Transition to high school

Starting high school is a new experience that can involve many changes for students, including:

  • going to a larger school
  • changing classrooms and teachers for each subject
  • choosing elective subjects
  • more responsibility for managing their schoolwork and study
  • making new friends and dealing with peer pressure.

Many high schools offer activities to help prepare new students who will be starting high school the following year, including:

  • orientation or open days
  • transition to year 7 programs.

Check with your high school to find out about any orientation or transition to year 7 activities

If you haven’t already done so, it’s important to talk to your new school if your child has:

  • any learning and support needs
  • any known allergies or medical conditions
  • been diagnosed as being at risk of anaphylaxis.

Before the first day of school

Practical preparations ahead of the first day can help make starting high school easier and calm any nerves, including:

  • wearing in uniforms and shoes
  • buying school supplies
  • planning travel to and from school
  • learning how to use transport apps or read a timetable
  • getting to know other students beforehand.

If your child is changing schools

Changing schools partway through a year can be challenging, whether it’s a move to a new suburb, city, state or country.

Challenges can include:

  • repeating or missing out on topics
  • learning or communicating in a new language
  • leaving friends behind
  • making new friends.