Kids and family are involved in the transition to High School.
For the almost teens, making that jump from primary to high school can be a big deal. If the family works together it can mean a lot less stress all round.
Your kids will probably be experiencing a mixture of emotions ranging from excitement to a sense of loss and even fear. The move from primary to high school is confusing in many ways. Kids are having to deal with both endings and sadness, while at the same time anticipating new beginnings - this may include feelings of excitement and nervous anticipation. Old friends may be left behind and the fear of the unknown looms ahead.
Even for well adjusted children, this can be a daunting experience. If your child is struggling in other ways due to family disruption, moving to a new location, falling behind in their school work or other problems, the thought of all the change involved with high school can be daunting. However, there is plenty you can do to make this a positive experience for your child.
- Do some research yourself so you can understand the emotions your pre-teen may be experiencing.
- Remember, kids don't always know how to express their feelings, they may act out in other ways instead of talking about how they are feeling.
- Put yourself in their shoes - think back to your first day at high school.
- Make sure they are confident in their school work. It is important that reading and maths skills are up to standard before they enter high school.
- Ensure you are ready as a family - take care of the practical things such as uniforms, books and school bags.
- Be patient! It may take time for your pre-teen to adjust to their new environment.
Teen Health - Starting High School
NSW Public Schools - Family Guide to Starting High School
What Friendship means to your teen
Get Ready for School
Kip McGrath has developed a specialised program to help pre-schoolers transition to 'big school. Many of our centres offer this program at key times of the year (Parent Fact Sheet).
We have also developed an at home version of the Get Ready for School program that parents can use in the home to help their child prepare for school.
Give your child the confidence to succeed.