Starting school for the first time, or starting at a new school doesn’t have to be daunting!
At Kilsyth Primary School we would love to meet with you and learn about your child so that we can support your family to have a smooth transition into school. The best way to do this is to book a personalised tour where you can visit the school, meet with our principal Mr Daniel Gooding and ask any questions you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should my child start school?
Is my child ready for school?
Children reach milestones at different ages – they walk at different ages, they talk at different ages and they show a readiness for school at different ages. Language development and the ability to self-regulate emotion are two indicators of a child’s readiness for school. It is important for children to be able to understand and follow instructions, communicate their needs clearly and manage their emotion when they don’t get their own way. It is these abilities that indicates a readiness for school, rather than a child’s literacy or numeracy skill development.
At KPS we welcome students with a range of strengths when they start school. Some children can read a little and write basic words, others are yet to master the alphabet. Some have excellent oral language skills, others have a limited vocabulary. We understand that students develop at different rates and we spend the first weeks of your child’s time with us getting to know them, their strengths and areas for growth and we plan our curriculum to meet their needs.
How do I enrol my child at Kilsyth Primary School?
Can I enrol my child during the school year?
How do you support my child's transition into Foundation?
How do you support my child's transition into other year levels?
How does the KPS Buddies Program work?
Our Buddies Program begins during our transition program with your child pairing up with a Year 4 buddy during transition sessions. When the school year begins, your child and their (now Year 5) buddy sharing a range of experiences throughout the year including: shared reading activities, lunches together, games outside and regular classroom visits. This buddy relationship continues for two years, until your child completes Year 1 and their buddy transitions to secondary school.
The buddies undergo a special training program in Year 4 in readiness for being big buddies in Year 5. They learn strategies to support their little buddies in the playground with social skill development and as learning role models in the classroom. Big buddies and their little buddies are paired for tribes and other activities, building leadership capacity in our senior students and fostering a strong sense of community and school spirit.