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Orientation to school

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Orientation is an important part of the transition to school. It can be described as an event or series of events which familiarise children and families with significant features of their new environment.

For an optimal transition to school, all partners have a key role to play. The aim is to support every child to feel safe, secure and have a sense of belonging at school.

Each child and family has individual needs, concerns and expectations that should be considered and catered for.

Learn more about: Orientation: Strategies for schools fact sheet (PDF, 1.4MB) (RTF, 92KB).

More information

Wondering about school
Learn about connecting Prep and kindergarten children, their families and schools through the 'Wondering about school' resources.  

Orientation to school – Professor Bob Perry
Transcript of Professor Bob Perry's video (RTF, 94KB)

Watch the video of leading Australian transitions researcher discussing orientation to school.

Orientation to school – Bradley Clarke
Transcript of Principal Bradley Clark's video (RTF, 92KB)

Watch the video of school principal Bradley Clarke discussing orientation to school

Related information

Parent and community engagement framework
Learn about how to strengthen your school's engagement between students, teachers, parents, support staff and the community.

Starting school: Effective transitions
Read the paper by Sue Dockett and Bob Perry which focuses on effective transition-to-school programs using a framework of 10 guidelines developed through the Starting School Research Project.

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Last updated 02 September 2019