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    Miss 4 is going to have a school readiness assessment at a private school as part of the enrolment processes. I wonder if anyone had done it before? I asked the school but the person on the phone was unsure so I didnt insist of asking.
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    My son had a short 15min interview with the principal.This was at a Catholic school. She just asked him to name some colours, try cutout a circle, describe what he saw in a picture, count some pencils, talk about what he likes, does at kinder etc.
    She also asked me some questions about his strengths and social skills etc.

    It was pretty informal.
    We got in because we fit pretty much all the criteria.
    There is a waiting list for others though.
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    DD was asked to write her name, name some shapes, identify some colours, count to ten, identify some letters, talk about a picture, draw a self portrait and at the end she was asked what she liked to do at Kindy, if she had any friends coming to the same school and what she was looking forward to doing when she started school (her answer to this last question was "tuckshop" )


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    Quote Originally Posted by [Mod] biscotti View Post
    DD was asked to write her name, name some shapes, identify some colours, count to ten, identify some letters, talk about a picture, draw a self portrait and at the end she was asked what she liked to do at Kindy, if she had any friends coming to the same school and what she was looking forward to doing when she started school (her answer to this last question was "tuckshop" )

    She was asked to write her name? Seriously?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witwicky View Post
    She was asked to write her name? Seriously?
    I think it is routine at many schools during the assessment process. It helps to identify their strengths and gives a guideline for which class they will be placed into.

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    It gets me a little worry now...she can do all (at home or in a familiarised environment) but not sure if she can do it at the interview- unknown place and unknown people u think the school makes the decision base on only this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivertree8 View Post
    It gets me a little worry now...she can do all (at home or in a familiarised environment) but not sure if she can do it at the interview- unknown place and unknown people u think the school makes the decision base on only this?
    Possibly but is there a reason you don't want her to go public?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witwicky View Post
    She was asked to write her name? Seriously?
    Yes seriously but while she passed the name test she looked a teeny bit confused when she was asked to discuss Pythagoras's theorem but I think she managed to pull it off

    In all seriousness now, she was already 5 at the time of the interview (for prep in Qld) and had been writing her own name for ages anyway.
    I have taught Prep, lots of kids come to Prep writing their names (and maybe the name of their dog/cat, siblings etc) and some kids aren't at that stage yet but are on their way and some need a bit more time. I think (for the most part) schools do try to do their best though in placing kids in Prep/kindergarten or whatever it is, it's not an easy task organising classes

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    We just had our interview in the last few weeks. DS was asked to write his name and was asked his age and if he could write that number down.

    He can be extremely anxious but was able to comply in an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar people.

    Try not to over stress (as I did!)

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    Also the person doing the interviewing is usually really good at putting the kids at ease, and they understand that it is an unfamiliar environment and the child may be shy or nervous.

    They are not looking for your child to get every question right, just an indication of where they might be at in their development (don't forget there is a huge range of abilities at this age). They will want to see that your child can communicate, follow basic instructions, knows their colours and so on. They don't want to see them flat out refuse to do anything or start flinging things across the room

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