Children from around the shire were invited to come to St Patrick's Primary School in Bega to join their Big Steps program aimed at orientating pre-school aged children into primary school.
Around 15 local children and their parents or guardians came to the first day of the program on Friday, June 18, which was focused on counting and numbers.
The school is running five orientation days that are open to any child in the community regardless of whether they will attend the school next year or not.
It was an initiative created by the school after listening to parents who wanted more school integration before their children started kindergarten.
"We are listening to our community and have planned a series of activities to support good transition to school," said principal Jo Scott-Pegum.
The children were invited to return on Friday, July 23, for the next orientation day which would focus on reading. In August, September and October the young students will be doing additional days on movement, watching and listening, and on creativity.
The children engaged with the school staff in activities and learning games based around numeracy such as counting aliens in a spaceship, counting blocks and writing numbers, and creating a sausage dog by placing numbers in order.
The children were then encouraged to transition from the table activities to the floor while packing up their activities and listening to a song.
A provided morning tea of fruit and vegetables allowed the kids to feel refreshed after their numeracy activities and then they were read a story by kindergarten teacher Melinda Ferris.
In October and November just those students who have progressed with their enrolment will return for another three days of orientation with their parents where they will be given presentations about the school and about childhood development from various specialists.