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Transition

Preparing for your first day at Preshil.

At Preshil, we are committed to providing a positive and supportive learning environment that empowers each individual to reach their full potential. With our tailored transition programs and commitment to building self-awareness and confidence, we believe that each student can start their journey towards lifelong learning on the right foot.

Learn more about our unique, tailored approach to transition and orientation below:
Preshil, known for its commitment to progressive education, recognises the importance of a child’s early learning experience. At Preshil, joining Kindergarten is a gradual and sensitive process that ensures a smooth and positive start for each child.
 
Change can be intimidating for young children, and the Kindergarten at Preshil understands that. The transition program is tailored to each individual child to create an environment that encourages all children to explore and become familiar with their new learning environment. This program also helps children build new relationships with their teachers and peers, setting them up for success in the future.
 
The ultimate goal of the transition program at Preshil is to make sure every child feels safe, happy, and secure. The reduced session times in the first few weeks enable children to relax and absorb their new surroundings at their own pace. They can learn new names, interact with small groups, and have the space and time they need to adjust to an unfamiliar environment.

To ensure a smooth and welcoming start for each student, we have tailored a series of transition events and programs. One of these events is our Orientation Morning, which is an excellent opportunity for all new Primary School students to spend time with their new class and teacher. Our Prep students also get to spend time with their new Prep teacher and our Specialist Teachers at the Arlington Campus, enabling them to build relationships and feel comfortable in their new environment.

Each transition session is an opportunity for children to explore their room and grounds, to meet our teachers and to become acquainted with each other:

  • Welcome to Prep Session and 100 Days of Prep Celebration: Tuesday 15 August 2023 from 9.30am – 10.30am
    On Tuesday 15 August, our current Fives will be celebrating 100 Days of Prep! They will be holding an exhibition of 100 in our hall, and while your child is enjoying the first transition session, parents are invited to this exhibition to share morning tea with the current Prep families.

  • School Transition Information Morning: Tuesday 5 September 2023 from 9.30am – 10.30am
    On Tuesday 5 September, Cressida Batterham-Wilson, Head of Campus (Arlington), will explain our Fives program; our curriculum and school readiness. This is an opportunity to hear and ask questions about the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), the importance of our Conceptual PlayWorlds approach as well as how we ensure that children flourish academically. Your child will enjoy time in the classroom during this time.

  • Welcome Morning Tea with the Principal: Tuesday 17 October 2023 from 9.30am – 10.30am
    On Tuesday 17 October, while your child is in The Fives, we welcome you to a Morning Tea in our Sitting Room with our Principal, Josh Brody. We will be joined by some of our specialist staff, to let you know more about specific programs such as music, second languages, and special events.

  • Arlington Transition Morning: Wednesday 22 November 2023 from 9.00am
    On Wednesday 22 November, all children at Arlington will move up to the next class group, as our Grade 6 children spend the day at the Secondary School. This transition session is just for the children, and we encourage parents to aim to leave for the duration.

At Preshil, we believe that developing a positive sense of self is essential for each child’s journey towards lifelong learning. We recognise that this foundation is crucial, and we strive to create an environment that encourages children to develop their self-awareness and self-confidence.

Our learning routines are designed to foster independent thinking, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. Through daily communication and collaborative activities, we provide opportunities for children to develop these skills and apply them in real-life situations.

Arlington Transition Morning: Wednesday 22 November 2023 from 9.00am
On Wednesday 22 November, all children at Arlington will move up to the next class group, as our Grade 6 children spend the day at the Secondary School. This transition session is just for the children, and we encourage parents to aim to leave for the duration.

At Preshil, we are dedicated to fostering a supportive learning community that empowers young people to thrive intellectually, socially and emotionally. We believe in equipping our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently navigate a constantly evolving world.

We recognise the importance of providing ample resources and guidance to ensure a smooth transition into our Blackhall Kalimna Campus. Our approach involves a comprehensive information program, including engaging information evenings, dynamic orientation events and personalised subject selection conversations.

2024 Year 7 Orientation Dates:

  • Meet and Greet Event: Friday 8 September 2023 from 2.30pm to 3.00pm
  • Meet the Teachers Event: Wednesday 18 October 2023 from 6.00pm
  • Parent Welcome and Information Night, 6.00pm: Wednesday 1 November 202 from 6.00pm
  • Transition Day and Welcome Barbeque: Wednesday 22 November 2023

 2024 Year 8 to Year 10 Orientation:

  • Tuesday 28 November 2023 from 9.00am to 1.00pm

2024 Year 11 Orientation Date:

  • Wednesday 15 November 2023 from 9.00am to 12.00pm (noon)

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