Transition to School



A School Transition Program is offered for our incoming Prep students and their family. The School Transition Program for 2020 Preps comprises:

  • Parent Evening for parents/guardians interested in Prep 2020 enrolment at EHPS - 25th June.
  • 3 Transition Sessions for incoming Preps - 5th September, 10th October and 20th November.
  • Information Evening for parents/guardians of enrolled Preps - 12th November.
  • Orientation Day - 3rd December.

Parent Sessions will be held concurrent to the children's transition sessions on 5th September (Health Matters) and 10th October (Preparing your child for learning).

Story Time sessions will be held for incoming Preps on Monday 22nd July and Monday 12th August, and a Glue & Glitter Art session will be held on Monday 28th October.

Department of Education & Training (DET) Get Ready for Prep - CLICK HERE

Start of School in 2019

Term 1 commenced on Tuesday 29th January 2019, however this day was a statewide student free day for all Victorian government schools. Each government school is allocated three additional student free days in the school year. The first of these student free days at EHPS was on Wednesday 30th January 2019, therefore, our Years 1 to 6 students commenced on Thursday 31st January 2019.


Prep students did not attend school between Thursday 31st January and Wednesday 6th February, and commenced school on Thursday 7th February 2019. In the first week of the 2019 school year, 31st January to 6th February, Prep students were allocated a School Entry Assessment (SEA) interview day and time; the SEA was conducted with the child only and was approximately one hour in duration. In summary:

  • School Entry Assessment (SEA) - one hour interview with the Prep student scheduled between Thursday 31st January and Wednesday 6th February.
    Uniform is not required. Students are to bring a water bottle to their SEA interview. SEA interview between the student and the teacher; parents/guardians do not stay.
  • On the first day of school, Thursday 7th February, Prep students had a staggered start between 9am and 10am (specific time advised in the school start letter), and finished at 1.30pm.
  • From Friday 8th to Friday 15th February, Prep students attended school from 8.50am to 2.30pm.
  • From Monday 18th February, Prep students began attending school full time from 8.50am to 3.30pm.


Years 1 to 6

For students commencing in Years 1 to 6 in 2020, an orientation day will be held in December 2019.



Year 7
The timetable for Year 6 2019 students transitioning to Year 7 2020:

Monday 6th May 2019 Information distributed to parents/carers, including Application for Year 7 Placement form
Friday 17th May 2019 Parents/carers return Application for Year 7 Placement forms to primary school.
Tuesday 4th June 2019 Primary school to submit all initial placements requests (first preferences) to each relevant secondary school by this date. Communication between primary and secondary schools occurs until all students have been placed.
Wednesday 7th August 2019 Primary school advises parents/carers in writing of placement offer.
Thursday 8th August 2019 Parents/carers commence lodging non-placement appeals with secondary schools.
Secondary schools may distribute enrolment, orientation, and other transition information to parents/carers of future Year 7 students.
Monday 19th August 2019 Closing date for parents/carers to lodge a non-placement appeal with secondary schools.
Friday 30th August 2019 Secondary schools notify parents/carers in writing of the outcome of non-placement appeals by this date.
Friday 13th September 2019 Closing date for parents/carers to lodge a non-placement appeal with the Regional Director where they are unsuccessful with their appeal to the secondary school.
Tuesday 10th December 2019 Secondary schools host an Orientation Day for Year 6 students.

Year 6 2019 to Year 7 2020 FAQs 
Tips for starting secondary school  


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