If you are thinking of sending your child to Northcote Primary School, we’d like to provide you with as much information as possible about what to expect. On this page you can find out about how to enrolment, but please visit the Our Community page for a snapshot of what’s happening around the school.
Please also download our Prospective Prep Boooklet
Important dates for Preps in 2020
Enrolling Preps for 2020
If you are considering enrolling your child in the school as a Prep in 2018, we would love to meet you. Comprehensive tours of the school are usually held in May, during which you will be able to explore the different learning areas of the school, meet some of our teachers, as well as representatives from each grade, and their parents. Contact the school in April to book your spot on a tour.
Transferring from another school
If your child is transferring from another school, whether it be local, interstate or overseas, the student and parent community will make them feel welcome from the outset. A tour of the school can be arranged with notice. Please contact the school principal to discuss how we can best facilitate the transfer.
We are a community of learners – students, parents and staff – learning, working and sharing together.
Every day, parents are involved across the school, supporting students and teachers in the learning program, or supporting the school by providing expertise in a particular area of need.
We value opportunities where teachers and parents can get to know each other and look forward to annual social gatherings such as the Twilight Picnic and the Fete. Parents are welcome to visit learning areas to share and celebrate the learning achievements and efforts of students during regular learning expos or showcases.
Together we endeavor to develop and support students to be literate, numerate and curious and active with a vibrant and engaged community.
We value and appreciate parents and community support, and work to build sustainable relationships between our school community and the wider Northcote/Darebin area.
Engaging Parents in Children’s Learning
We work in partnership with parents regarding their children’s wellbeing and learning progress and how we support this.
In term 1, teaching teams meet with parents to explain and discuss the learning programs and approaches for the year. A written report is provided at the end of term 2 and term 4 and parents are invited to meet with teachers after student-led conferences.
The reports outline achievements, areas requiring improvement and/or future learning, and how you can help at
home. The reports will rate your child’s progress against statewide standards from A (well above the standard expected) to E (well below expected).
In student-led conferences, students explain and discuss with their parents and teacher their learning achievements, as well as areas for further improvement. They use samples of their work to demonstrate their learning progress across the semester and to clarify what they have learnt, how they have learnt it and what challenges they faced in the process.
These conferences are structured according to age and year level, with student involvement increasing with age.
Of course, these aren’t the only times you might communicate with your child’s teachers. This may also occur outside the formal reporting structure.
Some other ways are:
- helping out occasionally or regularly at working bees
- joining School Council or one of its subcommittees.
If you can suggest other ways you could assist in your child’s grade and the school, please let your child’s teacher know or make an appointment to see Kerrie, the school principal, or Karen, the assistant principal. The school newsletter is also an important source of information about what is happening at the school, and will include notices about the school’s Community Subcommittee.
The school operates from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm. On the last day of each term, the children are dismissed at 2.30 pm. Any changes in school times will be announced in the newsletter or a special note.
The school grounds are supervised by teachers before school from 8.45 am, and after school until 3.45 pm.
Session 1 9.00 am to 11.00 am
Morning recess 11.00 am to 11.30 am
Session 2 11.30 am to 1.30 pm
Lunch eating time (supervised) 1.30 pm to 1.40 pm
Lunch play 1.40 pm to 2.30 pm
Session 3 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm
After School Hours Care
Northcote Primary School operates a high-quality after school-hours care program for students of all ages.