Foundation Transition

Foundation Transition @ Blackburn Lake Primary School

 

Starting school is a major milestone for your child and your family. At Blackburn Lake Primary School we understand that although an exciting time, it can be an emotional time and needs gentle consideration and careful preparation.

 

At Blackburn Lake Primary School, we want to help make the transition to primary school and our school community a smooth and positive experience for your child and your family.

 

We understand that the kind of experiences children have as they become familiar with their new surroundings, routines and procedures can affect their transition to school. At Blackburn Lake Primary School, through our school Transition program we aim to build collaborative partnerships between families, early years’ educators and school staff in order to support your child with their transition to our school.

 

BLPS FOUNDATION 2025 

Please see our 2025 Foundation Transition website for more information and stories from some of our teachers.

https://sites.google.com/education.vic.gov.au/foundation2025

 

Transitioning to School

Our Foundation Transition program aims to prepare children for their new learning environment and to build strong communication and positive relationships with our families.

 

Transition Sessions 2024 Term 4

Week 2: 18th Oct - English 

Week 4: 1st Nov - Maths 

Week 6: 15th Nov - Specialists 

Week 8: 29th Nov - Meet the Teacher

 

 

Parent Transition

In addition to our student focussed transition sessions, we provide parent information sessions  on these afternoons that address:

  • Student Wellbeing
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Preparing your Child for School
  • Our School Community

 

Supporting your Transition

In addition to these student and parent transition sessions we also:

  • Provide a ‘Being in Foundation’ transition story that answers questions about school life at BLPS in the weeks leading up to starting school.
  • Provide a School Transition Showbag which provides optional activities to support your child’s transition to school.
  • Provide a BLPS Parent Information Handbook and a Foundation Information Handbook for parent reference.
  • Visit local Pre-Schools to exchange information between pre-school and school teachers.

 

Starting School

As a result of our Transition program, when the children finally start school, they will have already met their Foundation teacher and be familiar with our school. Their teacher will be very aware of supporting the children and their families at this time, as will all of the staff.

To help with settling in, we provide:

  • Teacher contact details to support home/school communications
  • Half-day attendance for the first week of school
  • Tea and Tissues morning tea welcome for Foundation parents on their child’s first day of school
  • Different play and lunch times for Foundation students
  • No school on a Wednesday’s for the first 5 weeks to allow for Early Years Assessment testing
  • Welcome Assembly led by our student school councillors where each student is presented with a native plant gifted by our Parent’s Association
  • Curriculum Focus in Term 1 that supports the students to develop a sense of belonging in our school community with strong connections to both teachers and peers

Foundation 2025 (Prep) Enrolments Blackburn Lake Primary School

 

School Tour

The school tours for 2025 Foundation have concluded. If you have any special requests, please contact the office.

 

Between Monday 29 July and Friday 9 August 2024, our School will notify parents and carers in writing of Foundation (Prep) enrolment outcomes, as per the department’s Placement Policy. This may include a letter of offer, a letter confirming enrolment, or an unsuccessful application letter.
Parents and carers sent an unsuccessful application letter may start submitting a written appeal to the primary school.

 

Digital Enrolment @Blackburn Lake PS

We would like to inform you for the 2025 foundation enrolment will be following the guidelines set forth by the Department of Education, which requires the use of Student Insight for enrolment.

Please refer to the following link to register and submit your child's application for enrolment.

 

→Digital Enrolment @ Blackburn Lake PS

Digital Enrolment - Parent/Carer Quick Reference Guide

 

Documentation Required for a New Enrolment
Please note that you will be required to provide the following documents to verify and confirm your child's eligibility for enrolment.


1.Proof of Residence

Please provide proof of your address for school zone verification. eg utility bill


2. Your child’s birth certificate.

a)We require a copy of your child’s birth certificate (translated to English if in another language)
b)If your child was born overseas, we also require your child’s passport and visa


3. Your child’s Immunisation History Statement.
As of 28 February 2018, an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register will be the only form of documentation accepted as proof of a child's immunisation status.
a) If you have a Medicare card you will need to contact the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 to have them post you a copy of your child’s Immunisation History Statement.
b) If you do not have a Medicare card or if the Immunisation Register does not hold any information for your child, you will need to take your child’s immunisation information to a doctor to have it uploaded to the Australian Immunisation Register.

 

New statewide timeline for Foundation (Prep)

The first year of primary school is called Foundation or Prep. We have released the Foundation enrolment timeline for all Victorian government primary schools to follow (see page 3). The timeline aims to help you understand when and how to enrol your child into Foundation for the 2025 school year.

 

When should I enrol my child in their first year of primary school?

Your child must be 5 years old by 30 April in the year that they start school.

Schooling is compulsory for children who have turned 6 years old.

To enrol your child in a Victorian government primary school for the 2025 school year, submit an enrolment application to the school by 26 July 2024.

 

How do I enrol my child in their first year of primary school?

Take these steps to enrol your child in their first year of primary school:

  1. Find your local school on the Find my School website (see below).
  2. Contact a government primary school to book a school tour or to learn more about the school and the enrolment application process.
  3. Use the digital enrolment link above to submit your application.
  4. Submit an enrolment application for Foundation by Friday 26 July 2024.
  5. You will be notified of the outcome of your application between Monday 29 July and Friday 9 August 2024. If you receive an offer, you should accept the offer by Friday 23 August 2024.
  6. Take part in enrolment information and transition sessions during Term 4 2024.
  7. Your child will start Foundation from Wednesday 29 January 2025.

Our School Zone

Our school zone is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au which hosts the most up-to-date information on school zones in Victoria.

Students residing within our school zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address.

Our school manages enrolments using the Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and may enrol at another school, if there are available places.

For more information, you can:
visit School zones for answers to frequently asked questions
call the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) on 1800 896 950
email the VSBA at vsba@education.vic.gov.au

 

Age For Enrolment

A child is admitted to school at the beginning of a year if his/her fifth birthday falls on or before the 30th April of that year.

 

Enrolment Queries

Please contact the office on (03) 9894 2855 or email us blackburn.lake.ps@education.vic.gov.au if you have any enrolment queries.