Starting PREP

The First Week of Prep

 

Drop-off and Pick-up

On arrival at school, help your child to locate his/her named bag peg, place school bag on the peg and proceed into the Prep Learning Centre to meet your child’s teacher in their new classroom. Once you have said your goodbyes, it is a good idea to leave promptly.

For the first three days (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday), please collect your child from his/her classroom.

 

Managing Morning Separation

 

What to Bring

Please pack the following in your child’s school bag:

  • Art smock (this will remain in the Art Room until the end of term when it will be sent home for washing)
  • Recess/play lunch food e.g. muesli bar, fruit, a sandwich, sultanas or any other small snack
  • A filled water bottle
  • A piece of fruit for ‘fruit break’
  • School Hat
  • Spare underwear and spare socks in a named zip lock bag.

Lunch is not required for the first week (only recess/play lunch and fruit break). Please make sure all clothing and belongings are clearly labelled.

Settling Into School Life

As a parent, you have assisted your child in progressing through the many and varied developmental milestones such as crawling, walking and communicating. You will be able to continue your valuable role as your child commences a new and exciting learning journey at BNPS.

Parents are able to support their child through their transition from Kinder to Prep in many ways and need to acknowledge that not all children will master their learning at the same time. Parents can provide encouragement and opportunities to assist in the development of many skills. Consistent praise of any effort and achievement is always beneficial. Most children will settle quickly and happily into the routine of school; however, some may feel anxious about coming to school. It is important that you model good coping strategies and reinforce the positive aspects to ensure they feel secure in their new environment.

As our school grounds are very large and spread out, our Prep students are supervised closely in a designated play area at both recess and lunch. This creates a safe, caring and supportive environment for the Preps as they become familiar with the new school routines.

Developing Independence and Responsibility

To help develop independence and responsibility, we encourage you to assist your child to:

  • Follow simple directions
  • Listen carefully
  • Respect their own and others' personal property
  • Speak politely
  • Learn to wait their turn
  • Recognize their own name on their belongings and bag peg
  • Display good eathing habits and manners
  • Be able to manage their own toilet needs
  • Wash their hands thoroughly
  • Tidy up after themselves
  • Fasten their own shoes (we recommend velcro in Foundation)
  • Be aware of 'pick-up' arrangements at the end of the school day.

Buddy Program

A buddy system is in place to assist the new Preps to settle into the school routine in a caring and supportive way. The children are introduced to their buddies on their last Orientation Day (Term 4). The buddies are available during the first few weeks of Term 1 to assist the Prep students with finding friends to play with and generally providing support. Throughout the year they will have the opportunity to engage with their buddies during special events..

See also, Transition (Kinder to Prep).