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#101 Riotproof

Posted 28 November 2019 - 12:21 PM

That’s a lot of stuff happening, Xena.

#102 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 29 November 2019 - 02:41 PM

Final orientation is over! We have teachers name, class size (23) uniforms, interview and assessment times, fee payment dates. I’ts been really well organised.

So relieved there is only 23 in the class, could have been worse.

Spoke to a couple of other mums too who seemed lovely.

Now to wait until then end of January.

Next up, Kinder end of year concert and party. That will be emotional.

#103 Catzilla

Posted 29 November 2019 - 04:46 PM

 ~LemonMyrtle~, on 29 November 2019 - 02:41 PM, said:

Final orientation is over! We have teachers name, class size (23) uniforms, interview and assessment times, fee payment dates. I’ts been really well organised.

So relieved there is only 23 in the class, could have been worse.

Spoke to a couple of other mums too who seemed lovely.

Now to wait until then end of January.

Next up, Kinder end of year concert and party. That will be emotional.

Yep.  We've got ours on Tuesday evening, and then her final Kindy day the following Tuesday.  She's really keen for school.

#104 MissBehaving

Posted 29 November 2019 - 04:54 PM

DDs last transition day was this week and she got to meet her teacher and classmates. I think the teacher has the right personality to handle DD well, so I'm very happy.

I know what you mean about the cuteness factor LemonMyrtle, I ended up getting the $45 school bag (has a lifetime warranty!) and just seeing her wear that brings tears to my eyes.

#105 bluemama

Posted 30 November 2019 - 09:17 AM

Our last transition day is next week and we already had our graduation from preschool.

Just sorting out uniforms and everything else now.

This is my first at school so still can't believe my little girl is growing up, she is excited and has enjoyed her transition programs

#106 little lion

Posted 30 November 2019 - 09:30 AM

My youngest is starting FYOS in 2020. This week we have kindy end of year celebration, report and will get a letter from school from his new teacher. Exciting times ahead.

I’m very much looking forward to having both at school.

A handy hint for new school parents ... did you know that you can use vacation care in January before they’ve actually had their first day at school? We will be using this as a way to let him explore the school grounds before the official first day. (He will be attending after school care so this will help him get to know the staff there too.)

#107 newmumandexcited

Posted 30 November 2019 - 09:35 AM

 little lion, on 30 November 2019 - 09:30 AM, said:

My youngest is starting FYOS in 2020. This week we have kindy end of year celebration, report and will get a letter from school from his new teacher. Exciting times ahead.

I’m very much looking forward to having both at school.

A handy hint for new school parents ... did you know that you can use vacation care in January before they’ve actually had their first day at school? We will be using this as a way to let him explore the school grounds before the official first day. (He will be attending after school care so this will help him get to know the staff there too.)

What do you mean use vacation care? Like put them in care at the school - I didn’t even know that was a thing!

#108 little lion

Posted 30 November 2019 - 09:38 AM

Our school runs OSHC that has a vacation care program. FYOS kids can participate from start of January.

#109 MissBehaving

Posted 30 November 2019 - 09:39 AM

Yup. DDs school OOSHC accepts the FYOS kids from 6th January.

#110 Lallalla

Posted 30 November 2019 - 10:07 AM

My daughter has been at the preschool attached to her (Public) primary school all year. Loves it. Has done several orientation sessions at kinder, which is just on the other side of the gate and has loved those too.

I just went to the parent information night and have realised, possibly a bit late, that all 3 kinder classes are in 1 big open area - they have assigned “classrooms” and a shared space but it’s all actually one big room.

The preschool is not like that at all, 2 very separate rooms.

Has anyone had a kid in this set up before? MIL is not helping by telling me all about her best friends granddaughter who just moved schools because she wasn’t coping in a similar set up.

#111 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 30 November 2019 - 10:13 AM

 Lallalla, on 30 November 2019 - 10:07 AM, said:

My daughter has been at the preschool attached to her (Public) primary school all year. Loves it. Has done several orientation sessions at kinder, which is just on the other side of the gate and has loved those too.

I just went to the parent information night and have realised, possibly a bit late, that all 3 kinder classes are in 1 big open area - they have assigned “classrooms” and a shared space but it’s all actually one big room.

The preschool is not like that at all, 2 very separate rooms.

Has anyone had a kid in this set up before? MIL is not helping by telling me all about her best friends granddaughter who just moved schools because she wasn’t coping in a similar set up.

A relative of mine is a teacher. Ages ago, we were taking about this. It was apparently a new thing, these open space classrooms. Many schools invested in specialised furniture to utilise these open spaces. It was all modern and fantastic etc etc. all new schools built in this timeframe had these big open classrooms.
And then a few years later many schools, (including his school) ditched it all together. And it was another huge expense to install walls to partition these big rooms and get new furniture again.
Apparently, all the obvious things, the noise, the chaos of having that many kids in one room, just didn’t work at all.

#112 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 30 November 2019 - 10:15 AM

Having said that, my relative is in a high school. I can kind of see it working in the younger years, if the classes were small and well organised. I wouldn’t ditch the school because of it.

#113 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 30 November 2019 - 05:18 PM

I looked at a primary school that did this, was actually good as the toilets were directly off the room and not off a corridor ( they didn't need to do the toilet buddy system).
They explained that they often combined classes, with one teacher taking the majority to,  for example, read a large book, while the other teacher took a small group for a more intense lesson.
DS's school has two FYOS classes divided with a moveable wall. A 3rd class seperate. However the 3 classes often all join up to do things together in one room ( some singing, dancing thing. DS would be telling me about the Trolls movie song "Just Dance") plus more. Often one class would be split up and divided into the other two, especially if the teacher was sick or doing training ( there are teacher aides to allow ratios).  

