Starting School

On the first day

The first day sets the stage for your child’s year at school. Starting school will probably mean some big changes in your child’s life such as: longer periods away home and family, more formal kinds of organisation, larger groups of people, new feelings, new friends, new experiences and further steps to independence.

To make this transition easier, we would ask that you:

Arrival time
Your child’s classroom will be open from 8.45am and the teacher will be there to welcome you and  your child.

Leave cheerfully 
If you have a positive attitude and look forward to the first day at school, your child will probably do the same. Remind your child that you will pick them up.

Discuss any concerns
Be positive and loving. Be reassuring. Do all you can to make your child happy and confident about entering the school world.

Foundation Timetable

Children usually find school very tiring as it is very different from kindergarten, play groups, childcare or being at home.

During the first 6 weeks, all Prep children attend school from 9:00am until 3:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays children remain at home to rest but may be called in to school for assessment purposes.

From the seventh week Prep students will attend school for the full five days.


Please ensure that all school items are labelled with your child’s name.

  • Pack a snack, lunch and water bottle
  • Pack a spare pair of underpants, socks and a change of clothes in a plastic bag. Let your child know these are in their backpack in case they have a toilet accident at school
  • School bag
  • Sunscreen and school hat (We are a SunSmart school so hats and sunscreen are required – we have a “no hat, no play” policy).