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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.

2. Transferring from another school

If you are joining us from another school, we will work to make your transition as smooth as possible. You can move to our school any time of the year.

Your child will be introduced to their new teacher and classmates and we will set your child up with a buddy so they can more quickly get to know their new environment and people.

The more quickly your child settles into their new environment, the sooner they will flourish.

If you would like to discuss the transition of your child to St Augustine's, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss this with you. 


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We acknowledge the Kaurna people as traditional custodians of the land on which we meet and pay our respects to the Elders past, present and future, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Indigenous Australia.