Starting school is a big step and can be both challenging and exciting for parents as well as their child.
Children who will reach the age of five years on or before 30th April may commence school in January of that year. An enrolment form may be obtained from the school office or downloaded here.
On first enrolment of a child, a Full Birth Certificate must be produced as proof of date of birth. An immunisation certificate, received from the Immunisation Register, is also required to be presented on enrolment.
Click here for information about the School Entry Immunisation Certificate.
For further information about immunisation go to www2.health.vic.gov.au/immunisation.
Go to the Transition page for information about making the transition from Kindergarten to School.
Individual visits by families of prospective students from other grades are most welcome. An appointment can be made any time.
In February, Prep children will spend all of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at school. Wednesday will be a rest day at home. However a child may be collected earlier as deemed necessary. Any additional arrangements will be made between the classroom teacher and parents/ guardian.
All students are expected to wear the Cobains Primary School uniform.
Every student is given a school hat at the commencement of their time at Cobains Primary courtesy of the school. Replacement hats can be ordered at the school office for $10. Uniform items are available with the school logo from JSM Embroidery Workwear and Safety 71 -73 MacArthur Street Sale. Some second-hand items are available at the office ($2.00 donation).
Click here to download a full list of uniform items and prices.
At Cobains Primary all of your child's stationery and books are purchased by the classroom teacher and are covered by the school fee which is payable
in Term 1. A letter concerning fees is sent out at the start of the year. Please see the Business Manager or the Principal for payment options.
We request that all personal requisites and removable clothing be clearly marked with your child's name. If your child has difficulty in identifying his/her name, coloured wool or sewing thread could be used for his/her own personal motif near their name. Please label school bags inside with name, address and telephone number. It is essential that lunch boxes and drink bottles are clearly named.
We value and encourage healthy food choices. Please limit the frequency of foods high in sugar and fat in your child's lunchbox. Please also avoid giving your child soft drinks whilst at school. Children eat their lunches at school under supervision and have a 'Fruit Break' each day at 10 am where they are encouraged to eat a nutritious snack supplied from home.
Starting school is a big step and can be both challenging and exciting for parents as well as their child. You can make a difference by supporting what your child learns at school and helping them to learn at home. A list of helpful hints for parentsof children who are starting school for the first time can be found in the Parent Information Booklet.
The Victorian DET (Department of Education and Training) have produced a booklet called The 201 Literacy and Maths Tips which provides handy hints and ways you can help your child develop literacy and maths skills. It provides practical activities for you do with your child at home and questions you can ask your child to help them learn.
The Department of Education and Training Victoria has produced a free App called SchoolMate that provides a wealth of information for parents about what the curriculum covers at each year level from Foundationto Year 10 and suggests activities and reading that you can do at home to support your child's learning.