New Entrant Transition

When your child turns four, we encourage you to contact the school office to ensure that we have your child’s details on file as a possible new entrant enrolment. We would love to organise a tour so that you can meet with our Principal and New Entrant Team leader and see our classes in action.

Methven Primary School is able to accept an enrolment for any child living within our school zone and has a limited number of places for out of zone children.

We encourage you to enrol your child at least six months prior to their 5th birthday so that school visits can be organised to help make the transition from preschool to school as smooth, happy and positive as possible.  If your family is new to our school, we strongly recommend organising a tour with our Principal to learn about our school and see our classes in action.

6-8 weeks before your child turns five you will receive an email or letter with transition information including dates and times for your child’s visits.

There are four transition visits held before your child turns five. These visits are held each Thursday. Please contact the office by phone or email if these dates do not suit.

The first two visits are from 9-11am and the third and fourth visits are from 9-12:30pm.

Extra transition visits can be arranged at the end of the first visit or by contacting Jo Spittal.

Parents can stay to help settle their child and then it is recommended the parent leaves their child to have an opportunity to engage with the other students.

During visits your child will:

  • Meet their home class teacher
  • Get to know the collaborative space and other teachers in the area
  • Connect with friends and make new friends
  • Be given a buddy to support them in the class and in the playground
  • Begin to learn morning routines and where things are put before school
  • Begin to learn expectations during mat time
  • Learn our special code words – silent hands, ninja feet and spy voices
  • Find out what the class leader job is how they will know when it their turn
  • Start to learn about our school values and how to be an MPS STAR.
  • Explore and engage in the many activities provided
  • Have an opportunity to play outside in the play round and eat first lunch with the class during the third and fourth visits.

Twice a year we hold an evening Starting School Parent Meeting, an opportunity for caregivers of pre-enrolled children to meet with Junior Teachers, our Principal and office staff to learn more about transition visits and our New Entrant programme.