At Laburnum Primary School we have transition programs from Kindergarten to Prep, between the primary school year levels and from Year 6 to secondary schooling.
The move from primary school to secondary school can be significant for many students. Being well aware of this we will be engaging the children in a transition program which assists them with this change in learning environment. This term students have started the Student Transition and Resilience Training program. This is a Year 6-7 resource developed by clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller in 2016.
This programs covers:
- My family, my team
- My boundaries and expectations
- My values
- My friendship skills
- My power and empowerment
- My learning and school engagement
- Where I live
- Who I am
In Term 4 our program also covers the following topics with students:
- What to do in class – notetaking, group work, class discussion and respect
- Technology in School – online safety
- Keeping healthy and happy – eating healthy, physical activity, sleep, having fun, support, people to turn to outside your school environment
- Getting involved – making the most of your lunch break
- Extracurricular activities – benefits, types of activities, finding something you are interested in, how to get involved, considerations, avoiding over commitment
- Making new friends at high school – be confident, be yourself, start conversations, get involved, enjoy your new friends, be a good friend, resolving conflicts and ending friendships
- Overcoming challenges – change is a part of life
- How high school can be different – school, friends, feelings
- Preconceptions and realities
- Looking forward and managing worries
This program takes place prior to the orientation programs at secondary schools and prepares children for first day jitters and how to manage the new environment.
We invite former LPS students to talk about how they managed the experience and pitfalls to avoid.
Academic information is requested by secondary schools which helps ensure your child is catered for appropriately on arrival. Some secondary schools will have internal testing to further understand your child as a learner. Reassure your child that this is simply a way to find out what they already know. If you feel your child may need additional assistance with transition please speak to Mr. Brickhill or Ms. Zapantis.
Below are some tips for parents to assist with a smooth transition.
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
How you can help to support your child
The move from primary school to high school is a significant moment in the lives of students and their families. Early adolescence can be a time of rapid change as students become more independent, have additional educational responsibilities and start to feel influenced by their peer groups.
Primary and high schools will be working closely to support students as they prepare to make the transition to high school and there are also practical things you can do to help your child make a smooth and successful transition.
Checklist for getting your child ready for high school
You can start to:
- research the academic program and student wellbeing support systems of your chosen high school, so you can be sure it’s a good fit for your child’s specific needs and personality
- attend parent information events at your chosen high school, so you can get to know the principal, teaching staff and structure of the school
- be enthusiastic about the move to high school and talk positively to your child about the transition
- listen to any concerns or worries and reinforce the positive things your child is excited about. High school will have a wealth of new experiences for them to enjoy.
Later this year you can:
- encourage your child to use a diary to plan events and activities, keeping in mind that once something is scheduled, it becomes more real to them
- support your child to be more independent and responsible by doing jobs at home and preparing themselves for the school day — this might include making their own lunch
- visit the high school’s website. You and your child can find out lots more about the school’s curriculum and activities.
Before your child starts high school:
- speak to your chosen high school about any allergies, medical conditions or special needs your child may have. The school may have specific programs available to support your child.
- be sure that you know how your chosen high school will communicate with parents, so you can stay informed of how your child is progressing
- encourage your child to participate in any orientation and transition programs offered by either their primary school, or their new high school. It will help smooth the way
- ensure you have school requirements, such as the right uniform and books ready for the first day of school. Check with your school about any negotiated deals they have with a local suppliers — it could save you lots of money. Label all items and get a house key copied if your child needs it
- ensure your child has a private and quiet space and the necessary equipment to successfully study out of school hours. Help them to develop a study plan around their other commitments and activities ( http://flyingstart.qld.gov.au/getting-ready-high-school/starting/Pages/get-organised.aspx )
- talk about the extra-curricular activities your child might want to do, which may help give children opportunities to develop skills in various areas that may not be available in school
- talk positively to your child about the change. Be realistic with them about the time it will take to settle into new routines. Identify things to look forward to e.g. making new friends, experiencing new subjects. Talk about any concerns you or they have together, it will help reduce any anxiety about starting in a new school.
When school starts
- help your child wake with plenty of time or show them how to set their alarm. Encourage your child to get ready by themselves
- make sure you have the school’s phone number and absentee line, if they have one, and advise the school as soon as possible if your child will be absent
- make copies of the timetable and when assignments are due. Help your child establish a study timetable and show them how to use a diary. Some schools have an e-diary or you can use free apps ( http://flyingstart.qld.gov.au/getting-ready-high-school/starting/Pages/get-organised.aspx )
- encourage your child to have regular breaks, exercise, eat healthy food and drink lots of water, and get plenty of sleep ( http://flyingstart.qld.gov.au/getting-ready-high-school/starting/Pages/happy-healthy.aspx ).
- Parents can seek confidential counselling, support and information from Parentline
- Phone: 1300 30 1300 (cost of a local call) 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week
- Information: tip sheets from a range of over 100 topics is available online at http://www.parentline.com.au/parenting-information/teens.php
- Queensland Govt Flying Start for Qld Children. Dept of Education, Training and Employment. http://flyingstart.qld.gov.au/getting-ready-high-school/starting/Pages/making-friends.aspx
- Student Transition and Resilience Training: A Year 6-7 Resource, Andrew Fuller (2016) http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/principals/transition/startresource.pdf