Dominic’s Launch into Learning is back

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DOMINIC College’s Launch into Learning program has recommenced following the recent COVID-19 closures with staff excited to welcome new families and regular community members back to the school.

Launch into Learning (LIL) is a free early learning program for zero to four-year-olds and their parents or grandparents, which provides opportunities for families and children to play and learn together while they become familiar with the school environment.

In its fourth year at the school, the community outreach program recognises and reinforces Dominic College’s philosophy that parents are the primary educators, and that the nature and quality of children’s experiences in the first phase of their life is critical to optimise their development as learners.

“Research highlights the effectiveness of the Launch into Learning program as significantly supporting children to achieve success as they commence and continue formal schooling,” Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said.

“Our LIL children transition very smoothly into our kinder and prep, they have the least anxiety about formal schooling and their confidence levels through environmental and social familiarity put them a huge step ahead in the transition process.”

Ms Gilligan said the program emphasised the foundational partnership the college aimed to have with parents if they were to achieve the very best outcomes for students.

Throughout the program, children are involved in activities that help develop their oral language, support their overall brain development, imagination and creativity, as well as build important social and emotional skills.

Each week they also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a range of fine motor activities, literacy, construction and music activities.

Children have access to the college library where they can borrow books and make regular visits to other parts of the college including its Animal Husbandry Centre, where interactions with the rabbits, chickens and ducks are a staple attraction.

“Our college programs offer families the advantage of becoming connected with our community and feeling supported right from the start,” LIL teacher and Dominic College Old Scholar Madelyn Carver said.

“I had this as a child at Dominic and I know others will love being a part of this community.

“We always welcome new faces to the college and share in the joy of beginning every child’s learning journey with us.”

Launch into Learning runs during school terms on Mondays and Tuesdays with sessions from 9am to 10:15am and 11am to 12:15pm.

Caption: From left, Launch into Learning teacher Madelyn Carver having fun with LIL student Haley (aged three).

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