Transitions - A Message from Deputy Principal - Students

Red carpet, crowds, cameras, exquisite gowns…. what a night! The Girls Grammar formal, held last Saturday was an evening of elegance and celebration. Our Year 12 girls looked beautiful and it was easy to see they are moving into the next phase of their life as young women.

It was not long ago they started their Senior schooling journey, yet this will soon be over and they will be moving on to the next chapter of their life as somewhat independent young adults who in a few short years (or even sooner) will be entering the workforce. As a mother and an educator, you watch these transition phases with excitement and sometimes slight trepidation hoping that everything will work out and be okay.

Regardless of whether students are starting school, changing schools or transitioning to post-school education or employment, these changes can be a big milestone for students and their families with some children and young people experiencing increased levels of stress and anxiety and an array of emotions about the changes.

An article by Education Services Australia, Understanding key transition points during adolescence and childhood, states that successful transitions can increase positive social, emotional and academic outcomes for children and young people.

So what is the experts’ advice for parents and carers of children and young people on supporting them during these major changes to make these transitions as positive and successful as possible?

A New South Wales Government education website lists the following:

  • Speak positively about the change

Children quickly pick up on how we might be feeling about a situation so it is important to focus on the positives.

  • Acknowledge and discuss your child’s concerns

Ensure you respond to your child’s concerns rather than brushing them off and telling them not to worry about things.

  • Involve your child as much as possible

Actively involve your child in any preparations that need to happen.

  • Help your child stay in touch with old friends

Losing friends can be a significant concern for many students so helping them to think of ways to stay in touch may help. Of course, some friendships will fizzle out over time and this is to be expected.

  • Pay a visit to the school beforehand

For students who are changing schools or just starting at one, visiting the school in advance can support them to experience a sense of belonging when they finally start.

Whatever our Year 12 girls choose as their next chapter, my wish is that their transition will be a positive one.

Nadine Kelly

Deputy Principal - Students


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