Prep Year

Catholic schools are committed to providing a special place for your child in Prep. Our schools offer:

  • An exciting, fun, inquiry and play-based curriculum,
  • Specialised facilities and equipment,
  • Qualified, dedicated teachers and committed support staff,
  • Faith and values development integrated into the curriculum
  • Close partnerships with parents, families and community
  • Commitment to the growth and development of the whole child - spiritually, intellectually, physically, culturally, socially and emotionally
  • A safe environment and caring community fostering the unique beauty of each child
  • Integration within the wider school community enabling a smooth transition to Year 1 and beyond.

Below are some common questions and answers for parents regarding Prep.

Can my child go to Prep?

To be eligible to enrol in Prep 2020 your child must be born between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015. The child will need to be five by 30 June in the year they start in preparatory classes.

Birthdate Eligible for prep year in: Eligible for Year 1 in:
Child born 1 July 2014 - 30 June 2015 2020 2021
Child born 1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016 2021 2022
​Child born 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2017​2022​2023

How will my child benefit from Prep?

National and international research highlights the importance of quality fulltime early education and smooth transitions to formal schooling to aid children's long term educational outcomes.

Research tells us that children learn best when they actively construct knowledge of their world around them. Therefore your child will be actively involved in an inquiry- based learning program where teachers and children work together to explore, observe, ask questions, discuss observations and seek answers about everyday experiences. On a daily basis your child will be developing their physical skills by climbing an obstacle course or building their literacy skills through language games.

An old adage states: "tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand" - this is the essence of inquiry learning where your child actively constructs knowledge in a meaningful way. Prep programs that are child-centred and play based will improve your child's social and problem-solving skills and encourage them to have a greater interest in learning.

What activities will my child be doing in a prep program?

Your child will be participating in a learning program based on The Australian Curriculum in conjunction with the Queensland Studies Authority's The Early Years Curriculum which is based on active learning, and includes inquiry and play. Each day at prep your child will be:

  • actively making choices about what and how they learn
  • investigating and learning how to inquire about their interests
  • planning collaboratively with the teacher
  • participating in music and language experiences
  • investigating and playing independently, in pairs, small groups and as a class
  • participating in dramatic play to build an understanding of themselves and the world around them
  • drawing and painting to encourage oral language, reading and writing skills
  • constructing, using blocks and creating collages to develop early mathematical concepts and skills.

How will my child learn?

The prep teacher will select topics of interest to your child so that they can build on what they already know and do. Answers are discovered by exploring resources such as books, and the Internet and by talking to special guest visitors eg ambulance, scientist, council representative, nurse, etc. Your child will be encouraged to think about what they have learnt and how they can best communicate their findings and understandings.

Will my child learn to read and write in the Prep Year?

The Australian Curriculum provides scope for teachers to support the specific learning needs of children in Prep. All students will learn to read, write and be numerate by the conclusion of Prep.

What will my child wear to Prep?

Your child will wear the same Sports Uniform as the children in Year 1 - Year 6.