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  • Toki
    Toki
    Posted on:
    13th Feb 2012 04:25pm

    Last Post 21st Apr 2012
    Replies     4

    High school

    It seems to me that the transition from Primary to High School is a challenging one, made even greater by the fact that the new year 8's are being subjected to speeches about the enormity of the work load, the expectations, the need for immediate time management skills and independence. Could we not just tone it down for the first few weeks, offer encouragement and make sure that the students are settling in??

  • Mitsy
    Mitsy
    Posted on:
    21st Feb 2012 09:01am

    Mitsy says: I totally agree with you. Transistioning into high school is a delicate process and its so important to ensure that our young ones are given as much support to be able to deal with changes both physically and mentally.
    Information overload can definitely burn young people out too fast, too soon.

  • Toki
    Toki
    Posted on:
    21st Feb 2012 04:42pm

    Mitsy says: I totally agree with you. Transistioning into high school is a delicate process and its so important to ensure that our young ones are given as much support to be able to deal with changes both...

    Toki says: I am so glad that someone feels the same way. We are having a pretty tough time of it at the moment and I have wondered if I'm just being too soft. I have a fantastic relationship with my kids but schools and society try to keep telling me that teenagers are horrible!

  • Mitsy
    Mitsy
    Posted on:
    21st Feb 2012 07:06pm

    Mitsy says: Unfortuantly we live in a society governed by numbers, taxes and more numbers and taxes. There are a number of educational institutes that are driven by numbers games which is pretty sad for my liking and really does take the focus off teaching our children and youth how to rather than throwing them a handbook and and letting them try to figure it out for themselves. I love your thoughts cause you a parent who is concerned about the welfare of your children and being concerned about their education is definitely something to be concerned about. I believe there are alot of gaps in the system that need to be addressed and proactively progress to ensure that 1. Our kids are getting the best out of education. 2. Parents are given that support to ensure that the journey is about family being teachable as well. 3. Families should never have to hinder on status financially.
    I applaud you Toki for your concern for your children. Thats not being soft at all.


  • Stafford
    Stafford
    Posted on:
    21st Apr 2012 12:18pm

    Stafford says: Where my 2 children went to school (our daughter finished year 12 in 2010 and our son is in Yr 12 this year) the transition is easier because the school is K - 12 and they also have Middle School 7 - 9, so I find this really help the students to feel less stressed as they don't have to leave and start at a new school in Year 8 as we had to when I was at school.

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