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    Default What is your primary school's routine every morning?

    We changed schools at the beginning of this year and I can't say that I'm happy this far with the new school.

    The teacher seems nice and they've helped my ds settle in after a few weeks of him being uneasy, but their morning routine sucks!

    So, this is the routine..

    830 playground supervision starts.
    830-9am play in the playground
    9am bell sounds and line up
    9-910 (sometimes 920) principal fluffs around on the PA, may or may not sing the national anthem, say a prayer (catholic school), then another teacher gets to have a chat.

    Then FINALLY they go to their classrooms and take out stuff from their bags and go in.

    So they're not really doing any learning in possibly the most productive/attentive part of the day.

    On Wednesdays it gets even better with an assembly whilst still in their lines on the playground and so they aren't in class till 930.

    Am I wrong in assuming there is too much cr@p going on in the mornings??

    The school is on a main road so you can't even hear what they say on the PA.

    At our old school the routine was..
    830 classroom open & teacher present.
    Kids go straight into class, get their stuff out, have a quiet giggle in the classroom with their friends
    845.. Bell sounds, class starts. Quick prayer and the day begins. Assembly on Friday mornings only.

    So what does your school do?

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    8:30 supervision starts
    8:50 warning bell goes (move to class rooms)
    9:00 start of school bell goes
    9-9:30 roll call and messages (learning starts as soon as this is finished, usually earlier than 9:30)

    Assembly has moved to Monday afternoons at 2:20pm as people were coming late just because it was assembly. Assembly is in the hall.

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    8.00 teacher (usually principal) on duty in playground
    8.15 classrooms open and teacher present, kids put stuff away and can play in classrooms or in the play ground
    8.35 first bell goes, kids move to class rooms and sit at desks/on mat ready to start day
    8.40 second bell goes, school begins

    Mondays they have a short assembly so school gathers in undercover area at first bell. Usually back in class by 8.45/8.50. Fridays is the big assembly with birthdays, student of the week etc. Again, gather in undercover area at first bell and back in class by 9am.

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    Yes that does sound like a lot of crap!

    Mornings are the most important time for learning especially in the early years. 30 minute every day is 2.5 hours a week, 20.5 hours a term which is about 62 hours a year which is about 12 full days of learning. So that ends up being over 2 weeks. I think that's a pretty big dent of learning taken.

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    My dd has just started prep. The school is fully locked with only 2 entry gates which open at 8.30. All children go directly to classrooms which are open with teachers present. Bells starts ringing at 8.40 and goes for 5mins when it stops ringing all children are expected to be in class, parents gone and ready for learning. Gates are shut and locked by 9 then the only way in or out is through the office. Its really good and works well. What you have metioned seems like a lot of muck around in the morning for the kids.

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    Our school there is a teacher on yard duty from 8.45. Bell goes at 9 and the kids are straight in for reading. Like, immediately. The teachers take the roll at 9.20. Assembly is once a fortnight on a Friday afternoon from 3-3.30. (the school has too many students to do a whole school assembly every week). I wouldn't be happy with all that faffing around either!

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    That does sound like a lot of time wasting in the mornings. That being said, I am actually not entirely sure of our school's morning routine. DD is a prep, so we get to school about 8.45 and they put their bags in a line outside the classroom. 9am the bell goes, kids line up and teacher comes and collects them to take into the classroom. No idea what happens next! According to the timetable they start activities straight away (reading/writing at 9am most days). Assembly is at 3pm on a Friday for 30 mins. I love this as Friday afternoon isn't great for learning anyway!

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    Kids are straight into English by 8:25 at our school!

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    Gates open at 8:20. Bell rings at 8:40 and they all line up and the principal does her bit, and 5 minutes later they are in class. We are having assembly twice a term now. Our school (k-12) only has 20 students so there isn't a lot to say I guess

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    Default What is your primary school's routine every morning?

    DS just started kindy this year :

    8am - supervision in the kindy/year 1 play area ( they have their own space)
    I get DS there about 8.20am

    8.40am - class teachers come out , boys line up, say good morning, tuck in shirts , say school prayer , say goodbye to parents

    8.45am - bell goes, they walk in and grab their bags and go straight into class, takes about 5 mins to put backs in lockers, change shoes and sit down then they are straight into it!

    They have assembly once a week on a Wednesday at 11am

    His teacher said at our parent info night mornings are the best time for them to do maths and reading as thats when they are the most switched on !

    Years 2-6 start at 8.30am


 

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