Starting school is a significant event for every child and it is important to have a smooth beginning to this journey. The transition from Kindergarten and Daycare to school must be well managed to ensure a successful beginning to your child’s formal education. St Gerard Majella primary school staff do everything they can to help Prep students and their families feel at home during the process of enrolment and commencing Prep.
Prep is the first compulsory year of school and provides the foundation for your child’s education. It is a full-time program held in primary schools. Children attend Monday-Friday for the full school day. The Preparatory Year (Prep) program is for children who turn five by June 30 in the year they start school.
|Birth date||Eligible for Prep Year in|
|Child born 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011||2016|
|Child born 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012||2017|
|Child born 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013||2018|
|Child born 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014||2019|
An amendment to the Education Act has allowed for the possibility of early entry for some students who will turn five by July 31st in the year they are in Prep, however that entry is conditional on the principal also being satisfied that they are ready for schooling in terms of:
- aptitude and ability; and
- social and emotional competence; and
- physical development; and
- level of knowledge and understanding
This is not a change for all children born in July and it is certainly not compulsory to send your child to Prep if he or she turns five during July.
Most children commence Prep in the year they become eligible (turning 5 by June 30th), however parents who are concerned their child is not ready to start Prep at that time can choose to start their child a year later – the year they become of compulsory school age (6 years and 6 months).
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s readiness for Prep, speak with your child’s Kindergarten teacher or the school Principal.
Orientation for Prep
St Gerard Majella School believes that a positive and comprehensive introduction to school life is imperative to the success of children and parents. For many Prep students, this is their first experience of a school environment and for many parents, the first time they have engaged with a school since they were a student themselves. St Gerard Majella offers the following process of orientation and induction into Prep:
Parent Information Evening
At this evening in October, our teaching staff will pass on important information to Prep parents, such as an overview of the Prep curriculum, routines and expectations in the Prep classroom and school/home communication. A member of the P & F Association will also inform parents about the school uniform.
Students and parents attend the school for a morning in November. The students spend time in the Prep classroom and playground with the current Prep cohort and teaching staff. This enables new Prep students to become familiar with their new learning environment.
In January, another parent information session is offered on the first day of school (Prep students do not attend this day). Prep students then attend one full day on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. The whole cohort begins on the Friday.