Kindy Transition Program builds belonging

Parents of children starting Kindergarten next year have begun to form their community connection already at St Pius’ Catholic Primary School Enmore.

It’s the first of two opportunities for parents and their children to get to know their new school._CE12400

“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.

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Dr Katey di Gioia

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.

 

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