It's normal for children to experience some anxiety when changing school or starting for the first time but a well-considered transition can make an enormous difference.
Starting at a new school can be an emotional time as your child adjusts to many different things; new faces, new expectations and routines and unfamiliar physical surrounds.
Sending your child to school can also be an emotional time for parents too, particularly when it's your first child.
We aim to gently ease every child into our school life and have different approaches depending on the situation.
1. Preparing your child for Reception
If your child is starting school at the scheduled intake time they will take part in our Little Augustine's program.
This involves a series of sessions where we introduce them to their teacher, classmates and the experience of being at school. We also include one session for parents where we introduce you to some of the key aspects about being a parent in the school.
We spend time helping them to become comfortable with their new environment, taking them to their new classroom, pointing out the play areas and toilets reserved for junior primary students, and explaining what it might be like when they start.
Together, that adds up to less tears and less anxiety for everyone on the first day of school.