Tea Tree Gully Primary School caters for students Reception to Year 7. There are approximately 200 students enrolled at Tea Tree Gully. The classes are organised in a variety of ways depending on enrolment numbers, circumstances and teachers. We generally have composite classes, eg. Reception/Year 1 and Year 1 and 2 classes, etc.
All Reception students will commence school in Term 1 and have four terms of Reception. Children who turn 5 before 30 April will start school in the year they turn 5. Children who turn 5 on or after 1 May will start school at the beginning of the year after they have turned 5.
Parents who are negotiating Kindy commencement need to be plan for the year of Kindergarten to commence the year before they are eligible to start school. Please see Kathleen Mellor Kindergarten http://www.kathmellkgn.sa.edu.au/ or the Kindergarten where you plan to enrol your child, to arrange the details of Kindy commencement.
At Tea Tree Gully Primary School we endeavour to have children transitioning into the class (or with the teacher) where they will commence school. However this is not always possible due to staff changes and staffing for the following year.
The transition visits begin in 4th term prior to your child beginning school to give them ample time to experience school life and routines.
Once you have completed an enrolment form, details of the transition program and dates will be forwarded via your child's kindy or via mail.
Beginning school is an important event. Children are usually excited and eager to begin school as they have heard about it from kindergarten teachers, parents, siblings and friends.
To support your child with transition to school we provide a comprehensive series of visits, gradually building in length of time over 3 weeks.
Overview of Transition visits:
Visit 1: 9am - 10.30am
Visit 2: 9am - 12pm
Visit 3: 9am - 1pm
Visits are usually planned for Friday Mornings in weeks 7, 8 and 9 of term 4. Letters go home in Week 5 informing parents of times and transition dates.
During the second and third visit, children have the opportunity to eat recess and have play time at school. During Visit One there is also a meeting for parents to hear about the school and its educational program and to discuss ways you can support your child's learning at home.
Classroom teachers are also released to visit Kindy prior to children beginning transition. This allows them to meet the children in a familiar environment and to discuss your child's development with Kindy staff.
As a prospective parent you may like the opportunity to tour the school, view the facilities, hear the school philosphy and priorities for development and ask any questions that you may have. We would welcome the opportunity to show you through the school. Please ring the school directly to book a date and time so that one of our leadership team can show you through the school.
We would like to receive completed enrolments forms at least six months before your child's start day. Enrolment forms are available from the school's front office.
Things your child will require at school: