At St Joseph’s, we aim to ensure the transition into Kindergarten is a smooth and positive experience for all students.
Transition programs involve up to eight opportunities for students to visit the school and participate in classes and playground activities, while their parents have the opportunity to socialise and meet new parents. Staff also conduct information sessions for parents to learn vital information about school readiness.
New kinders are well and truly a part of the school community prior to their official first day of school. Kinders receive invitations and letters from their Year 6 buddies prior to starting school to ensure that they have at least one special friend on arrival at school.
Each year, students and staff have the opportunity to gather a week before school commences for a school community Belonging Day. This is an opportunity for students to reconnect with their peers, meet new teachers and set up their classrooms ready for the new school year. This event is very well attended and eagerly anticipated by all.
Students transitioning to high school are supported by involvement in Middle Schools Days at St Joseph’s High School, Aberdeen. The classroom teachers and Learning support teachers are also available to discuss learning and social needs with representatives of each of the schools our students are transitioning into.