School is back, after weeks of unstructured play, lounging around the swimming pool, and plunging into the ocean. Days with little to no structure are behind us, as parents prepare school lunches, and primary and secondary students pack their school bags, ready for school.
But how ready are students?
Associate Professor Stacey Walters, Associate Professor Leanne Lester and Professor Donna Cross suggest that transitioning into high school, or a new school can be a difficult time for some students.
According to their research, some of the key worries students have are:
• how much homework they would have to complete
• finding their way around or getting lost
• classes being hard
• unfamiliar teachers
• and getting to class on time.
The Raising Children parenting website also suggests new students are worried about learning new routines, making new friends, and adjusting to increased workload.
So how can parents, teachers and educational theatre support young people starting at a new school for the first time, or transitioning into high school?