New Entrant Information
Starting school is a huge milestone for families and their five year old child.
The correct start is important to ensure their first school experiences are really comfortable and positive. Some children are comfortable already as they have visited with the Ararimu Playgroup while others are new to our school.
The staff at Ararimu School will ensure that our new children are warmly welcomed into school life and will foster new relationships. It is really important to us that your child’s transition into school is a happy and emotionally safe. Before you enrol please feel welcome to come to the school for a familiarisation visit to see if we are the right school for your child.
Welcome to Room 1.
Our Room One class has two awesome teachers who share the responsibility of providing a dynamic environment for our new entrants. Miss Casey Frew (Monday & Tuesday) and Miss Kylie Lendrum (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday) combine extremely well together and engage all our students.
You are invited to bring your child to school for three or four one day visits prior to their starting date. These dates are organised with either Alison Downen (through the office) or with Casey and Kylie. School uniform and stationery is available at the school office. We will help make you child's emrolment stress free and a positive experience for all involved.
What is special about the Junior Classroom.
We have: an experienced, skilled and enthusiastic teaching team a nurturing environment for the first introduction into school life a well-resourced classroom to engage and enthuse young learners quality interactions and a strong emphasis on building foundation in literacy and numeracy discussion time with the teaching team before and after school for you to clarify your child’s learning and how you can best support your child to learn.
School parent evenings to share the literacy, numeracy or programme information.
Transitioning your child into school
You can assist your child’s preparation for school in the following ways:-
- holding a book correctly holding and using pencil correctly writing and recognising their own name
– using capital letters for the first letters only recognising some letters of the alphabet and know some of the sounds counting to 10 and knowing some other numbers
- also what comes before and after a number recognising basic shapes recognising colours (colouring in skills would be an advantage).
Self-management and organisation skills - by:
- being able to tell the teacher what they need or want. toilet themselves independently carrying their bag to the classroom listen and follow instructions
- put things away in the right place at the right time put on their shoes and socks cough into their sleeve and how to blow their nose (tissues are available)
Daily you should help your child by:
- Asking them about their learning
– talk about the good things that happened in their day
- Read to and with you child Help your child to complete home learning tasks as required.
Other ways you as a parent can support your child’s learning.
- Start the day with a positive attitude and a balanced diet.
- A big breakfast is essential and a healthy lunch – not too many treats in the lunchbox and always a good sized water bottle – not fizzy drinks please. We have morning tea at 10.30, an energiser at 11.50 and lunch at 1pm.
- Get your child to school by 8.45am. This allows your child to be organised for the day and to reestablish their friendship circles – which is important to all children. When they are late sometimes they are out of sorts for the day.
- Regular and consistent bedtimes. Ten hours or more of sleep each night is recommended for five year olds starting school.
Parents please check - everything is brought from home for the day - uniform, stationery, lunch, library books, homework. We prefer not to ring you to bring things up to school during the day. It is really important to ask questions if you are not sure.
No question is an unnecessary one!