foundation transition program
9:15 – 10:15 Thursday 3rd November
9:15 – 10:15 Thursday 10th November
9:15 – 10:15 Thursday 17th November
9:15 – 10:15 Thursday 24th November
Tuesday 13th December – Whole school ‘move up’ day
To assist with the transition to Parkhill,2023 Foundation students are encouraged to attend our transition program held in November. During these sessions, your child will have the opportunity to meet their teacher and classmates for 2023.
While the children are attending transition, a parent information session and morning tea will be held to discuss the elements of transitioning into primary school.
Enrolment applications for 2023 are open. To be eligible to enrol for Foundation 2023, children must turn 5 years of age by 30 April 2023.
Enrolment applications for 2023 are open. To be eligible to enrol for prep 2023, children must turn 5 years of age by 30 April 2023.
To allow for planning and preparation for the 2023 academic year, parents are asked to submit enrolment applications by 30 September 2022. This is especially important for parents enrolling their child into foundation, as it will allow our teachers to liaise with kindergarten teachers or childcare staff. We understand that it may not be possible to submit an enrolment application prior to the end of September and wish to reassure parents that enrolments will remain open after this date. However, children who are enrolled later in the year may miss out on attending some or all of our planned transition sessions depending on how late the application is submitted to the school.
Starting school is one of the most exciting milestones in your child’s life, but it can also be a little nerve wracking. Parents often ask how I can help my child to be ready for their next step?Teachers recommend:
- Asking your child what they think about starting school.
- Encouraging your child to ask questions about going to school.
- Encouraging your child to try to do things on their own such as dressing, going to the toilet, washing their hands, unwrapping their food and opening and closing their drink bottle.
- Talk to friends and other families about what school is like. Attend transition-to-school programs and activities at your child’s early years service and school.
- Talk to the school about how you can engage in your child’s learning and development at school.
A typical day in Foundation
- 8:45am Arrive at school
- 9:00am Start morning routine -> Learning block 1
- 10:30am Toilet break -> Learning block 2
- 12:30pm Lunch time and play
- 1:10pm Quiet time -> Learning block 3
- 2:40pm Playtime
- 3:00pm Learning block 4 (Social Emotional learning, Care group activities, Show and Tell)
Literacy and numeracy typically happens in the morning with inquiry, STEAM and other elements of the curriculum in the afternoon. A specialist timetable will be sent home at the beginning of the year
If enrolment is sought for a child who was not born in Australia or is not an Australian Citizen you may be required to enrol via the International Education Division of the Department of Education & Training, depending on the visa held by the child. Please advise the child’s residential status in Australia (permanent or termporary) and the Visa Type and Subclass number and, where defined, the Sector, as advised on the child’s Visa Grant Notice when enquiring about enrolment. If your child currently has a Bridging Visa, please also provide the Visa Type and Subclass and, where defined, the Sector, of the visa held immediately prior to the Bridging Visa.
Students from language backgrounds other than English are eligible to attend an intensive English program at Blackburn English Language School (BELS) if they are:
- aged between 5 and 18 years
- and a permanent resident of Australia or
the holder of an eligible temporary resident visa in Australia
- and have been in Australia less than six months (or 18 months if Prep entry is required)
Short Term EnrolmentChildren in Australia on a tourist visa (or similar) may be eligible for short term (temporary) enrolment, subject to availability in the required year level. Please note the following:
- A child’s date of birth determines which year level they are placed in.
- A place at Parkhill Primary School can only be offered if there is space in the required year level.
- Tuition at Parkhill Primary School is in English, so the child needs to have English language ability that will allow them to communicate with their teachers and other students, and comprehend at their year level.
- There are no extra support services available for short term students.
- Uniform is required at Parkhill Primary School.
- If the child is enrolled through the IED program, the cost of any activities/excursions/incursions that occur during the period of enrolment must also be paid by parents/guardians.
- There will be no report prepared for short term enrolment. A confirmation of enrolment can be provided if required.
- Child’s full name
- Date of birth
- Visa Subclass number and type, and where defined, the Sector
- Residential address when in Melbourne; and
- Start and end dates of enrolment.
Most short term enrolments are applied for through the International Education Division (IED). We will advise if this is the case when you enquire about short term enrolment. If application via IED is required, please ensure that you have confirmation from Parkhill Primary School that a place can be offered before commencing the application process; allow a minimum three months before the enrolment is required for the IED and school enrolment processes.