Atwell Pre Primary 2018

 Morning Routines:

The doors open at 8.30am every morning to give you the opportunity to work with your child on a table top activity. Your child may also like to take you for a walk around the classroom to share and celebrate their learning. We do ask that children and siblings do not play in the activity areas (e.g. maths corner, role play area etc). At 8.45am the bell will ring to signal the commencement of our day. We will see you at 3pm for pickup!

Behaviour Management:

At Atwell we use a restorative behaviour management program to encourage children to follow the rules and then, if necessary, reflect on their actions. In addition to this we use 1, 2, 3 Magic which is a simple strategy used to encourage good behaviour.


Please remember to bring a piece of fruit each day for recess and this can be followed by a healthy snack.

Drinks and Lunches:

During the day we encourage the children to drink plenty of water. Please ensure your child brings a drink bottle, with their name clearly labelled, to school each day. A suitably sized lunch may include: 1 sandwich, 1 piece of fruit/yoghurt/muesli bar and 1 small treat.


Peanut and trace nut allergy is most common in infants and young children, so we ask that nuts or food containing nuts not be brought to school. The foods that may trigger an allergic reaction may include:

~Nutella or Peanut Butter sandwiches

~Peanuts or other nuts (in lunches or on birthday cakes)


The canteen is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Lunch orders can be placed in the classroom or online via FlexiSchools.

School Website:

Our school website is

Please check the website on a regular basis as it contains lots of useful information. Newsletters are published on a fortnightly basis and also available on the website.


Weekly Picture Books-Home Reading

Reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for building the skills and knowledge necessary for children to successfully learn to read when they begin school.  Children who are good readers are usually successful learners.

During a library session your child will choose a picture book with an activity card. The book is kept at home for the week so families have an opportunity to share the story, retell the events and answer questions about the text. Please return it, in their library bag, on our designated library day so another book can be chosen.

High Frequency Words

Next week your child will bring home a list of words that frequently appear in reading books. Practise these words with them and when they can independently read the words, place their homework folder into the testing tray. If your child is able to read the list of words they will be issued with a new list to focus on. We stress that this is best achieved at your child’s own pace. Resist the urge to compare their progress with another student. 5-10 minutes a day is sufficient.


In Term 2 students are given the opportunity to practise their reading at home. Each student will get a small reader to help develop their reading fluency using their knowledge of sounds and high frequency words. A new book can be chosen each morning.


At the end of each term you will receive an assessment portfolio of work samples and at the end of Semester 1 and 2 a formal report of your child’s achievement and progress.


We love to celebrate children’s birthdays at Pre-primary and invite you to bring in something that is easy to share on the day (e.g. individual cupcakes etc). If your child has food allergies or special considerations, please provide an alternative treat for them to have on these special days.

Money Collection:

When children are required to bring money to school it needs to go straight to the office. Please put money in a sealed envelope clearly labelled with your child’s name, class and what the money is for. Permission slips must be included as well.

News telling:

Speaking and listening is an important part of the English curriculum. To support our speaking and listening programs, your child will be given a news telling day. On that day they may bring in something of personal significance that they wish to talk about to the class. We will teach them to give specific information about the item [when they got it, who bought/gave it, where it was from/kept, what it is used for and why they like it] Any support and practise you can give them at home prior to their news day would be terrific.  Students should not bring valuable items to school. News telling will commence week 4, Monday the 19th of February and the topic is free choice for Term1.

School Uniform:

Children are expected to wear the Atwell Primary School uniform each day and on Fridays they can wear their coloured faction shirt. There is a NO HAT NO PLAY policy throughout the school so please ensure that your child brings their school hat EVERY DAY. Please refer to your Parent Handbook for further information on school uniform. Please note: for safety reasons no thongs.

Change of clothes:

A change of clothes and underwear is essential for the occasional accident and should be kept in your child’s bag. Please ensure that this clothing remains seasonal and please label all clothing clearly.

Classroom Donations:

We will be putting up a donation request list shortly to assist with the supply of consumable materials for classroom activities. Please sign up for one or two items. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Collecting Children:

Children should be dropped off and collected from Pre Primary by an adult. If you need to make alternative arrangements please provide written permission to your child’s classroom teacher advising who will be collecting your child e.g. bring a note or sign the collection book in our room.

Early Intervention:

Early intervention is the key to children being successful learners. At Atwell we have access to speech pathologists, occupational therapists and a school psychologist for student referral. Any referrals will take place in consultation with parents and in complete confidentiality. If your child is required to work on an adjusted program the classroom teacher will organise a meeting to discuss this with you.

Meeting times:

If you would like to discuss your child’s individual needs, please make an appointment to see the class teacher after school. This way, we can discuss any issues with you in a confidential and uninterrupted setting.

Library Day:

Each class has a nominated library day. Students will bring home a library book of their choice in Term 4.

Assembly Roster:

Each Pre Primary class performs one assembly item over the course of the year. We also attend a small number of whole school assemblies. Dates will be listed on the term planner sent out each term, and reminders will also be displayed on our class noticeboard. Assemblies take place on Tuesdays at 8.50am.

Absentee Notes:

If your child is absent from school, please bring a note explaining their absence upon their return to school. If your child is to be picked up early from school, please sign an early release form from the front office before collecting your child from class. Likewise, if your child comes late, a late form needs to be signed in the front office before bringing your child to class.

Before and After School Play:

Children are not permitted on the outside equipment or in the sandpit areas before and after school. We ask that children sit on the benches outside their room before the doors open and after school leave promptly.

Laundry roster:

Our class laundry will be sent home on Fridays. Thank you – in advance!

Contact Details:

It is very important that you keep your contact details up to date in the office and in the classroom. The Atwell Primary Medical Forms have been sent home to follow up on recent updates. Please ensure that these are returned as soon as possible to us or the front office so changes can be made and if medication is required please hand it to the classroom teacher. All medication requires an Administration of Medication form which must be completed at the office.

We thank you for your support and look forward to working in partnership with you to ensure your child has a fantastic year in Pre Primary!

The 2018 Atwell Pre-Primary Team