I guess you just have to give it a go. Does the open plan concept continue for older grades? How big are the class sizes? My friend's child has 28 kids per room ( but a teacher aide in each) while mine has 16 in each. 28 kids would be quite noisy too.

#114 caninestorm

Posted 03 December 2019 - 10:59 AM

Our school has three learning neighbourhoods: two K-2 and one 3-6. Each neighbourhood is open plan with a number of breakout and different sized rooms/spaces. Each neighbourhood can accommodate 120 or so children.

Children are grouped by ability and interest rather than by year levels. The teachers are shared across the neighbourhood so there is no "one teacher per class" setup.

Children are taught how to manage their own learning and are given a lot of authority to do so.

All new public schools in ACT will be based on this model.

It works brilliantly with the right resourcing. After seeing this in action, I can't even imagine sitting my 5yo down in a traditional learning environment. It's exciting :)

Edit: We have attended the attached preschool this year and although the preschoolers are in their own environment, all four "classes" are in one shared area with a similar set up. They do "group time" in their class groups but are otherwise free to move between areas. We have had no issues.

Edited by caninestorm, 03 December 2019 - 11:01 AM.


#115 **Xena**

Posted 04 December 2019 - 12:25 PM

View PostRiotproof, on 28 November 2019 - 12:21 PM, said:

That’s a lot of stuff happening, Xena.

I'm really hoping all the end of year stuff next year happens on different nights!

#116 seayork2002

Posted 04 December 2019 - 12:50 PM

Looking back of my DS12 time in primary (and at scouts etc.) the biggest tip I can give any parent is keep old clothes for those days/camps where it is

'your child will get muddy/wet send them in clothes that you don't want back' type thing

which is why I always keep some handy (just about to outgrow)

#117 nickyAB

Posted 11 December 2019 - 02:16 PM

So glad I found this thread! My eldest is FYOS next year. We have just moved to a new city not long ago and have had lots of changes and it’s been stressful. Finally few more settled in our house in a lovely area.
Signed her up to school in catchment and it hasn’t been great. They only did one prep visit. Then we asked for more as we are new to the area the city and have no one here for support and they said no. Then we got an email from the school offering extra prep visits which was an accident. Apparently they meant to send that to some families and it wasn’t us.
Not sure what to do it’s really making me anxious. On top
Of that the Before and after care looks dodgy. I went twice and twice I saw about what looked like three teenagers oblivious to the kids around them.
As it’s a public school it’s run by the YMCA so the school just told me they had no affiliation or advice.
As we have no family here and both hubby and I work full time .. what are my options? Hiring a nanny or someone with a car to pick up DD or just reducing my hours?
We have just moved to this area and don’t know anyone here. It’s been so disappointing and I’m worried for my DD as she’s a sensitive and easily led child. She’s in care now five days a week but at least she doesn’t have to go
Elsewhere at 3pm.
What are the options when OOSH sucks? I know I should give it a chance and I will, but my instinct says otherwise. :(

#118 MayaTheGrinch

Posted 11 December 2019 - 02:38 PM

I don't belong in this thread but nickyAB i just wanted to respond. You could see if there are any local family daycare places around. The ones local to use to after-school care and friends who run family daycare do after school care too. Our local daycares also run off-site after school care program (they pick the kids up in a mini-bus and use proper size appropriate child seats too). We've used both over the years (Mine are going into yr 4 and 6 next year).

#119 nickyAB

Posted 11 December 2019 - 04:07 PM

Thank you so much Maya! i will look into that. I haven't heard of them doing it but i will definitely find out. It would be great if the current daycare offered it because my son is 2 and still in daycare. It's so stressful and really putting a damper on the whole staring school thing.

#120 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 11 December 2019 - 04:37 PM

 nickyAB, on 11 December 2019 - 04:07 PM, said:

Thank you so much Maya! i will look into that. I haven't heard of them doing it but i will definitely find out. It would be great if the current daycare offered it because my son is 2 and still in daycare. It's so stressful and really putting a damper on the whole staring school thing.

If you do get an after school nanny, they can pick up your other son as well, put dinner on the table, start homework. You come home to a settled house. It can be a really good help. Worth considering. It may be short term until you’re settled.

#121 Riotproof

Posted 29 January 2020 - 11:15 AM

So Best Start done and dusted. Still need to take up the dresses and find the sports uniform.

How are we going?

Edited by Riotproof, 29 January 2020 - 11:15 AM.


#122 Hands Up

Posted 29 January 2020 - 11:52 AM

Ours is Friday. I’ve emailed his latest OT report in advance so they understand what DS’s challenges are. DS is still very apprehensive.

All the practical stuff done though.

#123 Catzilla

Posted 29 January 2020 - 12:29 PM

DD started yesterday. She was excited all morning, right up until it was time for us to leave her in her classroom, and then she got a bit upset, but she was fine when we picked her up yesterday afternoon.

#124 newmumandexcited

Posted 29 January 2020 - 12:32 PM

This is silly and I can’t believe I’m writing it, but where your kids up to? I got a pretty negative vibe after the best start (nsw) assessment. He can recognise letters and probably numbers up to 20, write his name etc. I heard the teacher say to a mum ‘he counted up to 120’ and I thought..hmm..

#125 Riotproof

Posted 29 January 2020 - 12:44 PM

 newmumandexcited, on 29 January 2020 - 12:32 PM, said:

This is silly and I can’t believe I’m writing it, but where your kids up to? I got a pretty negative vibe after the best start (nsw) assessment. He can recognise letters and probably numbers up to 20, write his name etc. I heard the teacher say to a mum ‘he counted up to 120’ and I thought..hmm..

What do you mean by negative vibe?

Don’t worry about what other kids know. It’s just a check so they know where they are and how best to teach them.




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