Bienvenue, herzlich willkommen, ようこそ, benvenuto, bienvenido, 你好! Welcome to International Grammar School.
Learning in Kindergarten
At IGS, we value personal achievement. In an environment where every child is known and valued, the mastery of foundation skills such as reading, writing and basic mathematics progresses to deeper, limitless learning, bringing new experiences and springboarding off children’s personal interests.
Key learning areas of the curriculum for Kindergarten students include Languages, Music, English, Mathematics, Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE), Science and Technology, Creative Arts and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE).
Music, sport and creative education programs add to the vibrant IGS learning environment.
Dedicated and qualified music teachers are a valued part of our richly stimulating environment at IGS. So too are the teachers of our physical education, creative and academic education programs who help our students make the most of all their opportunities throughout the years at IGS.
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Kindergarten and Languages
Research has shown that the window of opportunity for language acquisition is optimal in early childhood and reduces as we age, so starting language lessons in the early years is ideal.
At IGS, your child will experience partial bilingual immersion in Italian, Japanese, French, Chinese [Mandarin] or German as part of the curriculum.
Neurological evidence indicates that learning other languages provides cognitive benefits in memory recall and problem solving tasks, as well as depth of comprehension and applied knowledge.
Learning another language also benefits the development of social skills, connecting us to others in new ways, enhancing empathy for different cultures and expanding our identity.
Every language offers a key to another heritage, another way of looking at the world, and another full set of opportunities.
About our Kindergarten Teachers
The unique IGS languages program features native speakers and specialised languages staff, and our early years educators and other teachers are all experienced and university qualified.
With the motto Unity Through Diversity, IGS welcomes diversity. More than 25 languages are spoken at home by our teaching and non-teaching staff. IGS teachers’ qualifications are either from a higher education institution within Australia or are recognised within the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEINOOSR) guidelines.
Read about our Head of Kindergarten to Year 2, Jessica Slater, in IGS News or get to know our teaching staff in person at one of our Kindergarten tours.
All children are individuals developing at their own pace – physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively.
While some students enter IGS Kindergarten speaking clearly in complex sentences, other skills such as counting to 10 and beyond, the ability to follow simple instructions, and the ability to distinguish between fact and fiction, for example, will continue to develop during their Kindergarten year.
Kindergarten is the first compulsory year of schooling in NSW. The NSW Department of Education requires all children to be in compulsory schooling by their 6th birthday. Children can start Kindergarten at IGS at the beginning of the school year if they turn 5 on or before 31 May of that year.
Although many students have already started at IGS as 3 year olds, 4 year olds or 5 year olds in our Early Learning two-day, three-day or five-day Preschool and Transition programs, others join IGS in their Kindergarten year, the year they turn 6.
We warmly welcome students from diverse locations throughout Sydney, including nearby Pyrmont, Ultimo, Glebe, Balmain, Forest Lodge, Waterloo, Annandale, Chippendale, other Sydney Inner West suburbs, the CBD, lower north shore and Eastern Suburbs.
Many students new to IGS in Kindergarten bring with them early childhood experience from preschools, day care centres and other childcare centres. All are welcome.
Ensure your child is getting enough sleep in the weeks leading up to starting school. Replace late nights with earlier mornings, plenty of exercise and a routine which includes a bedtime book before turning the lights out at a sensible hour.
In our experience, new Kindergarten students love their school uniform and will even want to wear it before they start school! Please see our uniform options here. IGS has a relaxed approach to the uniform, as we believe that comfortable children settle in and learn best.
Read our Ten tips to help your child start school.
Tristan's First Day of Kindergarten at IGS
Extended hours care
Kindergarten classes run from 8.30am to 3pm, with extended drop-off supervision from 7.30am, and out-of-school-hours (OOSH) care available to 6pm.
The Early Learning (Preschool and Transition) program runs from 9am to 3pm, with extended hours care available at IGS from 7.30am to 6pm.
Find out more about IGS before and after school care for Kindergarten students, as well as our vacation care and holiday-based program, by visiting our Amenities page.
A connected Community
The early learning years are a gentle and supportive introduction to life at IGS. The IGS Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTF) includes parent and caregiver volunteers who organise social occasions for families in each year group throughout the School to connect outside the school environment. In the early years, including Kindergarten, these activities include family picnics and parent and caregiver social evenings.
PTF Representatives also support teacher initiatives around community engagement and sustainability.
The PTF-sponsored Community Learning Program focuses on areas of interest to families at all stages of a child’s development, including the early learning years. These forums are often presented by one of the IGS psychologists.