When you're 4-and-a-half or just turned 5 years old and expected to go into an unknown place (for the majority), without the support of a known trusted adult, it can be pretty daunting! Evidence shows that it's not so for us!
Balmain Public School prides itself on a transition to school program that will build trust, in a safe and nurturing environment. Normally, groups of 20 of our future Kindergarten students get to immerse themselves in a 5-morning, across one week transition program.
As with much of this year, we've needed to look at the seemingly upside-down world around us through a different lens. Our transition program is no different...we continue to follow the advice from both NSW Health and the NSW Department of Education.
In keeping within the current guidelines, our new-look program now involves a a group of no more than 10 children per day, a check-in via QR code at the gate, a temperature check for the children (that they all admittedly do quite happily, as it's a pre-requisite at preschool), a kiss and a hug from the dropping off grown up, a deep breath and away they go for the next hour or so!
This week has seen the second of a 3-week, 3-session program at our school. It's so impressive to see that our 2021 Kindergarten students are already feeling like they're at home...they have happily entered our gates to experience the wonderful life of kindy at Balmain!
You can check out the post and story highlight on our Insta account:
Maria Lambos - Principal