Transition to School

TRANSITION – students and their families developing a sense of identity and belonging.

Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 10.24.08 amThe world has changed.

The world is different. Students enrolling at Woodend in the Year 2016 graduate in Year 7 in 2023 and will complete Year 12 in 2028.  Ponder this. Questions? So what – now what? Since 1990 all of these technologies were available. Imagine what will be available for creating, collaborating and consuming for our students in 2028 when these students graduate?

Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 10.33.44 amwe’re looking for different things … new skills and literacies….

solutions, information, global, creativity, media and collaboration literacies as well as digital citizenship encompass the essential skills our students need to live and work successfully in the future.

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The Early Years Learning Framework contained five outcomes which clearly addressed key areas in prior-to-school settings – identity, connecting and contributing, the importance of wellbeing, being confident and involved learners and effective communicators.  These five outcomes are contained within our Australian Curriculum, in particular the General Capabilities (see white font on graphic).

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The General Capabilities is a key dimension of the Australian Curriculum that encompass the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that together with the content of each learning area, assist students to function as learners in the 21st Century.

We are on a continual journey of improvement. We want to be able to support, nurture and build those new skills and literacies and have used recent research in the area of TRANSITION to do things differently. In consultation with prior-to-school settings we have worked with the seven essential principles that guide our practice with transition.  In particular, giving attention to building relationships that support …

A STRONG SENSE OF IDENTITY

A FEELING OF BELONGING

HEALTHY DISPOSITIONS FOR LEARNING

We acknowledge and address the following principles.  Transition is:

1.  long and complex process during which the child internalises the process of leaving their prior-to-school setting and moving to a new environment

2. is ongoing – building a sense of identity and belonging

3. we are all making adjustments to help your child belong

4. takes place over time as each child – build on his / her identity

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5. each child brings their own sense of being and belonging from home and prior to school settings

6. educators working together to build upon each child’s learning experiences with a focus on continuity of learning experiences and on ‘Play’.  Children MUST play.  You will see your child engaging in times of ‘free play’ which is their therapy and also times of ‘intentional play’ where there are links to the General Capabilities and learning outcomes within the Australian Curriculum. During play your child is learning new skills, constructing meaning and making greater sense of his/her world.

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7. ongoing discussions  –  building relationships – partnerships

‘It takes a village to raise a child’ (African proverb) – it is the partnerships required during the maturation of our youth. We are all this “village” and has never been more necessary than it is today. We live in a face-paced, instant information, and pressure-packed world. Today’s children are faced with a myriad of both challenges and opportunities. Navigating parenthood can be a daunting undertaking – home/school/community partnerships and supports are welcome and necessary to prepare our students for tomorrow.

What is your child thinking/feeling/saying about starting school?  We recognise that all children begin school visits and school with different experiences, needs and energy levels. Does your child need to:

– visit the school on the weekend?

– come for one extra orientation visit?

– do you need to develop a social story (photos of school) to look and prepare for school whilst on holidays?

Decide on what best suits your child to help them orient into school and transition more smoothly.  Please contact us if your child needs more support to transition.

We recognise your child brings with him/her a rich and varied array of experiences from all facets of life.

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Our ‘Building Connections’ conversations allow our Reception teachers to find out more about your child – their experiences, learning dispositions, strengths, personal and social capabilities and their home and community context. This is another element of the transition process.  We also have:

– Acquaintance Night early in Term 1

– Parent/Teacher/Child discussions end Term 1/early Term 2

– Mid and End of Year Student Report

– ongoing informal discussions between parent/carer and teacher throughout the year when required.  We monitor how your child is transitioning and work in partnership with you to ensure s/he is managing the change and building their own identity and sense of belonging.  So too with you, we are wanting to ensure that you and your family are managing the change and in time, become a valued part of the rich fabric of our Woodend Community.  How can this occur?

PARENT ENGAGEMENT

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1. Parent Engagement is about you learning about learning.  Come in, read, share learning with parents so that you better understand the learning that occurs at school in 2016 and beyond.

2.  Support your child’s learning – meet the teacher/s and parents within your child’s classroom.  Ask questions, read, and collaborate so that you know what is happening in your child’s school life and feel an active part of it.

3.  Become involved in committees, events and social activities made available to you.  We value your ideas and input to “grow” our community of learners – adult and child. In this way we build the capacity of the school through parent/carer voice and action. We are responsive to yours and the communities’ needs as you involve yourself.

4.  Embrace the opportunity to network with others – collaboration is one of our greatest strengths as a community.  You may network by being present and involved at school or via communication channels set up by the school.  School is also a wonderful opportunity to develop friendships – sometimes life long friendships.  Make every effort to connect with parents/carers.

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Here are the key school times:

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Communication options:

Newstarters Blog – this can be found on www.woodendps.sa.edu.au under the Organisation tab and has all the information you require – Attendance and Departure, Uniform, OSHC and much more.  Please subscribe and you will receive a notification of new information being posted.

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We hope that this information is valuable to you.  Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any further questions.

We look forward to building partnerships with you and your child.

2015 New Receptions

Wow, it’s hard to believe another school year is about to begin. Hopefully all your little people are excited about getting started.

A reminder to make sure your child’s clothing and items are clearly labelled with their name. The lost property bin ends up over flowing each term and unclaimed items sold but we’d prefer that your stuff makes it back to you. It is also a good idea to show your child where the label is so that they can learn to check that they have their own clothing and take responsibility for it.

Hopefully you all received an email from Brian Marshall with details about the first week but just a recap if you didn’t.

Tuesday 27th January is a day when you and your reception child can come into the class and spend some time there to help relax your child and familiarise them with their teacher and classroom. If your child is at all anxious about starting this could be a good way to help the transition. Keep in mind that all year 1 – 7 students start on Tuesday so there will be plenty of activity around the school.

Wednesday 28th January will be the first day of school for your child. They should arrive between 8.30am and 8.45am. At the end of the day they will be dismissed from the classroom at the usual time of 3.05pm. Please talk to your child in the morning and show them where they will meet you at dismissal to help with any fears. Your child may feed off your stress so try to be relaxed and positive about the day and don’t prolong your goodbye. Your teacher will be there to help this all go smoothly.

If you are concerned about any anxiety with starting school here are some links to articles and resources about handling the first day:

There is a welcome assembly at 10am on Wednesday 28th however the new reception students will not attend this. It will be for Year 1 – 7 only. New reception students will be introduced to the whole school at the following assembly.

If you have any questions or concerns, make sure you comment below or contact the school.

Kelli