some time working with the Reception teachers for the following year. These visits are important and assist us in placing children in class groups and helping children to establish relationships with their teachers and peers.
Term 3 Reception Transition:
We have two compulsory transition sessions for students and new families to the school that work in the same way as the sessions described above. Extra transition sessions can also be arranged with the school for those children who need this and, where required, teachers will visit Kindergartens in order to meet children.
Transition in Other Year Levels:
When children are commencing in a year level other than Reception at the beginning of a school year, they will be invited along for three transition sessions in Term 4 of the previous year. These transition sessions help children to become familiar with the school environment and also assist children with getting to know other students in their year level. In the final transition session, the children will spend 45 minutes meeting their teacher and class for the following year.
When children commence during the course of a school year, transition visits will be offered to the children prior to their commencement. The timing and length of these transition visits are negotiated between the family and the school.
Extra Transition Sessions:
We recognise that some children may take a little bit longer to settle into a new school environment and may need extra transition sessions. Where this is the case, we will negotiate with families in order to develop a transition program that suits the child. These transition programs can take the form of extra visits prior to starting school or, alternatively, we can negotiate for children to start schooling on a part time basis whereby they attend school for only part of the day, then slowly build up to full days when they are ready.
Please don't hesitate to ask us if you have any questions about our transition programs.