Parents of children starting Kindergarten next year have begun to form their community connection already at St Pius’ Catholic Primary School Enmore.
“Making connections with other parents is very powerful,” said Dr Katey de Gioia, Senior Lecturer for the Institute of Early Childhood at Macquarie University and facilitator of the program at the school.
“And really, it’s all about surviving transitions through life. Secondary school is another transition,” she said.
The children have been given a library bag. The second orientation is in November when children will be given a T-shirt and school bag.
Dr di Gioia works with the Broken Bay Diocese and the Department of Education with similar programs and has been presenting the program for over ten years.
It grew out of a research project she did for her PhD into transitioning to school and building relationships.
“I had a child who went to this school and he’s now in Year 12,” she told the parents.