We will contact you approximately one month before your child is due to start school to arrange some school visits.
Your child should have at least 3 visits prior to starting school. Transition school visits happen on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Please note: You will be required to wear a mask in the studio under Alert Level 2 (just you, not your child). Again contact the office on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 388-9519 to advise what dates you will be here visiting. Please sign in and out at the office when you come to visit.
Suggested Visiting Plan:
- 3 weeks before starting (one or two visits) from 8.30am – 9.45am;
- 2 weeks before starting (one or two visits) from 8.30am – 11.20am (bring morning tea);
- 1 week before starting (one or two visits) from 8.30am – 12.15pm (bring morning tea).
Our morning timetable is:
8.30am Active Play
9.00am Roll is sent to the office
9.45am Reading – Pānui
10.40am Play – Takaro – 1st Break Time
11.00am Eating together in the classroom – Wā Whānau Kai
11.20am Writing – Tuhituhi
12.15pm Play – Takaro – 2nd Break Time
Please bring your child’s ‘All about me’ booklet to their visit, as it helps us to get to know them. Children only need to wear their uniforms to their visits if they would like to. As our children don’t wear their shoes inside, we have a shoe stand outside our studio. Visits can be a great time for you to teach your child how to take off and put on their shoes independently.
Although you will need to stay ‘on site’ during your child’s visits, you are able to leave the studio to go to have a cuppa in the staffroom or read a book in our library. You might want to ‘mix it up’, so that they have some visits with you staying with them but also some visits where they get to experience it by themselves but know you’re still close at hand.
There are currently five teachers in Rongo-mā-tāne : Lisa, Nicole, Michelle and Rachel (Marcella on Mondays). Your child’s kaiāwhina group is called Tī Kōuka. Michelle and Nicole will be your child’s teachers.
You’ll be able to find more info about Rongo-mā-tāne on our class site. The ‘info for whānau’ section will probably be the most valuable to you. There’s even some videos about morning jobs, active play and hui for your child to watch.
Please send any questions about the transition to school that you may have to email@example.com.