TRANSITION AT BUNINYONG
It is important to us at Buninyong Primary School that the transition from Pre-school to School, transition between grades throughout Primary School and transition to Secondary School is smooth and well communicated. As a result we have developed the following processes:-
Transition from Pre-School to Primary School.
We certainly do our best to give every child the opportunity to make a smooth transition into Primary School. This includes:
Transition Activities with Feeder Pre-Schools
We come together with our feeder pre-schools (Buninyong & Mt Helen pre-schools) to conduct transition activities. Pre-school staff will keep parents informed about these.
As part of our transition process we run a Pre-Schooler Program on Wednesdays and Fridays over the last four weeks of Term 3. Parents choose whether their child registers for the Wednesday Program or the Friday Program....both programs are the same. In 2013 the Wednesday programs were run on August 28 and September 4, 11 & 18. Dates for the Friday sessions were August 30 and September 6, 13 & 20.
In weeks 1 and 2 sessions ran from 10 - 11am and in weeks 3 & 4 from 9:30am – 11am. Each week the children participate in different activities. It’s not a problem if children are unable to attend all 4 sessions. Parents are welcome to stay, but most parents are happy to leave their children, which is fine.
This is a great way to familiarise pre-schoolers with the school setting and help each child make a smooth transition into Primary School. All children are welcome to participate, not just those who are enrolling to attend Buninyong Primary the following year.
If you would like your child to participate, simply call the ladies in the general office and register your child.
An orientation day for 2014 preps will be held on Tuesday December 10th. Parents are asked to bring their children in at 9:30am and to collect them at 2:30pm. An information session for parents will be held on this day from 9:45 – 10:45am.
Passing on student information:
The Pre-School teachers and Prep teachers liaise and share information regarding the students and discuss any individual needs of students. The Pre- School teachers also complete a transition statement for each student which contains information regarding developmental progress and interests or concerns that students may have.
The Primary School staff also liaises with the Pre-School teachers when grouping the children for their Prep classes, to ensure that students start the year with some familiar faces. Any parent queries regarding this should be directed to Bernie, Sue or one of the Prep teachers.
Transition to Grades at Buninyong.
Our aim is for every child to settle into their new grade as quickly as possible at the beginning of each year. To ensure this smooth process the teachers are released as a grade level and are able to plan together each week. We also have developed some detailed core documents, particularly in English and Maths. These documents set out very clearly what is to be taught at each year level.
Other processes we have in place are:
• Speed Grading Night. This is where all the teachers get together to handover and discuss important information on the children they have taught for the year. A red folder is also handed over.
• Red Folders. These contain a summary of the child’s achievements and medical or behavioural needs. They also contain any:-
1. Speech reports that have been made,
2. The latest ILP,
3. A profile of academic achievements,
4. 1 annotated writing sample,
5. PAT Maths,
6. On Demand results,
7. A spelling test
8. A copy of their end of year report.
It is also recorded if they have a disability and receive funding.
The children have lunch with their new class and teacher in their new room. This happens in the last week of school from 12.00-1.00pm.
• Anaphylaxis and Asthma
If a child has been diagnosed with anaphylaxis or severe asthma or any other severe medical condition the parents and new teacher along with the assistant principal will meet in the last week of term to hand over important information.
• Student Mapping Tool. This is a computer program that enables us to keep a record
from P-6 of each child’s:-
1. Academic progress,
3. NAPLAN Results,
4. Literacy and Numeracy levels
5. Aus Vels data,
6. Medical needs,
7. If they are on an ILP.
8. Referral for student services and why,
9. Reading recovery or corrective reading
11. Funding for a disability
Some students require a bit more forward planning as to the teacher who is most appropriate. When this is the case the teacher and assistant principal liaise with the parents and begin the transition phase a little earlier with these students. An example of this is when a student has been diagnosed with autism and/or anxiety.
Transition to Secondary School.
Our Grade 6 students are supported and well prepared to head off to secondary school.
Early in Term 2 there is a form called attending government schools which is sent home to all parents. This has to be returned regardless of where the child is going.
Ballarat High School invites our Grade 6 teachers to an afternoon tea where we share information about our students.
Representatives from Mt Clear and Damascus visit our Grade 6 classes and encourage questions. Both schools hold information nights.
St Pats and Loreto send us profile sheets to complete for those students attending their schools. These profiles require information about Literacy, Numeracy and Social Skills.
Mt Clear requests the results of a PAT-R Reading test. They also send out information booklets and applications to their SEAL and LEAP programs.
Information nights are widely publicised.
Mt Clear holds a transition day where all Grade 6’s attend Mt Clear for the day. Other schools hold transition days for just those students who have enrolled in their school.
Special meetings are set for any children with special needs or are funded for a disability. Extra transition days are sometimes offered.
GRADE 5/6 NETBOOK INFORMATION NIGHT
Presentation and supporting information available for download on righthand side.
Welcome To Buninyong Primary School
Buninyong Primary School is located in the beautiful townshipof Buninyong on the southern edge of Ballarat. The school currently has 560 students and runs 27 classrooms. The school is dual campus with 24 classes running at Buninyong and 3 at Scotsburn. The 3 classes at Scotsburn are multi-age.
The school maintains a strong sense of community and communication among parents, children and staff. There is a very high level of parental support and involvement, actively encouraged by our “open door” policy. The school has an excellent reputation within its local community, an extremely professional staff and high performing students. The blend of youth and experience within the staffing profile provides opportunities for continuing to develop a highly skilled staff team and to continue to produce successful student outcomes.
The school offers every student a comprehensive seven year sequential program in all key learning areas, complemented by the whole school approach to the development of social and interpersonal skills and personal learning. The school is currently planning for a transition to a National Curriculum. Whole school delivery of curriculum and seamless transition throughout a student’s learning journey, guide developments in program delivery and monitoring student achievement. A rich curriculum includes Art, Music, Physical Education, and Japanese for all year levels.
Whilst classes at our Scotsburn Campus are multi-age, we run straight year level classes at the Buninyong Campus where possible. This enables us to create a timetable where year level teams come together every week to plan. The sharing that comes from this is a powerful means of lifting the quality of programs and the level of consistency across the school.
The strong history of technology development within the school will continue in preparing students for their future. All classrooms are well equipped and include interactive whiteboards in every classroom, a computer to student ratio of 1:4, a computer lab and a 1:1 netbook program with our grade 6s.
In recent years we have worked hard to personalise learning for every student, aiming to gradually develop independence and responsibility along the way. We have also placed considerable emphasis on making sure students are in touch with their learning. This has required our teachers to be more explicit with their teaching, making sure students know what they are learning and why. This has also required our students to be involved in setting goals, complete self-assessments and engage in discussions about their learning.
The school has outstanding facilities, including a full sized gym, library, art room, computer lab & music room. In 2011 we opened our newest building, which includes six classrooms and 2 very large open spaces. This building takes us to 22 permanent classrooms, which is fantastic. We have beautiful grounds, which are set for further upgrades in the near future.
Buninyong Primary School is a great place for children, parents and staff and will continue to provide positive education outcomes for the students so that they can achieve to their full potential and become productive members of the community.