Transition to secondary school
There are many significant changes when students transition to secondary school. These include:
- accessing a range of teachers,
- more autonomy for their own learning,
- moving between classes,
- new dress code,
- a bigger school campus with more students,
- managing their time effectively, and
- different structures throughout the day.
At Bellbird Park State Secondary College we have a Student Transition Teacher who works closely with local primary schools including Kruger, Goodna, Collingwood Park and Redbank State Schools to support the phase of transition to secondary school.
Part of the student transition teacher role is to help alleviate some of the anxiety around the uncertainty of what to expect when starting year 7. To do this, the student transition teacher will spend time with year 6 students talking to them about the different expectations as they enter secondary school. A supportive environment will be established to allow students the comfort of asking any questions they may have about high school. Students will develop a deeper understanding of their values and character strengths to support their emotional resilience, problem solving skills and conflict resolution.
Parents are a valuable part of the transition process. The student transition teacher will engage with parents about the enrolment and transition process to ensure parents feel included and informed. To further support your child as they transition to high school check out this fact sheet which has some great tips. The power of conversations should not be underestimated, chatting to your child about their concerns and what they are excited about can be extremely helpful when reassuring them about their ability to adjust and adapt to the upcoming changes.