School Transitions

Whether it is starting school for the first time, moving up to a higher grade or embarking on a journey through secondary school, there is no doubt that any school transition is a very exciting time for children and parents. It means that the children are growing up!

However, for many it may also be a very anxious and stressful time for both parents and children. Parents need to be aware of their child’s feelings during any school transition and minimise anxiety so the process is an enjoyable experience for all. It is important for children to attend transition or orientation programs offered by schools. Familiarisation is often key to reducing stress levels. It is also important for parents to talk to their children about their expectations and being more responsible for their own needs.

Starting Year 7

When a child starts high school, they are suddenly becoming one of the youngest and newest kids at school all over again –– a small fish in a big pond! The transition between Year 6 and Year 7 is one of the biggest jumps in a child’s life and is a very important milestone. This can easily become a daunting time for students and parents alike.

Starting Year 7 poses many new challenges, but also exciting opportunities. It comes with a number of mixed feelings. Studies have shown that the mental health of this age group already appeared to be deteriorating before coronavirus hit and it is expected that cases of anxiety and depression will be on the rise.

Many students may be feeling a little bit more anxious than usual about their expectations of starting Year 7 and finding their place in the “big pond”. As your child grasps new skills and engages in new study practices, it is important for parents to be supportive, but also realistic in their expectations. Parents and students can easily become overwhelmed during this time of transition, but there are a number of strategies that can be implemented to start things off on the right foot!

At Woodville High School, we understand the importance of providing a supportive and engaging environment that helps Year 7 students adjust to the new demands and expectations of high school. To facilitate this transition, we offer a comprehensive Woodville Week in Week 1.

During Woodville Week, Year 7 students have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the layout of the school, meet their teachers and classmates, and participate in a range of activities that promote teamwork and communication skills. We also provide resources and information to parents and carers to support their child’s transition and ensure that they are involved in the process, through our acquaintance nights.

Throughout their first year of high school, Year 7 students are supported by a dedicated team of teachers, house leaders and support staff who provide academic, social, and emotional support. We encourage our students to take advantage of the wide range of extracurricular activities at Woodville High School to help them develop new interests and make new friends. Our aim is to ensure that Year 7 students feel confident, connected, and well-prepared for the challenges and opportunities that high school has to offer.