welcome to the wonderful world of preps

In 2020, we have two straight Prep classes. Our teachers are Bridey Welton & Todd Broadbent.

Our Prep program at Specimen Hill Primary school is an engaging program that incorporates explicit teaching of Literacy and Numeracy and social development through our Developmental Curriculum and Specialist programs. This is an important year of your child’s learning and we help them develop important skills that will carry them through the rest of their education and towards life-long learning.

Each day at Specimen Hill children participate in a 2 hour Literacy Block. This is where the children develop their love of reading through memorable and exciting activities. In the reading block the children do independent reading, shared reading, guided reading, focused group activities and reflection time. The writing block consists of modelled writing, independent writing and reflection time.

The Numeracy program is a fun and engaging program where children learn important numeracy strategies through a range of hands on, musical, and open ended tasks. Children are encouraged to show persistence to have a go and develop their mathematical awareness through exploring concepts and ideas using a range of strategies and resources.

During the first half of the Prep year, we have a strong focus on children developing their social and interpersonal skills through various activities in our ‘Investigations’ time. We run this program twice a week and children develop skills such as sharing, perseverance, research, curiosity, tolerance and communication skills.

Our students take part in a range of Specialist Programs including Art, Physical Education, Music.

Preps participate in our Wellbeing Program fortnightly with our School Wellbeing Officer Bernadette Wright. This program is supported by everyday classroom and school rules and expectations.

The Early Years Literacy Program operates at Specimen Hill.  This program focuses on a strategic, balanced and comprehensive approach to Literacy.  The key features of this program are:


At Specimen Hill P.S we offer a Transition Program that allows children and parents to familiarise themselves with the school, staff and students. Please also view our short film clip about our school.
Please see the "New Preps" link.

Starting primary school

The back-to-school period can be an exciting and, at times, stressful time for parents – especially the parents of preps starting school for the first time.
Parents can relax in the knowledge that the Victorian Government is committed to building the Education State, and ensuring that all students have the opportunity at a great education.
The first years are an exciting and engaging time for your child. Building positive relationships and experiences in the early years is important to long-term development, learning and wellbeing.
The more you can help your child to become familiar with the layout of the school and what they need to do before day one, the less overwhelmed they are likely to feel.
To start Prep, the first year of primary school, your child needs to turn five by 30 April of that year. Your child must be at school in the year they turn six, which is the compulsory school-starting age.
For tips on how to prepare your child for starting Prep, see:

Transition to primary school

Starting school is a major milestone for you and your child, marking the start of a new phase of life for you both. A positive start to school leads to better learning and wellbeing outcomes for your child both during the transition and beyond. It helps to support your child’s continuity of learning and development and supports them to feel secure, confident and connected to new people and places.

Transition : A Positive Start to School

The Transition: A Positive Start to School initiative aims to support a positive start to school for all children. A consistent approach has been developed to guide families, early childhood services, outside school hours care services and schools. This will result in a shared understanding between families, early childhood services, OSHC services and schools about what is important for children and their families during this exciting time.
To find information on how to support your child to have a smooth transition to school, see


Make an appointment to come along and visit the school.

Science Day