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Changing Schools

 
A new start doesn't have to be traumatic
Zayaan Schroeder

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Article originally in Parent24
It's your first day at a new school: your uniform is different, there's a girl giving you a vuil kyk and you're not quite sure of the teachers yet. Then you get lost on your way to Math class. Great.

Starting a new school can be daunting and children are often not too sure of themselves. You might move your child to a new school for various reasons, you got a new job, he was being bullied or he was expelled from his last school. Whatever the reason the new adjustment can be hard and it's up to parents to help with this transition.

Being the new kid and trying to find your place in an already established social circle can be stressful to a child of any age . It helps if your child understands the reason for his relocation and that you are there to for him through this stage.

Reassure him that he can still keep in contact with his old friends but that he will make new friends and that's the awesome part of this experience.




When to move schools


Be careful of when you change schools though. Academically speaking, changing schools isn't advised during an educational phase. Educational phases are split into the Foundation phase (Gr 0, 1, 2, 3) Intersen phase (Gr 4, 5, 6), GETC phase (Gr 7, 8, 9) and FETC phase (Gr 10, 11, 12).

Our resident educational psychologist, Greg Crighton, recommends that if you have to change schools to do it at the end of a phase and try to not change schools during the last two years. Also if you're not able to manage the beginning of the year try to make the change at the start of a new term.

Try not to change during a Matric year as their FET portfolios are compiled with work from Grade 10 - 12. If you do this make sure your child comes with his portfolio work to make it easier for the new school.

Changing schools can be a smooth process if you give your kids the support they need.

Have you changed schools? How did your children adjust?
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