Meet Robina State School
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We caught up with Robina State School's Deputy Principal (P-3), Suzanne Murray and Prep Teacher, Angela Moss to gain some insight into Miami State School and find out all you need to know about enroling in Prep at Robina.
What’s unique about Robina State School?
Robina State School is very much a community school. I believe you feel welcome from the moment you walk in the gate. Relationships with our parents are integral to the success your child will have at school. You will find that the staff at Robina State School will do their very best to form a positive and nurturing environment for you and your child to begin their learning journey.
What’s your prep orientation like?
Orientation is a morning for your child to spend some time in our school environment. It is important that we have your enrolment forms for this to occur. We divide our Pre-Preps into groups of approximately 15 children. The children work with a teacher and a teacher aide, inside a Prep classroom where they listen to a story and create something to take home with them. They will then do some outside activities, with the same teacher, on the obstacle course and on the soccer field. While the children are participating in this experience, parents will meet with school staff and will be provided with important information about Prep at Robina State School. The session runs for approximately 90 minutes.
What activities are in place to help my child and family settle into school?
Families will be invited to attend a Prep information night where parents can meet the Prep teachers. School tours will be offered with our Deputy Principal. There will be several opportunities for parents to attend a school tour. Students will be invited to a Prep Orientation morning.
Please note that we have COVID-19 restrictions in place which may modify how we manage school visitors in 2020.
At the end of the school year, each child will get a letter from their new teacher letting them know their class and teacher name. They also have an activity to complete – a drawing of their family – to bring to Prep on their first day.
How does your school communicate with families?
Prep classes have a chalkboard outside the classroom. Prep teachers also issue class newsletters. Robina State School uses an application called Skoolbag. On a more personal level, teacher emails are available to all parents for more direct communication. There is also a school newsletter and regular communication from the P and C. Parents can register to receive our school newsletter at any time. This can be done through our website. This is a great way to know about the events that happen in school. All methods of keeping in touch with parents are outlined in our enrolment packs.
How can I help prepare my child for ‘big school’?
Encourage independence. Students will need to be able to carry their own school bag and open their bag and to take out their hat and lunchbox. They should be able to open their lunch containers.
Are there particular types of knowledge, skills or abilities children are expected to have prior to starting at your school?
Being able to count and recognise numbers to 10 will help greatly. Sing and say the ABC as much as possible. Recognition of the letters of the alphabet is very helpful. Read as many books as possible so that children can retell and discuss stories. Recognising and writing their names is a great head start.
How structured is the classroom environment in Prep?
The children will be taught rules and routines. They find the routines comforting. There is formal learning where they will need to sit for short periods of time to listen and participate in class discussions. There is also group learning time where the children work with the teacher and teacher aide in small groups or independently.
What is expected of children in a typical day?
We begin our day with Phonemic awareness, sound work, and handwriting. Incorporated into our day are English, Maths, Science and Hass activities as well as fine motor development activities. Students have specialist lessons for Physical Education, Information and Communication Technology, Music and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, The Arts and Maths). In Term 1 our social and emotional skills will begin their development. Children will participate in lessons on Getting Along with other children, developing Resilience, Persistence and Confidence and how to be Organised for learning.
Is there homework in Prep and what does this involve?
In Term 1, children will take home Literature twice a week. Questions will be provided, for parents to ask, that relate to the story. These questions develop skills of finding the answers right there in the book, needing to think and search for the answers and using their knowledge to answer questions. In Term 2 the children get Take Home Readers. These are levelled, based on what the children are reading in class. We encourage Nights of Reading. We want the children to develop the habit of reading every night.
What are some of the teaching and learning strategies used by class teachers to engage students requiring additional support?
Prep classroom environments are designed to inclusively support all students at all stages of learning. Strategies may include goal setting with feedback, targeted teaching, flexible groupings and working with a teacher aide. Schools also have systems in place to access a team of specialists where additional advice and expertise is required to support learning. It is important that parents inform schools, on enrolment, if they have any concerns for their child’s learning needs.
Are there any considerations I need to make when packing a lunchbox?
We encourage healthy eating. Sandwiches, wraps, and rolls are filling choices. The children eat this at First Break. Fruit and vegetables, yoghurt and cheese are also good choices for a lunch box. Treats are allowed after eating the healthy choices but please make sure there is only one treat and that this is preferably not lollies. Robina State School is aiming to be as rubbish free as possible. Please be mindful of packing food in plastic packaging. Many parents unwrap at home and place the item in the lunchbox. Classroom teachers will inform parents if there are any children with serious food allergies so that the class community can make safe lunchbox choices to support the student with an allergy.