Below are some of the worrying moments for both parents and children and hopefully some ideas on getting all of us fretful parents through the next few weeks.
First Day at SchoolThe first day of starting anywhere is scary and this is no different. But don't panic. When your child walks through that door, meets their form tutor and starts lessons, it'll fly by and will soon be over. And remember, it's always harder on the parents!
Not being in controlLetting go is always tough. When they are at Primary school, you know what's happening and can always pop in for a chat with the class teacher. However, you can't do that in a Secondary school.
You can do the following though:
- Find out who to contact at the school as different people have different responsibilities.
- Talk to some of the teachers about your worries and concerns before your child starts the school.
- Encourage your child to chat to you about their day (which is always hard, I know!) That way you might find that you don't always need to go into school and that they can handle it.
Your child won't make friendsIt's always a worry that your child won't make friends. But, all the new starters are in the same boat. Yes, they might go to the Secondary school with old friends, but they are all experiencing the same thing.
They will meet and make new friends as they go along. It might take a little bit of time, but it will happen.
Before they start school, you could always encourage your child to seek out new people to talk to. They might make a great new friend.
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Your child won't fit inStarting Secondary School is when the issue of "being cool" rears its head (if it hasn't already!). Yes, every child wants to fit in and "be cool", however it shouldn't be made into an issue. Your child will find their place at school.
Encourage your child to be themselves. It's an old chestnut, but true.
They will get lostMoving from classroom to classroom and having timetables is a lot different to Primary School.
Don't worry though. For the first few weeks, in most schools, new starters are guided to lessons by older children and will probably be given a tour of the school (if they haven't already in induction days). Plus, all the new Year 7s are encouraged to help each other.
Walking to and from schoolIf it wasn't already, walking to and from school on their own might now a big topic. Here are some ways to sort it:
- Do a few practice runs to finds the best route and the length of the journey
- Arrange to walk with them and then reduce the length of the journey you walk as the weeks go by.
- Your child might make friends and then collect each other as they go.
- If they don't already, give them an inexpensive phone (so it doesn't matter if they lose or break it) so that they can contact you and let you know where they are.
Hopefully there are some tips to help you. This time next week they will be finishing their first day at school and it'll soon all become second nature!