Kindergarten – Prep
Bundoora Primary School conducts orientation sessions for kinder students in Term Four of the year prior to their commencement to raise their awareness and encourage familiarity with our school and the teachers. Parents are free to participate in discussions while the children enjoy classroom activities. These sessions aim to assist families to feel relaxed, confident and prepared for primary school life.
Each year we hold five transition sessions throughout October/November for our incoming Prep students to attend. These sessions allow children the chance to familiarise themselves with their classroom, teachers and other students. Prep transition sessions include activities in our Prep classrooms, as well as our Visual Arts Room, Performing Arts Room, and STEM Room, along with a physical education activity. Our wonderful Year 5/6 student leaders assist throughout our transition sessions. Parents are invited to enjoy a cuppa in our Staff & Community Room, and are offered presentations to assist them through the transition process.
We also hold a very informative Prep Transition presentation for all parents to attend, which includes information from our Principal, Prep Teachers, Primary Wellbeing Officer and other special guests.
Year 6 – Year 7
From early on in Year 6, students take part in a program to facilitate their transition into secondary education. This involves discussion of possible schools and assistance with choices. Teachers and students from some of the neighbouring schools come and talk to the students about the range of programs offered at their school and will answer questions that the Year 6 students may have. Some schools provide literature to the students outlining the opportunities that are available at their school. Parents and students are also able to visit various secondary schools during open days or by appointment.
Year 6 students will have an Orientation Day, early in December at their chosen school, to help them become familiar with the setting and organisation. Year 6 teachers also liaise closely with Year 7 teachers in the region to ensure a smooth transition from primary to secondary education settings.
Between year levels
Our teachers facilitate transition sessions between year levels in term four. These sessions help students to become familiar with the location of their new class level (eg, located in Building 2) or new programs and structures that may be in place.
At the end of each year, staff meet together to discuss each student moving into their new grades in what is known as our ‘handover’ session. At this meeting, information is shared about academic progress and any other relevant information about the social, emotional or physical needs of the student. This ensures a smooth transition between year levels.