Preparing for the move of year 7 to high school

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.

We work closely with the primary schools 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:

  • attend parent information events, 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 Lynwood SHS website. You and your child can find out lots more about the school’s curriculum and activities.

Before your child starts high school:

  • Make sure you have noted any special learning requirements on your enrolment paperwork so we can be prepared to support your child the best we can. If your child has special learning requirements, please email joyce.micheal@education.wa.edu.au (our Learning Support Coordinator) to organise a transition meeting.
  • 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. Only students who have sent in their enrolment form may participate in the orientation day so it is vital you get the paperwork in.
  • Ensure you have school requirements, such as the right uniform and books ready for the first day of school. Students often fret if they feel they don’t have what they need. By buying the uniform and stationary requirements they will feel more organised and calm about the transition.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Come and take a school tour (these are offered each term) so you can talk to them about what they will see and do, it will also may help alleviate any of your concerns.

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 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.
  • Encourage your child to have regular breaks, exercise, eat healthy food and drink lots of water, and get plenty of sleep.