Transitioning to Prep

Starting prep is a very exciting time for the whole family and the beginning of your child's journey through school.  At St Patrick's, we aim to provide a welcoming and supportive community filled with opportunities for children to grow in confidence as they begin their first school year.


Our Transition to School program is made up of several parts which include:

  1. Transition conversations

  2. Kindergarten contact

  3. Discovery days

  4. Additional transition sessions

  5. Additional family meetings

  6. Transition mornings; and

  7. Family information sessions.

Once at school, the transition is further assisted through:

  • Wednesday rest days at the beginning of the school year, where Preps do not attend school so they can take a break midweek to help them get used to attending school on a full time basis. These dates will be confirmed towards the end of 2020.

  • the Buddy program where each prep student is "buddied up" with a senior student.  More information about the Buddy program can be found on a programs and clubs page here.

2020 dates

Enrolments Open

Families are asked to register an expression of interest with the school office, either by telephone (03) 5782 1579 or in person.  Current families may do so through the online link that can be found HERE.  Once the enrolment pack is complete, please return it to the office as enrolment applications are not considered until the pack is returned.

Monday 2nd March

School Tours

Families wishing to become familiar with our school are invited to attend a school tour which includes an introduction by the Principal and Deputy Principal, and then a school tour with student leaders present.

Thursday 12 March and

Tuesday 19 May

9:00am, 9:30am and 10:00am


Prep Information Evening

Due to the current COVID-19 restriction, our face to face Family Information Evening is cancelled and replaced by an online session.  This online session will be available through the enrolments page of our website from Thursday 21st May and will be an opportunity to welcome everyone who is applying for a Prep position at St Patrick’s in 2021.  Important and up to date Information about our school and the enrolment process will be shared during this session.

This session is compulsory for all families.  Families who do not have access to the internet to view this session are invited to contact our Transition Leader, Anne Remedios, for support.

Online session available

from Thursday 21 May

Enrolments Close

Families are asked to return their completed enrolment packs by Friday 29th May 2020 to ensure that the enrolment application is given consideration.  The school can take up to 78 prep students in 2021 and in the event that more applications are received than places available, a waiting list will be created.

Due to current delays with Australia Post due to the COVID-19 situation we encourage families to contact the school if posting completed forms to ensure they are given consideration.

Tuesday 26 May

Transition conversations

Due to the current COVID-19 situation there will be no face to face Transition Conversations. Details on how these will take place this year will be provided as part of our Family Information Session.

Transition conversations are an opportunity for us to begin to get to know the child and parent/carer.  They are a time for parents to ask any questions you may have and to explore how to best support their child as they make the transition from kinder to school.  Please note, these meetings do not aim to determine if your child is ‘school ready’. If you have any questions regarding school readiness, it is best to have a conversation with your child’s kindergarten teacher.  These are compulsory for all families.

Dates and Details to be Confirmed

Letters of Offer sent out

Once places are determined, letters of offer will be sent out to families on Friday 28 June (the last day of Term 2).  An acceptance form must be completed and returned to the school to secure the enrolment offer.

Please note, current delays with Australia Post deliveries may impact when you receive your letter of offer.

Friday 26 June

Kindergarten visits

Throughout Term Three and Four, our staff will contact each child's kindergarten and/or visit the children at their kindergarten to understand their education journey so far and to put things in place to support their transition.

Terms Three and Four

Discovery Days

Tuesdays in Term Three starting on Tuesday 24th July and the final session being Tuesday 18th September, our library will be open for you to visit and start discovering what school is like.  It will be a chance to share a favourite story and meet some new friends.  These sessions are not compulsory.  Information on how to book online will be sent with your Letter of Offer.


Mondays in Term Three

 13 July to 14 September


Additional transition sessions

Held during Term Four, on Friday 26th October, Friday 2nd November, Friday 9th November, these small group sessions focus on supporting those children and families who may be new to the school or who would like to build their confidence at St Patrick's in a smaller setting.  These sessions are by request from the family or invitation from the school.


Mondays, 5, 12, 19, 26 October


Additional family meetings

Between now and when the child begins, parents/carers may want to meet and discuss any further concerns or ideas they may have to provide their child with the best possibly start to school.  Meetings can be initiated by parents or the school as needed.

As needed

Transition mornings

Three mornings filled with fun and forming new friendships.  All children are required to attend to learn about school and meet their new peers and teachers.  Your child’s 2019 class and teacher will be announced at the final session.  All three sessions are compulsory for all students.

Term Four

Monday 9 November

Thursday 19 November

Monday 23 November



Family information sessions

Whilst the children attend their transition mornings, parents/carers will attend these compulsory family information sessions.  They are an opportunity for the school to pass on information.  It is also an opportunity to meet other parents and ask questions.  These are compulsory.

As per transition mornings

Held in the school library