Starting School Requirements
Starting School Requirements
From the beginning
Children usually find school very tiring as it is very different from kindergarten, play groups, childcare or being at home.
During the first 6 weeks, all Prep children attend school from 9:00am until 3:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays children remain at home to rest but may be called in to school for assessment purposes.
From the seventh week (beginning 19th March) Prep students will attend school for the full five days. Children should be collected from their classrooms.
- Lunch (lunchbox and drink bottle need to be named on both the lid and base; no glass containers)
- Play lunch (wrapped separately)
- School bag (named)
- Smock or old shirt (named)
- Some children like to bring a small cuddly toy
- You will receive a booklist upon enrolling
- All belongings and clothing which may be removed must be named
- We are a SunSmart school so hats and sunscreen are required – we have a "no hat, no play" policy
- Please do not let children bring valuable or precious things to school as tragedies can result
When enrolling your child for school, a Certificate of Immunisation is required, stating that the child has received the immunisations against measles, mumps, diphtheria, polio and tetanus. If there is an outbreak of any of these diseases in the school, a child without the necessary immunisations can be excluded from school to prevent further spread throughout the community.
The certificate is available from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register – Medicare Australia.
You can get a copy of your child's immunisation history statement:
- by requesting a statement to be sent in the mail
- at your local Medicare office
- by calling 1800 653 809
In case of emergency, please help us to take the best possible care of your child by IMMEDIATELY ADVISING THE SCHOOL OF ANY CHANGES IN PERSONAL INFORMATION.
Children, especially young children, can find the excitement, stimulation and activities of school exhausting. It is recommended that Prep-age children receive a minimum of 10-12 hours sleep each night. Children grow and learn at a great rate and a balance of active play, relaxation, sleep and sensible food are essential for their health and continued development.
- bring their lunches to school – in this case please supply a plastic lunchbox and drink, CLEARLY NAMED. Lunch should be sufficient without being too much for your child to manage. Parents often over-estimate the amount of food children will need at school. Children find it upsetting not to be able to eat everything you pack. Involve your child in the preparation of their lunch so it is something they will enjoy. Ensure lunches and snacks are easy to handle and not Iikely to spill or become messy. Your child should know the difference between play lunch and lunch.
A practice lunch for beginners, eaten from the lunchbox at home is a good idea.
- Lunch orders are available on Mondays and Thursdays via a pre-paid ordering system through the FlexiSchools website and are delivered to the school at 1:30pm. By setting up an pre-paid account, orders can be made any time that is convenient to you (in the morning, the night before or weeks in advance), removing the need for parents to provide students with cash for lunch purchases. More on lunch orders.