Catholic schools are committed to providing a special place for your child in Prep. Our schools offer:
Below are some common questions and answers for parents regarding 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Your child will wear the same Sports Uniform as the children in Year 1 - Year 6.