Helping students move seamlessly through each stage of learning
One of the ways we do this is by ensuring that each family's transition into the school is welcoming and that every child feels settled. From our youngest children entering our 3 Year Old Kindergarten,through to those who join us in the primary years, the emphasis is on ensuring a seamless transition for each family.
Transition into our Kindergarten commences with a personal tour and the opportunity for parents to stay with their child and spend some time engaging in our program. We also offer families a series of play dates and special events in the year prior to commencing at the school, so that families can meet in an informal setting and get to know one another. Towards the end of the year, we begin a familarisation program where the children will spend time in their classrooms for the following year and experience different teachers and groups of children. Our Kindergarten staff are highly supportive of meeting the needs of each child and are more than happy to work with families on more individualised transitions, where required.
We have many new families that enter our school in Prep,as well as a number families who have had children in the Kindergarten. Transition into Prep begins with the Super Starters program the year before entry, where children get to come into the school and experience a classroom with some of our teachers. At the same time, we offer a transition briefing for parents to provide you with all the information that you will need about your child's entry into the school. Once the Prep year is underway, we offer a flexible timetable for the first four weeks to allow for an early finish where needed. As with the Kindergarten, out teachers are always happy to discuss any more specific needs that may be required for your family.
As children finish in Year 1 in the Parkside building, they move up the path to our Main School, to begin Year 2. Although the children move between these sites seamlessly on a daily basis for specialist classes, there is certainly an air of excitement when they are ready to make this transition. We manage this by hosting a range of learning experiences including a Main School tour and Q&A session with the previous year's cohort of Year 1 children. This is a precious time and one that our younger children approach with great enthusiasm.
Other transition programs
As well as these specific programs, we ensure that any new families to the school outside the main entry levels are provided with personalised tours and arrangements to suit their child including a trial day at the school. Our transition as students move to the next year level are also managed on an individual student basis as each child's needs are considered as they are placed with the new cohort and teacher for the following year. We have a transition morning at the end of each year so that all children can spend some time with their new class for the following year.
Transition to secondary school
Our Year 6 children have a special time in their final year with our extensive leadership program which is aimed at supporting them in their transition to secondary school. We celebrate the Christ Church Grammar School journey at the end of the year with a Chapel Service and formal dinner as the children leave us for the next stage of their learning journey. A formal handover to the relevant staff members in your child's secondary school is also offered to all families and of course, we welcome the opportunity to speak with families about their secondary school choices at any time.