Helping your child get ready for high school

Moving from primary school to high school is an exciting transition, though it can be a big adjustment for your child. Starting high school involves going from a familiar environment with well established friendship groups and well-known teachers to a school that is completely new and unknown.

Helping your child prepare for the change will reduce any worry they may be experiencing and make it more likely they’ll enjoy moving schools. Talking with your child about high school is important. Whilst most of us want the holiday vibe to last as long as possible, don’t leave it until the day before school starts to start these conversations! If your child has concerns or needs to organise practical things, now is the time to find out. Here's some tips to help you get ready for an exciting time ahead.

Talk with your child about their feelings

Your child is likely experiencing a range of emotions. They may have things that they are excited about such as having new teachers, making new friends and studying new subjects.

Your child may also be feeling nervous or worried about certain things, such as fitting in, adjusting to the new workload, learning new routines and navigating their timetable. It will be a lot easier to support them to overcome their worries if you’re aware of what they are. Take the time to ask them how they are feeling about starting high school and focus on addressing a particular issue once it’s been identified.

Encourage healthy lifestyle basics As high school is an adjustment, it can be tiring for your child while they get used to the changes. Making sure they’re sleeping well, have a healthy diet and keep physically active can really help them settle better.

Getting ready for Day 1 Simple tasks such as having their uniform ready, packing adequate food for recess and lunch, reviewing their timetable with them, organising books and stationery will all help with decreasing stress on their first day.