Toorak Primary School is committed to welcoming all our new Foundation/Prep students and their families to the school community and to making the transition to school a positive experience for all. The Foundation Transition program traditionally runs in late Term 3 into Term 4 in the year preceding school entry. The Program launches with an information session for parents, where the Principal, staff members, student leaders and representatives from the wider school community provide information about school programs and curriculum. This session is supplemented by a comprehensive information pack, including ideas to promote student wellbeing, parking maps, requirements for volunteering in class etc.
Foundation students are invited to attend three separate, hour-long sessions in the prep classrooms. During these sessions, they undertake a variety of literacy and numeracy activities and also have the opportunity to explore the classroom environment and meet teachers, senior student leaders and other students who will start school at the same time. While these sessions are running, further opportunities are provided for new parents to network and mingle. Every year we seek feedback from parents and implement recommendations so our Foundation program is continually evolving and improving to best meet the needs of our community.
The 2018 Transition Program will commence with a Parent Information Evening on Thursday 12 October at 6pm. This will be followed by three separate hour-long sessions in the Foundation classroom where your child will undertake a range of activities. These sessions will be held on
Thursday 26 October 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Thursday 9 November from 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Thursday 23 November from 2.30pm to 3.30pm
To help support students as they transition from one year level to another, we hold internal transitions sessions towards the end of Term 4. These sessions provide opportunities for all students to meet their future teacher, and to become familiar with the expectations and opportunities for the following year.
Secondary School Transition
Toorak Primary School has a designated transition coordinator to support parents and guardians in identifying and applying for a secondary school.
In April each year, the transition coordinator will send parents/guardians an information pack and application form. This form must be filled in and returned to Toorak Primary School.
Primary schools identify the designated neighbourhood government secondary school for each Year 6 student based on the student’s permanent residential address in Year 6. The designated neighbourhood school is the secondary school within closest proximity to the student’s permanent residential address. The website www.street-directory.com.au is used to determine the closest government school to a student’s permanent residence. However, some secondary schools have a designated neighbourhood zone, and a parent/guardian or the primary schools transition coordinator can check that students live within this zone prior to sending off the application form. The primary school will transfer the application form to Government Secondary Schools. All students in Victoria receive conformation of the successful application of a student’s placement on a set day in August.
Parents must also complete the Government form stating the name of the private/Catholic school they have selected and return it to the primary school. It is then the responsibility of the parents/guardian to apply to non-government schools.
SEALS programs, Scholarship applications or entrance exams
Selected secondary schools have an entrance exam, scholarships or more able student program (SEALS). To find out about these programs please contact secondary school involved.
To aid smooth transition
Toorak’s transition coordinator and Year 6 teachers work with all secondary schools to ensure a smooth transition to Year 7. This includes communicating about a student’s academic and social abilities, and arranging internal visits from secondary schools transition coordinators. All secondary schools will contact parents/guardian after they have been informed about the successful placement of their child and they will inform you of orientation dates and times.