Transition to School

We know taking the step to 'big school' can bring a range of emotions for students and parents and we pride ourselves on going that extra mile to make our new families feel settled and welcomed into our community. Whether your child is starting in Reception or mid-schooling, our staff at Catherine McAuley School will provide caring support to meet their needs and make a smooth transition into our school.

We have two Reception intakes every year.

Term to start School
Age 5 on or before date
1
30 April
3
31 October
Children whose birthdays fall between 1 November and 31 December are not eligible to commence school before the following year.

Children who begin school in Term 1 will complete four Terms of Reception

Catherine McAuley School hosts children from local Kindergartens and Pre-Schools in transition days every year. While we contact early learning providers to take part in these days, if a provider does not offer the visits, parents can contact the school independently. 

Small Mercies Transition Program

Catherine McAuley School’s Small Mercies Transition Program is about helping our Receptions become comfortable and happy within our school environment.

We provide a wonderful opportunity for students to be immersed in the school community, its routines and structures prior to beginning school full time.

The flexible program caters for individual students, offering a series sessions to ensure a smooth and positive transition from the Pre-School experience into the formal school setting.

Throughout each session the students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of rich learning experiences which may include school prayer and a specialist lesson.

Students will be given their own “Small Mercies” book and pack to record their experiences and share with family.

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