Teachers Cathy Mitchell, Paula French and Chantelle Hayes with pre-school students Lilly Noble, Chelsea Gomez and Jordan Willoughby.
Teachers Cathy Mitchell, Paula French and Chantelle Hayes with pre-school students Lilly Noble, Chelsea Gomez and Jordan Willoughby. Blainey Woodham

Taking fear out of big school

GOING to “big school” is no longer such a big step for kids – or their parents – thanks to a new program at Tweed Heads Public School.

The school’s Early Bird Program is helping children make a smooth transition from pre-school to primary school and is educating parents along the way, kindergarten teacher Cathy Mitchell said.

“It orientates them to the school, the physical layout as well as teachers,” she said.

“And it allows them to meet their peers.”

Ms Mitchell said the first day of school can be daunting, especially with the Best Smart initiative which assesses kindergarten students on their first day.

“This allows us to base the learning plan exactly on their needs.”

During the six-week program, which runs every Friday, parents also take part in an orientation to the school. Enrolments can be made by contacting the school.

Ms Mitchell has had an extra set of helping hand over the past four-weeks from former student Chantelle Hayes.

Miss Hayes returned to her primary school to learn again, but this time she was learning how to teach.



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