New Entrant Enrolment
When should my child start school?
Your child can start on their fifth birthday. However, legally, your child does not have to start until they are six years old. Some children benefit from having extra time at Kindergarten. Once your child is enrolled, they should be at school every day. You cannot start your child, and then take them out of school planning to restart at a later date.
Can my child and I visit the school prior to their start date?
We really like it if you and your child visit their new classroom. New entrant children and parents, will have an opportunity to attend a New Entrant information morning, prior to starting school. These are hosted by Rachel Grant, Senior Leader, Pikiake Team and is a time to learn about school routines and also for you to ask any questions that you may have. An email will be sent to you in advance.
Can I meet my child's class teacher?
We want to get to know your child and help them to settle into their new classroom successfully. We feel it is important to arrange an informal meeting with your child’s teacher. As part of our information morning, your child will visit with you and will meet their teacher in their classroom for part of this session.
Does my child need an uniform?
Uniform is not compulsory at Birkenhead Primary School. However, there are several uniform options available for purchase. We encourage children to wear their uniform on Fridays. Uniform is required if your child is representing the school at an outside event. If your child is involved in inter-school sports, appropriate sports uniforms are provided but must be returned to the school at the end of each season.
What are the standard school hours?
Normal hours are 8.50am to 3pm, with a short FAVE (fruit and vegetable energiser) at 10.00, morning tea at 11.00 to 11.30, and lunch from 12.45 to 1.35pm. Lunch eating time is from 1.20pm to 1.35pm. Children are supervised during this time. Please can you make sure your child is at school on time, as this enables them to take responsibility for organising themselves before the school day begins. We ask parents to wait outside their child’s class at the end of the day until their child is dismissed. We thank you for your support during these busy times of the day. If you need to drop anything off for your child, please take this to the school office.
What should I give my child for lunch?
It is important your child has enough energy to last the day. We promote healthy food options in school however we also promote food that your child is happy to eat, even if it's marmite or jam sandwiches everyday. Sandwiches, fruit and vegetables are all great brain food for your child. If your child brings big pieces of fruit in for morning tea or FAVE it is helpful if it is peeled/cut up.
What should I look for in a school bag?
Try for a bag that has a separate pocket for school notices, book bag, library books and is large enough for their lunch box, drink bottle, togs/towel, raincoat.
When and where should I buy my child's stationery?
Pre- packed stationery is available from Paper Plus, Birkenhead. The Pack number/ amount of stationery your child will need will depend on the time of year your child is starting school. Please check with the school office regarding stationery requirements for your child.
Will my child have homework?
We encourage you to read with or to your children every evening. Your child could bring things to show the other children, or to talk about in “News time”.
Will my child have swimming lessons?
The focus for New Entrants is on building confidence in the water. The school pool is open for school lessons during Terms 1 and 4, and although the pool is heated, swimming is very much dependent on the weather.
How will I receive feedback on how my child is progressing?
We hold triangle interviews (student, parent and teacher) twice a year. Your child’s teacher will be happy to give you feedback, but if you are looking for specific details, it is preferable that you make an appointment with them.
All assessment data can also be found on our AtSchool site. Login details will be emailed to you after your child has started school.
What should I do if my child has health issues?
Please ensure that you have informed us of any issues when you complete the enrolment form and give any information you have to the school office. Please talk about medications/implications with the teacher, and bring any medications to the office so that they can be locked away safely.
If, at any time throughout the year your contact details change or medical issues require updating, please contact the office immediately.
How can I come involved in the school?
- Keep in contact with your child’s teacher and read the weekly newsletter.
- Ask if you can be parent helper in class. This shows your child that you think school is a great place to be and that you value what happens there.
- Join our active and enthusiastic P.T.A. This will give you an idea of the issues the school faces, and you may have skills that would be of real value to the school. Come and see the Principal. There is no shortage of ways in which you can help if you have time.