Beginning school can be exhausting for children in the first few weeks. To assist with transition to school there are special arrangements for the attendance of Foundation children.

The first day of classes for ALL Prep students will be Thursday 31st January. Compulsory testing dates will be held on selected Wednesdays throughout term one to be scheduled at your convenience.

During first term Prep children will attend school from 8:45am to 3.25pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. They will not attend on Wednesdays, except where there is a shorter week which is the first week of term 1 and the Labour day holiday week. Prep children will attend school five days per week from Term 2.


School commences each day at 8:55am. You are encouraged to have your children at school by 8.45am. Please be aware that the doors remain locked until 8.30am.

Before school the yard is supervised from 8.30am. After school, supervision continues until 3.40pm.

A typical day in Prep may look like:

8.55 – 10.25 Investigation Time
10.55 – 12.55 Numeracy
12.55 – 1.10 Literacy
2.00 – 3.00 Literacy
3.00 – 3.25 Religious Education


Daily school attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally. It is important that children develop habits of regular attendance at an early age.

Parents are required to ensure their child attends school and must provide an explanation if their child is absent from school. This may be done through the Skoolbag App or by phoning the office on 5382 3000.


At SMJ we classify a child as late if they arrive at school after 8.55am. Children are expected to be signed in by a parent if they arrive after the bell. If a child is 10 minutes late everyday by the end of the year that is the equivalent of 8 days away from school. Please ensure that your child is on time for school every day. Our lesson structure dictates that most of the instruction is done in the first 10 to 15 minutes of class so if a student misses this it is hard to catch up.


At SMJ the children go outside at the recess and lunch break and then come inside at the end of the break to eat.

The benefits of this are:

  • Calmer more relaxed students who are ready to learn
  • Students throw away less food
  • Playground issues are sorted out over lunch
  • Fewer discipline problems

A fruit break is provided at 12.00pm for those children who need a snack.


We are not defined as a nut free school, we however take food intolerances and allergies seriously. Please notify the school as soon as possible if your child has any known food or other allergies.


Students are requested to bring a piece of fruit or vegetable (may or may not be cut up) to snack on in class during the morning.


Students must bring a drink bottle to school filled with water only.


All stationary supplies including writing equipment and books are all provided to the students. Students do not require pencil cases as all stationary is used and shared by the classroom learning communities.


Students will take home readers every day once they have been assessed and a level has been determined. Children will then select a book from the appropriately marked ‘coloured sticker’ and borrow from the Prep tubs daily. Each night students will be expected to read at home with an adult and it will need to be marked in a reader recorder. This will commence part way through term one.


Preps are taken to the toilet at frequent intervals during the first few days. As they become used to the routine, they are then permitted to go during school time but they must always go with a partner. Teachers will remind children to go to the toilet at recess and lunch time.

In the event of an ‘accident’ a parent/carer will be notified immediately to bring a change of clothes or to take your child home. You may also like to pack of change of clothing in your child’s bag.


Please ensure that you are at school to collect your child by 3.25pm so that you are ready waiting when they are dismissed. For the first term, prep students are walked out to the small gate on McPherson St near the portable buildings. Students are not permitted outside the gate until their parent or carer is present to collect them.

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