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Christmas in Word and Song
To mark the beginning of the Christmas season,
and with gratitude for the loving services
done in all our churches
Holy Trinity Pastoral Council, our Parish Priest
and our Associate Pastors
invite you to join with
Holy Trinity Parish, Blackbutt North
A Celebration of the Word
Carols by Candlelight
When: Friday 16 December 2011
Place: Corpus Christi Church Platt Street, Waratah
By CAYTE PRYOR
AURORA INVITED CAYTE Pryor, Year
7 Student Co-ordinator at St Paul's
High School Booragul, to share some tips
for parents of students beginning Year 7
Nearly seven years ago, you were preparing
your child for their first year of school, and
his or her biggest worry was that they would
be missing you! Now they are the leaders of
the primary school they attend. You are now
preparing your child for high school, a place
where they will be little fish in a much bigger
sea, and their biggest worry will be fitting in
with everyone else.
This is a time of adjustment for you and your
son or daughter, particularly if this is your
first child entering high school. You have
many questions to ensure that your baby will
be safe, settled and happy.
The transition to high school has no
doubt begun with visits to the school and
orientation days. Your child has probably
already spoken to you about the increased
number of teachers and students, the larger
size of the school, the canteen. Some year
groups in secondary school are bigger than
some primary schools!
Be enthusiastic for them when they discuss
high school and encourage conversation
around the dinner table, but don't dwell on
your own school tales if they are not positive.
Make a point of talking to other families
who already have children enrolled at the
school your child will attend. Instruct your
child on ways of meeting other students - a
simple "Hi, my name's Tom, what's yours?"
can be the beginning of a lifelong friendship.
Discuss resilience and other skills. Chat
with them about changes in friendships that
may occur. Talk about different scenarios
like what they might do if they miss the bus
or train. Doing all this together will continue
to develop your relationship with your child
so that the lines of communication are open
and they know that you are available when
they need you.
Mind the gap:
Homework and assessment tasks can be a
struggle for some children and their parents.
Prepare for this by setting up a study station
for your child. Allow them to be part of the
organisation so that they feel they own it and
therefore want to use it. Encourage them
to use their diary for recording homework
and tasks, and feel free to look through
it and use it as a communication device
An afternoon routine is strongly
recommended so that good study habits are
encouraged early. Children need a break and
usually a snack when they come home. This
is also a good time to talk about the events
of the day, or this might occur at the dinner
table. There needs to be 'homework time', a
quiet and undisturbed period when your child
is encouraged to stay on task, completing
set homework to the best of their ability and
working on assessment tasks.
High school is different from primary school,
but many of the teachers are also parents
and understand the anxiety and uncertainty
some may experience. Simply phoning the
school will alleviate most concerns that you
or your child may have at any time.
High school is an exciting new venture for
you and your child. Enjoy it together!
NOW FOR THE PRACTICALITIES
Buy school shoes in the holidays, making
sure they are 'regulation', so that your
child can break them in.
Girls' skirts are usually worn just
above the knee so some hemming
may be in order.
Label all school wear and other gear so
that lost (often expensive!) items can be
Not all schools have lockers so your
child may have to carry a bag all day.
Ensure that the bag is comfortable to
wear and not too big.
A pencil case only needs to hold a dozen
coloured pencils, a couple of biros, glue
and scissors. A story comes to mind of
a young boy whose pencil case took up
over half of his school bag!
When the timetable is known, ensure
your child only packs what is needed
Make sure your child knows how to get
home each day and is confident about
any alternative arrangements.
Lunch is usually later compared
with primary school, and so some
adjustment to routine may be made
over the Christmas holidays.
Keep the school up to date with
enrolment, medical and contact
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