Preparing your child
• Speak positively about your experiences at school
• Make positive comments about things they will do at school
• Visit the school on a weekend to walk around the grounds and play on the playground without the children.
• Three months before your child is to start, contact the school to let them know your child will be coming. They will give you enrolment forms to complete and advice which certificates the school needs to see.
Closer to the date:
• Contact school to make dates to visit the New Entrant classroom. Have at least 2 visits. Stay with your child. Some children will benefit from shorter more numerous visits.
• Ask for a stationery list and buy the books ready for the first day at school.
• Ensure your child knows where the toilets are.
• Let the teacher know of any allergies, serious health issues, phobias.
Parents as first teachers:
You can do a tremendous amount to ensure your child to be a keen learner with a positive attitude to school.
Can your child……..
• Write their name correctly using lower case letters and a capital for the initial letter?
• Hold a pencil correctly?
• Say the names & some sounds of the letters of the alphabet [not just chant/ sing the alphabet.
• Listen to stories every day.
• Show an interest in learning
• Use the words him and her correctly?
• Answer in sentences.
• Count to 10 or 20?
• Count out sets of 1-10 objects
• Recognise and write some numbers?
• Recognise the basic shapes
• Know their colours
• Use scissors reasonably well
• Share their toys, take turns
Google ‘starting school ‘ for a range of excellent websites giving similar advice to the above.
And once your child has started school over the next 8 years we also provide…
A Reading Recovery Programme
One to one instruction for children with learning difficulties
Specialist withdrawal programmes
Accelerated and differential learning programmes
International Schools English and Mathematics Competitions
Calf club and home garden programmes
Participation in interschool sports and academic competition
A school dramatic production & choir in alternate years
Camps and field studies as part of our outdoor education programme
Science Fair in our senior School
Otago Maths Challenge
A venue for private music tuition
A values education programme