Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School places a strong focus on transition programs to support children entering into primary school, moving through the primary years and onto secondary school.
In preparation for the transition from Kinder/Preschool to Primary School, a number of sessions are held throughout Term 3 and 4 to help students gain an idea of what Primary School is like. Once at school, Foundation students are connected to a buddy in Year 6 who will help support them throughout their first year of school. There are regular buddy sessions for the Buddies and Foundation students to interact in a positive and fun way during literacy, numeracy and social skilling sessions.
Students who enter our school in different years will be allocated a class buddy to ensure they have a smooth transition into the school and to provide them with a support network.
Equally, we place great importance helping our Year 6 students prepare for the transition to secondary school. We do this through visits to and from the local secondary school, inviting past student guest speakers, using a locker system for books, timetabling rehearsals and helping them develop management and organisational skills. Parents are encouraged to visit a range of secondary schools to determine the best fit for you child. Information sessions from various secondary schools are promoted to families so they can make an informed decision.