Entering high school is an exciting time for students. They are moving into a larger school environment. This can lead to anxiety or periods of unease.
Here are some steps parents and caregivers can take to help students start at Chifley College Mount Druitt Campus on a positive note:
Be interested and enthusiastic about their move to high school
Your encouragement will help your child to make a successful transition to high school. Listen to their experiences and expectations. Don't dwell on your own experiences of school - your child's experiences will be different.
Attend the high school Orientation Day
This day is designed to help parents and children prepare for starting high school. Some children, because of pressure from their peers, will try to discourage their parents from attending orientation days. Being there will help you understand your child's experiences better.
Make sure travel arrangements to and from school are organised
Organise travel passes. This will help settle some of the concern about independent travel. Talk about back-up travel arrangements, for example, what to do if a bus or train doesn't come.
Discuss the changes every student will experience
Emphasise that people can feel scared about changing from a small primary school to a larger high school, and that there will be people to help them adjust, such as their Year Adviser, Deputy Principals and teachers.
Organise your child's uniform well before the first day of school
Having the new uniform will help your child start to feel a sense of belonging to the school.
Learn about school routines and timetables
Talking to students already enrolled at the school can be useful in finding out information about things such as sporting venues used by the school and school finishing times. The school will provide information before it's needed, and of course it is all on the website!
Help your child to develop good study habits
Try to provide them with somewhere private and quiet to study. Help your child to set aside a particular time to study. Work out a daily timetable that incorporates all your child's needs and interests. Regularly viewed TV programs, club activities and sport should all be part of the timetable. Ultimately they will need to manage their own study and they can guide you in what is helpful for them.
Practise organisational skills
In the first few weeks of high school you might want to check with your child that they have the right books for the following day. You will quickly encourage a good habit.
Discuss emergency and safety issues
Talk about these issues including crossing roads or taking essential medication, simply and without emotion. Allow your child to contribute their views. Find out who the staff are at the school who can help them if they need it on issues such as medication by talking to the Year Adviser.
Let your child know that you trust them and that they can trust you
Keep communication open about all your child's experiences, and make sure they know you're available if things go wrong.