Transitions: Helping your child move to the next phase of life

Children develop best when they feel safe and confident.

School life can be full of change, from home to pre-school to ‘big school’ to Senior School and beyond.

Through our expertly designed transition program, Pittwater House helps your child manage these changes with ease.

Starting pre-school

Pre-school is a big deal, for both kids and their parents.

Our Early Childhood Centre makes this transition easy and fun.

The year before your child starts pre-school you begin an orientation program. We introduce you and your child to the Early Childhood Centre and help you become familiar with the environment, classrooms, teachers and routines. Your child can meet their classmates and make friends.

You can join our vibrant and welcoming Parent Network, which connects you to other parents of the pre-school, providing a ready-made community for your family.

Pre-school to Kindergarten

Our ‘No Tears Transition Program’ helps children at our Early Childhood Centre transition to Junior School. It ensures your little one feels comfortably immersed in the school before they even start. 

In fact, our ‘No Tears Transition Program’ commences the day they start at the Pittwater House Early Childhood Centre. Being on the same campus and in the same uniform as the rest of the school, they already feel like a part of the wider school community.

Their learning program includes activities at the school library, PE on the campus grounds and school performances.

In our Buddy Program, Year 4 and 5 students befriend children in the Early Childhood Centre. Then in Kindergarten, a Year 6 student becomes their buddy to help them navigate Junior School.

Orientation

Even if you’ve been at other pre-schools, you’ll be part of our Orientation Program. 

During November, the children spend four scheduled mornings in a Kindergarten classroom, familiarising themselves with their surroundings and routine. They explore the Junior School’s adventure playground and practice using the Junior School’s facilities, such as bathrooms and bubblers.

We aim to get your child excited about their first day and seeing their new friends again.

Year 6 to Senior School

In Year 6, we gently introduce students to the demands and responsibilities of Senior School to help prepare them emotionally and academically for high school.

This transition program includes special learning strategies and collaborative teaching between primary and secondary school teachers.

Students take on leadership roles in Years 6 and 12 and nurture ‘big brother’ or ‘big sister' relationships with younger students at the school.

Year 12 to University

We develop senior students’ study habits, critical thinking skills and sense of personal responsibility to set them up for success at University and life beyond.

We also mentor each Year 12 student individually. Each student selects a mentor from the senior staff, who helps them navigate their HSC year and prepare for the future. To help prepare students emotionally for the challenges ahead, we provide sessions by an expert fitness professional, on the best nutrition and exercise for the HSC.