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Is Your Child About to Turn 5? 
Sending a child to school (even if it is not the first one) is a very special moment for most parents. The experience is different every time, because children are all different. We trust your child will be very happy at Whakarongo School and that you will enjoy being part of the Whakarongo Family. 

The following information will answer some of your questions. Please don't hesitate to contact Jo McKinnon (Poutama - New Entrant Transition teacher) or Carissa Davies (Junior School Leader) if you need any more information. 

Ready For School?

Some clear signs that a child is ready for school include:
  • Know how to sit and listen to a story
  • Recognise his / her belongings
  • Complete 2 - 3 instructions in sequence
  • Know their name, address and telephone number
  • Put on and take off outer garments without help
  • Know how to wash and dry their hands and flush a toilet
  • Use scissors
  • Hold a pencil correctly.

Preparing for School...

To assist with your child's integration into full time schooling, the school has a number of systems in place:

Transition to School Programme: 
Prior to starting school visits, your child is welcome to join our Transition to School Programme. Pre-Schoolers would normally attend this programme for the term before they start school. The main aim of the programme is to give your child a chance to familiarise themselves with the school and other students and to develop their alphabet knowledge.

School Visits: Pre-schoolers attend their school visits the 2 weeks before they turn 5.  School visits are normally on Thursday mornings from 9 - 11:00. For your child's school visit, they need to have a healthy snack and a water bottle. 

Please contact Jo McKinnon (jmckinnon@whakarongo.school.nz) for further information.