St Joseph Catholic School

Joey's Long Transition to School Program

Joey's works in partnership with students, parents and teachers to foster a positive start and transition to school for children and families.

Joey's Transition Program

The Joey's Transition is available for children who are enrolled at St Joseph’s School. The children attend Joeys for the last two terms before starting school. It is an important chance for children to make the transition to school. 

They become familiar with the school and get to meet their classmates before they start school.  It is also an important time for parents who get the chance to get to know each other and build relationships before school starts.

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The aim of the Joey's Program is to ensure students transitioning to school:

Have a sense of belonging - children feel safe, secure, supported and respected in their new school environment.


Have a sense of wellbeing - children feel happy, confident and optimistic about learning at school and social interaction.


Are confident learners - children are active participants in learning, they experiment, explore and try out new ideas through carefully designed play opportunities that help them to be brave in taking risks and working collaboratively.


Are effective communicators - children interact with and initiate conversation with peers and adults for a range of purposes.

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Structure of the Joey's Program

The Joey's Program is based on the Early Years Framework and the structure of the morning is as follows:


Joining in playtime

Opportunities for group learning

Explore areas of the school

Young minds investigating literacy and numeracy

Social skills for school

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The program will be conducted by our St Joseph's School Reception Teachers

When does the program run?

One day a week.

Term 3 and Term 4 2024.

Term 3 - Weeks 2-7:   8:45 - 3.05 Monday to Friday

Term 4 - Weeks 1-7:   8:45 - 3.05 Monday to Friday 


What do students wear?

Students can wear the St Joseph's school uniform or casual clothes.


What do students bring?

  • Bag
  • Hat
  • Drink bottle with water
  • Healthy snack - fruit, cheese, etc.


Is there a cost?

No, there is no cost for this program.


How do I enrol my child?

Please contact the school for an enrolment form.

Consistent attendance at this program will give your child the confidence and skills to have a successful start to their learning journey at St Joseph's School, Murray Bridge.