East Granville kids' easy kindy introduction

Jump start: Holy Family Primary School's kindergarten teachers Rebecca Sargent and Theresa Bainy with Jump Up participants Jerry and Morgan Chen, Noel Emmanuel and Jelina Boudolh. Theirs was the only Catholic school in NSW to present at a conference on education excellence. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Jump start: Holy Family Primary School's kindergarten teachers Rebecca Sargent and Theresa Bainy with Jump Up participants Jerry and Morgan Chen, Noel Emmanuel and Jelina Boudolh. Theirs was the only Catholic school in NSW to present at a conference on education excellence. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Twelve pupils leapt confidently into kindergarten at Holy Family Primary in East Granville after they were selected for a three-week program of orientation to help them through the transition.

Their teachers Rebecca Sargent and Theresa Bainy received an award for a presentation on the Jump Up program at the Australian Council of Education Research Excellence in Professional Practice Conference in May.

It is the first year they have run the program.

"We had different Google documents where we were able to collect data," Miss Bainy said.

"We had certain areas we looked at during the orientation such as to see whether they needed help writing their name, or whether they could count to one or two.

"As soon as we'd enter our assessment of the children against that criteria it would update it in live time, so I would know that one child had already been seen and would focus on another."

Both teachers have seen a difference in the pupils who needed the few additional hours of learning support before they began their school careers.

"A lot of these kids couldn't recognise letters in their names, so we knew that was the starting point," Miss Sargent said.

"They are a lot more interactive, and on their first day they weren't so emotional.

"I don't think we had any tears."

English is a second language for more than 90 per cent of students enrolled at the school.

A fridge poster was also distributed to families at orientation. It shows activities parents can do with their children to help learning.

"This year it has been given out at enrollments so that at least they have that piece of information in May rather than in December, because these are things they could be doing in that time."

The Jump Up presentation will also be published in the Teacher magazine.

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