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    I looked on the school website to find out some of the information I wanted. Every NSW public school would have a school plan and annual school report on their website and that will give you a load of info about the school's direction and goals and what programs they offer (eg. Art, music, dance etc.)

    For me, I asked about the way they teach literacy in the early years and what reading program they do in years 3-6. If they do L3 in K-2 and are an early action for success school then I would think you've hit the jackpot

    I wanted to know how many students there were in the school. Class sizes were not an issue since NSW public schools have capped classes.

    Do they implement PBL (positive behaviour for learning)
    What's the standard literacy taught at most schools? Are the current ones not very good and this L3 one better?
    We do THRASS which obviously until DS started school I knew nothing about but it seems really amazing the way they all seem to really get into it and how easy they seem to understand it ( I do literacy helping once a month at school) or is L3 better do you think and how is it different?

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    Questions I used to be asked from newbies to school were usually around the social skills programs and what we do to encourage friendships and play.... Have you chosen the school you like best already? After the initial open nights etc. parents seemed more concerned about school routines, times and so forth rather than programs we run. Interested in @BigRedV s response though too as I haven't heard of the programs? She is talking about when people ask me about PBL I talk about problem or challenge based learning.

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    Each school would have its own approach to teaching literacy.

    Some schools do jolly phonics, some do THRASS, others in NSW do L3.

    Basically L3 is an approach used by some NSW public schools. Firstly low socio economic schools were targeted and then schools with a lot of students who spoke English as an additional language. Now a lot more NSW public schools use it and I'm guessing in future it will be mandated by the new dept of education.

    I must admit I'd not heard of THRASS but from what I can gather it is an approach that teaches children about the sounds letters make. Like s and h make the sh sound and ea makes the e sound like in bread. L3 addresses more than the phonological aspect of reading and writing so that children learn to read for meaning right from the beginning instead of just decoding words.

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    In case of an evacuation where will you find your child? What is the lockdown process and when do they start teaching the kids that? What do they tell the kids about that? My friends 5 yo had 2 lockdowns in her first 3 weeks of school earlier this year and it left her very nervous.

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    Oh my goodness.....I seriously have not thought of this. The only thing I had asked was if there were professionals and if any education and I was told that kids learn through play.
    Oh and meals are provided so we don't need to pack food. I'll be asking more.
    I am trying to get into another kinder where they do a lot of outdoor activities and also go on excursions.

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    Ask about the bullying policy. I like to hear about it rather than just reading it, then you can get a sense of how serious they are if/when something occurs.


 

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