THERE were 40 smiling faces at Emerald North State School last week, as children from around Emerald had their first experience of a full day at school.
The Pre-Prep Transition Program gives the youngsters a chance to familiarise themselves with the school, start to build links with their future Prep teachers, and interact with their peers.
Over the four weeks, the children attend four full days of school, where parents can then decide the appropriate level of involvement for their kids.
The program also gives teachers a start in assessing the ability levels of students so they can begin building the program to their needs.
Principal Jorgen Neilson is passionate about the school and impressed with the amount of children already enrolled in the program.
"Community confidence and the reputation of ENSS has improved greatly, growing from 13 enrolments for Prep at the start of 2010, to 40 already enrolled for the 2012 year," he said.
Jan James is just one of the mothers who has been impressed by the program.
"It's virtually giving them an idea of what they are going to learn next year and an idea of what Prep is all about," she said.
Mrs James' daughter Hannah is currently enrolled in the program and she also has a son, Michael, in Year 2.
"Emerald North has been pretty good to him, he's flying through it and the teachers make it interesting for them to learn," she said.
"The teachers and volunteers do a great job."
There is still time to enrol your children into Prep for next year, and they are still able to attend the next three Pre-Prep Transition days.
Phone 4988 2333 for more information.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.