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The Importance of Transitions

Transition is defined  as “a period of change that can be both challenging and exciting, in which children and families adjust to new roles, identities and expectations, new interactions and new relationships” (DEECD, 2011). An important aspect in the adjustment to a new environment is a child’s sense of belonging and their socio-emotional functioning; in other words: their level of well-being. There is general consensus in the literature that transition experiences can profoundly alter the school experience. In addition, well designed and implemented transition approaches can assist in the process of supporting students and their families adapt to new demands and more challenging environments (Hanewald, 2013).

Rochedale State School Early Childhood Transition

At Rochedale State School, we believe that the transition from Kindergarten to Prep is a significant time in a child and family’s life. It marks the end of one chapter of learning and development and the beginning of a new adventure into school. Research suggests that the nature of a child’s transition to school can have significant impacts on their future school success and perceptions of themselves as capable, competent learners. By building collaborative partnerships between our school, local Kindergarten providers, children and their families, we are able to work towards developing meaningful interactions that facilitate positive transitions for all children.

Rochedale STARS Transition Program

  •  Only 60 places available
  • 5 x Monday morning visits (monthly from end of May – November) in the year prior to starting Prep
  • Sessions run from 9am - 12pm
  • Visit 1, 2 & 3- school based visits (developing familiarity with school environment & expectations, early learning activities)
  • Visit 4 & 5- Prep classroom engagement (developing confidence in Prep environment)
  • Children living in Rochedale SS catchment area and current siblings are eligible to express interest to participate

Rochedale ROCKETS Transition Program

  • 2 x morning visits in Term 4 (October/November) in the year prior to starting Prep
  • Visit 1 & 2- Prep classroom engagement (developing confidence in Prep environment)
  • Sessions run from approx. 9:50am – 11:20am
  • Children living in Rochedale SS catchment area and current siblings are eligible to express interest to participate. Out of catchment enrolments offered a place at Rochedale SS may also be eligible to attend.
 

If you are interested in participating in either of these worthwhile programs, please download the relevant Expression of Interest form and return to the school office with your enrolment form.

Stars expression of interest (PDF, 331 KB)

Rockets expression of interest (PDF, 331 KB)

Transition to Prep for children with Diverse Learning Needs

Parents are encouraged to share all information about their child that is relevant to the school setting. This could include developmental concerns, disability or reports completed by medical professionals providing critical information. This knowledge is imperative for the school to ensure that your child’s need can be catered for in the school setting. 

Please inform the Deputy Principal of any known concerns in relation to your child prior beginning Prep, that is, in the year before commencing Prep, where possible.

The Deputy Principal will then inform the Head of Diverse Learning and Enrichment and/or the Guidance Officer and will invite you in for a meeting to discuss your child’s needs and make a plan around their transition to Prep.  

Transition programs for students with diverse learning needs or students requiring additional support may include: additional transition days tailored to the needs of the child and personalised transition booklets, including social stories. 

Rochedale State School Middle Years Transition

Transition to Year 7

We assist students with this transition by providing opportunities for students to:
  • visit high schools on open-days
  • attend high school information sessions, including those of high school chaplains
  • meet with special needs staff prior to the commencement of the new school year
  • attend transition programs Throughout the year there are various opportunities for interested students to attend high school open days. In addition, visitors from the high schools offer an insight into what students can expect. They discuss the similarities and differences between high school and their primary school experiences. They also examine the opportunities that students have in the high school to extend their interests.

Transition to Year 7 for children with Diverse Learning Needs

Students with diverse learning needs may require additional support when transitioning to high school. State high schools and some private schools may offer additional transition programs for these identified students.  The Head of Diverse Learning and Enrichment at Rochedale State School will liaise with parents and high schools to advocate for access to transition opportunities and programs for these students. 
 

Transition programs for students with diverse learning needs or students requiring additional support may include: additional transition days where possible and personalised transition booklets, including social stories. 

Rochedale State School Transition between Year Levels

Shuffle-Up Day

At the end of the school year, all children will have the opportunity to visit their allocated classroom and meet their teacher for the following year. This “Shuffle-Up day” allows children to begin building connections with their new teacher and classmates prior to starting in the new year. Further information regarding details of this day will be available closer to the event.