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Transitioning through school

Transitioning through school includes moving from home to early childhood education, from Pre-primary to Year 1 (“big school!”), from primary school to secondary school and finally from school onto further study, work or training.

There are other recognised periods of transition including moving from one school to another or moving between the years of secondary school such as from Year 10 to Year 11.

All of these periods of transition involve a certain level of emotional and practical adjustment for you, your child and your family and may result in your child experiencing some uncertainty and anxiety.

Depending on the transition, your child may have to deal with issues such as separation from you or siblings (when they start school for the first time), adjust to learning in a structured environment (when they start Year 1) and learning to adjust to a number of different teachers (when they go to secondary school).

The teaching staff at your school will work with you to make these transitions as easy on your child as possible.

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Tips to make transition easier on you and your child

  • Being prepared yourself will make the transition easier on your child. Know the transport options, have uniforms organised and get stationery and books early so that you have time to label everything and your child can get comfortable with any new equipment.
  • Get your child comfortable with the new school environment. Their school may have organised an orientation program, but if they haven’t, make an appointment with the school for you and your child to visit. Make sure your child knows where they can store their belongings, eat their lunch and where the toilets are.
  • Understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses so you can help your child choose subjects well suited to their abilities. Part of this understanding will be being aware that your child may experience peer pressure, fear of failure or be very keen to follow a dream. Try to allow your child to become part of the final decision.
  • Talk about the new routines, rules and expectations with your child.
  • Find out about homework requirements and ask to see your child’s diary regularly so that you can help them learn planning, organisation and time management skills. This is also important for developing self motivation and independence.
  • Talk to your child about bullying, peer pressure and behaviours that could put your child at risk.
  • Encourage your child to invite friends to your home to help them grow their social circle.
  • You could also invite other parents over or out for coffee during the school day so you are able to engage with other parents.
  • Encourage your child to eat well, get plenty of sleep and balance work with sport and enjoyable family and social activities. This will help to ensure they have a healthy, enjoyable lifestyle.
  • Be enthusiastic and excited. Your attitude could influence how your child feels and copes.

For more informtion on how you can support your child during the transition to secondary school visit the secondary school page.

Transitioning through school

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