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Transition

We dedicate resources to ensuring all students transition smoothly through each stage of their learning and development. This includes the transition from home or child care to Kinder, Kinder to Prep/Foundation, Prep/Foundation to Grade 1/2, through all the Grades as well as preparation for high school.

For students who come to the school at any time of the year or time of their schooling we ensure they are welcomed and supported through their transition.

Kinder to Prep Transition

Starting school is a major transition for children and their families. It is a period of change that can be both challenging and exciting.

The Box Hill North Kindergarten is part of the school, not separate from it.  This provides the perfect platform for the integration of Kindergarten students into the school.  Year four students are buddied up with Four Year Old Kinder students who have activities together from Term 3.

For students who come from other Kindergartens we provide a series of activities and events that enable a successful transition. Each Prep student has a buddy from Year Five (see the Whole School Buddy Program).

We support the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) for children aged five to eight. We have strategies to support the five broad outcomes:

  • Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • Children are confident and involved learners
  • Children are effective communicators

Year 7 Transition

The move from primary to secondary school is another major milestone for children. It’s a time of big changes in a child’s development, education and life.

Students from Box Hill North Primary School are welcomed to a variety of secondary public, private, and catholic schools, some on scholarship or through high achiever programs.

To help students adjust we work together with these secondary schools to ease students through the transition period. We have secondary students revisit the school to tell Year 6 students what secondary school is like.

There are also buddy programs in most of the local schools where secondary students are teamed up with primary school students and regularly meet face-to-face or communicate by email.

Students in government secondary schools also participate in an orientation day. All government schools hold this orientation day on the same day – often the second Tuesday of December.

School Fair 26 November 2016

Testimonials

It is refreshing that fathers are just as welcome as mothers in school life. From Kindergarten where I have the opportunity to participate in my youngest boy’s class to school camp that I was fortunate to attend, I have always been encouraged and warmly welcomed. I have also thoroughly enjoyed participating in class room help for all my boys.

ChrisKinder, Years 3, 4, 5

The move into the grade 5/6 area which is separate from the rest of the school gives the kids a real sense of being the ‘big kids’ and is a start to their transition to secondary school and being more responsible.

EmmaYear 6

The school garden is such a fantastic feature of our school. Garden Club students have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of gardening from the role of healthy soil to how to use silverbeet to make delicious pizzas. Science, nutrition and sustainability are explored in a truly hands on environment.

Kaylah AdamsFoundation teacher - Box Hill North Primary School

We run a progressive and innovative technology program to produce true 21st Century Citizens. Students in Prep enjoy using iPads and students in the senior school will be instructed with Ultrabooks as a part of our 1-to-1 program.

Tom DanielLevels 1 and 2 Teacher, ICT Coordinator