Transition Program

At St Joseph’s, we aim to ensure the transition into Kindergarten is a smooth and positive experience for all students.

Transition programs involve up to four opportunities for students to visit the school and participate in classes and playground activities, while their parents have the opportunity to socialise and meet new parents. Staff also conduct information sessions for parents to learn vital information about school readiness.

New kinders are well and truly a part of the school community before their official first day of school. Kinders receive invitations and letters from their Year 6 buddies before starting school to ensure they have at least one special friend on arrival.

Students transitioning to high school are supported by involvement in Middle Schools Days at St Mary’s Catholic College, Gateshead. The classroom teachers and learning support teachers are also available to discuss learning and social needs with representatives from each of the schools into which our students are transitioning.