Welcome to Lynwood Senior High School

It’s normal to feel excited and a little apprehensive about moving to a new school. Here are some tips to help you to get to school safely and find your way around. Before you know it, high school will feel as familiar as primary school!

Getting to and from school

Travelling to school — if you’re travelling by car, there are drop off spots next to the school gates on Metcalfe Rd. If you’re riding your bike, we have a locked bicycle shed- however make sure you have a bike lock to keep your bike safe. If you plan to catch public transport, it’s a good idea to do a practice run before you start the school year, so you know how to read the timetable, buy a ticket and you’ll know where the bus will pick you up and drop you off. Maybe get an adult to walk through this process with you for the first time. School buses pick students up from the front of the school (Metcalfe Rd).

School hours, arriving late and leaving early — Lynwood SHS starts at 8.45am and the school day finishes at 2.55pm (except on Wednesday when it finishes at 2.35pm) If you arrive late to school or need to leave early you must go to the Student Service Office with your note from your parent/ guardian.

Getting around school

As part of your orientation day you will be shown around the school and on your first day you will be given a map. Most year 6s are a bit nervous about getting lost but after a week or so you will be moving around the school like an expert!

Attendance at school

It is important to attend school all day on every school day unless you have a reasonable excuse, such as illness. Each lesson builds on what you’ve learned before and missing even one lesson or day can make a big difference. If you are not able to go to school, your parents must notify the school as soon as possible.

Getting organised

Starting high school often means extra demands on your time. The following tips on getting organised will help you balance your school work, homework, assignments, and your life outside of school.

Your diary

Your school diary is going to be one of the most important things in your school bag, you will use it to record homework, have a copy of your timetable and remembering important dates/ events. As part of your orientation day you will be shown how to use a diary.

Tips for using your diary

  • Write down your assigned homework for each day, as well as the date the homework is due.
  • Flick ahead and write down the due dates for larger assignments.
  • Once you have decided how you will approach your major assignments, give yourself some regular deadlines for when you’d like specific elements finalised e.g. have section one drafted by 1 June.
  • Try colour coding your diary and/or calendar e.g. homework (black), assignment due dates (red), extra-curricular activities (blue).
  • Writing to-do lists can be helpful. Have different lists for tasks you want to finish today, this week, this month and this term.

 

Tips for getting organised

  • Don’t wait until the last minute to do things. Think about the consequences if you decide not to study for a test and choose to watch a movie instead. Try creating a “possible consequences” list to help you make these decisions.
  • Develop good study habits. Try to schedule time to do your homework, plus work on long-term projects, every day.
  • Set up a study space where you can keep, and have easy access to, all of your textbooks, dictionaries, reference guides, study booklets, folders and other important material. A study space is also useful for storing all your equipment and stationery. Use a separate folder/notebook/binder for each subject.
  • Know where all parts of your uniform are (sports uniform, hats etc)
  • Keep your room, desk and bag clean and tidy so it’s easy to find things when you’re in a hurry.
  • Don’t forget to take a break, eat nutritious food and have fun!

Understanding your timetable

Your timetable tells you how your school day will be divided; giving you an idea of which subjects you have on what day and at what time. You can use your timetable to plan your day and week ahead.

Tips for using your timetable

  • Colour code subjects on your timetable so you can easily see when you next have English, Science or HASS etc.
  • Print out multiple copies of your timetable and keep them in your diary, near your study space at home and on the fridge.
  • Before you go to bed, check your timetable and pack your bag with books and materials for tomorrow’s classes.
  • Your teacher’s name is on your timetable so this will help you remember who they are.