First Day for Kindergarten

Day 1 - Wednesday 27 January

Kindergarten students have a staggered start, arriving any time between 8:45am and 9:10am. A parent information session and welcome will follow from 9:15am until 10:15am.

Kindergarten students should wear their summer uniform on their first day, including the school hat. Students should bring two fruit/vegetable snacks as they will be having two fruit breaks during the day. You should also pack Long Break food (lunch), Short Break food (recess) and a drink bottle. Lunch boxes and drink bottles must be clearly labelled with the student’s name.

Transitioning and School Hours

To assist students in their transition from preschool to “Big School”, the following structure will apply for Kindergarten’s first weeks of school.

Weeks 1 to 5 of Term 1

The first day for our Kindergarten students is Wednesday 27 January 2021.

Children will not be attending school on Wednesdays for the second, third, fourth and fifth week. For these weeks, Kindergarten students will be attending on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday only.

Normal Kindergarten class times will apply, with students beginning class at 8:50am and finishing at 3:00pm.

Children can arrive at school anytime from 8:20am. Should your require your child to arrive earlier, we encourage you to book them in to OSHC (Out of School Hours Care).

On arrival, children are to carry their own bags to their classroom and make their way to the Library. Class teachers will collect all students from the Library each morning at 8:50am, when classes begin.

Children can be collected at 3:00pm from either the Canteen area or the Kiss and Drop area (please do not wait on the verandah).

Students will be supervised until 3:20pm by Kindergarten staff, although we strongly recommend keeping the days short for our young students as fatigue is a big issue in the early days of Kindergarten.

After this time, your child will be walked down to the Kiss and Drop area where they will be supervised until 3:45pm. Students who have not been collected by 3.45pm, and are not registered for OSHC (Out of School Hours Care), will be escorted by teaching staff to the School Front Reception to await collection, and parents will be contacted.

SCAS Start Assessments are 1:1 interviews conducted by your child’s class teacher with your child. These interviews run for 30 minutes and aim to assess your child’s abilities across a range of Literacy and Numeracy outcomes. Students need no prior preparation for these assessments as they just aim to give a starting point for your child’s learning journey.

These interviews are run over three weeks on the Wednesdays in Weeks 2, 3 and 4. On the Wednesday of Week 5, you will be invited to meet with your child’s teacher to be given an overview of where your child is at in their learning journey and clear learning goals will be established.

Week 6 of Term 1

From Week 6, students begin attending school for five days of the week. They begin lessons at 8:50am and their day ends at 3:00pm, although supervision of students is provided from 8:20am until 3:20pm. After that time, students will be supervised at Kiss and Drop area until 3:45pm with the same procedure as the start of the year. Again, long days are discouraged for our Kindergarten students. Morning playground supervision begins at 8:20am where students have the option of remaining in the Library or playing in the Stage 1 playground.