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Do you think about what your child’s VCE experience may look like when choosing the right kindergarten for your family?

Even though Year 12 may feel like world’s away from your three-year-old, there’s a direct link between these two ends of the education spectrum at Gippsland Grammar, which welcomes three and four-year-olds into our Early Learning Centre (ELC) kindergarten programs and then offers a seamless transition for students who progress to Foundation at the St Anne’s Campus and then into Year 7 at the senior Garnsey Campus.

Gippsland Grammar students wear the same uniform and have the same year level cohort group for their 15-year journey from kindergarten to primary school and secondary school. This is a big drawcard for families considering our two ELCs in Sale and Bairnsdale, says ELC Director Lisa Burgess who has been the heart-and-soul of the ELC programs for the past 20 years.

“When our four-year-old ELC students move into Foundation, they only have to move to the other side of the playground fence,” Mrs Burgess said. “It gives both the families and the children themselves comfort and security.”

“Families also choose our ELC because the understand the importance of our age-specific and small class groups,” Mrs Burgess said. “And the principals of our early literacy programs have continuity, with the same educational principals also taught at our junior campuses.”

The St Anne’s ELC three-year-old ‘Reception’ program offers two full days on either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, while the four-year-old ‘Transition’ program offers three full days on either Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. For working families, after-school care is available from Mondays to Fridays until 6pm.

To help the four-year-old ‘Transition’ students transition to primary school, they are paired up with a Year 5 ‘buddy’ from St Anne’s, which allows the each ELC student to build a strong and caring relationship with an older mentor who will support them again as they move into Foundation the following year.

“Our Year 5 students provide wonderful role models for their younger ‘buddies’, showing them what it means to be student at Gippsland Grammar,” Mrs Burgess said.

ELC teachers work closely alongside the St Anne’s educators and specialist staff to fully utilise the School’s resources and daily ELC programs integrate the arts, science, mathematics and language, the development of thinking skills, growth mindset precepts and education about sustainability.

These lessons are enriched by weekly specialist lessons in Music, Japanese and a Perceptual Motor Program (PMP). Children also attend the library each week to borrow books.

There are limited places still available in the three and four-year old ELC programs for 2025. For more information, call ELC Director Lisa Burgess on 5143 7123 or email ELC@gippslandgrammar.au