Strategies and Tips for Secondary School Transition
Moving from primary to secondary school is a big transition. It can be a time full of fun, excitement and new experiences, but can also be challenging or worrying for some children. You can help by making sure your child is prepared and feels supported. It is common for children to have some challenges with the transition to high school.
Preparing to start Secondary School
You can help to ease any worries your child may have about starting at CRC North Keilor by preparing your child in the months and weeks before the 2022 school year begins.
Some ideas for dealing with practical issues:
- Involve your child in decision-making. For example, you could try talking together about school uniform decisions (school dress or shorts and blouse?), stationery, transport to and from school.
Some ideas to deal with mixed feelings and worries:
- Talk with your child about what they are most looking forward to and what they are worried about.
- Listen to your child’s worries, but also get them to look at the positive things about the move.
- Talk with your child about friendship worries. For example, you could talk about how your child might keep in touch with old friends and make new friends at high school.
During the transition to secondary school
Some ideas to help with the practical side of the transition:
- Try to arrange for a parent, grandparent or other close adult to be home before and after school for the first few weeks of transition.
- Make personal contact with your child’s learning mentor teacher or house leader, introduce yourself and ask questions.
- Try to make your home as comfortable for homework and study time as possible. For example, make sure your child has a quiet place to study, away from distractions such as the TV or a mobile phone.
- Attend events conducted by the College.
Some ideas to help with handling emotional ups and downs:
- Be prepared for early ups and downs. Adjusting to change takes time, but if things don’t stabilise after the first six weeks, talk to your child’s learning mentor teacher in the first instance.
- Remind your child that it is normal to feel nervous about starting something new – for example, you could share how nervous and excited you have felt when you started secondary school or a new job.
- Try to make sure your child eats well, gets plenty of physical activity and sleep. The change to secondary school is likely to make your child more tired at first.
Your feelings about your child starting high school:
- Your child’s transition to secondary school is a also a big change for you, it is okay for you to have mixed feelings about these changes.
- Talking to other parents, particularly those who have gone through secondary school transition, often helps.
- Other parents who are experienced at the school can often answer small questions and give you helpful tips about how things work at your child’s new school (please be sure, though, to check School Policies and Communications to ensure you have the correct information).
- Don’t be surprised to find that your child doesn’t want you to be as visible at secondary school as you might have been during the primary years. Remember that they will still need your support outside of school, and that it’s all part of the way of developing greater independence.
Adapted from Raising Children Network in collaboration with the Centre for Adolescent Health,
The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Published: 13 February 2015
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