Transition is a key priority at KPS. Transition covers many areas including into Grade Prep, out of Grade 6, into KPS from another school and from one year level to the next at KPS.

We support our students in the following ways:

  • New students buddied up formally with classmates
  • Buddies Program for Grade Prep and Grade 6 students
  • Transition report presented to School Council through the Wellbeing, Engagement, Pathways and Transitions (WEPT) Committee
  • Assistant Principal regularly monitors all new students
  • Welcome events at the start of the year for new families
  • Meetings between new family and teacher as appropriate
  • Transition foci for all Student Support Group (SSG) meetings during Term 4
  • Meet the Teacher Day for all students (new teacher for the following year) during late Term 4
  • Personal transition program for families commencing in Term 1 of the following year, in December of the preceding year
  • Active seeking of student files by School Office staff from previous schools
  • Discussions with previous schools as appropriate
  • Jump Start Program at the commencement of Term 1 for all students and staff
  • Monitoring of students when transition is an identified issue in Term 4 and Term 1
  • Detailed Class Placement process from Grades Prep to 6
  • Identification of high needs students at Staff Meetings twice per year to support their needs
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) Transition Program
  • ‘Getting to Know You’ interviews for all students and families with teachers in February
  • State-wide Transition Day: Pre-school – Prep, Year 6 – Year 7 in December
  • Pre-school to Prep extensive Transition Program & Mother Goose Program for littlies
  • Teaming teaching and team planning from Grades Prep to 6

The first day of school

There are things you can do to help your child experience a successful and stress free first day at school including:

  • helping your child to pack their school bag with a snack, drink, lunch and a hat. Include a change of clothes and a spare pair of underpants in a plastic bag and let your child know these clothes are there in case of any accidents
  • when dressing for school look for easy fasteners and encourage your child to dress themselves, so they can manage things like taking jumpers on and off. Label all belongings and find out where lost property is held at school
  • put sunscreen on your child in the morning if it is needed
  • leave home on time allowing time to say goodbye. At first, you may stay a while to ensure your child feels secure, but once they have settled in, a short and reassuring goodbye encourages independence
  • show your child where you will meet them at the end of the school day
  • check what time school finishes and arrive in plenty of time to collect your child
  • at the end of the day talk to your child about what happened at school.