From day one, our committed and caring staff will make you and your child feel right at home as we partner with you on their journey of discovery.
Priority is given to literacy and numeracy development, as these are the foundations upon which further learning is built, with students encouraged to learn through play, investigations, questioning, hands-on approaches and from their peers.
A typical prep day begins at 8.45am, when the children come together for a morning activity such as a class devotion, physical activity session, formal assembly or worship time (singing and dancing). After these activities the Literacy lessons commence and are then broken up by a brief ‘brain food’ break to keep young minds fuelled and alert.
After further literacy learning students eat morning recess food inside and then move outside to play on the playground and ovals, in the sandpits or with our interactive mud kitchen complete with plates, cups and utensils. All play time is closely supervised by caring staff who can attend to social, emotional and first aid needs.
Prep teachers utilise the I Love Reading Program. This is a unique literacy program designed to facilitate the rapid learning of reading English for lower Primary. This program takes the complexity out of the English language and makes decoding words easier and faster.
The I Love Reading Program takes the English Phonetic Code, technology developed by the Mamone family, and packages it into a practical and easily understood resource for literacy development. Through the ILR program, students quickly move from ‘Learning to Read’ to ‘Reading to Learn’. From here, the rate of learning increases and the learning environment becomes a place of engaged students exploring educational concepts, skills and ideas, years ahead of their expected levels.
Specialist subjects are spread throughout the week and include LOTE, Physical Education, Art, Music, Christian Studies, Health, Performing Arts and Chapel. The day concludes at 3.10pm with everyone feeling exhausted but satisfied. Teachers wait with the students until all children have connected with their parent or carer.
Through our strategic programs and learning opportunities, we want our students to grow in line with our “Five foundations of a Whole Child”. That is for them to grow spiritually, emotionally, academically, physically and socially. This will be enhanced as they strive for excellence to develop and use their God given passions and talents.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10
In Term 4, students commencing Prep the following year participate in three orientation sessions held on a Saturday morning. Wyndham has chosen to conduct orientation on Saturday to assist many of our working families who cannot be available mid-week.
The focus of the first session is to familiarize students with the school environment and observe student learning and interaction. The focus of the second and third sessions are to establish literacy and numeracy skill levels which will guide future teaching and class placement.