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Primary school consists of Prep to Year 6. Prep is the first year of schooling in Queensland. It is a full-time, school-based program and has a defined curriculum. From 2017, it is compulsory for all Queensland children to undertake Prep prior to commencing Year 1.
 
 
 
The only exceptions to compulsory participation in Prep are where:
 
 
 
  • a child has undertaken education in another jurisdiction that is equivalent to Prep;
  • a child was registered for home education in the year prior to enrolment in a state or non-state school; or
  • the principal is satisfied the child is ready to be enrolled in Year 1 taking into account the child's attributes.
  
To enrol in Prep, children must be aged five years by 30 June in the year of proposed attendance. You can enrol your child in Prep by contacting the school directly, and you must provide proof of your child's date of birth (e.g. birth certificate, passport or visa). Early or delayed entry to Prep are options which may be considered in specific circumstances and where it is in a child's best educational interest. These options should be discussed with the principal.
 
Our school has a number of activities planned throughout the year designed to promote transition for children and their families to Prep.
 
Parents need to notify our school office of email and contact details (interest to enrol) and will continue to receive notifications and updates regarding transition events and enrolment information.
 
  • Enrolment Interviews - Our interviews are an important opportunity to share information about our school and Prep; and discuss specific learning needs children might have. Interviews will be requested once completed enrolment applications have been received by our office.
  • Prep Information Day and School Tour - Parents with their prospective Prep students are invited to come to our Information Day and School Tour. The session usually includes information presented by our Prep teachers and school leadership team in our Prep classroom. Parents are invited to tour the school and stay for a brief morning tea.
  • Prep 'Open Classrooms' - Parents are invited to come and observe our Prep classes in action.
  • Prep Orientation Sessions - Parents with their prospective Prep students are requested to book their child to one of the orientation sessions. The sessions led by our Prep teachers will be in the Prep classrooms and our designed to give children an opportunity to experience learning in the Prep classroom with our teachers.
  • Kindy Playtime - We work with our local Kindies to give Kindy kids to our school for Prep eating and outside playground time.
  • Individual Student Transition Program - For students with specific high learning needs, difficulties or disabilities, we encourage additional time to meet with our P-2 Deputy and Head of Special Education Services to discuss activities and plans which may help support successful transition for these students and their families.
   
Preparing for the first day at school
Think about how you can best prepare your child for the first day at school:
 
  • Have some practice runs before school starts and encourage your child to organise clean clothes, books and bag.
  • Be sure your child has a balanced breakfast and pack a healthy lunch and snacks.
  • Encourage your child to dress themselves. Look for clothes with easy fasteners.
  • Label all belongings and find out where lost property is held at school.
  • Avoid a rush. Leave home on time and allow time to say goodbye. At first you may stay a while to ensure your child feels secure. Once your child has settled in, a short and reassuring "goodbye" encourages independence.
  • Check what time schools finishes and arrive in plenty of time to collect your child.
 
To determine if your child is eligible to enrol in prep please check the Education Queensland's prep ready reckoner.