Prep Year


At St Bernardine's, we value the development of the whole child.  Our exciting Prep program ensures each child is recognised as a unique individual created by God. We endeavour to make every child feel genuinely valued and accepted, respecting each other as they play and learn together. Each child has special qualities to be encouraged and developed in a loving, caring environment. 

In Prep, teachers support children's learning by making connections between school and their experiences at home, kindergarten or childcare. 

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

Can my child go to Prep?

To be eligible to enrol in Prep 2021 your child must be born between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016. 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. Your child will be developing their physical skills by climbing an obstacle course or building their literacy skills through language games.

Prep Curriculum

Prep students are taught the Foundation Year of the Australian Curriculum  for English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, Technologies and Health and Physical Education.

As a Brisbane Catholic Education School, Religious Education is core subject taught from Prep to Year 6.