The Department of Education has a statewide Foundation (Prep) enrolment timeline.
The timeline advises families when and how to enrol their child into Foundation (Prep) at a Victorian government primary school, including Tarwin Lower Primary School.
Once you have reviewed the above process, please click on the link below to obtain a copy of the Tarwin Lower Primary School Enrolment Form. A copy of your child's birth certificate and immunisation certificate should also be attached when sending in your application. As well as, medical information such as Anaphylaxis and Asthma Management Plans. Any Family Court Orders relating to custody or access need to be made available to the school. Copies are kept in the office and are confidential.
If you have any other queries, please contact our school office on 5663 5263.
School tours are led by the Principal, visitors will tour the grounds and see our classes in action. The Principal can also discuss any enrolment questions that you might have.
Please see below of dates. If you are interested in entry at a year level other than Prep, please call the office on 5663 5263 to arrange a separate tour.
Thursday 4th May - 9.30am
Thursday 18th May - 9.30am
Thursday 1st June - 9.30am
Friday 16th June - 9.30am
Friday 14th July - 9.30am
Step into Prep Program
Starting school is a major milestone, it marks the beginning of your child’s education,
setting strong foundations for life-long learning. Research shows that a positive start to
school leads to better learning and wellbeing outcomes for all children. It helps to
support your child’s continuity of learning and development and assists children to feel
secure, confident and connected to new people and places.
At Tarwin Lower Primary School we value the importance of students making a positive start to school and run a comprehensive transition program aimed at making your child’s pathway from pre-school to school a successful and smooth experience.
Our Transition Program develops your child’s confidence by providing opportunities to learn about being at school. As it is not a one off event, you and your child will be able to grow and learn together. You will have many chances to discuss your child’s needs and ask questions. It is our intention to build success and to make commencing school both comfortable and enticing. We have designed and embedded many opportunities which aim to support children, families and early childhood professionals to become familiar with and excited about the transition into primary school.
During Term 4 all children enrolled in Prep will have the opportunity to participate in our Step into Prep Orientation Program. These sessions are where your child’s Prep journey begins. Orientation is made up of five sessions, each running for 1 hour and a half, and one running for 2 hours. The sessions are specifically designed to be fun and engaging, providing your child with a taste of Prep and building their understanding of what being at school will entail. During each session, your child will engage in a Literacy, HPE and Maths, Art lessons. The children will meet a range of teachers, including specialist teachers, making transitioning into these classes when school begins easier.
Step into Prep Dates
Friday 17 November - 9.15-10.45am
Friday 24 November - 9.15-10.45am
Friday 1 December - 9.15-10.45am
Friday 8 December - 9.15-10.45am
Tuesday 12 December - 9.00-11.00am
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
The first day of school is a very exciting, yet overwhelming time for all involved. On the first days of school we encourage you to take your child into the classroom to help them to get themselves organised and show them where to put their bag. As soon as the 9.00am bell rings, say a happy and friendly goodbye and leave the room.
It is extremely important that students develop good habits of punctuality and regular attendance, as well as a positive attitude towards school. Providing a routine and keeping things the same each morning helps to ensure that your child, feels safe and secure and start their school day with a smile.
From day one, Preps are expected to be at school all day, except for the first 6 Wednesdays. On Wednesday, the Prep teacher conducts one on one interviews with all of the students. The interviews are designed to provide your child’s teacher with information about your child’s understanding and skills in English and Mathematics.
Parents/Guardians are required to provide the following documents to the school prior to their child starting.
Completed student enrolment form
Emergency Contacts – two friends/relatives contact numbers in case of emergency, when you cannot be contacted
Copies are kept in the office and are confidential. Family Court Orders relating to custody or access need to be made available to the school. Please inform the school immediately if there is any change to the above details.
Our School Zone
Our school zone is available on http://findmyschool.vic.gov.au
Findmyschool.vic.gov.au hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones for 2020 onwards.
Students residing in this zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address.
The Department provides guidance through the School Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and the freedom to choose other schools, subject to facility limitations.
You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the Department's website under School Zones.