Catholic Education South Australia

Transition to St Therese

Learning Tree Transition-to-School Program

We know that starting school can be unpredictable, and in some instances an anxious time, potentially for both children and their parents.

Our St Therese Learning Trees Transition-to-School Program is an extended transition program designed to assist students transitioning from preschool to school. Research tells us of the great benefits to making transition to school a gradual process.

These types of programs encourage a slow and steady transition to school and have proven to be very successful for young learners by:

  • helping students establish friendships
  • providing practice with school routines
  • introducing a familiarisation with the school environment and people
  • increasing the confidence and well-being of students.
  • helping new families to enhance their connections to the community.

The program is available to children who are enrolled to commence in Reception at St Therese School

The Learning Tree children commence their program in their own small group setting with a qualified Early Childhood teacher, one morning per week for two terms.

A key priority we have for our community is to ensure that we continue to look at best practice and services to enhance the fabulous experience already provided for our families.  

Our goals are:

  • to introduce school routines
  • to create an atmosphere where children feel respected and loved 
  • to nurture each child’s self-worth 
  • to guide each child’s experimental play to promote understanding 
  • develop effective communication skills 

To encourage each child to explore, invent, discover, question and experiment 

For all children to learn through touching, moving, listening, seeing and hearing.

Who, When, Duration? 

St Therese School invites children preparing to start school to attend our Learning Tree Transition-to-School program. Places are limited, and offered to children who have been accepted for enrolment at St Therese School. Our program is uniquely designed to enhance the learning environment for our youngest learners.