28 January 2016

Seven tips for settling your daughter into Senior School

Starting secondary school is exciting and scary at the same time. It’s a big step up from primary school and the change may be challenging. Here are some top tips for students and parents:

  1. Attend orientation events like the P&F Welcome Cocktail party on 26 February. It's a good opportunity to meet other families and school staff.
  2. Familiarise yourself with the school routine. Timetables, breaks, start and finish times help you both to understand what to expect during the school day. The Student Diary given to your daughter on her first day has a wealth of information.
  3. Prepare early. Organise books and uniforms early, this helps reduces anxiety.
  4. Plan your travel route. Discuss how you will get to and from school, and trial it before school starts.
  5. Have a back-up travel plan. Decide on a designated emergency contact and what process they need to follow in an emergency. Calmly discuss crossing major roads and catching public transport if you are unable to arrange a carpool lift for your daughter.
  6. Make time to talk about how your daughter is feeling. She may be anxious about high school or have difficulties settling in. Reassure her that it's normal to have mixed feelings about starting a new school.
  7. Embrace the experience. Focus on things to look forward to – forming new friendships, wearing a new uniform and trying new sports.