School transitions and surviving Year 12
By Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development
This week's editions of SchoolTV provide resources to assist parents and students with School Transitions and Surviving Year 12. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact me, Claire.Melloy@radford.act.edu.au, or the College counsellors, counselling @radford.act.edu.au
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 your children are growing up!
However, transitioning is an ongoing process. It can continue long after students have entered their new environment and they may encounter difficulties at a number of different stages. These stressors may appear as anxiety and frustration and result in negative or disruptive behaviours. Such behaviours can become problematic making the transitioning process even more difficult for children and parents.
The final year of secondary school is a year of hard work and a huge commitment for students. With so much going on it, can be hard to find the balance between study and life. It is a time when personalities start to emerge, there are more complex interpersonal relationships, and there is the pressure to perform academically. With all of this going on, it’s not surprising that some students have an emotional response and it is therefore extremely important for parents to know how to support their children during this time.
Some kids will need more support than others. Keeping the communication lines open with your child, their teachers, mentors and other parents will be crucial. Being aware of your child’s mental and physical wellbeing can play a vital role in their success.