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However, having witnessed the build-
up of anxiety parents and children
experience year after year, Mrs Trotter said
she's always wondered if she could do
something more to ease the transition to
"As a principal and a parent, I often ask
'What would I want for my own children?'
So, beginning in November this year
for the first time, St Joseph's will offer a
free 'Early Starters Program', essentially
a transition program for children who
will be eligible for Kindergarten in 2014
to experience a sense of 'big school',
one day a week for eight weeks, before
committing full time.
"I wanted to do something for the whole
community that allowed four and five
year-olds to ease into kindergarten instead
of committing to it straight away for five
days a week. They can walk away more
confident about school with new friends
and skills," she said.
St Joseph's is one of a number of schools
in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-
Newcastle beginning to offer an Early
Starters Program. However, Joanne
explains that it was the concept of having
a program open to all the community that
really appealed to her.
"Being a born and bred Novocastrian, I
thought I knew all about what it meant to
be part of the Hunter but when I came to
as a Catholic
principal in a
owe it to the
make a positive contribution.
"We're offering the program to all children
in the area, regardless of whether their
parents plan to enrol them at St Joseph's
or their local public school.
"I'm hoping this will give the community
an opportunity to see what Catholic
education has to offer and is all about. I
hope the community will embrace the
concept and feel that we are very much an
inclusive community that embraces and
supports all families in Bulahdelah and Tea
The program will run for eight weeks
and will be held each Thursday until 5
December. Interested parents/carers can
register their child at any point.
Children will be taught social skills such
Basic skills in physical movement will be
developed during fine motor and gross
motor activities. Exposure to different
literature and mathematical concepts will
create a scaffold for their future learning.
"They get a taste of 'big school' which is
not only fantastic for the child but great
for the parents too as it helps them
prepare for the transition, especially if
their child isn't in daycare, to see how they
are performing and engaging with other
children," said Mrs Trotter.
The Catholic Schools Office provides a
free private bus for children to travel from
the Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens area.
If parents are worried about their little
ones catching the school bus at such a
young age, Mrs Trotter says they have that
"Our Parish Pastoral Co-ordinator, Sister
Margaret Valentine and I are taking turns
travelling on the bus for the early starters
so they can get used to being on the bus
"We're really excited about this new
initiative for Bulahdelah and are committed
to making this work. I encourage anyone
who's interested to contact me to find out
Contact St Joseph's Primary, 26C
Bulahdelah Way, Bulahdelah 2423, P
4997 4189 or 0429 783 621 or E joanne.
"as a Catholic principal you really
owe it to the community to make
a positive contribution"
www.mn.catholic.org.au Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
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