We are proud of our well established and successful transition programs. An important priority for us is that all children new to Glendal feel happy and secure, as quickly as possible. This is achieved through explicit programs and a nurturing and caring staff. We provide new children with a buddy to help them familiarise themselves to our school and to settle in. Our Foundation students have a year 6 buddy for the year.
Our school has been selected to become a sponsored Better Buddies school by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
"Through Better Buddies, children in their first and last year of primary school buddy up and learn the values: caring for others, friendliness, respect, valuing difference, including others and responsibility. All children in the school learn these values through formal and informal activities, including their interactions with the mascot Buddy Bear, our giant, fun-loving and caring purple bear.
Better Buddies enables younger children to feel safe and cared for while older children feel valued and respected.It is designed to enhance existing buddy programs or introduce a buddy program to primary schools for the first time. The evidence-based framework complements existing school welfare programs, is easy to implement and links to national curriculum initiatives".
For more information click here: Better Buddies
We implement a structured approach to build happy, positive relationships with our incoming Foundation students and families.
- Four half day visits by our Foundation teachers to our neighbourhood preschools, in the first half of the year.
A parent evening in November, held to discuss the Foundation transition process and expectations for the following year. A comprehensive handbook is provided for all families.
A formal program for enrolled students which takes place in Term 4, with a series of half day visits with classroom teachers and several specialists - Art, LOTE, Music and PE.
- All incoming Foundation students receive a welcome letter with a photo from their own teacher.
- Individual interview and testing times for all students are arranged, before students start the year.
A teddy bear evening for the current Foundation students and families, with craft, singing and listening to teddy stories.
Invitations to other whole school events eg: the annual Book Fair, Grade 2 Musical production.
Our Foundation students have well matched Year 6 buddies to help them happily settle into school life. Their buddies also plan and implement fun literacy and numeracy activities to do together.
- Our well developed and effective relationships, with main neighbourhood secondary colleges, are very important in ensuring a smooth transition to secondary education. Our students attend a wide range of local government and independent secondary colleges.
- Our secondary transition program focuses on excellent communication between our local secondary college, parents and our school transition co-ordinators.
- Each year several local secondary colleges visit Glendal, with past students, to talk to our Year 6 students. Secondary college information nights for parents are promoted in our newsletter and parents are encouraged to visit a range of secondary colleges.
- Past Glendal students are invited back to speak to the current Year 6 students, as part of a special unit of work completed in Term 4, focusing on transition and timetabling.
- Our Year 6 teaching, learning and homework programs encompass the development of academic skills, as well as management and organisational skills. Anecdotal and parent survey results indicate that our students are academically and emotionally prepared for the daily routines of secondary college.
- Year 6 students attend a full day orientation program, at their chosen secondary college, at the end of the year.
Across and within the school
- In term 4 of the previous year, new students from Year levels 1-6 visit classes to meet their peer group and learn about expectations for the next year level.
- In preparation for French lessons in Year 5 and 6, the year 4 students are involved in an introductory French lesson in Term 4.
- The Learning Community program, at the start of the year, develops social connections and common expectations regarding behaviour. This is underpinned by our school values and student well being program. This is a very positive start for all Glendal students.
- Presentations at school assemblies demonstrate learning experiences and programs at different year levels, giving students information of what to expect as they move through the school.
- Scheduled whole school performances by different year groups, including the Year 2 annual production and year 6 film festival, assist in promoting learning at a variety of year levels.
- As required, we have sought the expertise of the Department of Education Psychologist and Speech therapist to provide appropriate strategies, to assist any students with their learning and wellbeing.
- A “walk up” time is allocated for all students to visit their new classroom teacher and meet their new class, prior to the finish of the school year. Students starting the following year are invited to attend on this day.