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First day of big school. My concerns. Will he be happy? Will he get on with his teacher? Will his buddy remember to come for him? What if he’s all on his own, & lonely? How can I juggle this school run 5 days a week?

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my concerns
My concerns
  • Will he be happy? Will he get on with his teacher?
  • Will his buddy remember to come for him?
  • What if he’s all on his own, & lonely?
  • How can I juggle this school run 5 days a week?
  • Lunches, lunches, lunches how many ways can I reinvent the vegemite sandwich?
  • Should I have packed spare clothes, undies, socks etc?
his concerns
  • Mum, what will I do today? Who will I play with? When do I eat? Who am I sitting with?

I calmly answered all questions, keeping my own concerns (that mirrored his, to myself). Mr Petersen gave me some very valuable advice that I will pass onto to you: Three qu’s that you ask at the end of each day –

  • What was the best part of the day?
  • What was the worst part of your day?
  • Did you learn anything?
routine routine eat drink and rest well
ROUTINE, ROUTINE, eat, drink and rest well
  • Make it predictable and keep your sanity intact
belonging trust
  • Develop good relationships, communication, trust and respect amongst all involved parties – parents, teachers, children and the wider school community. Everyone will feel valued, welcomed and respected, furthermore the likelihood of conflict or misunderstanding will be minimised.
  • If you need to approach the school, check the guidelines published by the school for this, it is always best to make an appointment.
general knowledge
General knowledge
  • There are 4 terms in a year typically there are 10 weeks in each term.
  • Kindykids are a part of early stage 1.
  • 3 Sports houses Cook (yellow), Bass (Blue) and Flinders (green). House coloursare for the various carnivals (t-shirts)
  • Canteen: pricelist is on the website, you can buy a reusable bag or use paper bags. 2nd hand uniforms are sold out of the Canteen for $2 a piece & all proceeds go back to the school.
general knowledge1
General knowledge
  • Lost and Found cupboard – but try & make sure you label everything, so your child’s belongings don’t end up there – it is cleaned out periodically for the 2nd hand uniforms !!
  • Library Day – kindy’swill have a designated day and each child will need a library bag (separate from their school bag), they can be bought through Emma at Uniform Solutions.
  • There is also a Computer day, a sport day, other fitness, and a Scripture Day
general knowledge2
General knowledge
  • School starts 9.30am, playground is supervised from 9am. Lunch is at 11.30am – 12.30pm and recess is 2 – 2.20pm,. School finishes 3.30pm
  • Newsletters are posted on the web Wednesdays and are emailed to you on this day too. Other notes are also sent out as needed.
  • Before & After School Care, the “green” bus and the “blue” bus, sitting on the bus lines.
  • School gate drop off and pick up, please park in designated areas, do not leave kids in cars.
general knowledge3
General knowledge
  • Several Carnivals throughout the year – swimming, cross country, athletic.
  • Fundraising events – walkthon, readathon, spellathon, swimathon, bunningsbbq, Disco & some adult Nights
  • Weekly Assembly, with achievement awards, SERF’ies.
  • Homework – Home readers, weekly topic talks
  • Active after & during school programs; chess club, recorder music program; school band
  • Class coordinator (parent) share email addresses of families in your class, for birthdays, play-dates. Social events for parents.