Pre-Kindergarten is an integral part of the Trinity Grammar School PK-12 community. PK is a ‘bridge’, a foundation year between a conventional Pre-School/Long Day Care Centre education and the first formal year of School, Kindergarten. PK is an ideal preparation for Kindergarten.
Boys entering Pre-Kindergarten will be four years old before April 30th in their first year at School.
Pre-Kindergarten boys wear the Trinity Grammar School uniform, as worn by the boys in K-6.
The Primary Years Programme (PYP – International Baccalaureate Organisation) is the core curriculum framework in PK. Embedded in the PYP Units of Inquiry in PK are recommendations/outcomes from Early Stage One (NSW Board of Studies). Literacy and Numeracy experiences are both integrated into the units and taught explicitly as skill-based learning activities. In PK the boys benefit from specialist Music, Developmental Sport, Library and Christian Studies teachers who support the implementation of PYP Units of Inquiry. A Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist and Educational Psychologist are also at hand as consultants in developing the ultimate programme for the PK boys at Trinity Grammar School. Four Units of Inquiry form the basis of the PK programme. Each unit is derived from one of six Transdisciplinary Themes taught each year to the boys in Kindergarten to Year Six.
The Pre-Kindergarten boys benefit from using the spacious, well-lit, flexible, multi-purpose space in the new Preparatory School Pavilion which links effectively with the PK ground floor facilities in the Milverton Infants building, joined by a large, enclosed outdoor learning and play environment.
The PK boys also participate in a Social Skills (Playing and Learning to Socialise – PALS) programme. THRASS (Teaching Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills – a phonemic awareness teaching tool) is introduced in PK. All students, including those for whom English is a second language or from a non-English speaking background benefit being immersed in a learning environment rich in opportunities designed to develop talking and listening skills. An on-site Intensive English Centre also provides additional support for ESL/NESB students with intensive after school classes available. The PK students have the opportunity to participate in ‘Minimites’, a gross-motor development skill programme (athletics, soccer, gymnastics) using the extensive sports facilities at Summer Hill on Friday afternoons. Out of Hours Care (Before and After School Care as well as Vacation Care) is provided at the Preparatory School and is available to the Pre-Kindergarten students.
In October/November each year, the Pre-Kindergarten boys participate in a four week Kindergarten Orientation programme in preparation for their first formal year of School. Along with boys joining Trinity Grammar School Preparatory School in Kindergarten the PK boys visit the Kindergarten classrooms, working with the Kindergarten teachers for three @ 90 minute sessions on three consecutive Fridays, followed by a whole Kindergarten Orientation Day on the fourth Friday. Parents of these boys are also invited to participate in School Readiness sessions including a presentation by an Occupational Therapist; an Educational Psychologist and a presentation “Literacy and Numeracy Counts” by the Preparatory School Academic Support teacher.