There are many new and exciting opportunities to look forward to when you start Junior High, from increased independence and laptops to clubs, activities, and events where you can try something you have never done before. However, it also means new teachers, new subjects and potentially a new set of friends. Transitioning from primary to junior high school is exciting for children and marks a new life phase. Children recognise it as part of growing up and know that their lives are about to change significantly. But, like any change, it can also bring uncertainty.
Building new friendships and relationships
Here are some tips for pupils:
Stay organised by using your timetable, school map and other resources.
Get involved with classroom activities, especially those that are new to you.
Look at all the activities the school has on offer and pick one(s) that feels right for you.
Your homeroom teacher will be an essential person to you and the one who can help with any concerns you may have. If you are struggling with a classmate or have any situation you do not want to share, it’s easy to go to your homeroom teacher, whom you will see every day.
Help your child to build problem-solving
Set time aside to talk about the move
Here are some tips for parents:
Do not let your worries become your child’s worries.
Prepare your child for all the new and fun opportunities and encourage them to explore what is available.
Increase the independence you give them over the summer holidays or even their months at primary school so that the jump to Junior High feels natural.
Let them know that you are there for them and will help should they need you.
Play by the school’s rules. While it may be frustrating for your child, these rules ensure they make the most of the learning opportunities available.